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September 2015
$39.98

Wine 101: Learn About Wine

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September 3 @ 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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$39.98

Discover Your Wine Style

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September 5 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

This class is designed to take the mystery out of the age-old question: will I like that wine? Through a series of fun and engaging wine tastings, you will uncover what types of wines you naturally will love.

After this class, 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.

Take the Confusion Out of Wine Styles

wine styles

The Wine Style Chart by Wine Folly

There are over 10,000 possible flavors in wine. There are over 500 bottles  in the average wine shop. When you hold up a bottle of wine, do you know if you are really going to like it? Have you bought an expensive bottle only to be disappointed?

If so, you are not alone. This is an issue that has plagued wine lovers for centuries. Each and every one of us has a ever so slightly different sense of taste, which means that not all wines are going to appeal to all people.

To enjoy wine to the fullest you don’t need to know every single wine style in the world. You don’t need to memorize every wine grape and every wine region. You don’t need to be a Cellar Master/Sommelier. All you really need to start your journey into wine awesome is to know YOUR wine style.

This class is designed to unveil the four keys to unlocking your your  personal wine preferences. This class is based on a decade of research, including the good folks at Monell Chemical Senses Center right here in Philly.  We have translated their work into a fun  two hour wine tasting class that anyone will enjoy.

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$47.98

French Wine Academy

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

Don’t deny yourself French wines. The lack of Bordeaux and Burgundy in your wine diet is unhealthy and will cause everlasting damage to your psyche.

In this class, you will taste through the essential French wine regions and grape varieties. Bordeaux, Burgundy, Languedoc, Loire, Rhone, Alsace: All the great flavors and stories will be encapsulated in this two hour tasting. You can expect a dynamic learning experience at the hands of a world-class sommelier-instructor.

French Wine

View from behind a cluster of French Wine Grapes

Why French Wine?

Our French Wine class is an important one for wine lovers. Heck, it’s virtually illegal for a seasoned sommelier not to take this class. For good reason: France remains the gold standard for fine wine around the world.

How you and I think about wine is is due to centuries that the French perfected the craft of making wine well over a century ago.  How we grow, make, bottle, sell, store, drink, and pair food is due to their innovations. Knowing French wine is comparable to reading the classics.  You can skip it, but don’t ever hold yourself up as a wine expert.

A Bit of French Wine Trivia

French wines are the touchstone that all other wines are compared to. So much so that pretty much every interview Keith Wallace (the Wine School’s founder) had done has included at least a passing remark about French winemaking. In Business Insider, Keith talks about why French oak wine barrels are more expensive than American. In a Nerd Wallet article, he compares the geology of  Texas wine country to several French wine regions.

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$47.98

Crash Course on Craft Beer

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September 12 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

In this class, we sample the extraordinary beers that highlight the differences between East Coast and West Coast brewing styles… and everything in between. This class features the finest craft brews made in America.

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$47.98

California Wine Guide

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September 13 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Learn about California wines from a wine school founded by a California winemaker.

This our ultimate tasting review of California wine. If you are an rabid Cali wine lover –or want to become one– then this class is for you.  From Napa Cabs, to Pinot Noir from San Rita Hills,  to Mourvedre from Templeton Gap:  You will experience the best that Cali has to offer.

We Love Great California Wine

We live for this type of class, so our knowledge of the Cali wine trade is root-deep.  We will give you the inside scoop on great wines and up-and-coming winemakers. You will discover a bevy of  great wines you never knew existed. And you will learn about Cali’s essential wine regions and grape varietals. Not bad for a two hour class.

If you haven’t been to a Wine School class before, you should know that “Learn by Taste” is our motto. You will be tasting luxury-level examples of California wines throughout this two hour class. Wines shown in this class are selected from the Keith Wallace’s personal wine cellar.

California Wine

California Wine Bottle Storage at a Winery

The school’s founder –Keith Wallace– was named one of the top sommeliers in Philadelphia by CBSNews and was the National Sommelier for Bacchus Selections, an online fine wine boutique that featured luxury California wines. He also misspent his youth working harvest in Northern California. He has done a bit more than that, too.

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$39.98

Wine 101: Learn About Wine

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September 17 @ 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!

Wine 101 is one of the most popular wine classes in America.

Wine 101 is a wildly popular wine tasting class.

