Wine Classes In Philadelphia

A Guide to Our Critically Acclaimed Wine Classes

 

We offer over 200 different classes, from Wine 101 to the First Growths of Bordeaux. No matter who you are –beginner or master sommelier— we have the perfect wine class for you.  We offer three tiers of classes: Learn About Wine, Wine Essentials, and the Luxury Level. Not sure what wine to take?  Take our Wine Quiz for some suggestions.

 

There is a reason why our wine classes are consistently ranked as the best in America. Each of our sommelier-instructors are the best in their field. Deep knowledge and passion runs through the veins of everyone here at the school. Couple that with an amazing wine tasting set in our beautiful Rittenhouse classroom, and you get the idea.

 

The best way to enjoy a class is in either a small groups or by yourself.  Keep in mind our wine classes are nothing like what you’ve experienced before, so leave your assumptions at the door. The school is staffed with brilliant academics and winemakers, not servants, so please don’t expect a restaurant experience. The smart and curious are embraced here. The snobby and self-centered not so much. 

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Ultimate Champagne Class

Sunday, December 22 from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
2 Seat(s) Available
This sommelier-led class isn’t about just any old bubbly: it’s all about Champagne.  At...

New! Greatest Wine Regions of the World

Thursday, December 26 from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
22 Seat(s) Available
So, we’re running a class on the eight greatest wine regions of the world. Napa, Bordeaux, Pri...

Santa Barbara

Saturday, December 28 from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
20 Seat(s) Available
California’s Undiscovered Wine Country: The Inspiration for the movie Sideways Come with us o...

Top Wines of 2019

Saturday, December 28 from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
6 Seat(s) Available
Our seventh annual class on the year’s best wines. Wine Spectator published its top 100 list i...

Ultimate Champagne Class

Sunday, December 29 from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
18 Seat(s) Available
Sommelier’s Guide to Champagne isn’t about just any old bubbly: This is an expert look a...

Ultimate Cabernet Sauvignon

Monday, December 30 from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
19 Seat(s) Available
Cabernet Sauvignon is the reason a few of us at the Wine School get up in the morning, and we are no...

Wine 101: Learn About Wine

Thu, January 2, 2020 from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
20 Seat(s) Available
If you are new to the study of wine — or simply new to the Wine School of Philadelphia —...

Whisky Wars: Japan VS Scotland

Fri, January 3, 2020 from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
10 Seat(s) Available
Just watch a wee bit of soccer or rugby, and you’ll see the marrow-deep rivalry between Japan ...

Oregon & Washington Wines

Sat, January 4, 2020 from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
3 Seat(s) Available
This class focuses on two great wine regions: the Willamette Valley of Oregon, and Washington’...

Burgundy & Beyond

Thu, January 9, 2020 from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
7 Seat(s) Available
Burgundy is the thing that all wine lovers have to experience. The Côte de Nuits, the Côte de Beau...

The Great Wines of Bordeaux

Sat, January 11, 2020 from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
1 Seat(s) Available
The wines of Bordeaux are some of the most delicious and sought-after in the world. And tonight, we ...

The Natural Wines Class

Thu, January 16, 2020 from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
20 Seat(s) Available
Natural Wines. A Wine Class on Organic and Biodynamic Wines made Naturally Megapurple, fish bladder ...

Barolo & Beyond

Sat, January 18, 2020 from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
15 Seat(s) Available
What is it about Barolo? It haunts the dreams of wine lovers and often seems to reflect the very sou...

Wine 101: Learn About Wine

Thu, January 23, 2020 from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
16 Seat(s) Available
Why Learn About Wine? If you are new to the study of wine — or simply new to the Wine School o...

The Great Wines of Napa Valley

Sat, January 25, 2020 from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
22 Seat(s) Available
This wine class offers a unique look at the talent behind the greatest wines of Napa Valley. The ...

Italian Masterpieces in Wine

Sat, January 25, 2020 from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
18 Seat(s) Available
The ultimate in Italian wine. In this tasting class, we showcase the best of the best from across th...

