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Wine Tasting in Philadelphia

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Want to learn about wine? Want to enjoy a wine tasting in Philadelphia? These are the wine classes to start with! We suggest taking a  Wine 101: Intro to Wine class along with at least one other class in this series. Our classes range from  how to read a wine label (Great Wine Made Simple),  great ways to buy and serve wine (Sommelier Secrets), discovering why you like certain types of wine (Learn Your Wine Style),  and how to “talk wine” like a pro (Wine Smarts).

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The world of wine is at your fingertips, right here in Philly. Each Premium Uncorked class is devoted to an essential wine region.  These classes are key for students who want to expand their wine knowledge beyond mere hype and pretension. In these classes, we will expose you to great wines that made these places famous in the first place. Taking a class on your favorite wine region is awesome, but it’s only the start. You’re sure to discover new places to love: We only feature wine regions that are amazing and worthy of your time. Drink Wine, Get Smart!

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These classes feature rare and exclusive wines.  Here is the magic of the Wine School: By reaching deep into our cellar, we have shared wines that cost more than the class itself. This is a truly unique, top-shelf wine tasting experience: you can expect a wine education as deep and profound as the wines.  As with all our classes, wine snobs with inflated egos need not attend.

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May 2015
$595

Advanced Wine Course | New World Essentials

May 28 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Every week for 8 weeks

Classes run from Thursday, April 16th to June 4th, 7:30 to 9:30pm.

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

This program features the must-know wine regions of North America, South America, New Zealand, South Africa, and Australia.

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$56.98

Italian Wine Class

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May 29 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Learn about Italian wine while tasting great Italian wine. What could be better?

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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Beer & Brewing Program

May 30 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Every week for 7 weeks

Classes are held on Saturdays from 11am to 1pm, May 9th to June 27th. 

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Everything needed to brew beer. A full semester brewing program which will give you the hands-on experience any beginning brewer needs. Presented in a light-hearted but pragmatic style, the weekly classes are based in both lectures and lab work.

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Class topics include the following:

  • Beer Styles
  • Ingredients and Equipment
  • Brewing Laboratory (Three Sections)
  • Dry Hopping Laboratory
  • Bottling and Kegging Laboratory
  • The Keg Tap

Class Overview

Class #1. Overview of Fermentation

Class #2. Sensory Training. A focus on beer esters, hop flavors, and faults.

Class #3. Beer Styles. A compendium tasting of classic beer styles, their origins, and modern interpretations.

At this point of the program, the students begin brewing beer, which will be sampled during the last day of class.

Class #4. The Wort. A hands-on approach to building the grain bill. In this laboratory class, you will learn how to create a wort from a full grain malt, use a hydrometer, and test water PH. This is a hands-on laboratory class.

Class #5. The Boil & Fermentation. In this class, you will learn about hop additions, proper boil techniques, and fermentation essentials. This is a hands-on laboratory class.

Class #6. Racking & Wet Hopping. The essentials of fermentation will be reviewed in this class, plus a hands-on tutorial in racking and wet hopping.

Class #7. Kegging & Bottle Conditioning. In this class, the final steps of beer making will be completed. This includes kegging and bottle conditioning the beers.

Class #8. Tapping the Keg. In this class, we crack open the beers we started brewing in Class #4.

 

 

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Artisanal Wine & Cheese Pairing

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May 30 @ 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 – and delicious – combinations you can experience.

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June 2015
$39.98

Wine Lovers Tour of South America

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June 5 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 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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Imbibe! The Whiskey & Cocktail Class

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June 12 @ 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 to whiskey cocktails, to food pairings, to its smokey history. This is the class for lovers of bourbon, scotch, and rye.

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$39.98

Wine 101: Learn About Wine

June 13 @ 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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$39.98

Great Wine Made Simple

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June 15 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

In this session, we will taste major grape varieties, highlight important flavor profiles, and decode wine labeling, all while tasting eight delicious wines. We guarantee that you’ll be buying or ordering with confidence after one class. And always getting the wine you want, regardless of price!

