Marnie Old’s German Guide To Wine Week


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.

Tomorrow night, Old partners with Brauhaus Schmitz chef Jeremy Nolen to present a four-course “Sprechen Sie Deutsch?” dinner that invites patrons to select menu options – including vegetarian ones – to pair with some of Old’s favorite wines from Germany, Austria and Alsace. Tickets are $75 plus tax and tip and the dinner starts at 7pm.

For a more casual introduction to Germany’s most famous wine grape, Brauhaus Schmitz is serving a flight of Old-curated Rieslings all week. The flight, should you want to ask for it by name, is called “Ein Zwei Sweet Dry.”

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