Introducing… the new wine school!

The Wine School is moving! In April 2011 we will be moving to our new location at 127 S. 22nd Street. The new facility is a huge step forward for the school: a Victorian-era mansion with 25 foot ceilings, beautiful woodwork, fireplaces, a private library, and an English garden.

We will be holding classes at our Fairmount location until the end of March. From April onward ALL classes will be held in our swanky new location.

We have created a map of the area just for you. Here is the link: http://goo.gl/maps/Gfj7

Here are the highlights:

The Neighborhood

The new wine school is located at 127 S. 22nd Street (near the corner of 22nd and Sansom). This is in the Rittenhouse neighborhood, and abuts the Fitler Square neighborhood, two of the most posh neighborhoods in the city. Just walking around is a treat.

Restaurants

The new school is located in one of the major restaurant zones in the city. Parc and LaCroix are within walking distance, but there are many more places to choose from.

Here is the list of great places within two blocks of the school: Stephen Starr’s infamous Ranstead Room speakeasy and El Ray are up the street, Jose Garces Village Whiskey and Tinto are a two minute walk away; and two very good BYOs, Salento and Porcini are less than a block away. And that’s just a taste.

There are dozens of restaurants and cultural activities in the neighborhood. We’ve listed all the best spots on the map.

Public Transportation

You can get to our new location very easily via subway, Amtrack, and light rail. We are less than 3 blocks from the 22nd and Market Street stop on the trolley line. We are less than a 1/4 mile from both 30th Street Station and Suburban station.

Biking

Not only is it incredibly easy to get to the school via public transport ai on, we are now also very bike friendly! The new Wine School has a bike lane directly in front of its door, and just three blocks from the Schuylkill River Bike Trail. Plus, there are plenty of places to lock up securely nearby.

Easy Highway Access

Most of you still will drive to the school. Good news for you, too! The new location is less than 2 minutes away from two exits onto route 76 and 3 minutes from the 676 exit. That makes it the easiest point to get to from both the Main Line AND New Jersey.

Plus, we are on the same block as the best (and cheapest) gas station in the city.

Easy Parking

Parking is incredibly easy in the new location. There are two inexpensive lots within two blocks ($7 and $10!) and a lot of free parking, including angled parking for those who don’t like to parallel park.

Lodging

We are in the heart of the city, so there are several great hotels to choose from, if you are making a trip out of your stay. For good value, we suggest the Warwick. For an amazing stay, we love the Lippincott B&B. Of course, the Sofitel is a great choice, too


The Omnibus Wine Selection

This list contains our current top picks from the PA wine & spirits stores right now. All wines on this list that two essential elements: they are are excellent wines for the price,and they are being sold at prices that are well below typical retail prices.

Keep in mind that prices and availabilities are for Pennsylvania. To find these wines in a shop near you, click here: The Wine Finder.

Under $10.

Castle Rock 2007 Syrah Columbia Valley $7.49 Code:13079
Wakefield 2006 “Promised Land” Shiraz/Cabernet Sauvignon $7.99 Code:13620
Kenwood 2007 Zinfandel, Sonoma $9.99 Code:13208

White Wines for Food Pairing.

Cave des Producteurs de Vouvray 2008 ” Rosnay” Vouvray $12.49 Code:12876
Feudi 2009 “Sanniti” Falanghina $11.99 Code:12926
Bortoluzzi Pinot Grigio 2007 $13.99 Code:30862
Gloria Ferrer Blanc de Blanc 2005 $14.99 Code:20861

The Big Whites

Picket Fence 07 Chardonnay, Russian River Valley $12.99 Code:1414
Chateau St Jean 2007 “La Petite Etoile” Fume Blanc $13.99 Code:30915
Merryvale 2007 ” Signature” Chardonnay $17.99 Code:13022

Great Value for Very Good Syrah

Chateau d’Or et Gueles 2007 Trassegum $14.99 Code:12896
Chateau Maris La Touge Syrah 2006 $14.99 Code:30928
Byron IO Syrah Ryan Road 2004 $15.99 Code:12910
Dom Phillipe Vincent Jaboulet 2006 Crozes Hermitage $17.99 Code:12993
Le Mistral 2007 Red $24.99 Code:15855

Killer Cabs

Geyser Peak 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve $17.99 Code:30917
Pelton House 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon $19.99 Code:12887
Louis Martini 2005 “Monte Rosso Vineyard” Cabernet Sauvignon $39.99 Code:13204
Anderson Conn Valley 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon $39.99 Code:13110
Husic 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon $55.99 Code:13589
Castello di Meleto 2004 Rainero $29. 99 Code:12861
A favorite cult winery, R Wines

JP Belle Terroir 2005 Shiraz $37.99 Code:13617
Chateau Chateau 2007 Leaf Turner $29.99 Code:13618

A whole lot of Brunello

Nardi 2004 Brunello di Montalcino $34.99 Code:12949
Castelgiocondo 2003 Brunello di Montalcino $34.99 Code:18386
Poggio Il Castellare 2005 Brunello di Montalcino $35.99 Code:16794
Altesino 2005 Brunello di Montalcino $39.99 Code:13596
Altesino 2003 Brunello di Montalcino $39.99 Code:23837

For Dessert

Milbrandt 2007 Late Harvest Riesling $12.99 Code:13627
Osborne 2000 Port $19.99 Code:13638