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Check Out These Can't-Miss Events at Philly Wine Week 2018, March 22-29

 
Philly Wine Week starts Thursday, March 22 and runs through Thursday, March 29. In honor of the special week, events and happy hours will take place throughout the city celebrating wine and all of its glory. Here are some of the can't miss events featuring awesome pairings, wine quizzo, and even fried chicken!
 
Week-long
 
5 Courses & A Wine Pairing5 PM-11 PM
Ela
This Queen Village spot will feature a 5 course dinner and wine pairing for $55 a person. They're also offering half priced bottles of wine all week. (627 S 3rd St.)
 
High Street on Market
Visit this Old City restaurant all week for a blind tasting of PA wines that will be paired up against other domestic bottles. They’ll share each day’s results on social media. $20 per flight. (308 Market St.)
 
Bordeaux Power Lunch11:30 AM- 2 PM
Lacroix at The Rittenhouse
Enjoy a three course lunch with a perfect pairing of Bordeaux wines every say (excluding Sunday) of Wine Week . Courses include chicken terrine with foie gras, veal cannelloni, and strawberry rhubarb tart. (210 W Rittenhouse Sq.)
 
Big Bottles of Killer B’s, 12 PM-10 PM
Panorama
This Old City wine haven will be pouring large format bottles of vintage Barolo, Brunello and Barbera for just $5 over cost per glass until supplies run out. Stop in and ask the bartender which wine is flowing any day this week. (14 N Front St.)
 
Mystery Wine Blind Tasting
The Rittenhouse Hotel
At either Bar210 at Lacroix or the Library Bar, you can test your wine-tasting skills in a daily blind tasting. Try a pour, and if you guess that day's wine correctly, you'll leave with a bottle of your very own and be featured on the hotel's Instagram. Pay as you go. (210 W Rittenhouse Sq.)
 
 
Thursday, March 22
 
Opening Corks, 6 PM-9 PM
Vie
This year’s kickoff celebration to Philly Wine Week will be held at Vie on Broad Street.. The event offers guests the opportunity to sample and learn about hundreds of unique wines and taste some perfect paired foods from local chefs. General admission tickets are $48. VIP tickets are $90 and include one hour early entry, deluxe passed hors d’oeuvres, and an exclusive champagne reception. Purchase tickets here. (22 S 23rd St.)
                                          
Pinot Boutique
Test your knowledge of wines at this Thursday and Friday night event at this Old City wine school and store. Guests will blind sample six top local wines and points will be given for naming varietals, state, winery, and flavor profiles. Tastings start on the hour and cost $20. Reserve your spot here.  (227 Market St.)
 
Paris Bistro and Jazz Café
A $25 three course Alsace-inspired French menu awaits with a pairing of sparkling and still Alsace wines for an additional $20 at this Chestnut Hill bistro. Available on Wednesdays and Thursdays of wine week.  (8229 Germantown Ave.)
 
 
Friday, March 23
 
Maison 208
Thought wine-o’s don’t play drinking games? Sign up for Maison 208’s wine pong tournament where they’ll have five tables featuring bubbles, white, orange, rosé and red wines. The $35 entry fee gives you an open bar of select wines and some complimentary dishes from their social hour menu. You can sign up as an individual or with a teammate. Winners get a basket of wine and gift card to the restaurant. (208 S 13th St.)
 
Flight of Fancy, 5 PM-11 PM
South Restaurant
Savor a flight of three decadent bites and three sparkling and still wines at this Southern inspired bar. Bites include oysters on the half shell, blue crab toast and fried green tomatoes. Available Friday and Saturday of Wine Week. (600 N Broad St.)
Plenty Café: Queen Village
Party with local winemakers from Wayvine, Gotham Project and other forward-thinking people in the industry. Surprises and games await as well as 12 wines on taps and more in bottles and lots of music. (705 S 5th St.)
 
 
Saturday, March 24
 
Cooperage Wine and Whiskey
Enjoy three select French wines accompanied by cheeses from the same region for only $20. (123 S 7th St.)
 
ITV Philly
Head to South Philly for an educational happy hour to learn the difference between organic, biodynamic and sustainable wines, and taste one of each! Oh and did we mention it’s a blind tasting? (1615 E Passyunk Ave.)
 
Sunday, March 25 
 
Bubbles and Brunch, 11 AM-4 PM
Jet Wine Bar
Celebrate sparkling Sunday at this South Street bar with a brunch menu with items like Morroccan baked eggs and brisket hash on polenta cakes paired with bubbles. Specials include a flight of three sparkling wines for $12 and $5 mimosas. Pay as you go. (1525 South St.)
 
