Terms & Conditions

Our goal is to make your experience easy and efficient. The following policies are designed to ensure your satisfaction and understanding of the purchase process.

This Purchase Policy incorporates our Terms of Use by this reference.

Age Range & Intoxication

We follow the rules and regulations of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania with respect to alcohol service. Participants in our classes, academic programs, and events must be over 21 years of age. Furthermore, we reserve the right to refuse alcohol to anyone who appears intoxicated.

Class Rescheduling

Ticketholders who have selected the premium option during checkout may reschedule their class, provided that written notice is provided at least 10 minutes prior to the class start time. Tickets may not be rescheduled without the premium option. To complete your reschedule request, you must use the rescheduling form that appears at www.vinology.com.  

Cancelled Classes

On occasion classes may be cancelled or postponed by the School due to weather conditions or other events beyond our control. We always try to make the best decision under the circumstances, for the utmost concern for the safety of our students and instructors. If a cancellation does occur, we will notify the purchaser by email 24 hours before the event. Every purchaser will receive a gift certificate in the full amount of the purchase price to attend another class at a future time. 

Gift Certificates

Gift certificates have no monetary value and cannot be refunded. They are valid only for classes and programs. Gift certificates are not valid for dinners, trips, or other extracurricular activities undertaken by the School. 

Yelp, Groupon, Living Social, Etc.

Promotional gift certificates from Yelp, Groupon, or LivingSocial, or any other discount provider, are subject to separate terms and conditions as stated on the third-party provider’s website. The Wine School or Philly Beer School is not liable for any costs associated with such purchases. Any and all remedies, including refunds, are between the purchaser and the third-party provider.

Refund Policies

Academic program fees are refundable only as follows: Cancellations made 45 days or more prior to course commencement will suffer a charge of 15% of the total course fee; cancellations made fewer than 45 days but more than 30 days before course commencement will suffer a charge of 50% of the course fee. If fewer than 30 days notice is given, no refunds will be made in respect of cancellations, but 50% of fees paid may be carried forward and used for another course.

Individual classes are not refundable, but can be rescheduled if the purchaser selected the Premium option during checkout. 

Purchases of a seat in a travel & tour program are final. The school, at its discretion, may refund half the purchase price.

Purchases of more than 4 seats to a class

Because we value the intimate settings of our wine classes, we cannot seat parties larger than four people together. For large groups, we recommend hiring the school to run a private wine tasting for you.

Ethical Standards

The School is a diverse and open institution. We promise to treat our students with the utmost respect and consideration. In return, we expect that all students abide by the terms & agreements put forth on this page. Harassment of any kind will not be tolerated. In addition to the terms and conditions, the student agrees to compensate the School for any and all damages caused as a result of such action, as determined in the sole discretion of the Wine School.

Educational Standards

The School is a consumer-based private school dedicated to teaching individual consumers about wine for their personal, and private, enjoyment. As famously quoted by President Judge Leadbetter of the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court, the School is about “teaching a mathematics professor, homemaker or retired school teacher how to determine if a particular bottle of wine is paired better with pasta or pizza.”

The School does not provide resident instruction to prepare an individual to pursue an occupation or career in the wine, bartending, hotel or restaurant management industry, or any other occupation or career which is listed in the Dictionary of Occupational Titles (1991) as amended or supplemented.  The classes offered by the Wine School are neither designed nor intended to aid an individual in obtaining employment in the aforementioned occupations and any individual endeavoring to obtain such instruction from the Wine School does so under their own accord and without the consent of the School.

Nothing in the School’s advertising and/or promotional materials, including, but not limited to, information contained on www.vinology.com, is intended to convey anything contrary to the above.  The School’s use of academic terms such as, but not limited to “certificate,” “course” and “semester” are intended to convey the expert level of instruction that the School provides its students and is not, in any way, intended to give the impression that it is a degree-granting institution qualified by the State Board of Education.

Individuals taking a class specifically acknowledge and agree that they are doing so for their own personal enjoyment and entertainment rather than as a means to obtain employment in a wine or wine-related industry.

 

Terms of Use

AS USED HEREIN, THE TERMS “YOU” AND “USER” SHALL MEAN ANY VISITOR TO THE WEBSITE.

