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March 17, 2015

Tasting dinners, flight nights abound at Philly Wine Week

Get your glasses ready

The second annual Philadelphia Wine Week is almost upon us. From March 22 through March 29 Philly's restaurants will play host to a bevy of tasting dinners, bottle specials and flight nights. Adventurous drinkers will find yoga-themed events and chats with sommeliers on the schedule, too.

In just two years this eight-day wine binge has gained a lot of followers. We've combed through this year's offerings for the best of Philly Wine Week events

Flight Club: Grape vs. Grain

Draft wine flights from Gotham Wine Project will face off against draft flights from local breweries. Each will be matched up with charcuterie or cheese and you vote for the winner. Enter your ballot for a chance to win wine and beer prizes at the end of the week. 

Sunday, March 22 through Sunday, March 29
Pay as you go
Johnny Brenda's 
1201 N. Frankford Ave.
(215) 739-9684

Opening Corks

Try out the wares of over 20 wine vendors in the halls of PAFA's historic Frank Furness building in cocktail attire. Fifty sparkling champagne and white wines will be on hand and small bites will come courtesy of Tria Café, Murray's Cheese, Panorama and Alla Spina.

Sunday, March 22
5-8 p.m. | $75 per person
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
118 North Broad St. 
(267) 257-2662 

Ravines Wine Dinner

Featuring the wines of New York's Ravines Wine CellarsMorten and Lisa Hallgren and others from the Ravines family will be on hand for a special multi-course dinner and reception.

Sunday, March 22
6 p.m. | $95 per person
Fork
306 Market St.
(215) 625-9425

Tasting Terroir

Explore Sancerre, a renown appellation, and its terroir with natural winemaker Sébastien Riffault and importer Zev Rovine. Try a flight of three single-vineyard wines while chatting with Riffault and Rovine at a.bar. 

Monday, March 23
4-6 p.m. | $35
a.kitchen
135 S. 18th St.
(215) 825-7030

Bar-Somm Smack Down

A handful of the city's best bartenders will throw their hats in the ring for this wine-based cocktail competition. You'll get to judge their recipes and choose the winner.

Monday, March 23
7:30-9 p.m. | $18
Panorama
Front & Market St.
(215) 922-7800

Wine and Unwind

"Wined" down on hump day with some Vinyasa yoga followed by appetizers and wine. All yoga experience levels are welcome. Reserve a spot by emailing events@bistrosttropez.com.

Wednesday, March 25
6-8 p.m. | $30 in advance, $35 at the door
Bistro St. Tropez
2400 Market St.
(215) 569-9269

Wine In Every Course

Want to learn how to work wine into each and every meal? Head upstairs at Vetri for a class with Master Sommelier and Certified Wine Educator Christopher Bates.

Wednesday, March 25
6:30 p.m. | $150 per person
Vetri
1312 Spruce St.
(215) 732-3478

FLX Wienery Pop-Up

A gourmet hot dog joint from Finger Lakes, New York, will join Alla Spina for one night only. FLX Wienery will take over the menu with tastes right out of wine country. Reservations are not required, but are recommended.

Thursday, March 26
4:30 p.m.-midnight | Pay as you go
Alla Spina
1410 Mt. Vernon St.
(215) 600-0017

The Art of Blending

Use Lyeth Estate Wines to create your own special wine blend and learn what combinations make the most delicious drink. Snacks will be provided and there will be prizes for the best blender. 

Saturday, March 28
2-4 p.m. | $45 per person
Vintage
129 S. 13th St.
(215) 922-3095 

A Tribute to the Music of Serge Gainsbourg

Celebrate the late Serge Gainsbourg, master French composer. A DJ will spin vinyl Gainsbourg tunes while Jason Mulamed of Chalkboard Wine & Spirits discusses the featured pour of the night, Bernard Vallette, Quatre Saisons 2011.

Saturday, March 28
8-11 p.m. | Pay as you go
Bardot Cafe
447 Poplar St.
(267) 639-4761