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February 2020

Wines of Sicily

Saturday, February 1 from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Wine School of Philadelphia, 109 S. 22nd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103 United States
$61 – $99 Sold out
Wines of Sicily

According to an ancient Greek myth, the god Dionysus planted the world's first vineyard in Sicily. That story isn't too far off: archeologists believe that  Mycenaean traders cultivated grapes here as early as 1,500 BC. One of Europe’s most historic areas, Sicily is a melting pot of ancient wine loving cultures. Sicily is Italy's oldest and largest wine growing region. In the 18th Century, it was famous for Marsala. In recent years, there's been a lot of excitement around Sicily's amazing…

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Wine Scholar Program

Monday, February 10 from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:30 pm on Monday, repeating until Mon, March 30, 2020

Wine School of Philadelphia, 109 S. 22nd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103 United States
$550 – $700 Sold out
wine scholar program

Wine Scholar Program™ and Master Somm (CMS) Prep Course Classes are held Mondays, February 10th to March 30th, from 7:30 to 9:30pm Every sommelier knows about Tuscany, Napa, and Bordeaux. To be considered a true aficionado of wine,  a deeper level of knowledge is required. Have you studied the wines of Kakheti, Brda, and Franschhoek?  Every Master Sommelier has, and so should you. The Wine Scholar Program™ and Master Somm Prep Course will expose you to exotic and rare wines, the bottles every…

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Chateauneuf-du-Pape & Beyond

Thursday, February 13 from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Wine School of Philadelphia, 109 S. 22nd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103 United States
$61 – $99 Sold out
Châteauneuf-du-Pape

The first time we ran this class, in 2012, this  is how we described it: A legendary wine region that every Pope and professional wine critic have desired. Chateauneuf-du-Pape wines command some of the highest prices in the world. In this very special class, we ascend the tower of Grenache, Cinsault, Mourvedre, and Syrah to discover the treasures of 12th century viticulture, and experience the richness imparted to French wines today. We admit we gilded the lily a bit on…

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Australian Chateaux

Friday, February 14 from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Wine School of Philadelphia, 109 S. 22nd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103 United States
$51 – $89 Sold out
Australian Chateaux Wines

Ever get tired of the misconceptions?  There are a bunch of  Aussie wines you see in America --vapid, boring stuff-- but that's not their good stuff. That's like judging California on Two-Buck Chuck.  In this class, we delve into the great Aussie wine regions and a selection of our favorite chateaux. Tasting Sheets for Australia May 2019 First Flight 1. Kaesler 2012 Old Vine Semillon (Barossa Valley) 2. Yalumba Family 2017 “The Y Series” Viognier (South Australia) Second Flight 1.…

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Zinfandel: The Family Tree

Saturday, February 22 from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Wine School of Philadelphia, 109 S. 22nd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103 United States
$61 – $99 Sold out
zinfandel

Croatia, Macedonia, Italy, New Hampshire, Sonoma: the pilgrimage of this amazing grape is a story worth tasting. Way back in 2018. we spent a day with Ravenswood's winemaker Gary Sitton. He & our fearless leader went through the viticulture program at UC Davis together: a gallon and a half of single-vineyard zins later, this class came to fruition. As a winemaker focusing on Zinfandel, Gary has access to California's oldest vineyards and is very much the guardian of some serious…

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March 2020

Spanish Food & Wine Pairing

Friday, March 13 from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Wine School of Philadelphia, 109 S. 22nd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103 United States
$61 – $99 Sold out
Spanish Food and Wine Pairing

  The traditional cuisines of Spain are exciting and new to most Americans: the exotic seasonings and unusual combinations are thrilling and deeply satifying. Combined with Spain's excellent wines, it makes for an irresistible tasting class. In this class, we highlight some of the traditional foods of Spain—as varied and inventive as any —and couple them with world-class regional wines. From the wind-swept grapes of Galicia to the slate-encrusted vineyards of Priortat to the ancient planes of Andalucia: the wines of…

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Luxury Wines of Washington State

Thursday, March 26 from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Wine School of Philadelphia, 109 S. 22nd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103 United States
$61 – $99 Sold out
Washington State Wine

Superbly balanced Sangiovese; crisp rieslings; rich, heady Cabernet Sauvignon: these are only a fraction of the expertly crafted wines being produced in Washington State's diverse and distinctive wine regions.  This class offers a  comprehensive and accessible account of the nation's second-largest wine-producing region, pointing out the best vineyards, the most accomplished winemakers, the must-have wines, and the newcomers to watch. Ideal for both wine aficionados and casual enthusiasts, this class features both luxury and natural Washington wines.

