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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by Stacy on Wine School of Philadelphia
Great Class

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!

by Kaitlin on Wine School of Philadelphia
Wine Smarts

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!

by Jessica.V on Wine School of Philadelphia
Excellent Course

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!

by Michele Fairley on Wine School of Philadelphia
Excellent mini course

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.

by Kathy Heilig on Wine School of Philadelphia
Wines of South America

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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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

 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

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)

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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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