Wine 101 is Awesome

You love this class. We know you do. There are  weeks where there are more people on the wait list than in the actual class.  What you probably don’t know is that teaching Wine 101 is the crucible through which all successful sommelier-instructors must pass through. Teaching this class is as close to a  guarantee to success that exists in the wine trade.

Of the eleven sommelier-instructors who have taught this class, two became restaurant critics, three wrote bestselling books, two become university professors, and one became a food and wine editor. And three still work for the school.

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$56.98

Imbibe! The Whiskey & Cocktail Class

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September 18 @ 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 whiskey cocktails, to food pairings, to its smokey history. This is the class for lovers of bourbon, scotch, and rye.

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Best Buys & Awesome Splurges

September 19 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Join for  an entertaining evening learning  about –and tasting–celebrated luxury wines and the world’s greatest wine values.   For everyone for whom a glass of wine is worth a moment’s reflection, this is an essential class.  Best Buys & Awesome Splurges adds new insight into extraordinary wines and the winemaker’s distinctive approach to quality, whether a bottle costs $10 or $100.

In this class, you will experience a wide range of great wines;  some in “This bottle costs more than my first car!” category, and others will have you saying “Sweet, I can afford two case of that wine!”  Discussions will include why certain wines cost so much, and others are great values, as well as how to find world-class wines at affordable prices.

 

 

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$39.98

Wine 201: Beyond the Basics

September 24 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 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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$699.97

Advanced Wine Course: Northern French Wine (Mondays)

September 28 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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Every week for 8 weeks

French Wine

For three centuries, France has long been the center of the wine world. French wine are prized by collectors and studied by winemakers around the globe. Each viticultural region in the country offers a different gustatory experience.

In France, everything is local: the microclimate, culture, grape varietals, geology, and history are intertwined into a essense some would call terroir.  Only in a full semester program like the Advanced France (North) Wine Course could shed light on such an extraordinary place.

The Wine Course

In this wine course, we take our students on a  virtual tour of the Northern French winemaking regions to illustrate the concepts of cru and terroir.  The program’s eight weeks focus in depth on a different region, including the Loire Valley, Savoie, Alsace, Jura, Burgundy, and Champagne.

We will show how Cabernet Franc takes on a completely different character depending on whether it is grown on gravel or limestone; how Sauvignon yields three different products in the hills of Sancerre when rooted in limestone, marl, or flint; how Pinot Noir will give radically different wines on a single hill in Burgundy as the vines progress upslope.

The wine course is approachable, but it is recommended students attend the Foundation and Intermediate programs before attending.

This semester we are offering this course on both Mondays and Wednesdays. This course is being held on Mondays.

 

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$699.97

Advanced Wine Course: Northern French Wine (Wednesdays)

September 30 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Every week for 8 weeks

French Wine

For three centuries, France has long been the center of the wine world. French wine are prized by collectors and studied by winemakers around the globe. Each viticultural region in the country offers a different gustatory experience.

In France, everything is local: the microclimate, culture, grape varietals, geology, and history are intertwined into a essense some would call terroir.  Only in a full semester program like the Advanced France (North) Wine Course could shed light on such an extraordinary place.

The Wine Course

In this wine course, we take our students on a  virtual tour of the Northern French winemaking regions to illustrate the concepts of cru and terroir.  The program’s eight weeks focus in depth on a different region, including the Loire Valley, Savoie, Alsace, Jura, Burgundy, and Champagne.

We will show how Cabernet Franc takes on a completely different character depending on whether it is grown on gravel or limestone; how Sauvignon yields three different products in the hills of Sancerre when rooted in limestone, marl, or flint; how Pinot Noir will give radically different wines on a single hill in Burgundy as the vines progress upslope.

The wine course is approachable, but it is recommended students attend the Foundation and Intermediate programs before attending.

This semester we are offering this course on both Mondays and Wednesdays. This course is being held on Wednesdays.

 

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October 2015
$74.99

Sommelier Smackdown

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October 1 @ 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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$74.98

Cook & Corks: Food & Wine Pairing

October 2 @ 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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$350

Beer & Brewing Specialist Program, Level One (Fall)

October 3 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Every week for 7 weeks

Beer Brewing School

From the first day to the last, our beer students will be brewing and learning and having an awesome time. In fact, students will be brewing their own extract American IPAs by the second day of class. By the last day at Beer Brewing School, they will have brewed an all-grain specialty beer.

