24 can’t-miss Philly Wine Week events for local wine lovers

Wash your stemware, and prepare your palate -- Philly Wine Week is almost here.

This year's Philly Wine Week, the fourth iteration, runs Sunday through March 26, featuring more than 100 events throughout the city.

With all those options, it can be difficult to choose where and when to go to bend your elbow. Have no fear -- we, as professional imbibers, are here to help.

Check out our picks below for wine tastings, competitions, festivals, specials, and panels. And remember: Pace yourself.

For more info on Philly Wine Week, go to phillywineweek.org.


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The wine tap at Tredici Enoteca.

Opening Corks 

The fourth annual Philly Wine Week opens at the Academy of Natural Sciences with more than 100 wines with pairings from some of Philly’s leading restaurants.

6-9 p.m., Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway. $65. 

Women in Wine 

A weeklong series from Tredici Enoteca with a focus on the world’s best female winemakers, complete with a three-glass wine flight paired with cheese.

Tredici Enoteca, 114 S. 13th St. $22.

Best Wines You’ve Never Heard Of 

France isn’t the only country with good wine. This weeklong special at Plenty Cafe's Queen Village location will show off wines from Uruguay, Lebanon, Slovenia, Greece, and other countries.

Plenty Cafe, 705 S. Fifth St., pay by the glass.


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An upstairs view of Kensington's Martha.

Bar-Somm. Smackdown

Who makes Philly’s best wine cocktail? Attendees will decide at the cocktail competition event at Panorama, with the winner making it onto the spring menu.

6:30-8:30 p.m., Panorama, 14 N. Front St. $30.

Made in PA Wine Land 

Kensington's Martha will host this locally focused wine-tasting featuring the more obscure offerings from some of Pennsylvania’s 200 wineries.

6-8 p.m., Martha, 2113 E. York St. Free.

Lambrusco Festival 

Folks from Prohibition Taproom, Philly Style Bagels, Stargazy, and more team up for a Lambrusco-centric tasting that runs all night at Kensington Quarters.

7 p.m., Kensington Quarters, 1310 Frankford Ave. Pay as you go.


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Owner Michael Granato at Bistro Romano in Society Hill.

Think Inside the Box 

Your old friend boxed wine is back. Compare boxed wine to bottled at this taste-testing event straight from your college years.

4-10 p.m., Vintage Wine Bar, 129 S. 13th St.

Corks & Consequences 

Wine-y trivia is the name of the game at Bistro Romano, which will feature wines like Sauvion et Fils Muscadet and Arido Malbec. Yes, prizes will be awarded.

6-8 p.m., Bistro Romano, 120 Lombard St. $35 per person.

Unusual Grapes of the World

The folks at Jet Wine Bar have scrounged up five types of the most-obscure grapes they could find, and they want you to try them out. Light snacks provided.

6:30-8:30 p.m., Jet Wine Bar, 1525 South St. $40.


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Kensington Quarters.

Learn Your Lingo

Get yourself an education on proper wine-tasting and description from the experts at Vintage Wine Bar. After all, we know you don’t know what “tannic” means.

4-11 p.m., Vintage Wine Bar, 129 S. 13th St.

Sparkling Wine & Fried Chicken 

Kensington Quarters pairs fried chicken and sparkling wine with music from the Rolling Stones at this oddly specific event. Why not?

5-10 p.m., Kensington Quarters, 1310 Frankford Ave. Pay as you go.

Rainbow Wine Wednesday 

These days, wines aren’t limited to red or white. Jet Wine Bar will have wines in green, orange, black, and rose to match your palate.

Jet Wine Bar, 1525 South St. $20.


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Paris Bistro & Jazz Café

No Spritzers Here 

Spritzers and coolers have worn out their welcome, which is why they won’t be at Paris Bistro & Jazz Café in Chestnut Hill. Instead, try some sophisticated wine cocktails.

4-10 p.m., Paris Bistro & Jazz Cafe, 8229 Germantown Ave. $10-$15.

Cheesesteaks and Wine? 

Cheesesteaks don’t seem as if they should go with wine, but Pinot Boutique in Old City begs to differ. For Philly Wine Week, they’re putting their wineglasses where their whiz is.

5-8 p.m., Pinot Boutique, 227 Market St. $25.

A Day in the Life of a Sommelier 

Osteria hosts the leading industry distributors and brand ambassadors as they tell you what exactly is the best part of being in the wine biz. Jealous?

6-9 p.m., Osteria, 640 N. Broad St. $49.

Next Friday

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Opening the Osteria Cellar 

Osteria cracks open its wine cellars for a special Philly Wine Week promotion, making wines available by the glass that typically are only available by the bottle.

Osteria, 640 N. Broad St. Pay as you go.

Grapes and Grain 

This is Philly, so we couldn’t have a week dedicated to wine alone. Here, Karamoor Estate wines and Goose Island Brewery show off Chrysos, a wine-barrel-aged saison.

Lo Spiedo, 4503 S. Broad St. $7.

Philly Against the World

It’s an attitude we have about everything else, so why not wine? Sample area wines alongside the larger competition with the Pinot Boutique crew.

7-10 p.m., Pinot Boutique, 227 Market St. $25.

Next Saturday 

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Jet Wine Bar.

Wine IQ Tasting Challenge 

Sure, you like wine, but how much do you know about it? Test your knowledge at Pinot Boutique with this quiz-style wine-tasting, and guess which wine you’re having.

5-10 p.m., Pinot Boutique, 227 Market St. $15.

Don’t Call It a Comeback 

Sideways may have put a damper on the public’s love for merlot, but it never went anywhere. Vintage Wine Bar will prove that to you with this merlot-centric event.

4-10 p.m., Vintage Wine Bar, 129 S. 13th St. Pay as you go.

Afternoon Delights 

Day drinking goes best with day eating -- especially if you’re talking pastries. Here, Jet Wine Bar pairs five wines with tasty pastries from Nook.

1-3 p.m., Jet Wine Bar, 1525 South St. $40.

March 26

American Sardine Bar

3rd Annual Wine BBQ 

American Sardine Bar keeps alive its Philly Wine Week tradition with a wine-oriented BBQ with a bent toward tapas-style dishes -- its first backyard party of the season.

3-11 p.m., American Sardine Bar, 1800 Federal St.

Adventures in Day Drinking 

French wines abound at Panorama for this day-drinking event. Glasses of wine are priced at $9 each, with five types available.

3-5 p.m., Panorama, 14 N. Front St. Pay as you go.

Bargain Bubbly Brunch 

Close out Philly Wine Week with a frugal, alcohol-fueled brunch featuring sparkling cocktails, prosecco, and Lambrusco.

10 a.m.-3 p.m., Alla Spina, 1410 Mt. Vernon St. Pay as you go.