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August 2015

Discover Your Wine Style

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August 6 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 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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Summertime Spirits & Cocktails

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August 7 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

From mojitos to punches, learn to make the best summer cocktails in this fun and educational cocktail class. Don’t worry, you won’t only watch and learn in this class, you will also taste, too.

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Accelerated Core Wine Course

August 10 @ 2:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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Every day for 5 days

August 10th-14th from 2:30-8pm

Earn a complete wine education in a weeklong accelerated program. The Core Wine Program combines our Foundation and Intermediate programs into a unified wine education experience. Plus, the Core Program student saves in 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.

For more information, please see our Wine Course Overview

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Accelerated Foundation Program

August 10 @ 2:30 pm - 4:45 pm
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Every day for 5 days

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 accelerated program, you will 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.


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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Accelerated Intermediate Wine Course

August 10 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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Every day for 5 days

August 10th to 14th from 5:30pm–8pm

From the Italian peninsula to the docks of Bordeaux, the Accelerated Intermediate Wine Course is a breathtaking exploration into the world of wine. 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. The Intermediate and the Wine Foundation Certificate are the core certification at the Wine School, and can be taken in tandem. For more information, read about our Core Certificate program.

For more information, please see our Wine Course Overview



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Spanish Wine Academy

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August 15 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 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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Advanced California Wine Program: ACCELERATED

August 17 @ 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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Every day for 5 days

About California Wine

The Advanced Program on California Wine is the most comprehensive course on the Cali wine trade available on the East Coast. This  full semester program is offered by the Wine School of Philadelphia with optional professional certification via the National Wine School in Los Angeles.

In this program, you will gain insight into California winemaking, history, and geography of the myriad essential wine-growing regions.  This will include the rightfully famous wine regions of Napa and Sonoma, but also many of the smaller important boutique locations like Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara  and  the Templeton Gap District

The wine program will also include the hidden history of the California wine pioneers. Unconstrained by tradition or viticultural regulation, California winemakers have changed the world of wine over the past three decades.

The program also follows the young, innovative winemakers who are once again rewriting the rules of the wine trade; From the hunt for the perfect California cru,  to the revolt against the overly-technical wine styles of the recent past. This class revolves around the fascinating stories, philosophies, and wine  of California’s top producers.

About The Wine Course

The Advanced California Wine Program is comprised of 16 hours of class study in a single week. This accelerated program offers and equal amount of class time as the regular Advanced Wine Courses. Accelerated programs are intensive but rewarding.  Bringing a lunch is recommended. Lunch can be eaten in our new lounge downstairs.  No food is allowed in the classroom during class.

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World Atlas of Beer

August 22 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

A whirlwind tour of the classics, the innovators, and the exceptional: This beer tasting class is an overview of the entire world of beer today. You can expect a wild tasting trip. Starting in Philadelphia we head to Belgium, to the United Kingdom, to Germany and then  onwards to the furthest reaches of this awesome beer-drenched world.

An Introduction to Beer Styles

At it’s core, this is a beer style class. This is the sort of  programming that is required for  aspiring brewer and beer sommelier. However, this class was built with the beer lover in mind, not the professional.

Is this class right for  you? We craft classes like this one to give you the insider’s view of the beer world, in a two hour format. If tasting beer while learning about beer styles from one of our the Philly Beer School’s  sounds like fun, this class is your cup of tea. Or glass of beer, as it may be.

Why is this class important? One of  the best ways to learn about beer is by understanding  the classic beer styles. Every beer you love was brewed to reflect a certain classic style. In beer, that means knowing the unique styles from around the world. In this class, you will be introduced to the major ones.

If you are hungry for more beer knowledge after this class (and you will be!),  we suggest taking a look at some of our region beer classes. Beer Classes on , Germany, , and the are offered throughout the year.

beer styles guide

Some Classic Beer Styles from Around the World

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Rare and Exotic Wines

August 23 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Deliciously Exotic Wines or Exotically Delicious? That is the question  of the hour when we uncork these  amazing wines. By the end of class, you will wonder why the rest of the world has forgotten about these wines. You will be glad we haven’t.

In Search of Delicious Exotic Wines

In this class, the theme is: 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.  You will learn about –and taste– wines from obscure places and also exotic varieties. But that isn’t the most important element. It’s not enough that these are exotic wines. They also have to be damn good, too.

If you are the type of person who wants to discover great new things, then this is a class for you. If you are happy just drinking buttery Chardonnay, not so much. Some of these wines will be from exotic places, some will be made with exotic grapes, and some combine both (and those are our favorites). No matter how much you think you know, this class will open your mind to how big and awesome the wine world really is.

Exotic wines don't always come from exotic vineyards, but it helps.

Exotic wines don’t always come from exotic vineyards, but it helps.

This class will also give you great insight into the mind of a cellar master & sommelier. You’ll learn about wines and wine regions years before they become famous. As a case in point, the Wine School’s very first Exotica class was held in 2002. One of the first wines of that night was an exotic grape from a hitherto-unknown wine region:  Malbec from Argentina. How times have changed!

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Perfect Pizza Pairings

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August 27 @ 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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Bubbles! The Sparkling Wine Class

August 28 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Too much of anything is bad, but too much Champagne is just right.
  -Mark Twain

Honestly, who doesn’t love bubbles? They are fun and sophisticated and no one ever is miserable drinking them. A bottles of bubbles makes everyone feel like royalty, if only for a moment. Sparkling wine can turn a lackluster date into a marriage proposal. Or a party into a gala.

This our class featuring all our favorite bubbly wines: Champagne, Cava, Prosecco, and much more!

Learn about Sparkling Wine

In this wine tasting class, you will discover the top producers and the best places for sparkling wine. Plus, you will learn the tricks of the trade: how to find great bubbles without breaking the bank, and what to look for when selecting a bottle. You will also learn how the wines are made, and why Champagne costs a fortune but Prosecco is so affordable.

Cheers to Bubbly!

Cheers to Bubbly!

A Bit of Bubbly

Keith Wallace, the director of the Wine School is a former ambassador to Champagne (Center for Wine Origins and the Champagne Bureau, USA). Over the years, there have been a number of articles and shows that have featured his love of bubbles. The Daily News featured Keith in an article on Champagne.  There is also an old episode of Philly Uncorked, back when Keith was the co-star in the show.  And FOXnews featured Keith when bottles of Prosecco started exploding in PLCB wine shops.

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September 2015

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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Discover Your Wine Style

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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French Wine Academy

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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Crash Course on Craft Beer

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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California Wine Guide

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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Wine 101: Learn About Wine

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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Imbibe! The Whiskey & Cocktail Class

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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