Pinot Boutique
Wine isn’t just for pairing with caviar and foie gras. Pinot Boutique is offering an hour long tasting of some Philly favorites like soft pretzels, cheesesteaks, Tastycakes and Peanut Chews perfectly paired with some great wines. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased in advance here. This pairing will also be offered on Monday from 5 PM-8 PM. (227 Market St.)
 
4rd Annual Wine BBQ, 3 PM-10 PM
American Sardine Bar
Celebrate Philly Wine Week at American Sardine Bar’s first outdoor party of the season. A selection of PA wines will be on hand as well as Chef Doreen Demarco’s BBQ. Pay as you go. (1800 Federal St.) 
 
Plenty Café: Rittenhouse
Learn how to make your own vermouth from owner Anthony Masiceri who makes his own vermouth for the café. Participants will be provided with the barks, botanicals and herbs as well as instructions on how to make their own. Tickets are $35, email info@plentyphiladelphia.com to reserve a spot. (1602 Spruce St.)
 
 
Monday, March 26
 
Osteria
Guests are encouraged to touch, taste and smell the flavors of wine making at this sensational sensory-focused happy hour. The restaurant’s lead sommelier, Frank Kinyon, will be on hand to guide guests through tasting three wines served with items like vanilla bean, buttered popcorn, cherries and herbs to truly immerse themselves in the sensation of the wines. $25. (640 N Broad St.)
 
Barcelona Wine Bar
Learn about and taste the unique flavors of the Canary Islands at this wine tasting. Beverage Manager Abbie Bintliff will be on hand to walk guests through five wine tasting paired with Spanish imported cheeses. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased here. (1709 E Passyunk Ave.)
 
 
Tuesday, March 27
 
Fried Chicken and Sparkling Wine, 5 PM-10 PM
Kensington Quarters
The restaurant describes this combination as a “true Jagger/Richards” combo, and we’d have to agree. Stop by Kensington Quarters on Tuesday evening for $20 buttermilk fried chicken and sides with six rare sparkling wines offered by the glass for pairing. They’ll also be playing some Stone’s deep tracks to set the mood. (1310 Frankford Ave.)
 
La Femmes Du Vin, 6 PM-8 PM
Royal Boucherie
The awesome ladies of Philadelphia’s wine scene—Lili Shariati from Vine Street Imports, Mia Fanelli from Maison 208, Vanessa Wong & Sarah Peterson of Fishtown Social, Liz Flamini from Osteria and Alexis Fitzgerald from Panorama—are pouring their favorite wines at this tasting event. Tickets are $35, 10% of the proceeds benefit the sommeliers’ cause of choice. (52 S 2nd St.)
 
Wine Quizzo, 6 PM-9 PM
Vintage Wine Bar
Test your wine skills with four rounds of trivia hosted by Victor Ykorul of Majestic Wines & Spirts. Bring a team or play it solo for a chance to win some sweet prizes. (129 S 13th St.)
 
 
Wednesday, March 28 
 
Put a Bird On It!, 12 PM-11:30 PM
Tria Taproom
Wine and wings? What can go wrong! This event is being thrown in honor of Brienne Day, Oregon’s natural wine connoisseur, so obviously a Portlandia-theme was in order. Natural Oregon wines will be on hand as well as two types of wings. Flannel, suspenders and birds are highly encouraged. Pay as you go. (2005 Walnut St.)
 
80s + 90s Night, 12 PM-11:30 PM
Tria Café Wash West & Rittenhouse
Party like it’s 1999 at this event celebrating some of our greatest decades. Enjoy vintage wines from the 80s and 90s as well as music from those eras. (1137 Spruce St. & 123 S 18th St.)
 
Slovenian Wine Showcase, 5 PM-12 AM
Southwark
Learn about Slovenian wines and try them by the glass or flight. The restaurant will be featuring Orange Pinot Grigio by Mansus, Juicy Rosé by Stoka, Ribolla by Marjan Simcic and some other surprise wines! (701 S 4th St.)
 
 
Thursday, March 29 
 
Amada
End Philly Wine Week at one of the best Spanish wine regions. The tapas bar’s celebration of the region will include off-list pairings, regional tasting flights and happy hour specials. (217 Chestnut St.)
 
Martha
Meet Ed Lazzerini of Vox Vineti a local PA winery at this free event. Learn about his natural process to wine making while sipping some free samples of his local wines. The bar will also be offered discounted full pours of Vox Vineti’s wines as well as free snacks. (2113 E York St.)
 
Photo via Flickr user aymen_bet 

Event Date: 03/22,03/23,03/24,03/25,03/26,03/27,03/28,03/29
Event Time: All Day
Location: Various
Price: Various

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