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December 2014

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

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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

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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

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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

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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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The Essential Wines of Europe

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

Everything you wanted to know about wine regions but were afraid to ask. This class  is for everyone from aspiring sommeliers, restaurant  employees, to  beginning wine enthusiasts.  In two hours of tasting and talking, you will learn (and taste) the major European wine regions everyone should know about.

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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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Wine 101: Learn About Wine

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January 9, 2015 @ 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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Wine 101: Learn About Wine

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January 10, 2015 @ 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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The Greatest Wines of 2014

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January 10, 2015 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Our very first –and hopefully annual– class on the year’s best wines. Wine Spectator published it’s top 100 list in November, and wines on that list start to jump.  It’s not uncommon for wines at the top of the list to double in value. Bully for them.

We wait until January to get the final votes into our own list of the Greatest Wines of 2014. We like to make sure we taste every possible awesome wine , and we need those extra months. Our list is based on the tasting notes of our top three Sommelier-Instructors and their Advanced students. After sampling over 2K  of the best-of-the-best wines in 2014, the wines in this class are our very favorite wines.  If you want a fun class in which you taste the greatest wines of 2014, this is a no-brainer.  We feature wines at every price point, from amazing values to extraordinary splurges.

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Wine Foundation Course (Winter Semester)

January 11, 2015 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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

The world of wine is built on the foundation of taste. 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. 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 creative calling. In a single semester, students will learn the techniques and knowledge to become extraordinary wine tasters. Graduates are able to identify major wine varietals in a blind tasting: a major achievement for any wine industry professional.

For detailed information on this and all our academic courses, please review our wine course overview page.

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Core Wine Course (Winter Semester)

January 11, 2015 @ 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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

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 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 detailed information on this and all our academic courses, please review our wine course overview page.

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Intermediate Wine Course (Winter Semester)

January 11, 2015 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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

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. 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 detailed information on this and all our academic courses, please review our wine course overview page.

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Artisanal Wine & Cheese Pairing

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January 14, 2015 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

The marriage of wine and cheese is older than dirt, and a whole lot tastier! Crafting the perfect wine and cheese pairing is a skill everyone should have. After all, it’s easier than cooking, but just as creative. In this class, we introduce wine and cheese pairings that range from the solidly traditional to the whimsically offbeat. We will discuss what makes each so special, and taste a number of the most exciting, unexpected combinations you can experience.

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Advanced France (South) Wine Course

January 15, 2015 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

This section of the Advanced program covers Bordeaux, Rhone, Languedoc, and Provence. This program runs on Thursdays from January 15th to March 5th. Classes run from 7:30 to 9:30pm

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Italian Wine Academy

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January 16, 2015 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Italian wines are loved by American connoisseurs. In fact, today there is more premium Italian wine consumed in the USA than in Italy itself!

In this class, you will learn and taste the wines of the major Italian wine regions: From Apulia to Tuscany, there is a lot of to sip and savor. We will highlight some of the rare and collectible wines that Italian wine aficianados lust after. Just as important, we will also show you a few of the best buys in Italian wines.

If you love all things Italian, this is the class for you.

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Sommelier Secrets

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January 17, 2015 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Sommeliers like ourselves have a few trade secrets. We know how to make cheap wine taste like a more expensive bottle. We know how to buy great wine by just reading the fine print on the bottle. We even know how to spend less money to get better quality wine. In this two hour wine tasting class, we will reveal the four essential secrets to buying and enjoying wines like a sommelier.

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