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November 2014

Spanish Wine Academy

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November 29 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Spain: It’s hands down the most exciting wine region in the world today. In this class, we serve up a full panoply of dazzling reds and whites from premier regions like Rioja, to the less-familiar — but no less stellar — such as Priorat and Rias Baixas.  Our instructors are Spanish wine enthusiasts, bar none. Come to class and join the congregation of the converted.

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December 2014

The Top Drops

December 4 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

In Australia, great wine is called a “top drop” and that is what you will be experiencing in this class on top-shelf Aussie wines.

Have you tasted the amazing luxury  wine that is coming out of Australia these days? The days of schlocky shiraz and morbid merlots are over. It seems like the entire country of Australia became deathly embarrassed about that whole yellowtail thing, and decided to make world-class wines instead.

In this class, we will explore Australia’s key winemaking regions, taste a selection of truly remarkable wines, and discuss what to look for when buying and pairing these decadent selections with your favorite foods. Oh, and you’ll learn about the two hundred years of  fine winemaking  that existed before those damn kangaroo wines bounced onto the wine scene.

You will not believe your tongue when you taste these amazing wines!

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Champagne! A Sommelier’s Guide to Sparkling Wine

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December 5 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Sommeliers Guide to Champagne isn’t about just any old bubbly: This is an expert look at some of the greatest wine in the world, those from the small northeastern region of France known as Champagne. There’s plenty here that is still undiscovered, not to mention incredibly delicious.

Attend this class, and you will have the rare opportunity to learn about the region and sample great vintage and grand cru wines. It will make your holiday season truly shine!

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Wine 101: Learn About Wine

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December 6 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

If you are new to the study of wine — or simply new to the Wine School of Philadelphia — this class is for you. Here, you will experience each of the Wine School’s hallmarks:dispelling industry rumors, banishing popular wine myths, and delivering information in an easy-to-understand manner. Developed by a U.C. Davis winemaker and honed over ten years of teaching experience, it represents a singular view of wine education. Allow us to share it with you!

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Cooking Class with Wine Pairings

December 8 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

A cooking class like no other.  In this class, our top chef teams up with one of our top sommeliers. Together they craft a seasonal and satisfying menu for the night, with a focus on farm-to-table ingredients.

The class includes a cooking demonstration of each dish, along with a full description of the wine pairings by our sommelier-instructor.  You then taste the results for yourself.

Come see the magic behind the bestselling cookbook “Corked & Forked: Four Seasons of Eats & Drinks” in action! After all, there’s nothing like learning firsthand from the pros.

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Sommelier Smackdown

December 10 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

The Wine School’s signature event! Imagine two of the city’s top wine professionals competing to create the perfect food & wine pairing…and all for you! We pit one of Philadelphia’s top sommeliers against one of our wine educators. Attendees sample each of food & wine pairings, then choose the winner. Past participants have included the top sommeliers on the East Coast, plus winemakers, celebrities, and authors. You never know who may show up at the Smackdown, but you can bank on an exceptional food and wine experience.

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Craft Beer & Food Pairing

December 11 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

For far too long, sommelier-level food &  beverage pairing was limited to wine. That is no longer the case.  Chefs, sommeliers, and even wine lovers have all discovered that beer can be a perfect accompaniment to many dishes.

In fact, beer can actually be as food-friendly as wine . The flavor variety in beer is nearly infinite. And that is where we come in: our crack team of beer sommeliers, brewers, and chefs have come together to put together this stellar class. You will experience and learn about the  the best ways to pair beer and food.

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Wine 101: Learn About Wine

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December 12 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

If you are new to the study of wine — or simply new to the Wine School of Philadelphia — this class is for you. Here, you will experience each of the Wine School’s hallmarks:dispelling industry rumors, banishing popular wine myths, and delivering information in an easy-to-understand manner. Developed by a U.C. Davis winemaker and honed over ten years of teaching experience, it represents a singular view of wine education. Allow us to share it with you!

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The Winter Cocktails & Spirits Class

December 13 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

When the days grow longer and Philly get chilly, it’s time for our Winter Cocktails & Spirits class!  Come and hang out with your fellow booze hounds and learn about the finest cold-weather spirits and cocktails. Learn how to oak-age your own spirits and cocktails. Learn new cocktail recipes that will warm your bones and tickle your tongue: This is the tasting class that’ll put a rosy glow on your cheeks! When it’s all said and down, it’s everything you need to know for throwing a wintertime party, lounging at a ski lodge, or just lounging around on a snowy night.

