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

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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 128 reviews
Excellent gift

I took my brother to Beer 101 as a birthday gift. It was a lot of fun not only for him but also for me. Keith's knowledge and sense of humor made the class excellent. I'll definitely be on the lookout for future classes and highly recommend a class as a gift, a bonding experience among friends, or a team-building activity for coworkers.

by Mahesh Ramkumar on Wine School of Philadelphia
Beer 101

Awesome class!I found the class to be very enjoyable and useful. I had a really good time.Keith patiently answered all my questions.I would certainly recommend this class,and I am definitely going back for more classes!

Italy vs. Spain

I found this class to be very enjoyable and extremely well run. The instructor did a fantastic job of reviewing the wines, regions, and any questions that we had. While the class focused on wines from Italy vs. Spain, there were some great tips on selecting all types of wine. I would certainly recommend this experience to others and plan to take advantage of the great class offerings that offered in the future.

Italy vs Spain

As a beginner the class exceeded my expectations. While there was a range of knowledge in wine overall in the class, the instructor did a great job catering to the experience levels. In addition to teaching us about the various wines, the instructor also did a great job of giving us some cultural context for each of the countries. Overall it was a great experience, and I would highly recommend to others. Makes a great gift!

Sommelier Smackdown

Very enjoyable and informative class. The Somm knew what the food items were going to be but hadn't actually tasted them before the class. The pairings were unexpected but worked - and then there was discussion on why they worked, which really is the learning part of the class. Also discussed were some food and wine pairings that don't work - also good to know. If you attend one of these classes, have a couple questions ready so they can be submitted for conversation when you are signing in.

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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.

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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)

Some of our Favorite Places and People.

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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