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Mixology: The Cocktail Creation Class

Friday, March 27 from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Wine School of Philadelphia, 109 S. 22nd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103 United States
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$61 – $99 Sold out
mixology

Learn to build the perfect cocktail in this hands-on workshop. With the guidance of our top sommelier-instructor, you will be crafting innovative new cocktails and discovering your inner mixologist. We aren't a bartending school, and you won't learn how to juggle vodka bottles in this class. Instead, you are going to learn the basics of mixology, explore flavors, and develop your own signature cocktail. Whether you’re hosting friends or unwinding after the workday, making gratifying, high-quality cocktails at home is a…

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April 2020

Ultimate Sonoma

Saturday, April 4 from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Wine School of Philadelphia, 109 S. 22nd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103 United States
$81 – $119 Sold out
Ultimate Sonoma

It’s becoming common knowledge that Sonoma wines are world-class. Despite being only an hour north of San Francisco, it remains a rural and beautiful wine region. Every year, millions of sommeliers and wine enthusiasts make the pilgrimage to what locals call the "North Bay". They are searching for boutique wineries. They are seeking the wine-equivalent of a unicorn: exceptional wines, known only to critics and locals. Sadly, many of these wine seekers never get off Highway 101, and its glut…

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Craft Beer and Cheese Pairing

Saturday, April 4 from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Philly Beer School, 109 S. 22nd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103 United States
$51 – $89 Sold out
beer and cheese pairing

Beer and cheese have a natural affinity for each other: Craft brews transform a meal from everyday to extraordinary, while artisanal cheeses do the same. When combined, it’s an out-of-this-world flavor experience. This class combines the talent of one of Philadelphia’s top beer geeks and beloved cheesemongers for the ultimate class on beer and cheese pairing. Grab a seat and see why the Philly Beer School was named “Best of Philly” for our beer classes! Tasting Sheets Beer and Cheese…

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Luxury Dessert Wines

Saturday, April 18 from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Wine School of Philadelphia, 109 S. 22nd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103 United States
$61 – $99 19 tickets left
dessert wines

What could be more decadent than a two-hour class focused on dessert wines? Some of our favorite and rare sweet wines in the world will be poured!

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Chilean Wine Academy

Thursday, April 23 from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Wine School of Philadelphia, 109 S. 22nd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103 United States
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$51 – $89 Sold out
Chilean Wines

Dating back nearly 500 years, the winemaking tradition in Chile is one of the oldest in the New World. Today, their wines have sparked tremendous interest by everyone from Master Sommeliers to the casual wine drinker. There is no question as to why: Chile is one of the world's mow important wine-producing countries. In fact, many insiders call Chile a "winegrower's paradise" Take this class to discover the wide range of great wines made in Chile: from the crisp, grassy Sauvignon Blanc of…

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May 2020

Wine 101: Learn About Wine

Saturday, May 2 from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Wine School of Philadelphia, 109 S. 22nd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103 United States
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$41 – $79 Sold out
Learn About Wine

Welcome to Wine 101 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…

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Mastering Wine Scents

Thursday, May 7 from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Wine School of Philadelphia, 109 S. 22nd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103 United States
$43 – $79 19 tickets left
Wine Sensory Training

What's the difference between a wine drinker and a wine lover? What is the secret to greater wine enjoyment? The ability to identify layers of flavor: to taste more is to enjoy more. It's that simple. Many think this is a skill only Master Sommeliers possess, but that isn't the case. It can be learned, and that is what you will be doing in this class. Learning to taste. We have a simple (and fun) process that we developed to…

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Beer Brewing Program, Level One (Spring Semester)

Saturday, May 9 from 1:00 pm
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One event on Sat, May 30, 2020 at 1:00 pm

Wine School of Philadelphia, 109 S. 22nd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103 United States
$200 – $250 2 tickets left
beer brewing program

Brewing classes are held on May 9th and May 30th, from 1pm to 5pm. Course fees do not include the brewing supplies fee of $50, payable first day of class. 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 day of class, you will be bottling your own hand-crafted beer.…