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Wine 201: Beyond the Basics

December 14 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Want to step beyond Wine 101? This is the perfect wine tasting class for you.

In this class, we uncover some of the secrets of the wine trade, and it’s all about taste. Ever hear a master sommeliers or a winemaker talk about layers of flavor in wine? Do you want to learn how to taste them, too? In this class, we cover the fundamentals of what it means to taste wine like a professional.

While we can’t teach you to have an x-ray tongue in a single class, we can show you how to recognize complexity and layers in wine.

In this class, we will take you through a series of tastings to help develop your palate. We will show you how wine is made and how it affects flavors and scents in a wine. When we’re finished, you will have learned some of the same material we present in our academic programs, and are one step closer to having serious wine skills.

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Eight Wines to Try Before You Die

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December 26 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

What are your desert island wines? What are the eight bottles that you could drink every day and night for the rest of your life? What wines would make living on that cursed desert island feel like a luxurious vacation? Ponder that for awhile. We did. We came up with a list — actually a bunch of lists — then threw them out and simply wandered through our cellar deep in thought.

In the end, it took about a week to make our selections. Each of us picked our most beloved wines from the thousands of great wines out there. In this class, we share them with you. This is not a classic session about terroir or history or culture: this is a class about the ultimate in flavor. Uncompromising lust-inducing brain-melting flavor. Join us for this rare and amazing class.

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Italian Beer School

December 27 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Otto birre italiane che il mondo ci invidia e beve a garganella.  For a century, Italy has been known for great wine and decent beer. But that has changed. The younger generation in the wine regions of Italy have turned to brewing beer, and the results are mind-boggling awesome. They are inspired by classic beers styles, but are uniquely Italian.

Get an education in the fastest growing high-quality beer region in the world with beers rarely seen outside of Italy, except in the deepest corners of beer hipsterdom.

 

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Chilean Wine Academy

December 28 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Dating back nearly 500 years, the winemaking tradition in Chile is one of the oldest in the New World. Today, their wines have sparked tremendous interest throughout the world. There is no question as to why: Chile is one of the world’s mow important wine-producing countries. In fact, many insiders call Chile a  a “winegrower’s paradise” .

Take this class to discover  the  wide range of great wines made in Chile: from the crisp, grassy Sauvignon Blanc of the Casablanca valley to the elegant, age-worthy Bordeaux Blends made in  Colchagua Valley and their signature Carmenère grape grown in Maipo Valley.

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January 2015

The Year’s Greatest Wines

January 2, 2015 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

The school’s founder uncorks his best bottles for 2015. Perfectly aged and expertly chosen for you. Spend a few hours with Keith, and selections from his cellar.

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Awesome and Exotic Wines

January 3, 2015 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Deliciously Exotic or Exotically Delicious? That is the question you will asking as you taste these amazing wines. The rest of the world may have forgotten about them, but we haven’t! This is a class for anyone tired of the usual and looking to expand their knowledge. In this class, the more obscure and rare the better!  We have traveled –figuratively and literally– across the globe to find some of the coolest wines you have never heard of.

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Beer & Brewing 101

January 4, 2015 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

The beer class for everyone. This is our introduction to how beer is made, major beer styles, and brewing history. Eight different brews will be sampled. Beer 101 was featured on the CBS show “What’s Brewing”. This is a great class for beer enthusiasts and budding home brewers alike. 

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Essential Wine Regions

January 5, 2015 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

A Restaurant Grade Class

Everything you wanted to know about wine regions but were afraid to ask. This class* is designed for restaurant  folks who want to learn about wine. Not in the restaurant trade?  No worries, you will love this class, too! In two hours of tasting and talking, we cover all the major wine regions that anyone in the restaurant  trade should be familiar with.

 

*This is a non-matriculated class: it is an educational class, but not for credit or certification.

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Sommeliers Guide to Pinot Noir

January 8, 2015 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Elegant, sexy, and capricious, Pinot Noir is perhaps the most beloved grape in the world. Its allure drives winemakers to become artists, and wine lovers to spend enormous sums of money. This class mixes luxury and learning like few sessions can. We will feature rare wines from some of the greatest Pinot Noir vineyards and regions in the world. From the Willamette Valley to Burgundy, this is the ultimate experience of boutique Pinot Noir.

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