Contact: Devon Perry
+1 (856) 761-9986
Executive Director, GSWGA



Philadelphia, PA (February 7, 2023) – Garces Trading Company and Garden State Wine Growers Association will host a special Valentine’s Day Sip and Shop Pop-up Event on Wednesday, February 8th, at Cira Centre (2929 Arch Street, 19104) from 5 -7 p.m.

The evening will feature complimentary wine from New Jersey wineries and chocolate tastings from Astor Chocolate while guests sip and shop at the Garces Trading Company marketplace just in time for Valentine’s Day.

Garces partnered on this event with GSWGA to feature five New Jersey wines from Auburn Road Vineyards and Amalthea Cellars. Guests will be able to sample and learn more about each wine from the winery owners themselves. The owners include: Scott Donnini, GSWGA Events Chair and owner of Auburn Road Vineyards and Louis Caracciolo, GSWGA founder, Marketing Chair, and owner of Amalthea Cellars.

“Love is in the air this month with New Jersey wineries, and what better time to celebrate them being exclusively offered in Pennsylvania at Garces Trading Company” said GSWGA Executive Director Devon Perry. “Join us in raising a glass to our shared love of local wine and local chocolate to kick off our Wine and Chocolate Trail Weekends!”

“Nothing says Valentine’s Day like chocolate and wine. We are excited to be celebrating love during our Sip and Shop event as we feature exclusive New Jersey wines that pair perfectly with local chocolates from Astor Chocolates. The perfect pair for your sweetheart!” Nate Johnson, Vice President of Operations, Garces Trading Company.

This event is free and open to the public. There are no tickets required to attend the Sip and Shop event on February 8. All wine and chocolate samples at the event will be available for purchase at Garces Trading Company Cira Centre.

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James Beard Award Winner Chef Jose Garces presents Garces Trading Company at Cira Centre (2929 Arch Street). The reinvented concept is back in an all new way as a collection of casual cafes that are part coffee shop, restaurant, bakery, marketplace, wine shop and corporate catering solution. The cafe is located next to 30th Street Station and situated at the gateway to the Schuylkill Yards neighborhood. The Cira Centre location features an open kitchen, seating for 130 people, a balcony full-service dining room, fast casual coffee and lunch service, bakery and pastry displays, grab and go offerings, wine shop and marketplace. Garces recently announced the opening of the second cafe, Garces Trading Company at The Kimmel Center (300 S Broad Street). Each location will share a common vision, menu items, marketplace offerings and general aesthetic, yet each location will also shine individually with unique menu and marketplace offerings, plus complimentary vibes and layout to perfectly pair with each unique location and space. For more information about the return of Garces Trading Company, visit and follow on social media at @GarcesTradingCo. For more about Chef Jose Garces and Garces follow @ChefJoseGarces and @GarcesGroup.


Garces is a Philadelphia-based hospitality group specializing in personal dining experiences rooted in the rich cultural traditions and culinary vision of renowned Latin-American Chef Jose Garces. Taking a heartfelt and creative approach to time-honored recipes and dishes, Garces, in partnership with New Orleans- based Ballard Brands, operates numerous restaurants including Amada, Village Whiskey, Volvér, The Olde Bar, Buena Onda, Garces Eats and Garces Trading Company in Philadelphia, and Amada and Distrito in the Ocean Resort Casino. The group also operates Garces Events, a full-service catering and event division; the Garces Foundation, a philanthropic organization dedicated to Philadelphia’s underserved immigrant community. For more information, visit and follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


The Garden State Wine Growers Association is a non-profit organization of New Jersey-based wineries, vineyards and allied businesses. It serves as a centralized information repository, resource and clearing house for industry members, and offers a unified voice advocating for issues important to the entire range of New Jersey winery and vineyard operations. Central to this mission are efforts toward branding, marketing, public relations, education, and legislation and regulation for the furtherance of the vineyard and wine industries in the Garden State. Discover New Jersey Wine Country at

New Jersey is one of the top producers of wine in the country, having produced approximately 2 million gallons of wine across its over 50 licensed wineries. The state has four American Viticultural Areas suited for grape-growing, including the Central Delaware Valley AVA, the Warren Hills AVA, the Outer Coastal Plain AVA and the Cape May Peninsula AVA.

Vineyards across New Jersey grow more than 80 grape varieties, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir, Riesling, Sangiovese, Albarino and Chardonnay. New Jersey’s wineries also produce a wide array of fruit wines.

New Jersey wines have received critical acclaim in national and international competitions including the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition and the Finger Lakes International Wine Competition. They’ve also garnered praise in major publications such as Wine Enthusiast and The Wine Advocate.

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