PLEASE READ THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS CAREFULLY. BY ACCESSING THIS WEBSITE YOU AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS BELOW. THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE, FROM TIME TO TIME IN OUR SOLE DISCRETION. WE WILL NOTIFY YOU OF AMENDMENTS TO THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS BY POSTING THEM TO THIS WEBSITE. IF YOU DO NOT AGREE WITH THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS, PLEASE DO NOT ACCESS THIS WEBSITE.

You are strictly prohibited from unauthorized use of our systems or this website, including but not limited to unauthorized entry into our systems, misuse of passwords, or misuse of any information posted to this website.

You acknowledge that we may disclose and transfer any information that you provide through this Website if we have a right or duty to disclose or are permitted or compelled to so disclose such information by law. You consent to the transmission, transfer or processing of such information to, or through, any country in the world, as we deem necessary or appropriate, and by using and providing information through this Website you agree to such transfers.

Use of this Website may be monitored, tracked and recorded. Anyone using this Website expressly consents to such monitoring, tracking and recording. You are responsible for being familiar with the current version of these Terms and Conditions posted on the Website during each session.

Copyright notices

The works of authorship contained in this Website, including but not limited to all design, text, sound recordings, and images, are owned, except as otherwise expressly stated, by The National Wine School, LLC or one of its subsidiaries. Except as otherwise expressly stated herein, they may not be copied, transmitted, displayed, performed, distributed (for compensation or otherwise), licensed, altered, framed, stored for subsequent use, or otherwise used in whole or in part in any manner without the owner’s prior written consent, except to the extent permitted by the Copyright Act of 1976 (17 U.S.C. ? 107), as amended, and then, only with notices of the owner’s proprietary rights. You may download information and print out a copy for your personal use, so long as you do not remove any copyright or other notice as may be contained in information, as downloaded.

Pennsylvania Department of Education

By accessing this site, you acknowledge that the Wine School of Philadelphia is a consumer-based private school dedicated to teaching individual consumers about wine for their personal, and private, enjoyment. As famously quoted by President Judge Leadbetter of the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court, the Wine School of Philadelphia is about “teaching a mathematics professor, homemaker or retired school teacher how to determine if a particular bottle of wine is paired better with pasta or pizza.”

You acknowledge that the Wine School does not provide resident instruction to prepare an individual to pursue an occupation or career in the wine, bartending, hotel or restaurant management industry, or any other occupation or career which is listed in the Dictionary of Occupational Titles (1991) as amended or supplemented.  Furthermore, you affirm that the classes offered by the Wine School are neither designed nor intended to aid an individual in obtaining employment in the aforementioned occupations and any individual endeavoring to obtain such instruction from the Wine School does so under their own accord and without the consent of the Wine School.

You acknowledge that nothing in the Wine School’s advertising and/or promotional materials, including, but not limited to, information contained on Vinology.com, is intended to convey anything contrary to the above.  Furthermore, you acknowledge that the Wine School’s use of academic terms such as, but not limited to, “certificate,” “course” and “semester” are intended to convey the expert level of instruction that the Wine School provides its students and is not, in any way, intended to give the impression that it is a degree-granting institution qualified by the State Board of Education.

You also affirm that individuals taking a Wine School class specifically acknowledge and agree that they are doing so for their own personal enjoyment and entertainment rather than as a means to obtain employment in a wine or wine-related industry.

Website content and materials

The information on this Website is for information purposes only. It is believed to be reliable, but we do not warrant its completeness, timeliness or accuracy. User accesses, uses, and relies upon such content at User’s own risk.

Some of our other website’s or pages within this Website contain supplemental terms and conditions and additional disclosures and disclaimers, which are in addition to these terms and conditions, disclosures and disclaimers. In the event of a conflict, the supplemental terms and conditions and additional disclosures and disclaimers will govern for those sections or pages.

Materials and information posted on the Website may be printed for your use, provided, however, that third party exchange data, if any, may not be downloaded, printed or redistributed for any purposes whatsoever. Materials and information posted on the Website may not be duplicated, copied, re-disseminated or re-distributed to any other person or entity. Re-dissemination and re-distribution includes, without limitation, making any such materials and information available via the Internet or via any other electronic means of access.

You agree that you will not engage in any activities related to this Website that are contrary to applicable law, regulation or the terms of any agreements you have with us.