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Wines of Portugal

Sunday, May 10 from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Wine School of Philadelphia, 109 S. 22nd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103 United States
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$51 – $89 4 tickets left
Wines of Portugal

Sure, there will be a Port in this class, maybe even a Madiera. Those were Portugal's top wines back when Benjamin Franklin was knocking back drinks at the City Tavern. In fact, our Ben was a notorious lover of Portuguese wines. Reportedly, he had thousands of bottles stashed away in his wine cellar. He was such a fan of the Madiera, that he joked he should be buried in it. I should prefer to an ordinary death, being immersed with a few friends…

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Core Wine Edication Courses

Enhanced Core Wine Program

Tuesday, May 12 from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:30 pm on Tuesday and Wednesday, repeating until Wed, July 1, 2020

Wine School of Philadelphia, 109 S. 22nd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103 United States

The Enhanced Core Wine Course runs Tuesdays and Wednesdays from May 12th to July 1st from 7:30 to 9:30 pm Earn a complete wine education in a single semester. The Enhanced Core Wine Course combines our Foundation and Intermediate programs into a unified wine education experience. Plus, the Core Wine Course will save you a sizable amount of tuition. Individually, the Foundation and Intermediate programs cost hundreds of dollars more. In the Foundation portion of the program, students will learn the techniques and…

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Greek Wines

Saturday, May 16 from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Wine School of Philadelphia, 109 S. 22nd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103 United States
$51 – $89 Sold out
Greek Wines

For the past twenty years, the Wine School has kept a  trade secret known to only a few insiders: world-class wines were being made in Greece, and everyone was ignoring this obvious fact. It was something we taught our in wine courses; Our students fell in love with these wines, and then capitalized on that knowledge. They took their love of Greek wines and launched their careers: one student started a Greek wine import business and another become the city's…

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June 2020

Beer School: The Hops Class

Thursday, June 18 from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Philly Beer School, 109 S. 22nd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103 United States
$41 – $79 Sold out
the hops class

The beer tasting class for craft beer nerds. The last few years have been a renaissance in brewing, and this class is a celebration of all things hoppy. Double IPA? Hazy and Juicy IPA? Black IPA?  Fresh Hopped? Brut? We'll be covering the major styles in hoppy beers. You'll be getting your hands deep into the hops --literally and figuratively--  as we taste through some seriously hopped-up beers.  By the end of this class, you'll know your hops, from Amarillo…

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French Wine

Thursday, June 25 from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Wine School of Philadelphia, 109 S. 22nd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103 United States
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$51 – $89 20 tickets left
Know your French Wine and French Wine Phrases!

Don't deny yourself French wines. The lack of Bordeaux and Burgundy in your wine diet is unhealthy and will cause everlasting damage to your psyche. In this class, you will taste through the essential French wine regions and grape varieties. Bordeaux, Burgundy, Languedoc, Loire, Rhone, Alsace: All the great flavors and stories will be encapsulated in this two-hour wine tasting class. You can expect a dynamic learning experience at the hands of a world-class sommelier-instructor. View from behind a cluster of French Wine Grapes Why French Wine?…

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October 2020

Winemaking & Winemaker Certification

Monday, October 19 from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:30 pm on Monday, repeating until Mon, November 9, 2020

One event on Mon, February 15, 2021 at 7:30 pm

One event on Mon, February 22, 2021 at 7:30 pm

One event on Mon, March 1, 2021 at 7:30 pm

One event on Mon, March 8, 2021 at 7:30 pm

Wine School of Philadelphia, 109 S. 22nd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103 United States
$575 – $700 12 tickets left
winemaker training

This winemaker program has two sections. The first runs from October 19th to November 9th, 2020. The program resumes on February 15th and continues to March 8th, 2021. All classes are 7:30pm to 9:30pm There is a $100 supply fee for this program.   From crushing grapes to bottling wine, this essential winemaking course enables the winemaker to make informed decisions about ingredients, equipment, and the winemaking process. Precise step-by-step instructions lead both novice and advanced winemakers through all of…

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January 2030

Rescheduled

Thu, January 31, 2030 from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm
Wine School of Philadelphia, 109 S. 22nd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103 United States
Free
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