Along the way, they will have learned the major beer styles, how to review beers, how to apply basic brewing principles, and understand beer flavors.  Even if you never plan on brewing beer again, this is an essential program for all beer enthusiasts. This class will train your beer palate like no other.

 

“Best Adult Education”
Philadelphia Magazine

This is the perfect program to begin your studies at the Philly Beer School. Students of all skill levels love this beer course.  Our students include complete novices, experienced home brewers,  Cicerone-certified beer sommeliers,  and industry professionals. If you are passionate about beer you will love this beer course.

The Beer Course

Classes are laid back and fun, but you will be surprised at how much you will learn in a single semester. Class topics include  beer styles, ingredients and recipes,  equipment, brewing laboratories, water and pH, beer reviewing, hop chemistry and varietals, grain milling, and facilities management.

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$548.98

Wine Foundation Course (Fall Semester)

October 4 @ 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
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Every week for 8 weeks

The world of wine is built on the foundation of taste. The top professionals in the food, wine, and hospitality industries understand this: the committed student of wine must learn this. To stand tall in the wine world, the student must learn to unravel the hidden flavors of wine and speak the language of the senses.

“The Wine School is a great place to build knowledge and pursue your passion.” Jonathan Newman, Former Chairman of the PLCB

Most wine enthusiasts remain tourists of the grape: they drink and enjoy without ever knowing the greater joys hidden just below the surface. The Foundation Course is your key to unlocking that world. With it, you just may be able to turn a mere hobby into a deeply passionate and highly creative calling.

“The Foundation program is truly a unique and enjoyable learning experience… it is the only chemistry class you will fall in love with.” Bob Pigeon, Executive Editor of De Capo Press.

In a single semester, students will learn the techniques and knowledge to become extraordinary wine tasters. Graduates are able to identity major wine varietals in a blind tasting: a skill many seasoned sommeliers cannot accomplish.

Course Contents:

  • The Science of Wine
  • Understanding White Wines
  • Old World and New World Styles
  • Understanding Red Wines
  • Wine Components
  • Introduction to Winemaking
  • Blind Tasting
  • Food and Wine Pairing

After our eight-week program, you will be taught to taste wine with a higher proficiency than most sommeliers. The final exam of this program is a series of blind tastings along with a multiple choice exam. It is expected that our graduates will be able to identify the varietal, style, and region of every wine presented in the blind tasting. We currently have a 91% pass rate. At-home study prior to both the written exam and blind tasting is highly recommended.

REQUIREMENTS

There are no prior requirements to attend this program. The program is designed to be accessible to anyone, regardless of experience or knowledge level.

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$999.98

Core Wine Course (Fall)

October 4 @ 3:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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Every week for 8 weeks

Earn a complete wine education in a single semester. The Core Wine Program combines our Foundation and Intermediate programs into a unified wine education experience.

Plus, the Core Program student saves a sizable amount of tuition by taking both programs in the same semester.

In the Foundation portion of the program, students will learn the techniques and master the knowledge needed to become extraordinary wine tasters. Graduates are able to identity major wine varietals in a blind tasting: a major feat for any wine professional.

In the Intermediate section, students learn about the intricacies of the ever expanding world of wine. Included in the program is the chance to master the wine styles, climates and varietals of all the major wine producing countries.

 

 

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Intermediate Wine Course (Fall Semester)

October 4 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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Every week for 8 weeks

From the Italian peninsula to the docks of Bordeaux, the Intermediate Certificate of Global Wine Studies is a breathtaking exploration into the world of wine.

“It is due to The Wine School of Philadelphia that I attended and graduated from the School for Oenology and Viticulture at the University of California at Davis.” Jenny Schultz

In a whirlwind of a semester, the secrets of the global wine society are unlocked. Students learn about the wine styles, varietals, and winemaking techniques of all the important wine producing countries. Upon completion of the program, graduates have a working knowledge of the types and styles of wine available throughout the world: our students become masters of the global vineyard.

Course curriculum includes the following wine countries:

  • North America
  • Australia
  • South America
  • South Africa
  • New Zealand
  • Spain
  • Italy
  • France
  • Germany
  • Austria
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$39.98

Wine 101: Learn About Wine

October 8 @ 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!

Wine 101

Wine 101 is one of the most popular wine classes in America.

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