Italy versus France

Thu, January 30, 2020 from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
18 Seat(s) Available
You are invited to the heavyweight bout of the vinosphere.  France and Italy are going toe-to-toe ...

Wines of Sicily

Sat, February 1, 2020 from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
13 Seat(s) Available
According to an ancient Greek myth, the god Dionysus planted the world’s first vineyard in Sic...

Wine 101: Learn About Wine

Thu, February 6, 2020 from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
22 Seat(s) Available
If you are new to the study of wine — or simply new to the Wine School of Philadelphia —...

Chateauneuf-du-Pape & Beyond

Thu, February 13, 2020 from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
20 Seat(s) Available
The first time we ran this class, in 2012, this  is how we described it: A legendary wine region th...

Australian Chateaux

Fri, February 14, 2020 from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
22 Seat(s) Available
Ever get tired of the misconceptions?  There are a bunch of  Aussie wines you see in America ̵...

Bubbles! The Sparkling Wine Class

Sat, February 15, 2020 from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
13 Seat(s) Available
  -Mark Twain Honestly, who doesn’t love bubbles? They are fun and sophisticated and no one e...

Wine 101: Learn About Wine

Sat, February 22, 2020 from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
4 Seat(s) Available
If you are new to the study of wine — or simply new to the Wine School of Philadelphia —...

Zinfandel: The Family Tree

Sat, February 22, 2020 from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
22 Seat(s) Available
Croatia, Macedonia, Italy, New Hampshire, Sonoma: the pilgrimage of this amazing grape is a story wo...
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Wine Classes

Taking classes at the Wine School is fun and education. To take advantage of our tasting classes to the fullest, we suggest taking a series of classes that both fit your schedule but also maximize your enjoyment and knowledge. Of course, if you are really serious, we strongly suggest enrolling in the Core Wine Program.

We offer three sections of wine tasting classes (Learn about Wine, Wine Essentials, and Luxury).  You can take these classes in any order you prefer: we design with the assumption that there will a wide range of students in every class, from newbies to sommeliers. We do recommend taking classes from each section.

We list only a small example of classes we offer on this page. For a listing of currently available classes, please go to our Wine Tastings Classes page.

Wine Classes

Learn About Wine

The building blocks of wine knowledge are right here, so don’t miss out on these wonderful classes.

In these classes, you will learn the basics of wine: Learn how to read a wine label;  Discover the differences between types of wines; Learn some fundamental sommelier secrets; And discover why you like certain wines and not others.

We suggest taking between two and four classes in this section. For a comprehensive understanding of these subjects, we recommend taking the Foundation Wine Program.

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Wine Essentials

Discover the world of wine tasting in this series of  classes. All the essential bits of wine knowledge are offered here.

Learn about the wines of Italy (or France or Spain or Australia or America or Germany).  Take a class on Champagne & Bubbles. Delve into rare wines from exotic locales. Taste wines from American history.

This series of classes will blow your mind and expand your palate. It is suggested a student take between four and eight classes in this section.

For a comprehensive understanding of these subjects, we recommend taking the Intermediate Wine Program.

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Luxury Wine Classes

These classes are designed to highlight the best wines of the world.

This is where things get seriously awesome. Some of our most famous classes are offered at the Luxury Level: Barolo & Beyond, the Sommelier Smackdown, the Sommelier’s Guide to Pinot Noir, The Lux Cab Class.

These our most expensive classes we offer, but they are also one of Philly’s worst kept secrets: sommeliers travel from Manhattan and Washington D.C. to attend. We strongly suggest taking at least three of these classes to round out your wine studies.

Take The Wine Quiz

A great way to figure out what type of wine class you should take is to take our wine quiz. Keep in mind this is no ordinary quiz: this quiz isn’t designed to fluff your ego. It will give you an accurate overview of your wine knowledge level. Even Master Sommeliers find it challenging: the Wine Quiz.

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