Pinot Boutique will be hosting an open tasting from 6 to 10 p.m. Stop in to sample five wines from the basic tasting selection for just $5 (wines that retail for under $15 per bottle) or five wines from the premium tasting selection for just $10. Premium tasters also have the option of sampling the new Rebel Seed Hard Ciders.
If you're a wine lover you know there's a wine for every course of a meal. This is true even for dessert and there's no shortage of delicious and decadent wines to satisfy your sweet tooth. The "dessert wine" category encompasses a wide spectrum of styles and flavors. In fact, any wine with significant residual sugar can be called a dessert wine. Some are light, effervescent, and about as alcoholic as a domestic beer. Or, at the other end of the spectrum, they can be a nutty, boozy fortified wine. With such a diversity of styles, there's a dessert wine out there for everybody. Come discover what's best for you. This class will explore some of the most popular options, such as moscato d'asti, sweet late harvest wine, luscious fruit wine, and fortified wines like port and madeira.
Take the mystery out of wine! "Develop Your Wine IQ" presents an easy, fun-filled setting where you can learn the basics while tasting a sampling of wines from Pinot Boutique's local collection. We'll explore wine regions, how wine is made, wine varieties, and how to read a wine label. This class is for casual wine drinkers ready to take the next step into the exciting world of wine. After this class you'll feel like a wine "insider", confident in choosing what to drink and ready to explore more.
Prepare for your next celebration as you Indulge your senses and expand your palette. Come taste a variety of sparkling and desert wines and learn about different techniques of production - including the Traditional Champagne Method. We'll discuss what foods pair best with these wines, the difference between "brut" and dry, and go over strategies for drinking great sparklers without breaking the bank.
Expand your horizons of taste with favorite wine selections from Australia and New Zealand. If you haven't tried the incredible Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay coming out of Australia, you are really missing out. Not to mention the vibrancy and intensity of New Zealand red blends and Sauvignon Blancs. Your guided tasting will include five samples of select wines picked from these regions by the experts at Pinot Boutique.
Many of the world's most legendary wines come from opulent chateaux in Bordeaux or ancient heirloom vineyards in Burgundy. The majority of these wines may be more costly than the average wine lover is willing to spend except perhaps for special occasions. This shouldn't stop you from enjoying wines from France. This is a diverse country, producing wines in all styles and prices. In fact, wine lovers have long cherished the Languedoc region of France for its interesting blends and affordability. Come taste some Rhone red blends, which could be a combination of up to 22 different grapes. Or maybe some sweet smelling white wines from Alsace where German winemaking traditions play a strong part in determining styles. This class will stay away from the stuffy, aristocratic regions, and instead introduce you to French wines that are more playful, inventive, and affordable.
In order to experience the American history within the streets of Philadelphia, you must see Betsy Ross' house, Ben Franklin's grave and of course the steps of the Art Museum (made famous by the Rocky movies). In order to experience the culture of Philadelphia . you have to taste its famous foods and local wines. During this entertaining class, you'll enjoy perfect pairings featuring delicious local wines and three of these classic Philadelphia foods: The Philly Cheesesteak, soft pretzels, peanut chews or Tastykakes. Learn the history of these distinctive local favorites.
You're not alone if your first thought when you hear "rosé" is of white zinfandel, that super sweet blush juice which dominated the box-format wine market for years. However, the style and technique of rosé goes way beyond that. In fact, pink wine ranges from bone-dry to sugary sweet, and from the most transparent hue of ruby on up to a saturated, opaque crimson. Rosé is at least as diverse in style as white and red wines, and definitely more colorful. Within the past years, the American market for all styles of rosé has exploded. More frequently people are choosing rosé as a table wine, or as a perfect dinner pairing. This class will explore the various ways rosé is produced, the many appearances and flavors it can assume, and its increasing popularity.
So what did the Founding Fathers drink anyway? Which Founding Father is considered the "Father of American Wine" and why? How cool was Philly during its heyday as the largest metropolis in North America and the capital city of the United States? Learn all this and more while sampling wines, ciders, and beers like those enjoyed by Washington, Adams, Jefferson, and Franklin as they founded a new nation right here in the City of Brotherly Love. If only U.S. History class could have been this much fun.
Chanti and "Super Tuscans" are popular wine varieties, but there are many interesting Italian grapes that you probably haven't discovered - some of which are relatively wallet-friendly. With 20 different regions in Italy making wine, there is a lot to discover, sip, and savor. Learn about Italian gems worth seeking out and pick up some ideas for maximizing your enjoyment of interesting wines.
When someone asks you about a wine's aromas and flavors, is your only answer "I don't know"? Let's leave the long explanations using bizarre, even inedible adjectives to the wine connoisseurs. For this wine class, you can expect to broaden your tasting expertise to describe a wine solely based on its aromas and flavors. There is no fruit in wine besides fermented grape juice; and yet, some wines smell distinctly like strawberry as opposed to blackberry or vice versa, even for a new wine drinker. In this class, you'll compare wines side-by-side with fruits, spices and aromatic objects to see if you can spot the similarities between the two. Broaden your wine vocabulary by experiencing black pepper, white flowers, honey and vanilla among others and see which wines you smell and taste them in. Ever heard of Gewürztraminer? How about lychees? Come taste them side by side (one is a wine, the other is a fruit) and see if you won't be amazed at the likeness in flavor.