Wine Is Cool Again, and Philly Wine Week Will Show You Why

Five years in, they're popping the first corks of 2018 on March 22nd.

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For five years, Philly Wine Week has shone the spotlight on a beverage that our beer-crazy, PLCB-restricted city sometimes overlooks.

But the city has been stepping up its wine game: restaurants are taking wine more seriously, investing in lists that highlight natural and other unique wines. And thanks to recent legislative changes, bars, restaurants and bottle shops can sell takeout wine and “special order” bottles not carried at state stores. With the wine scene coming into its own, this year’s celebration is poised to be the best yet.

Philly Wine Week will kick off eight days of bacchanalia with its Opening Corks event on Thursday, March 22nd. The party will take over the 23rd Street Armory, with hundreds of world-class wines and bites from Di Bruno Bros., The Good King Tavern, Barbuzzo, Tria Cafe, Tria Taproom, Jet Wine Bar, Lacroix, Oloroso, Tinto, Royal Boucherie, American Sardine Bar, Maison 208, and Plenty Cafe. Tickets are $48 for general admission and $90 for VIP, and you can get them here.

Tastings, wine dinners, cheese pairings, regional flights, and special bottles will be on offer at restaurants and bars across the city through Thursday, March 29th. Check out the full list of participants here and the full list of events by date here.