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Summer Wine School

10th Annual Summer Wine School

This August, the Wine School of Philadelphia is hosting it’s 10th annual Summer Wine School. It’s the only course of its type offered in the United States: a one week accelerated course that ends with a level three sommelier certification. Summer School is a fun and engaging program, but it’s based on cutting-edge research. The proof is in the pudding. By the end of the week, students will be a better wine tasters than 75% of all sommeliers. If not, they can retake the entire program for free. Students will be fully immersed in wine education: tasting wines, discussing flavors, and learning to develop their palates in a science-backed program. The lead instructor of Summer Wine School is Alana Zerbe, the school’s Director of Wine Education. August 7th to 12th, from 5pm to 9:30pm More Information:    


Glenelly 2011 The Glass Collection Syrah Stellenbosch
Ego Bodegas 2014 Marionette Jumilla
Gordon Estate 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley
Valentin Bianchi 2014 Famiglia Bianchi Malbec Mendoza
d'Arenberg 2015 The Hermit Crab McLaren Vale
Atalon 2014 Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley

Lunch with Claude Boudamani, General Manager of Chateau LaGrezette

  Fascinating lunch with M. Claude Boudamani, Manager Director of Chateau LaGrezette in Cahors, a historic region in France known for the (original) Malbec grape as well as its beautiful castles from the Middle Mges. The history of Chateau La Grezette goes back to the 12th century, when the first records of the wine harvest appeared. Successive families owned the château and enabled the domaine to survive over the centuries. In 1980, entrepreneur M. Alain Dominique Perrin, responsible for the renaissance and international development of Cartier International,  fell in love with the property and put all his energy into resurrecting both the vineyards and the chateau into its former glory. With his team of experts and analysis from digging soil pits, Mr. Perrin realized that the property has three key terroirs and quickly set about matching the best grape varietal to the terroir which for all intents and purposes is ...

Symington Family Estates Announces 2015 Vintage

Symington Family Announces 2015 Vintage

Symington Family Announces 2015 Vintage

Fabulous day for Port lovers around the world — and especially those living in New York and able to attend this tasting seminar — as key members of the Symington family (namely Rupert and Charles) came to New York to showcase the majestic 2015 vintage and highlight evolution of the 2015 vintage from their various estates by showcasing them against older vintages. So for example, Graham’s 2015 The Stone Terraces was contrasted to Graham’s 1970 Vintage Port, a vintage though now nearly transparent and topaz colored, was vibrant and going strong. The more feminine Dow’s Quinta Da Senhora Da Ribeira 2105 Vintage Port was contrasted against the Dow’s 1985 Vintage Port – still very black-purple with decades of life. The Quinta do Vesuvio 2015 Vintage Port was contrasted with the Quinta do Vesuvio 1995 – of course still young and evolving. And (drum roll!) ...

Tasting Notes week of May 7, 2017

Trivento Amado Sur Malbec 2014

Easy drinking Malbec with great balance bewtween ripe black fruit, vibrant acidity, and oak. Adler Fels “The Eagle Rock” Chardonnay 2015
Ripe Chardonnay flavors, fuller body, touch of oak. Wente Charles Wetmore Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
Rich, full bodied, and delicious – single vineyard with unique red fruit profile. Villa Wolf Riesling Dry 2015
from Pfalz, this is crisp and refreshing with 11% abv and slight spritz Vie Vite Rose 2015
Really delicious AOP Cotes de Provence, 30% Cinsault, 30% Grenache,
30% Syrah and 10% Carignan with ripe tropical fruit. Kim Crawford Rose Hawkes Bay New Zealand 2016
100% Merlot – Fruity and fuller bodied Cotes de Provence Grand Ferrage Rose from Mathilde Chapoutier 2016
Blend of Cinsault, Grenache Noir, Syrah and Rolle

Trivento Reserve Malbec 2015
100% Malbec – Powerful aromas of ripe red fruits, strawberries, and a hint of coffee and cherry from oak. ...

Jennifer Simonetti-Bryan MW: “Rosé Wine: The Guide to Drinking Pink”

Do you love Rosé wine? Join the crowd. Chances are, if you’re not a Master of Wine like Jennifer you simply enjoyed Rosé Wine and didn’t really think about how it was made, the grapes used, or what country it came from. Chances are, you may not have even wondered “why” you liked a certain Rosé Wine and not another style of Rosé Wine. In this very pretty pink book, Jennifer asks you to take a quiz about how you like your coffee and tea, and after answering you add up the points and discover just what style of Rosé wine you like, and why (for example, some like rosé wine crisp, some like it fruity …) Given the popularity of this style of wine, Rosé Wine: The Guide to Drinking Pink a great book to read so you can impress your friends with your wine savvy, and an even ...