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Navigating Philly Wine Week 2016

Philly Wine Week starts this Sunday, April 3, and runs through next Sunday, April 10. So, for an entire week, Philly will be drinking the good stuff, selected by the most passionate of purveyors, spotlighting local vineyards, impressive fortified collections, rosés, lambruscos, funky bottles, and rare finds. You think Philly's a beer city? Think again.

Vintage Wine Bar
Vintage Wine Bar

You can check the official site for a full schedule of events, but just in case you can't decide, here are Eater Philly's best bets for Wine Week 2016.

Flight Like A Champion (all-week flights)

Volvér — Volvér's bar and lounge area will offer sparkling wine flights. $20 gets you three tastes of sparkling wines from no specific region, and $30 gets you three tastes of a very specific region — Champagne.

Johnny Brenda's — The Fishtown corner bar is making a game out of Wine Week: Grape or Grain. Choose a flight (which includes three wines and three beers), and they'll pair it with food. Vote on the best pairing, and your ballot gets you a chance at winning a prize at the end of the week.

Martha — All week, Fishtown's local-loving newcomer is offering a trio of Pennsylvania and New Jersey wine for just $25.

Fork — Worldly theme flights are happening all week at that Old City stalwart, and depending on the theme they choose, flights will range from $20-$30.

Vintage — Every day next week, Vintage will pair up different wines wines with different cheeses all week for just $25

Sunday, April 3

Rosé Sundays

Tria Taproom, normally a beer bar (one of Philly's best, at that), is book-ending (April 3, April 10) Wine Week with two rosé takeovers. Both Sundays, from open till close, $7 glasses of rosé will pour from the Tria's many taps.

Monday, April 4

Fortified Pride

Not so knowledgeable about fortified wines? Hit up Jet Wine Bar. All week, Jet is celebrating Philly's new status as the nation's first UNESCO World Heritage City with a different wine theme throughout the week. Monday is for sherry, the fortified wine from Spain, which bartenders will serve as is, and in cocktail form.

All the Tria locations, save for the Taproom, will be offering all sorts of Madeiras — Portugal's contribution to the world of fortified wines, both rare and (typically) expensive, for just $10 a pour.

Ain't No Party Like a 'Brusco Party

Kensington Quarters's general/beverage manager Tim Kweeder organized an entire event around the oft-overlooked Lambrusco varietal. It's a collaboration of minds, from visual arts, with Arts in the Industry, to the culinary arts with this all-star line-up:

  • Damon Menapace and Steve Eckerd of Kensington Quarters
  • Palmer Marinelli of Buckminster's
  • Jesse Ito of Royal Izakaya
  • Collin Shapiro and Jonathan Zilber of Philly Style Bagels
  • Ari Miller of Food Underground
  • Lily Fischer and Nima Etemadi of Cake Life Bake Shop
  • Andy and Heather Satinsky of Weckerly's Ice Cream

Food tickets are just $5 (offerings will cost 1-2 tickets), and both the upstairs and downstairs bar are celebrating the season with Lambruscos aplenty.

Tuesday, April 7

Pinot From The Other Side

New to the scene Bar Hygge is joining the wine week fun with an Adelsheim Vineyard meet-and-greet. Small plates from the kitchen plus lots and lots of award-winning Oregon pinot noir inside a super-cozy bar? Sounds like a blast. The two hour event starts at 6 p.m.

For an entire evening, Barbuzzo will be offering three family-style courses paired with three pinot noirs, two from France, the other from Oregon. Make your reservation here, dinner is $45 a person.

Wednesday, April 6

Basque and Spanish Wines


Ever hear of Txakoli?  Probably not. Pronounced "chock-oh-lee", the Basque wine is low in alcohol, high in acid, bubbly, bright and fruity. Want to know what goes really well with txakoli? Oysters — hand selected by the Tinto crew.

Over in Midtown Village, three riojas by Cune get paired with three family-style courses by one of Philly's best tapas restaurants, Jamonera. Stick around for their stellar sherry selection, too!

Thursday, April 7

Alsatian and German Wines

Jeremy Nolen, Philly's German food extraordinaire, has created an entire menu dedicated to the wines of Alsace (the region splitting France and Germany) at Whetstone Tavern. Four courses, four wines, $80.

In lieu of happy hour (5-8 p.m.), Vedge is bringing in MFW Wine Co.'s Jason Malumed to showcase five different rieslings by the glass, with Marlies from Weingut Müller-Grossmann on hand to lead the discussion. All the while, Vedge's kitchen will offer small plates of delicate vegetables, a perfect match for the delicate wines.

Friday, April 8

Friday Funk's Gon' Give It To Ya

What makes "funky" wine so great is that they're just so damn interesting. Coeur has a menu of funky favorites to make your eyebrows pop and your tongue dance, all for just $8 a glass.

Over in Old City, William Eccleston of Panorama is offering a selection of seven "screwy sparklers" for only $40 a head. Strange, interesting, and rare sparkling wines, paired with cheese and light hors d'oeuvres. Tickets here.

Saturday, April 9

Saturday Schooling

Vintage Wine Bar is offering a $30 class about the "many moods of Malbec". The ever-popular varietal found all over the world comes in all shapes and sizes, and Vintage plans to show you how. Make a reservation.

The little Old City wine shop Pinot Boutique, is offering a class (3-4 p.m.) on all things sparkling. Some will be old favorites, others, new and local. When you're done, shop the store for all your wino needs.

Sunday, April 10

Party Hard

American Sardine Bar might not be your go-to when considering places to drink good wine, but they have a pretty awesome, albeit small selection of great bottles and glass pours. They're partying this Sunday from 3-8 p.m., with an outdoor wine bar, fire pit, and BBQ food for all.

Wine Week co-founder Kate Moroney worked at Vintage for quite a while before she became Jason Evenchik's business liaison. This Sunday is Vintage's 10 year anniversary, and they're doing it up big. Complimentary sparkling wine, passed snacks, live music by the Gin Canaries from 6 p.m. - 10 p.m. and a DJ from 10 p.m. - 2 a.m., and cabaret dancers.