WE OR OUR SUPPLIERS MAY DISCONTINUE OR MAKE CHANGES IN THE INFORMATION, PRODUCTS OR SERVICES DESCRIBED HEREIN AT ANY TIME WITHOUT PRIOR NOTICE TO YOU AND WITHOUT ANY LIABILITY TO YOU. ANY DATED INFORMATION IS PUBLISHED AS OF ITS DATE ONLY OR, IF NO DATE IS STATED, THE DATE OF FIRST POSTING. WE DO NOT UNDERTAKE ANY OBLIGATION OR RESPONSIBILITY TO UPDATE OR AMEND ANY INFORMATION ON THIS WEBSITE. WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO TERMINATE ANY OR ALL WEBSITE OFFERINGS OR TRANSMISSIONS WITHOUT PRIOR NOTICE TO YOU. FURTHERMORE, NO DISTRIBUTION OR SOLICITATION IS MADE BY US TO ANY PERSON TO USE THIS WEBSITE OR THE INFORMATION, PRODUCTS OR SERVICES IN JURISDICTIONS WHERE THE PROVISION OF THIS WEBSITE AND SUCH INFORMATION, PRODUCTS OR SERVICES IS PROHIBITED BY LAW.

Links to other sites

Links to unaffiliated websites are provided solely as pointers to information on topics that may be useful to users of this Website, and we have no control over the content on such unaffiliated websites. If you choose to link to a website we do not control, we make no warranties, either express or implied, concerning your use of or inability to use such site, the content of such site, including the accuracy, completeness, reliability, or suitability thereof for any particular purpose, nor do we warrant that such site or content is free from any claims of copyright, trademark, or other infringement of the rights of third parties or that such site or content is devoid of viruses or other contamination. We do not guarantee the authenticity of documents on the Internet. Links to unaffiliated sites do not imply any endorsement of or responsibility for the opinions, ideas, products, information, or services offered at such sites, or any representation regarding the content at such sites and we expressly disclaim any such endorsement or representation. In addition, these third party websites may have a privacy policy or security practices different from this Website so it is important to read the policies of those sites before sharing your personal information.

Legal entity disclosure

the Wine School is the marketing name for The National Wine School, LLC and its subsidiaries and affiliates worldwide.

LIMITATION OF LIABILITY

BECAUSE OF THE POSSIBILITY OF HUMAN AND MECHANICAL ERROR AS WELL AS OTHER FACTORS, THE WEBSITE (INCLUDING ALL INFORMATION AND MATERIALS CONTAINED ON THE WEBSITE) IS PROVIDED “AS IS” AND “AS AVAILABLE”. WE, OUR AFFILIATES, AND ANY THIRD PARTY DATA PROVIDERS:

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NO LICENSE TO THE USER IS IMPLIED IN THESE DISCLAIMERS. NOTHING HEREIN SHALL BE CONSTRUED AS LIMITING OR REDUCING OUR RESPONSIBILITIES AND OBLIGATIONS TO CLIENTS IN ACCORDANCE WITH APPLICABLE LAWS AND REGULATIONS.

UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES WILL WE BE LIABLE FOR ANY LOST PROFITS, LOST OPPORTUNITY OR ANY INDIRECT, CONSEQUENTIAL, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, PUNITIVE, OR EXEMPLARY DAMAGES ARISING OUT OF ANY USE OF OR INABILITY TO USE THE WEBSITE OR ANY PORTION THEREOF, REGARDLESS OF WHETHER WE HAVE BEEN APPRISED OF THE LIKELIHOOD OF SUCH DAMAGES OCCURRING AND REGARDLESS OF THE FORM OF ACTION, WHETHER IN CONTRACT, WARRANTY, TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE), STRICT LIABILITY, OR OTHERWISE.

Enforceability and Governing Law

In the event any of the terms or provisions of these Terms and Conditions shall be held to be unenforceable, the remaining terms and provisions shall be unimpaired and the unenforceable term or provision shall be replaced by such enforceable term or provision as comes closest to the intention underlying the unenforceable term or provision. These Terms and Conditions shall be subject to any other agreements you have entered into with The National Wine School, LLC. The user’s access to and use of the Website, and the terms of this disclaimer are governed by the laws of the State of New York.

Any action against the National Wine School,LLC arising from or relating to your access to and use of the Website and the provisions of these Terms and Conditions must be brought by you in state or federal court located in the State of Pennsylvania, County of Philadelphia. You consent to the jurisdiction and venue of the state and federal courts located within State of Pennsylvania, County of Philadelphia, for the adjudication of all claims by The National Wine School, LLC against you arising from or relating to your access to and use of the Website and the provisions of these Terms and Conditions.