Philly Wine Week 2015: Our Top Picks For Wine Week Tastings, Dinners, Competitions And More, March 22-29

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Raise a glass to Philly Wine Week, returning for its second year with more than 35 participating bars and restaurants. (Photo by M. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia)

Fans of vino, prepare to swirl, sip and repeat. From Sunday, March 22 through Sunday, March 29, Philly Wine Week returns for its second year of presenting vino-centric events at bars and restaurants throughout the city.

Expertly mixed cocktails and fine craft beer may have recently stolen some of wine’s thunder in Philadelphia, but oenophiles haven’t retired their enthusiasm for fermented grape juice. The presence of great wine is still just as prevalent as great brews and spirits in the City of Brotherly love.

Last year, the inaugural Philly Wine Week saw great success, and in 2015 the festival has nearly doubled in size with more than 35 participating bars and restaurants presenting events.

For those looking to brush up on their oenology, there are an abundance of events focused on brining wine-lovers something unusual in their glasses. For those interested in simply enjoying perfect pairings, most participants have tasting dinners on the schedule at least once during the eight days of Wine Week.

Read on for our top picks for Philly Wine Week events. Note, though, that this is merely a smattering of the dozens of tastings and events on tap all around the city. Check right here for the complete lineup of Wine Week events.

For even more ways to enjoy great wine in the Philadelphia region, check out The Wineries and Vineyards Trail of Greater Philadelphia, a look at some of the best wineries and vineyards the Greater Philadelphia area has to offer.

Get ready for some great grape juice.

Opening Corks Gala

Sunday, March 22, 5-8 p.m. $75 per person. Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 118-128 N. Broad Street. Kick off spring and Philly Wine Week with an opening party at the stately Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Sip sparkling wine, rose and white wine and snack on light bites from Panorama, Barbuzzo, Tria and Murray’s Cheese. Tickets are $75 a person and are available online. MORE INFO

Anything but Tempranillo: Spanish Wines off the Beaten Path

Sunday, March 22, 3:30pm-4:30 p.m. $25 per person. Amada, 217-219 Chestnut Street. Think you know Spanish wine? Sommelier Alexandra Cherniavsky guides aspiring oenophiles through a tasting of lesser-known Spanish wines and grape varieties. Tasters will snack and sip through eight different wines and learn why they’re so special. MORE INFO

Fork’s Featured Flights

March 23-March 26. Fork, 306 Market Street. The sophisticated bar at Fork gets in the Wine Week spirit by featuring carefully selected, themed wine flights each evening, ranging in price from $25 to $40 and including paired bites from the kitchen. Featured flights depart at 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. daily and include three to five wines. MORE INFO

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Especially during Philly Wine Week, oenophiles appreciate the unusually wide selection of rare wines by the glass at a.bar.
(Photo by M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia)

Panorama’s Bar-Somm Smackdown

Monday, March 23, 7:30-9 p.m. $18 per person. Panorama, Penn’s View Hotel, 14 N. Front Street. Head to Panorama, home of one of the world’s largest wine-by-the-glass selections, for a cocktail competition with top bartenders mixing wine-based cocktails. Guests will have the chance to taste four contenders and vote for the winner. MORE INFO

A.Bar’s Offbeat Wine Series

Tuesday, March 24, Wednesday, March 25 and Friday, March 26. a.kitchen and a.bar, 18th and Walnut streets. Both a.kitchen and a.bar will host wine tastings featuring unusual or oft-overlooked varietals. With a different grape or style each day of the series, guests are bound to taste something new — and marvelous. MORE INFO

He Said PA BEER, She Said PA WINE at World Cafe Live

Tuesday, March 24, 6:30 p.m. $55 per person. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street. The Pennsylvania Winery Association and the Brewers of Pennsylvania team up to present a night of good-natured rivalry. Drinks experts Bill Covaleski, co-founder of Victory Brewing Company and president of the Brewers of PA, and Marnie Old, internationally-recognized author and sommelier, will go head to head in a lively and entertaining debate on the food-pairing merits of these two great beverages. MORE INFO

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Philly Wine Week returns for year two of toasts and wine-learning events at restaurants all around town, including Tria (shown here), March 22-29. (Photo courtesy Tria)

Many more Philly Wine Week event picks, below.

