Sommelier Smackdown

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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...

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Sommelier Smackdown

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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...

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Sommelier Smackdown

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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...

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Food and Wine Week at the Wine School

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  Next week is Food and Wine Week at the Wine School of Philadelphia.  Beginning on November 18th, three sommeliers and one chef  will create over one hundred wine pairings based around a fresh new four-course menu. Fresh Herb Salad. Ginger and Miso Vinaigrette Lobster pot pie. Fennel, fresh Maine lobster, local cream. New England Dinner. Pastrami cured short ribs, turnips, laurel and Komatsuna Caved-aged Hard Cheeses.  On Monday, we will be having a cooking & wine...

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September’s Food & Wine Menu

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Working on the menu for next week’s culinary and cooking classes. That includes the Corked & Forked Cooking Class, the Sommelier Smackdown, and my personal favorite, the  Cook & Corks class. With butternut squash coming into the markets this week, I will probably do a caramelized squash with mignonette pepper. That will play on the sweet/savory elements I really love to play with in the early autumn. Just a dash of cinnamon will keep it nicely balanced and...

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Philadelphia City Paper: Gary Vaynerchuk at the Wine School

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Wine guru Gary Vaynerchuk will be at the Wine School of Philadelphia today, June 12, to promote his new book — Gary Vaynerchuk’s 101 Wines: Guaranteed to Inspire, Delight and Bring Thunder to Your World (Rodale Books, $19.95). Vaynerchuk– or Gary V, as his followers, the “Vayniacs,” call him — is the director of operations for Springfield, N.J.’s Wine Library, but he’s best-known for his high-energy video podcast on tv.winelibrary.com, where he moves away from stuffy wine practices by using terms like “sniffy sniff” and asking whether a bottle “brings the thunder” when he reviews them. The Internet celebrity has appeared on Ellen and Late Night with Conan O’Brien, and he’s been featured in print in places like The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Time.

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Los Angeles Times: Rasslers ready to stomp on wine snoots

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Vince McMahon doesn’t want anyone thinking his wrestling superstars are a bunch of wine-tasting wimps.
McMahon’s World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. has told the American Wine Foundation, owner of the Wine School of Philadelphia with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, that it is infringing on its copyright by calling one of its wine classes “Sommelier Smackdown.” As any WWE fan knows, “Smackdown” is the name of one of its most popular franchises.
In a letter to the Wine School of Philadelphia, the WWE told the wine sippers that its use of the word “smackdown” is “likely to create consumer confusion as to WWE’s affiliation, sponsorship and/or approval” of the class. Yes, because we all know how similar wine snobs are to wrestling fanatics.

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Smackdown Cometh

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Last month, Jill Weber of Jet Wine Bar dominated in the Holiday edition of the Sommelier Smackdown. This month, the  magnificent Henry Greenly is taking up the challenge. Henry is guy behind the awesome wine list at Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse. He was recently named one of the top sommeliers in Philadelphia by CBS Philly (an honor he shares with our very own Keith Wallace). The Smackdown Menu Porcini & Enoki Mushroom Soup Greens with a Classic Vinaigrette Fresh...

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Philadelphia Inquirer: The Wine School vs. WWE

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World Wrestling Entertainment is going to the mat against the Wine School of Philadelphia. WWE, which trademarked the term Smackdown years ago, is fighting the Wine School’s attempt to register Sommelier Smackdown for its grape-centric competitions.

Last month, WWE law firm K&L Gates sent a cease-and-desist letter to the Fairmount business, which started Sommelier Smackdowns in 2007.”I feel kind of special,” said Keith Wallace. “I am being picked on by Vince McMahon. I better start working out.” In a note to friends, he wrote that he was calling out McMahon and wrestlerChris Jericho to a wine-tasting double-team cage match.

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