Wine School of Philadelphia Reviews

Wine School of Philadelphia Reviews

Reviews from Students, Media, Wine Trade, and Yelp

We are lucky to have the Wine School of Philadelphia!

Andrea Immer

Master Sommelier & Author

I love this place! I had a great time at the Sommelier Smackdown.

Gary Vaynerchuk

CEO, VaynerMedia

The school is down to earth, real and fun, the way wine should be.

Eric Arnold

Editor (Former), Wine Spectator Magazine

I loved being at the Wine School and working with Keith.

Kevin Zraly

Founder, Windows of the World Wine School

The Wine School and the Philly Beer School have been praised by hundreds of people and institutions. That shouldn’t be surprising. After all, what’s not to love about a school for savvy wine and beer lovers? The following is a selection of comments and quotes from a wide array of people and publications. The following are a relevant selection of Wine School of Philadelphia reviews. Please add your own!
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 16 reviews
by Norm Splatt on Wine School of Philadelphia
Beer 101

A very informative class.The instructor kept the class going and is a very good instructor.

by Darius Coit on Wine School of Philadelphia
I Enjoyed The Entire Event

I had a great time and my date.

Accelerated Core Program

The Accelerated Core Program (levels 1-3) with Keith and Alana was amazing! On day 1 I thought it would be impossible to get to the level they expected by the end of the week. However, once the class began I found their teaching style fun and engaging and learning came easy. I would recommend the Wine School to anyone looking to take a fun day course or to someone looking to get certified like myself. I cannot wait to begin the Accelerated Program in October!

by Debbie Neibauer on Wine School of Philadelphia
Sommelier Smackdown

Russ, the sommelier student did a good job choosing wines. The reasons for the pairings was most interesting. Keith completed the preparation of the food in front of us. He constantly used his fingers to taste the food. Once he washed his hands. The other times he wiped his hands on his cloth. I was never so grossed out! The woman next to me was also sickened.by watching Keith. I understand that chefs may do this in the kitchen behind closed doors... But... Right out in front of people!!! What a dissaoointment! I'd never go back again!!

by P. L. Black on Wine School of Philadelphia
Lux Cab: The Best of Cabernet Sauvignon

I am not a newbie to the wine school but my three guests were. It was a delightful and informative class. All of us left with a little more knowledge about cabs and one of us has learned that 3 to 5 years is about the limit for California wines. We are trying desperately to drink them before it's too late. The variety of wines was excellent. The instructor was welcoming and not pretentious at all. Everyone is looking forward to attending another class in the future.

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The Wine School of Philadelphia is bringing the beverage of kings back to the masses.
Philadelphia Weekly

Best of Philly
Philadelphia Magazine

Makes each bottle of wine more than the liquid inside
The Wall Street Journal

The top wine education school in America.
Dining Out Magazine

Move over, Iron Chef. The latest hot culinary competition is the popular Sommelier Smackdown
Zagat

 Students walk away from the Foundation Program with skills that even some highly paid sommeliers don’t have.
City Paper

Attending a wine class at the school is a great pleasure.
The Weekly Press

A corking good time.
BusinessWeek Magazine

The top wine school in Philadelphia
Philly.com

They love wine, know an incredible amount about it, and seem utterly delighted to convey this.
The Spirit Newspaper

The Wine School is now the top wine education firm in America.
Yahoo News

A YELP Review of the Wine School

 Surprised I hadn’t reviewed this yet, since I’ve been to I think 4 classes int he past year or so and plan on attending more in the future.

I love this place because it truly is approachable. I admittedly knew very little about wine, beer and cocktails, but I’m trying to at least be informed. These guys make you feel like that’s OK and have done so in each class I’ve attended. I’ve done their Speakeasy class, Wine 101, Wine & Cheese Pairing, and recently the Around the World in 8 Glasses class which I found particularly interesting. Did you know booze built the pyramids, fueled the Industrial Revolution, started the American Revolution, amongst other things? Bet not.

I’ve had I think his name is Zach a couple times, and Keith a couple times. Zach is calm, opinionated, clear and concise. Keith obviously knows his stuff (being the founder and all) but each class has started off with an excuse relating to “I was up all night, travelling/with my dogs in the ER/wandering, etc…” and him pounding coffee. He can be hard to follow with his run-on sentences, free flowing thought but remember, he really knows his stuff. Take advantage of that. He’s like a human Ulysses. The James Joyce book, not the President. Mr. Grant actually WAS a human, obviously.

Just go give a class a try. You’re guaranteed to do two things; drink and learn something. Where can you go wrong?

Brian M.

Winemakers on the Wine School

Highly Recommended! Ed DeWitt

Winemaker, Churchill Vineyards

Fun, energetic and entertaining, but it also provides barrels of useful information Eric Miller

Winemaker, Chaddsford Winery

I got my start at the Wine School. Dan Brennan

Winemaker, Decibel Wines

I earned my diploma at the Wine School. I can’t recommend it enough. Sean Cominos

Winemaker, Heritage Vineyards

Sommeliers on the Wine School

I earned my diploma at the Wine School. I recommend it.

Dusan Vranic

Sommelier, Level 4 (NWS), Riverpark (NYC)

The best school for wine, period. I love it here.

Neil Ross

Sommelier, Level 4 (NWS), The Estia Group (Philadelphia)

I love the academic programs, the exams are hard but fair. The courses are the best I have attended.

Tom Sobieski

Sommelier, Level 4 (NWS), Beaumont Inn (Dallas, PA)

The best option for learning about wine.

Tahiirah Habibi

Sommelier, Level 3 (NWS), Soho Bay (Miami)

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I highly recommend the Foundation Program for people who have a general interest in food and wine, as well as those considering pursuing a degree or certification. As a professional chef and cooking instructor, this course helped me make more educated food and wine pairing suggestions. The school’s unique approach doesn’t rely on route memorization of names and regions. Instructors engage your senses so you don’t just learn about the wines sampled. You learn ‘an approach’ to tasting any wine and to deducing regions, flavors and pairings. I’ll be hanging on to my class notebook forever.

Christina Dimacali

Chef-Owner, Clean Your Plate

The Wine School is the reason that wine became a career goal for me
Jenny Shultz

Enologist, 3 Sticks Winery

The Wine School is a great place to build knowledge and pursue your passion.
Jonathan Newman

Man of the Year, Wine Enthusiast Magazine

Our students and employees love the classes and instructors.
Thomas Jefferson University

The wine school is great for learning.

Ben Franco

Owner, Winedown Cafe

The Wine School was an excellent partner in our winery project.
The Wharton School

I earned my diploma at the Wine School. I recommend it.

Jack Cunicelli

Co-Owner, 320 Cafe

We couldn’t have done it without the Wine School.
The Great Big Food Show

The Food Network

Partnering with the Wine School is one of the best decisions we have made.
Atlantic City Food & Wine Festival

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