PHILLY WINE WEEK RETURNS WITH OVER 100 EVENTS!
With only a few weeks left until corks will pop city-wide, Philly Wine Week (PWW) co-founders Kate Moroney Miller and Bill Ecclestonannounce over 65 participants who are currently planning over 100 exciting events for the weeklong celebration of wine from Thursday, March 22 through Thursday, March 29. Many events are already confirmed and as the celebration nears, local restaurants, bar and wine boutiques will enter additional events on the Philly Wine Week website for guests to easily search and find what suits them.
“We’re always working to show that wine doesn’t have to be complicated, it can simply be enjoyed. Whether you’re looking for a multi-course paired dinner, a laid back happy hour with coworkers, a learning experience, or a boozy brunch with friends, Philly Wine Week participants have put something together you’ll enjoy,” says Moroney Miller.
Wine lovers may search for events by date, venue, and event type, including: Day Drinking; Rose; Quizzo; Fun/Crazy; Late Night; Happy Hour; and Natural/Organic. The full list of events continues to grow as PWW approaches, so enthusiasts are encouraged to frequent the website for updates. A few exciting events confirmed so far include:
- Thursday, March 22
o Opening Corks at 23rd Street Armory, Philly Wine Week’s signature kick-off event where guests may mingle as they taste over 100 sought-after and intriguing wines alongside bites from the city’s best restaurants including Oloroso, Barbuzzo, Lacroix as well as Di Bruno Bros. Catering
o Pennsylvania Winery Underdog Series at High Street on Market. After the Eagles big victory, embrace another underdog this year: PA Wines. Embark on a blind tasting of PA Wines versus various domestic wine regions and see how PA stacks up.
- Friday, March 23
o Get your Glass Pass at Barcelona Wine Bar, and try a flight of Bodegas Ponce wines, typically only offered by the bottle
o Taste a wine, guess correctly, and win that bottle at The Rittenhouse’s Mystery Wine Blind Tasting. Offered at Bar210 and The Library Bar (this is a nightly event)
o High Street on Market once again honors terroir with a PA Winery Association Dinner. Chef John Patterson will pair four courses with local PA wineries including Galen Glen, Nimble Hill and Maple Springs. Winemakers will guide pairings.
- Saturday, March 24
o Pizzeria Stella takes you to the Isles of Italy with flights and antipasto pairings from Chef Shane Solomon (this is a nightly event)
o Sip some staff favorites and prestigious bottles at Osteria at the Opening of the Osteria Cellar
- Sunday, March 25
o Day Drinking! Kick it fireside in the backyard garden with fun wines and ‘cue from Chef Doreen Demarco at American Sardine Bar’s 4th Annual Wine Week BBQ
o Stop in for Sunday Raclette: Wines from Savoie at The Good King Tavern. Enjoy the Savoie region’s popular molten cheese dish alongside a few stellar wines from the region to pair
o Learn how to Make Your Own Vermouth at Plenty with owner Anthony Mascieri
o Come for the sangria, stay for the craft-making at Tria Taproom’s Sangria Sunday
- Monday, March 26
o Lambrusco Fest 3.0 is back at Kensington Quarters and stacked with guest chefs – including Jesse Ito, Nich Bazik and Ari Miller – with Lambrusco flowing by-the-glass all night long until it’s gone! And it always goes.
o Jet wants you to love Wine and Jerky as a pairing. Why not?!
- Tuesday, March 27
o Royal Boucherie hosts Les Femmes Du Vin for a night of wine and charity in their upstairs parlor
o Wine Quizzo at Vintage Wine Bar needs no explanation except: “arrive early for a seat”
- Wednesday, March 28
o Taste wines from one of the world’s emerging regions at Southwark’s Slovenian Wine Showcase
o The talented wine women of Walnut Street Café and The Good King Tavern invite you to relive their recent trip to France for La Dive Bouteille – a natural wine fair in the Loire Valley. “Dive into La Dive” with Kaitlyn (WSC), Chloé (TGKT) and travel-mates, Lauren Harris (Townsend) and Mariel Wega (Skurnik) for dinner at WSC with 12 wines to pair and a TGKT after-party featuring more wines, oysters, cheese and crepes.
- Thursday, March 29
o Root offers A Tour Through Portuguese and Spanish Vineyards
o Panorama uncorks the big boys: Barbera, Brunello and Barolo. Stop in for Big Bottles of Killer B’s and sip glasses from large format bottles and magnums of these bold wines (this is a nightly event)
As noted above, on Thursday, March 22 from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m., Philly Wine Week will kick off with its signature annual event, Opening Corks, where over 100 sought-after, interesting varieties will be flowing, delicious bites will be enjoyed from the city’s best chefs at the 23rd Street Armory. Tickets to Opening Corks are now on sale now for $48 per person for general admission and $90 for VIP which includes early entry, deluxe passed hors d’oeuvres and an exclusive champagne bar. Tickets may be purchased here.
Established in 2014 as a 501(c)(6) non-profit organization, PWW’s mission has been to unite the area’s most passionate wine experts, its best wine bars, restaurants, boutiques, and its talented winemakers. By aligning this vibrant and tight-knit community, PWW hopes to spread knowledge, grow interest and encourage more people to embrace the convivial spirit of imbibing with wine pros, novices and fans alike. A full list of the 65-plus participating venues for 2018 may be found here.
For more information on Philly Wine Week (March 22-29) and Opening Corks (March 22), please visit www.phillywineweek.org, follow PWW on Twitter(@PHLWineWeek), Instagram (@PhillyWineWeek) and on Facebook.com/PhillyWineWeek.