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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 7 @ 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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$39.98

Wine 101: Learn About Wine

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May 8 @ 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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Discover Your Wine Style

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May 15 @ 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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Beer & Brewing Program

May 16 @ 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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$74.98

Cooking Class with Wine Pairings

May 18 @ 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.

Make sure to pick up a copy of Corked & Forked during check-out so you can have it signed by the author after class!

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$74.98

Sommelier Smackdown

May 20 @ 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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George Washington University Private Event

May 21 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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$74.98

Cook & Corks: Food & Wine Pairing

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May 22 @ 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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$39.98

Wine 101: Learn About Wine

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May 23 @ 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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$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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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

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

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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August 2015
$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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