Tria’s Wine from Where?!

Wednesday, March 25, 4 p.m. Tria Rittenhouse, 18th and Sansom streets, and Tria Wash West, 12th and Spruce streets. Tria is a reliable source for new and different vino, and that’s especially true during Wine Week. Both Tria Cafe locations will pour wines from unusual and unexpected wine producing regions for just $10 a glass starting at 4 p.m. MORE INFO

Kindred & Natural: Wine, Food & Friends

Thursday, March 26. Locations vary. Renowned wine writer and natural wine advocate Alice Feiring visits Philadelphia for a daylong marathon of events in collaboration with sommeliers Mariel Wega (a.kitchen+a.bar) and Lauren Harris (Townsend), along with Chloé Grigri of The Good King Tavern, and wine importer Megan Storm (Artisan’s Cellar). Starting at 12:30 p.m., Wega and Storm co-host a free talk with Feiring at a.bar. At 7 p.m., the crew moves to Townsend for a five-course wine dinner and “salon du vin” ($135 per person, reservations at 267-639-3203). The day wraps up at 11 p.m. with a late-night come-one-come-all fete at The Good King Tavern. MORE INFO

Vetri’s How to Host an Aperitivo

Thursday, March 26, 6:30 p.m. $150 per person. Upstairs at Vetri, 1312 Spruce Street. The gorgeous rooms upstairs at Vetri are generally reserved for exclusive classes and private dinners. For this Philly Wine Week exclusive, the upstairs room opens up for a small sociable class with Joe Campanale, beverage director and co-owner of New York City favorites dell’anima, L’Artusi, Anfora, and L’Apicio, co-author of Downtown Italian and an aperitivo expert. MORE INFO

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Bars and restaurants across the city celebrate the second year of Philly Wine Week with tons of events, including nightly wine specials at Barbuzzo, pictured above. (Photo by N. Santos for Visit Philadelphia)

Barbuzzo’s Marcie Blaine Chocolate Tasting

Friday, March 27. $20 per person. Barbuzzo, 110 S. 13th Street. Barbuzzo hosts Philly Wine Week events every night of the fest, but the sweetest might just be a tasting of Marcie Blaine Chocolates alongside three after-dinner wines. MORE INFO

Jamonera’s Basque Seafood & Wine

Saturday, March 28. $35 per person. Jamonera, 105 S. 13th Street. Bring your appetite to Midtown Village’s Jamonera for a Basque feast. Sup of a tasting of grilled seafood sausage, smoked trout and more with a rare pairing of white, rose and red Txakolina wines. MORE INFO

American Sardine Bar’s Wine-a-Q

Sunday, March 29, 3 p.m. American Sardine Bar, 1800 Federal Street. Usher in springtime and celebrate Wine Week all at once with a wine-drenched barbecue at American Sardine Bar. For ASB’s first outdoor event of the season, partygoers will be able to hang alfresco with a fire pit, draft wine and tapas-style barbecue like lamb chops and grilled fish. MORE INFO

Little Nonna’s Sunday Supper Feast

Sunday, March 22 and Sunday, March 29, 3 p.m. $45 per person. Little Nonna’s, 1234 Locust Street. Little Nonna’s hosts classic Italian-American Sunday suppers on Sunday, March 22 and Sunday, March 29, bookending Philly Wine Week. The cozy eatery opens early, at 3 p.m., for the family-style feasts which include a spread of antipasti, pasta and plenty of wine. Check here for menus and call 215-546-2100 for reservations. MORE INFO


Philly Wine Week

When: March 22-29
Where: Multiple locations
Cost: Varies by event
Little Nonna's
Little Nonna’s hosts wine dinners and tastings all week long during Philly Wine Week 2015. (Photo by E. Mencher for Visit Philadelphia)

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