Philly Wine Week

Philly Wine Week

Original Artwork for Philly Wine Week, circa 2009

Original Concept For Philly Wine Week

In 2009, Traci Browne of the PR company Red Cedar approached the Wine School of Philadelphia with the idea of running a Philly Wine Week. At the time, Philly Beer Week was really starting to catch national attention, and folks like Mat Falco of Philly Beer Scene were doing some amazing things. I thought we could do something great as well, and I said “Hell Yeah!”

We had a few meetings, and built out what was looking like a really amazing week of wine, food, and fun. Sadly, Philly Wine Week didn’t make it beyond the preliminary planning stages. The Wine School was  blowing up, and I didn’t have the time to devote to  launching Philly Wine Week.

I am glad that others picked up the idea and ran with it, and I hope they expand the project to be inclusive. The following are the original plans for the week, and a listing of upcoming events for the actual Philly Wine Week at the Wine School.

 Saturday Wine Festival

A Walk Around Tasting  for 1000 people in the Crystal Tearoom. Featuring 40 wineries, plus a handful of distilleries and breweries. Pricing would be tiered at $40, $75, and $100 (VIP ACCESS). VIP ticket holders would have access to all events during the week.

Sunday Night Wine Rave

I don’t remember what this was going to be. My notes are vague. It was going to be for 350 people. Or possibly tickets where going to cost $350, which would  mean this was going to be crazy. No matter which was the case,  a wine rave sounds like a awesome idea.  I am pretty sure this was Traci’s idea, and I really wish I remembered what she was thinking of. A foam party? A drug-fueled bacchanalia?  I don’t think we’ll ever know.

Sommelier Smackdown

The classic all-out war of sommeliers. We envisioned this to be similar to the current “Philly’s Top Somm”  that we award every year.  The finale would have been a competition between five of the city’s top sommeliers, with food from one of Philly’s top restaurants. At the time, we were thinking of Zahav . The winner would be judged by a group of 50 local wine lovers.

Restaurants Doing Their Own Thing

We expected restaurants would want to offer tasting menus, wine specials, wine flights, and winemaker dinners.  Any restaurant could participate, and we would help with getting great winemakers to their restaurants. This is one of the reasons we planned on doing the the event in late fall or early winter: it’s the time winemakers are free to come to  Philly and share their wines.

This is the element  that the current iteration of Philly Wine Week has embraced.

VIP Party

The last day of Philly Wine Week. This is a blowout party for participants and those who purchased VIP tickets.  There is one thing I know about the wine trade:  take a group of winemakers, restaurant employees, and wine enthusiasts and add an unlimited amount of booze.

Philly’s Best Chef

Back when Top Chef was all the rage, we were thinking of having a chef competition. At the time, Fretz Kitchen and Viking Kitchen had demonstration kitchens and hosted cooking classes and events.  The plan was to host at either location and bring in local chefs to compete.

At the time, I had come off a successful run of producing and hosting a show on Philly.com. Traci  had the great idea to film the  event and pitch a Corked & Forked show on Food Network.

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March 2017
$548.98 - $699.97

Wine Foundation Course (Spring Semester)

Sunday, March 19 from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 3:30pm on Sunday, repeating until Sun, May 21, 2017

Wine School of Philadelphia, 109 S. 22nd Street
Philadelphia,PA19103United States
Foundation Wine Course

Sundays, March 19th to May 7th from 3:30 – 5:30pm Class will not be held on Easter, Passover, or Mother’s Day The world of wine is built on the foundation of taste. The top professionals in the food, wine, and hospitality industries understand this: the committed…

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$889.98 - $1098.98

Core Wine Course (Spring Semester)

Sunday, March 19 from 3:30 pm to 8:00 pm
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Classes every Sunday for Eight Weeks.
Wine School of Philadelphia, 109 S. 22nd Street
Philadelphia,PA19103United States
Core Wine Edication Courses

Sundays, March 19th  to May 7th from 3:30 – 8:00 pm Class will not be held on Easter, Passover, or Mother’s Day Earn a complete wine education in a single week. The Accelerated Core Wine Course combines our Foundation and Intermediate programs into a unified…

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$548.98 - $699.97

Intermediate Wine Course (Spring Semester)

Sunday, March 19 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:00pm on Sunday, repeating until Sun, May 21, 2017

Wine School of Philadelphia, 109 S. 22nd Street
Philadelphia,PA19103United States
Wine Course

March 19th to May 7th from 6 to 8pm Class will not be held on Easter, Passover, or Mother’s Day From the Italian peninsula to the docks of Bordeaux, the Intermediate Certificate of Global Wine Studies is a breathtaking exploration into the world of wine.…

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$74.98

Cooking Class with Wine Pairings -SOLD OUT!

