Here’s a List of Philly Wine Week’s Best Food Events

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Wine Week/Facebook

This city, try as it might, is still trying to find its identity when it comes to wine (our blue-collar roots coupled with some of the silliest liquor laws on the planet can really stifle an industry). But over the years, Philly’s wine world, led by a select few impassioned restaurant owners, beverage directors, general managers, and wine purveyors, scratched and clawed their way to the top, bringing with them some enviable wine programs. It was only in the last decade that Philly went from a town of “house whites” and red zinfandel to a town of orange wines and funky rosés.

So like it does every year, Philly Wine Week will showcase some of the city’s best wine programs with wine-focused events through the week (this week). For the full list of events, hit up the Wine Week website. Otherwise, here’s a list to get you started.

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Philly Wine Week Set for First Week of April

Philly Wine Week returns for its third year.

Philly Wine Week returns for its third year.

Now in its third year, Philly Wine Week has really gathered some momentum with a week worth of worthy events for the oenophile. More than 50 venues are participating offering exclusive events such as a wine dinner with David McDuff of David Bowler Wine upstairs at Vetri, nightly old world versus new world wines at Tredici Enoteca and chocolate and cheese at Hungry Pigeon.

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Philly Wine Week Kickoff: Opening Corks at PAFA

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Get your wine bra and funnel (or your judgmental high society attitude, whatever) ready: Philly Wine Week is kicking off this Sunday, March 22nd from 5-8 pm with an event called “Opening Corks” at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.

The springtime themed wine tasting reception will feature over 20 wine vendors pouring samples of champagnes, sparkling wines, whites and rosés. Hors d’Oeuvres will be provided by Tria Café, Murray’s Cheese, Panorama and Alla Spina.

Dress is springtime cocktail attire, which I assume means you should come dressed as a springtime cocktail. I’m going as a gin fizz.

Tickets for Opening Corks are $60 (but they go up to $75 if you wait till after 5 p.m. Friday). You can get them here.

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Planning Ahead: Philly Wine Week is Coming

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I feel the way about Wine Week that I do about Valentine’s Day. Why celebrate for just one day (or week, in this case) something that you really love and cherish all year? If you really set your mind to it, every week can be Wine Week.

But for those of you who need a little more guidance in your oenophilia, the second annual Philly Wine Week starts on Sunday, March 22 and will last until Sunday, March 29.

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Marnie Old’s German Guide To Wine Week

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In her quest to raise awareness of German wines and beers among Philadelphians, local celebrity sommelier Marnie Old is bringing the Fatherland to Wine Week through a series of German-focused events. Tonight, the author of the newly released (and quite colorful – both in tone and hue) text Wine: A Tasting Course is hosting “A Tasting Tour of Rheinland Riesling” at the German Society of Pennsylvania from 6:30-8:30. For $38, guests will learn, among other things, that not all Riesling is sweet and not all German wine labels are horrifically confusing, once you know how to read them.

But wait, there’s more!

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