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January 2015

Sommelier Smackdown

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January 28 @ 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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Advanced France (South) Wine Course

January 29 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Every week for 7 weeks

This Advanced program runs on Thursdays, January 15th to March 5th, from 7:30pm to 9:30pm

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This section of the Advanced program covers Bordeaux, Rhone, Languedoc, and Provence.

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Cook & Corks: Food & Wine Pairing

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January 30 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

The art of food and wine pairing is a specialty at the Wine School. After all, we are the folks who created the two most popular food & wine classes in Philadelphia: the Sommelier Smackdown, and the Corked & Forked series of cooking classes. In “Cook & Corks” we invite a chef and sommelier to create a four-course food & wine tasting for you. It’s an unforgettable tasting experience, and one that any foodie will love.

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Old Wines: A wine collecting class for everyone.

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January 31 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Whether you are an avid wine collector or just thinking about it, this is an essential class. This evening, you will learn how to collect wine in a way that will bring you pleasure  for years to come, and possibly even a big payday! Learn about what style of wines are best for collecting along with the ins and outs of cellaring wines and when (and how) to enjoy them. Plus, you will get to sample wines from our own collection.

We will even give you the ins and outs of how NOT to collect wines: there are some really foolish ways to go about it. Some of the smartest and richest people in the world have managed to spend millions on counterfeit wines. Just read Millionaire’s Vinegar by Ben Wallace for a great introduction to the subject. We’ll help you steer clear of those pitfalls, too.

If you are interested in collecting wine — or just spending an evening learning about and drinking perfectly cellared wines–then this is a class for you!

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February 2015

Core Wine Course

February 1 @ 3:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Every week for 7 weeks

 Classes are held on Sundays, January 11th to March 1st, from 3-8pm.

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Wine Foundation Course

February 1 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Every week for 7 weeks

Classes are held from 3-5pm on Sundays, January 11th to March 1st.

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Intermediate Global Wine Program

February 1 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Every week for 7 weeks

 Classes are held on Sundays, January 11th to March 1st, from 6-8pm.

 

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Imbibe! The Whiskey & Cocktail Class

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February 6 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

One of the greatest whiskey authors of our generation, Michael Jackson, often visited 127 22nd Street. That was back before the Wine School, when our building was still occupied by his publisher, Running Press. This class is one of the ways we celebrate his legacy.

A bit of sauced education, this class features everything you ever wanted to know about whiskey, but were afraid to ask: From to whiskey cocktails, to food pairings, to its smokey history. This is the class for lovers of bourbon, scotch, and rye.

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Discover Your Wine Style

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February 7 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

We know that choices in a wine store or on a wine list can be intimidating, and this class is designed to take the mystery out of the age-old question: will I like that wine? In this class, you will discover your personal wine style through a series of tastings.

This is a  two hour class that is as fun as it is unintimidating. Afterwards, you won’t be stuck with the same boring old brands and grapes. You will be able to make better –and bolder– choices about buying wine in the future.  You will have your very own wine style!

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Beer & Brewing 101

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February 7 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 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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Wine 101: Learn About Wine

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February 9 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 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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Perfect Pizza Pairings

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

Wine & pizza pairing is not only a great combination, it also makes for a fun class. You will enjoy multiple pizzas and wine parings, from the classic Margherita to an over-the-top white truffle number.

In the end, you will learn why certain wines give pizza –delicious, lovely pizza– an extra bit of va-va-voom. You’ll even learn the deep dark secret about why a very famous Italian wine is very possibly the WORST pairing ever. You’re going to have a lot of fun in this class. After all, what could be better than munching on awesome pizza and drinking great wine?

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Sommelier Favorites

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

Our  sommelier-instructors are pros at finding amazing wines, even when they’re obscure. They, along with a  cadre of our notable  alumni (sommeliers, wine importers, and  winemakers) came up with our official list of Sommelier Favorites.  In this class, you will get to taste each and every one of them.

Tonight, you will experience a  unique blend of education and enjoyment. You will sit  back at in our posh classroom, and taste some of the most intriguing, beautiful, and eclectic wines you will experience this year. These are the bottles sommeliers  have been buying up for their own cellars.  Sure,  some are expensive splurge wines, but others are downright affordable.  You’ll also be privy to all the inside information that made this class possible in the first place.

 

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Valentine’s Day Chocolate & Wine Pairing

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February 14 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Wine & chocolate are natural partners. Pairing chocolate with sympathetic wine flavors will make your mouth happier than it’s ever been. In this special class, we are pairing  our favorite chocolates with some of our favorite wine styles.   You (and your honey) will discover tastes in the chocolate that only a  perfect wine pairing can bring out.

This is a fun & engaging class for wine lovers with a sweet tooth. Especially designed for Valentine’s Day.

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America $#(@* Yeah! The Best American Drinks

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February 20 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

You probably don’t expect a South Park reference from the Wine School. Of course, you may not know the Wine School was featured in a South Park episode a few years ago…. but that is a story for another time.

This is the WINTER edition of our “Best American Drinks” class. Tonight, we select our current  favorite American wines, beers, cocktails, and spirits for your sipping enjoyment.

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The Italian Wine Class

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February 21 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Italy has a well-earned reputation for being one of the world’s best producers of fine wine.  Grapes are grown in all parts of the country, from mountainous terrain, volcanic soils,  to the Mediterranean coastline.  Italians have been master winemakers  for centuries,  an ancient culture  influenced by Greeks, Phoenicians, and Romans.

This diversity is why Italy grows a vast number of native grapes, more than any other country in the world. In this class, you will experience and learn  about the most famous of Italian wine grapes.

 

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Belgian Beer Experience

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February 21 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

The beers of Belgium are some of the most diverse and popular in the world. Tonight, we’ll taste through the famous, and not-so-famous, beer styles of Belgium, including Strong Golden Ales, Wild Fermented Lambics, Monk brews, and more.  An essential class for any beer lover.

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Cooking Class with Wine Pairings

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February 23 @ 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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