june 2017 newsletter

The Wine School Newsletter for June

Sommelier Summer School

This August, the Wine School is hosting it’s 10th annual Accelerated Summer Wine School.  Earn your sommelier certification, taste great wine, and meet other people who share your passion.

It’s a week that will change your life. During Summer School,  we offer the Foundation and Intermediate certifications in a single intensive week. You can also combine both of these classes into the CORE wine program and earn your sommelier certification via the National Wine School.  For our postgraduate students, we offer our Advanced Old World Master Class.

 https://www.vinology.com/summer-wine-school/

Summer Events and Sale

Summer Events and Sale

Two New Summertime Classes

We just added two blockbuster classes to our sold out roster of  summertime classes.  Grab seats while they are available.

Wine 101: Introduction to Wine | August 3rd at 7:30 pm  You can’t go wrong with a classic. We’ve had dozens of requests for another 101 this summer. One of our favorite classes, and a great place to start learning about wine. https://www.vinology.com/class/101/

Lux Rum: Exotic Cocktails and Rare Rums | August 18th at 7:30pm We just scored some rare barrel-aged rums from Venezuela, Saint Lucia, and Panama. Some of these beauties have been aging in barrels for over 20 years.  These are too nice to keep to ourselves, so we built this amazing class around them. Highly recommended. https://www.vinology.com/class/rum/ 

Summer Sale

10% Off Gift Certificates  This is a no-brainer. Save 10% on any denomination of gift certificate. Good for all classes and courses at the Wine School of Philadelphia and the Philly Beer School.

Use the code SummerGifts2017 when checking out.   Our gift certificates never expire –we still get gift certificates from 10 years ago– but this offer does. Make sure to take advantage of this offer before the end of the month. https://www.vinology.com/all/gift-certificate/

Free PREMIUM Upgrade to All Classes & Courses.  Did you know there was a premium upgrade to our classes? We’ve never offered this upgrade for free before, so make sure to take advantage of it.

This code gets you a lot, including free ticket insurance.  Make sure to opt for the insurance when you checkout, and plug in this coupon code: Summer2017   This is good for all classes and courses listed. Expires June 30th.

Wine Report by Keith Wallace

Zotovich Estate 2013 Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills

Zotovich Estate 2013 Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills

Taut red fruit with layers of wild rose and honeysuckle. It is a lithe expression of Pinot Noir that offers great finesse and clarity.A beautiful bottle of Pinot Noir at a fantastic price. A Chairman’s Selection in the Pennsylvania Wine & Spirits Stores.

$19.99  | A Chairman’s Selection from the Wine & Spirits Stores in Pennsylvania

91 Points | Wine Report by Keith Wallace

Martinelli 2013 Zinfandel, Vellutini Ranch

Martinelli 2013 Zinfandel, Vellutini Ranch

Deep, lush and velvety. It is full bodied to the extreme, what with it’s alcohol content pushing toward 17%. Flavors are reminiscent of Hermitage, with iron,  game, and burning herbs in the mix. A monster-piece of a Zinfandel. Huge fruit and a Syrah-like complexity. This wine will topple you with a sip.

 $35.92  | A Chairman’s Selection from the Wine & Spirits Stores in Pennsylvania

94 Points | Wine Report by Keith Wallace

Castelli del Grevepesa 2011"Clemente VII Chianti" Classico Riserva

Castelli del Grevepesa 2011″Clemente VII Chianti” Classico Riserva

Aromas of cigar box and burnt anise open into dark berry notes.  Espresso and tea leaf lend complexity to the savory fruit compote and rich texture of this lovely wine. A top-notch Chianti from a co-op with a keen eye towards quality. A Chairman’s Selection from the Wine & Spirits Stores in Pennsylvania.

$17.99  | A Chairman’s Selection from the Wine & Spirits Stores in Pennsylvania

93 Points | Wine Report by Keith Wallace

Shirvington 2010 Shiraz, McLaren Vale

Shirvington 2010 Shiraz, McLaren Vale

Burnt incense, toasted allspice, and chocolate-covered cherries  bobbing in a gigantic vat of blackberry jam. Oh, and the tannins are big and round as the face of a velvet dolphin. This is a bottle of pure hedonism from a cult winery. I fully expect to drink this on my personal yacht while Kayne helicopters down to serve me Martian caviar on a plate made of orphans’ tears.

$39.99 | A Chairman’s Selection from the Wine & Spirits Stores in Pennsylvania

95 Points | Wine Report by Keith Wallace

Gloria Ferrer 2014 Chardonnay Carneros

Gloria Ferrer 2014 Chardonnay Carneros

A cool climate chardonnay that has little in common with its compatriots further north in Napa.  Flavors of sea salt, melon, and tangerine. A taut style of chardonnay that shows classic elements of Chablis.

$14.99 | A Chairman’s Selection from the Wine & Spirits Stores in Pennsylvania

90 Points | Wine Report by Keith Wallace

Havens Winery 2014 Merlot Napa Valley

Havens Winery 2014 Merlot Napa Valley

A stellar  bottle of Napa red.  All you merlot haters should pick up a bottle, just to see how wrong you can be. If Tom Hardy was a wine, he would be a bottle of this juice: muscular, dramatic, and brooding.  Toasted spice, belgian truffle, and creme de cassis.

$17.99 | A Chairman’s Selection from the Wine & Spirits Stores in Pennsylvania

91 Points | Wine Report by Keith Wallace

Saumur Champigny

Saumur Champigny

This is what I want from a Saumur Champigny (A Cabernet Franc from the Loire Valley in France): fresh cherry,  delicate tannins, light body, and inexpensive.  This is a classic café wine , at least in Paris.  Have a glass with a simple meal at home.

$10.99 | A Chairman’s Selection from the Wine & Spirits Stores in Pennsylvania

88 Points | Wine Report by Keith Wallace

Hope to see you soon!

Keith Wallace
Director
Wine School of Philadelphia
109 S. 22nd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103
www.vinology.com

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