Best Philly Wine Week Events
Philly Wine Week hosts its fourth annual grand-opening extravaganza—its biggest bash of the year. Admission gets you unique and delicious tastes of wine from lots of producers and importers, all paired with wine-friendly food from local food havens such as Di Bruno Bros., Barbuzzo, the Good King Tavern, Lacroix, Tria Taproom, Kensington Quarters and Royal Boucherie.
Put your sommelier skills to the test at the Rittenhouse Hotel all week starting March 23. The hotel’s bars, Bar210 and the Library Bar, host a team of expert sommeliers who will pour a different mystery wine every day. Be the first guest to correctly guess the varietal and you’ll receive a complimentary bottle to enjoy right then and there. Plus, you’ll be featured on the hotel’s social channels—getting you one step closer to your dreams of Insta-fame.
Like the blind-tasting idea? Head to quirky Old City wine shop Pinot Boutique after your stop at the Library Bar. For Philly Wine Week, it hosts a blind tasting of four pairs of wine (Bordeaux/Meritage, dry rosé, Gewürztraminer and a Champagne-style sparkling wine)—each with a local and global sample to compare. Prizes are doled out to those who can correctly identify the wines.
While mostly known for its delicious craft cocktails, this über-cool Kensington spot boasts a quietly formidable wine list that pays homage to local vineyards (they even have a New Jersey wine on their list). To celebrate Philly Wine Week, Anthony Vietri of Va La Vineyards in Avondale is stopping by for a wine dinner meant to highlight his Chester County-grown, Italian varietal wines all paired with a rustic family-style meal prepared by Martha chef Sean Magee. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for a reservation.
It only makes sense that new East Passyunk eatery Barcelona Wine Bar makes it on your Philly Wine Week to-do list. It’s hosting events all week long, but we’re particularly excited about their Canary Island tasting night. Barcelona’s beverage manager Abbie Bintliff leads the tasting of five Canary Island wines (the grapes are grown in volcanic ash), all paired with Spanish-imported cheeses.
This Fishtown butchery is well known for its meats, but it also offers six wines on tap with a bottle selection that’s as carefully curated as their warm-industrial aesthetic. For Philly Wine Week, it’s cooking up a night of fried chicken and Champagne, a perfect pairing of the rich and decadent and bright and crisp—all set to the soundtrack of the Rolling Stones 🤘🏼.
Put your wine knowledge to the test at this cozy Center City wine bar, which hosts an evening of Quizzo—wino style. Quizz Master Victor Ykoruk is hosting four rounds of wine quizzo, with wine-related prizes and gift cards for the geeks who know their grapes best.
To celebrate its loyalty to lesser-known wines, Queen Village restaurant Southwark—with its romantic ambiance and candle-lit tables—hosts a Slovenian wine showcase, with mineral-driven whites and aromatic reds on the docket.
Go behind the scenes of the sommelier trade at Osteria, which invites wine lovers into a “trade testing,” an expo-style event where wine distributors and brand ambassadors present their latest offerings. You’ll get to chat with producers, pick up tasting sheets, nibble on light bites and, of course, try delicious wine. And since they’re an Italian eatery, this Fairmount restaurant will focus on small, artisan producers from all over Italy.
Cool and futuristic West South Street spot Jet Wine Bar hosts several events during Philly Wine Week, but this Thursday-night soiree dedicated especially to wines from Pompeii and Naples is a standout. Here’s your opportunity to taste what Vesuvius ash does to a vineyard!