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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 33 reviews
Great time !

The instructor was very friendly and knowledgeable ! The wines were wonderful

Champagne Tasting

This was our second class at the wine school. They are incredibly informative, fun, and non-intimidating. A very approachable and affordable way to learn about wine.

by Will Burdwood on Wine School of Philadelphia
Fun class!

My girlfriend and I recently attended the Wine Smarts class in Philly and had a great time. Though we had expected to be tasting more "upscale"/less well known wines, we were pleasantly surprised to discover that all of the wines came from a premium state store, were readily available and all cost less than $30. We felt this made the class/instruction far more applicable to day-to-day life /casual dining, and learned a lot specifically about wine selection and the large differences one can expect between two wines of the same type, but different from regions.

The instructor was friendly, knowledgeable and made the class much more fun than just a dry lecture on wine. We'll definitely be going back for the wine and food class, and/or the bourbon tasting. I HIGHLY recommend this class for wine novices looking for a better understanding of the basics, but those that already have a strong base of knowledge should aim for one of the more advanced classes.

by Rick Bender on Wine School of Philadelphia
Wine Foundation Program

A great start to this series of classes. The instructor is knowledgeable, focused and brings a engaging manner to the class that makes the time fly. I'm looking forward to learning a great deal and having fun time.

Brunello & Beyond

I bought this class for my boyfriend's birthday. He was a little apprehensive when we first walked in because we were the youngest couple by 20 years. However as soon as the class started, we felt right at ease and met the nicest couple across from us. The wines were delicious! And we truly learned so much about the region and the production of the wine. We were so excited to taste a 2004 Brunello, and it did not disappoint! My boyfriend enjoyed the class so much he wants to come back and try another class! We'll be back!

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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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