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Wine 101: Learn About Wine

June 18 @ 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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$39.98

The Wine Trials

June 25 @ 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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July 2015
$39.98

Wine 101: Learn About Wine

July 2 @ 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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The Italian Wine Class

July 9 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Italy has a well-earned reputation for being one of the world’s best producers of fine wine.  Grapes are grown in all parts of the country, from mountainous terrain, volcanic soils,  to the Mediterranean coastline.  Italians have been master winemakers  for centuries,  an ancient culture  influenced by Greeks, Phoenicians, and Romans.

This diversity is why Italy grows a vast number of native grapes, more than any other country in the world. In this class, you will experience and learn  about the most famous of Italian wine grapes.

 

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Sommelier Secrets

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

Sommeliers like ourselves have a few trade secrets. We know how to make cheap wine taste like an 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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$74.98

BBQ Smackdown: Wine Versus Beer!

July 22 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

It’s a beer and wine pairing competition and your palate is the judge.  With four courses of hickory-smoked deliciousness you taste all the pairings and cast your vote.  In this friendly competition, one of the city’s top sommeliers is pitted against a master brewer  to determine –once and for all– which is better with barbecue: wine or beer?

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$39.98

Wine 101: Learn About Wine

July 25 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 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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August 2015
$39.98

Discover Your Wine Style

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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$47.98

Summertime Spirits & Cocktails

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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$909.98

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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$699.97

Accelerated Foundation Program

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

August 10th to 14th from 2:30pm – 4:45pm

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 Wine 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 week, 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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$549.97

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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$47.98

Spanish Wine Academy

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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$47.98

Awesome and Exotic Wines

August 23 @ 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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$56.98

Perfect Pizza Pairings

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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$47.98

Bubbles!

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

All our favorite bubbly wines.

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September 2015
$39.98

Wine 101: Learn About Wine

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!

Find out more »
$39.98

Discover Your Wine Style

September 5 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 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!

Find out more »
$47.98

French Wine Academy

September 10 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Travel across France in a single glass. In this class, we will sample the amazing range of French wines. Bordeaux, Burgundy, Languedoc, Loire, Rhone, Alsace: All the great flavors and stories will be encapsulated in this two hour tasting.

France remains the standard for fine wine around the world.  So, this is an essential class for both the novice wine lover, or the seasoned sommelier in search of a refresher!

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$47.98

California Wine Guide

September 13 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 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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$39.98

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!

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$39.98

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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Best Buys & Awesome Splurges

September 19 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Join for  an entertaining evening learning  about –and tasting–celebrated luxury wines and the world’s greatest wine values.   For everyone for whom a glass of wine is worth a moment’s reflection, this is an essential class.  Best Buys & Awesome Splurges adds new insight into extraordinary wines and the winemaker’s distinctive approach to quality, whether a bottle costs $10 or $100.

In this class, you will experience a wide range of great wines;  some in “This bottle costs more than my first car!” category, and others will have you saying “Sweet, I can afford two case of that wine!”  Discussions will include why certain wines cost so much, and others are great values, as well as how to find world-class wines at affordable prices.

 

 

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$39.98

Wine 201: Beyond the Basics

September 24 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Want to step beyond Wine 101? This is the perfect wine tasting class for you.

In this class, we uncover some of the secrets of the wine trade, and it’s all about taste. Ever hear a master sommeliers or a winemaker talk about layers of flavor in wine? Do you want to learn how to taste them, too? In this class, we cover the fundamentals of what it means to taste wine like a professional.

While we can’t teach you to have an x-ray tongue in a single class, we can show you how to recognize complexity and layers in wine.

In this class, we will take you through a series of tastings to help develop your palate. We will show you how wine is made and how it affects flavors and scents in a wine. When we’re finished, you will have learned some of the same material we present in our academic programs, and are one step closer to having serious wine skills.

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