Something fun to do every night during Philly Wine Week

Do Philly Wine Week right with our guide to the festival’s best parties, tastings, game nights and more
Barcelona Wine Bar, of course, has an excellent selection of wines from all over the world
Photograph: Tom McGovern
By Megan Parry |
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Philadelphia winos, rejoice. Philly Wine Week returns to the City of Brotherly Love with a week’s worth of events catered just to you—from wine tastings and unique food pairings to fun game nights. Taking place in restaurants and some of the best bars in Philadelphia, the weeklong event gives you a chance to taste vino from established and emerging wineries from across the globe—including spots right here in Pennsylvania. We’ve put together a one-stop guide to ten of the best Philly Wine Week events so you’ll have something to keep you busy every night of the eight-day affair.

What is Philly Wine Week?

Philly Wine Week isn’t only a celebration of wine (and a chance to drink lots of it), but a nod to the bars and restaurants in Philadelphia keeping this city on top of its wine game with cellars stocked full of world-class bottles of reds, whites, rosés and nice fizzy champagnes. This year is the fourth-annual Philly Wine Week, and its grown to include dozens of events in venues across the city, including fascinating themed wine tastings, wine-centric dinners, workshops with expert sommeliers, lively parties and more-casual to-dos like wine quizzo. The itinerary is a lot to take in, which is why we’ve compiled a list of best things to do in Philadelphia during Philly Wine Week below.

When is Philly Wine Week?

Philly Wine Week takes place at various times from March 22 to 29.

Where is Philly Wine Week?

All over the city! You’ll find participating venues in bars and restaurants from Center City to Kensington to South Philly and beyond. The whole thing kicks off with a massive party at 23rd Street Armory. Get more details about that below.

Best Philly Wine Week Events

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Opening Corks is the official kickoff party for Philly Wine Week
Photograph: Courtesy Philly Wine Week
Things to do

Opening Corks

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.

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Bartender Jesse smiles at the Library Bar in the Rittenhouse Hotel
Photograph: Courtesy The Library Bar
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Mystery Wine Blind Tasting at the Rittenhouse Hotel

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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.

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Pinot Boutique is a fun spot to taste local wine in Old City
Photograph: Courtesy Visit Philly/Rusty Kennedy
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Philly Against the World! Local vs Non-Local Wines

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.

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Check out the Va La Wine Dinner with Anthony Vietri and Chef Sean Magee and Martha
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Va La Vineyards
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Va La Wine Dinner at Martha

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 info@marthakensington.com for a reservation.

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Barcelona Wine Bar, of course, has an excellent selection of wines from all over the world
Photograph: Tom McGovern
Things to do

A Night in the Canary Islands at Barcelona Wine Bar

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.

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Check out this delicious fried chicken at Kensington Quarters
Photograph: Courtesy Kensington Quarters
Things to do

Fried Chicken/Sparkling Wine...Mick Jagger/Keith Richards

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 🤘🏼.

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Vintage Wine Bar
Photograph: Courtesy Vintage Wine Bar
Things to do, Quirky events

Wine Quizzo at Vintage Wine Bar

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.

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Philly Wine Week
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Things to do

Slovenian Wine Showcase at Southwark

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.

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Philly Wine Week is a showcase of the best wine restaurants and bars in Philadelphia
Things to do

A Day in the Life of a Sommelier at Osteria

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.

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Jet Wine Bar
Photograph: Courtesy Jet Wine Bar
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Layover: Pompeii and Naples at Jet Wine Bar

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!

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