We are lucky to have the Wine School of Philadelphia!
I love this place! I had a great time at the Sommelier Smackdown.
The school is down to earth, real and fun, the way wine should be.
I loved being at the Wine School and working with Keith.
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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This was my first class and I loved it. I picked up so many helpful tips that I can share with our customers at the winery and also with my friends. The instructor was wonderful, so knowledgeable and non-intimidating. The class moved at a great pace, we had the time to ask questions, talk with classmates and enjoy the wine. Perfect class for anyone who loves wine!
My boyfriend and I had a great time at Wine Smarts! I was slightly confused about not receiving a tasting pairing with our wine pairings because I thought that was part of the VIP ticket, but we still enjoyed the information we learned and the wines selected for the course. I also thought it was great that the instructor allowed the students to help themselves to additional tastings after the formal portion of the class concluded. I would definitely recommend this course to friends!
Great Wine Made Simple was a very informative course. The instructor was excellent! This class made me appreciate different type of wines and I will be signing up for more courses!
This short course was packed with information. Each wine we tasted illustrated something about wine in general as well as in particular. Some basic information for beginners (how to hold a glass and why, how to sniff, etc.) was expanded to give more advanced information (how to tell how sweet or dry (crochen) a German Reisling may be, what does Classico mean in an Italian wine, what is viñas viejas in Spanish wine). How to read a label is good to know. I was interested in learning that there are other levels of excellence than noted by the appellations (Superieur—French Bordeaux, Black Rooster—Italian chianti). Information on pairing certain wines with food was also useful.
The class was a disappointment. It was scheduled for two hours. It started 15 minutes late and ended 45 minutes early. The instructor rushed through the tastings and did no pairing with food.
EDITORS NOTE: Kathy, sorry you didn't enjoy your time at the school. However, your expectations seem to be out of synch with what we do here. That would probably be why you were visibly angry from the onset. Class started promptly at 7:30 pm with a 15-minute lecture, and continued apace. I do not know why you complain about no food, as this is a school, not a restaurant: You attended a class on South American wines, not a food and wine pairing class.
The class did stop a half hour early. We allow our instructors to stop the formal portion of the class if there are antagonistic elements in the classroom. This is for our instructors' safety and peace of mind. Once such people have departed, the class continues informally (one-on-one with the instructor) for the full two hours.
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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?
Winemakers on the Wine School
Fun, energetic and entertaining, but it also provides barrels of useful information
I got my start at the Wine School.
I earned my diploma at the Wine School. I can’t recommend it enough.
Sommeliers on the Wine School
I earned my diploma at the Wine School. I recommend it.
The best school for wine, period. I love it here.
I love the academic programs, the exams are hard but fair. The courses are the best I have attended.
The best option for learning about wine.
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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.
The wine school is great for learning.
I earned my diploma at the Wine School. I recommend it.
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