Monday, March 20 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Wine School of Philadelphia, 109 S. 22nd Street
Philadelphia,PA19103United States
Cooking Class

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…

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$74.98

Sommelier Smackdown -SOLD OUT!

Wednesday, March 22 from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Wine School of Philadelphia, 109 S. 22nd Street
Philadelphia,PA19103United States

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…

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$48.98

Artisanal Wine & Cheese Pairing -SOLD OUT!

Friday, March 24 from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Wine School of Philadelphia, 109 S. 22nd Street
Philadelphia,PA19103United States
wine and cheese pairing

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…

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$150

Beer Brewing Program, Level One -SOLD OUT!

Saturday, March 25 from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm
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A Two Day Brew Course
Philly Beer School, 109 S. 22nd Street
Philadelphia,PA19103United States

In this  brewing class,  you will learn how to brew great beer. Even better, you will be brewing your own beer. A  brewer-instructor will guide you through the process step by step: from brew to boil to bottle. By the end of the second…

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$548.98 - $699.97

Advanced Southern France Wine Course

Monday, March 27 from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
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Wine School of Philadelphia, 109 S. 22nd Street
Philadelphia,PA19103United States
Advanced Southern France Wine Course

No class held on April 17th. This section of the Advanced program covers Bordeaux, Rhône, Languedoc, and Provence.  

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$59.98

Châteauneuf-du-Pape & Beyond -SOLD OUT!

Thursday, March 30 from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Wine School of Philadelphia, 109 S. 22nd Street
Philadelphia,PA19103United States
Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Of all the red wines produced in France, no region offers a wider range of excitingly spicy flavors than the long, sun-baked Rhone Valley. Some of our favorite wines come from the Rhone Valley: From the joyful Cotes du Rhone to earthy Hermitage, to…

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$39.98

Wine 101: Learn About Wine -SOLD OUT!

Friday, March 31 from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Wine School of Philadelphia, 109 S. 22nd Street
Philadelphia,PA19103United States

Why Learn About Wine? 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…

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April 2017
$48.98

Greatest Wines of the East Coast -SOLD OUT!

Saturday, April 1 from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Wine School of Philadelphia, 109 S. 22nd Street
Philadelphia,PA19103United States

There are hundreds of wineries scattered from Virginia to Maine, and over the last few years a quiet revolution has begun in their vineyards. Visionary winemakers are making exceptional wines, and doing so without much fanfare. As a leading Wine School on…

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$48.98

Luxury Israeli Wines -SOLD OUT!

Thursday, April 6 from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
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israel wines

It’s a country that’s rich in wine history, yet its wines remain largely misunderstood and underappreciated by the U.S. market. Why Americans should be paying more attention to Israeli wine. “Decoding Israeli Wine” Wine Enthusiast Magazine Yes, Israel is making great wines.…

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$38.98

Beer & Brewing 101

Friday, April 7 from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Philly Beer School, 109 S. 22nd Street
Philadelphia,PA19103United States

The beer class for everyone. This is our introduction to how beer is made, major beer styles, and brewing history. The Philly Beer School’s Beer 101 was featured on the TV show “What’s Brewing” by Nicole Brewer, the CBS 3 Anchor and Reporter. Why…

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$48.98

The Italian Wine Class -SOLD OUT!

Saturday, April 8 from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Wine School of Philadelphia, 109 S. 22nd Street
Philadelphia,PA19103United States
Italian Wine

Want to discover the grandi classici del vino italiano and explore the viticultural gems in  the mezzogiorno? This wine class that will give you a fantastic overview of Italian wine. The American love affair with Italian wines began a century ago, and has only grown since…

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$74.98

Cooking Class with Wine Pairings -SOLD OUT!

Wednesday, April 19 from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Wine School of Philadelphia, 109 S. 22nd Street
Philadelphia,PA19103United States
Cooking Class

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…

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$74.98

Sommelier Smackdown -SOLD OUT!

Thursday, April 20 from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Wine School of Philadelphia, 109 S. 22nd Street
Philadelphia,PA19103United States

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…

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$74.98

Food & Wine Pairing -SOLD OUT!

Friday, April 21 from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Wine School of Philadelphia, 109 S. 22nd Street
Philadelphia,PA19103United States
food and wine pairing

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…

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$39.98

Wine 101: Learn About Wine -SOLD OUT!

Thursday, April 27 from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Wine School of Philadelphia, 109 S. 22nd Street
Philadelphia,PA19103United States

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,…

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