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September 2014

Wine Foundation Course

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September 28 @ 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Sundays from September 28th to November 16th, 3:30 to 5:30om

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 more information, please see our Wine Course Overview

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October 2014

The Wine Trials

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October 2 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Can you tell the difference between cheap wine and expensive wine?

This class is inspired by the Fearless Critic’s book, the Wine Trials, which sparked debate over its claim that non-expert wine drinkers preferred cheap bottles to more expensive bottles in scientific blind tastings.

In this class, we will put the critics to the test. Can a great $10 bottles taste better than an expensive one? Are 90+ point wines better? Come to this class and find out for yourself. You may be very surprised at the result!

 

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Advanced Wine Old World Course

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October 2 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

From October 2nd to November 20th

This program is the essential sommelierre  section of the Advanced program. This semester features the essential wines  for any wine list and every cellar.

This program features the must-know wine regions of France, Italy, Spain, and all of Europe. The essential program for all professionals and wine enthusiasts.

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Wine Lovers Tour of South America

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October 16 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

South America is one of the most exciting places in the wine world right now. From Malbec to Syrah to lesser-known gems like Torrontes and Tannat, South America is a gold mine for delicious, smartly priced wines. We’ll show you how to buy great wine at fantastic prices, all while tasting the really good stuff.

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Sommelier’s Guide to California

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October 17 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

The ultimate tour of wines from California. From top-tier Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley to luxury-level Pinot Noir from San Rita Hills. If you are a wine collector, sommelier, or just want to drink like one. This is the class for you.  This class features exclusive wines from California’s top wine regions and winemakers.

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Discover Your Wine Style

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October 18 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 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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Cooking Class with Wine Pairings

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October 21 @ 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

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October 22 @ 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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History of the World in Eight Glasses

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October 30 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Homo sapiens have been drinking fermented beverages since the beginning of time. In this class, we will be taking a stroll down antiquity with a tasting of eight different drinks that changed our world.

We will be sampling wines, beers, and spirits made in traditional and ancient ways, so expect some interesting and mind-blowing flavors! A rare opportunity to taste history in a glass!

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November 2014

American Craft Brews

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November 6 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Biggie versus Tupac; Taxis versus Hybrids, Cheesesteaks versus Quinoa; Giants versus 49ers; NYC versus LA: the rivalries between the east coast and west coast are long standing. Let’s add a new one one to the list: beer.

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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Wine 101: Learn About Wine

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November 7 @ 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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Artisanal Wine & Cheese Pairing

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November 8 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 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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Cooking Class with Wine Pairings

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November 10 @ 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

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November 12 @ 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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Cook & Corks: Food & Wine Pairing

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November 14 @ 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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Barolo! A Sommeliers Guide to the Italian Piedmonte

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November 20 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

What is it about Barolo? It haunts the dreams of wine lovers and often seems to reflect the very soul of Italia. In tonight’s class, we’ll delight in wines from all over the majestic Alpine hill, but the focus will be on the famous Piedmontese vineyards of Barolo and Barbaresco. We will be featuring wines from our the director’s wine cellar, so expect some collectible and rare bottles to be opened for this class. Expect wine that offer drama, intensity, and deliciousness in every sip.

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Bootleggers’ Bible

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

Rum, Sazerac, and the Lash: everything you needed to know about crafting modern cocktails with a retro vibe. You will have a crash course on top shelf rums, whiskeys, and gins in this unique session. Included: a primer on bitters and various elixers, and tips on perfect construction. If you love a good cocktail, this is not to be missed. Held only twice a year.

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Wine Smarts!

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November 22 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Can you talk sommelier?

Learn how to taste –and talk about– wine like a natural-born sommelier.   This is a two hour class of tasting and discovering wine’s  hidden language.  You will learn how to savor, describe  and rate wines with one of the top sommelier-instructors on the East Coast.   It’s an opportunity to explore the world of wine from the inside.  Come and find your inner Robert Parker!*

This class was designed by the winner of the Best Wine Reviewer 2014 award by the WBA. It’s a smart and fun class that offers plenty for any wine lover, regardless of knowledge level.

 

*famous wine critic from the Wine Advocate magazine

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