If your idea of nirvana stems from Nebbiolo and Nero d’Avola, Philly Wine Week is a dream come true. Now in its third year, this eight day celebration of vaunted vintages and varied varietals is an ideal way to taste your way through the city's best lists. Get up close and personal with sommeliers, importers and other wine-minded folks who help create those lists and head over to Philly Wine Week. Here’s a look at some of the highlights:
Sunday, April 3: Rosé Tap Takeover at Tria Taproom
We can’t think of a better way to ease into Philly Wine Week than an afternoon of seasonally appropriate (not to mention well priced) rosé at this Rittenhouse draft den (pictured above). Get there early to grab one of the tables on Walnut Street, sit back and enjoy pink pours from Austria, Provence and Long Island.
Pay-as-you-go, 12 PM–12 AM; 2005 Walnut St.; 215-557-8277
Vermouth Class at Amada
Amada somm Alexandra Cherniavsky is walking guests through the glories of aromatized wines with this afternoon of all things vermouth. Taste, learn and up your cocktail game with new and old school versions from the states and Europe.
$30 (call for tickets), 2–3 PM; 217-219 Chestnut St.; 215-625-2450
Monday, April 4: Lambrusco at Kensington Quarters
Looking to shed light on the world’s most misunderstood wine, Kensington Quarters’ GM and resident Lambrusco enthusiast, Tim Kweeder, is rallying the troops for an evening of sparkling reds. He’s tapped talent from the likes of Buckminster’s, Philly Style Bagels and the soon-to-open Royal Izakaya for a menu of wine friendly bites and hand-picked glasses.
Pay-as-you-go, 6:30–10:30 PM; 1310 Frankford Ave.; 267-314-5086
Chocolate and Cheese at Hungry Pigeon
Leave it to chef Scott Schroeder to use Philly Wine Week as a chance to host a Ween-themed dinner, a nod to this duo of New Hope natives who made it big in 1994 with their wine-friendly alterna-classic album, Chocolate and Cheese. Schroeder is welcoming cheesemaker Sue Miller of Birchrun Hills, wines chosen by natural wine booster David McDuff and Joe Beddia of Pizzeria Beddia, who’s going to be collaborating on Deen Ween’s Sunday gravy.
Tuesday, April 5: Getting Cozy with Adelsheim Vineyard at Bar Hygge
This newly opened Fairmount brewery and wine bar hosts David Paige of Willamette Valley’s Adelsheim Vineyards for an intimate evening of tasting, talking and togetherness. Adelsheim is known for their pinots, but this Oregon winery also has fun with rarely-seen-this-side-of-the-pond varietals like auxerrois and desserty déglacé.
Wednesday, April 6: Take Me To Your Litres at Coeur
Pros know that when it comes to A-plus aging and impressive presentation, magnums are the only way to go. Coeur (pictured above) is going to break out the big guns — i.e. large format bottles — and pour glasses of the good stuff. Look out for organically produced gems like Domaine de la Pepiere muscadet and La Boutanche gamay.
Pay-as-you-go, 11:30–12 AM; 824 S. Eighth St.; 215-922-6387
Thursday, April 7: Jardins de Provence Kick-Off Picnic at The Good King Tavern
This Bella Vista bistro (pictured above) is saying hello to spring with Southern French-inspired evening of warm weather wines, charcuterie and cheese service with Good King cheesemonger Patrick Bruning. 5-10 PM, pay-as-you-go.
Pay-as-you-go, 5 PM–10 PM; 614 S. Seventh St.; 215-625-3700
Friday, April 8: USA vs. France Wine Dinner with the Railsback Frères at Lacroix
Rittenhouse hotel somm Justin Timsit is recreating the Judgement of Paris with a tasting dinner that’s pitting French- and California-grown wines against one another in a blind tasting battle. The kitchen is crafting a multi-course menu, each plate paired with a new and old world pour that allows guests to rule on their preferred region.
$155, 6 PM; 210 West Rittenhouse Square; 215-790-2533
Saturday, April 9: Pennsylvania Birds & Wine at Jet Wine Bar
The folks at this South Street west wine bar win the prize for most unlikely pairing: Pennsylvania-produced wines and birdwatching. Pro birder George Armistead is going to be talking about the state’s finest feathered friends while Jet owner Jill Weber pops bottles from local vineyards located in prime birdwatching locales.
Sunday, April 10: 10 Year Anniversary at Vintage
This year the stars aligned and Midtown Village’s premier wine destination is celebrating a decade in the biz on the last day of Wine Week. Vintage beverage director Kate Moroney is one of the event’s founders and she’s going to be partying in style with an evening of live music, cabaret dancers, complimentary bubbly and selections from the bar’s extensive wine list.
Free, 5 PM–12 AM; 129 S. 13th St.; 215-922-3095