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Locations for Wine Classes and Wine Tastings

We provide our classes and tastings on the premises of many different partner institutions in the Delaware Valley. These fine restaurants and educational institutions join Jack's Firehouse Restaurant, which hosted all of our classes and tastings from 1992 through 2002.

In alphabetical order, our venues include:

The Culinary School of the Art Institute

2300 Market Street, Philadelphia | Culinary School website

Our classes are held in the Dining Room of the Culinary School. Enter the building on Market St. just West of 23rd and turn left to reach the Dining Room. Parking is available on the street or at two $6-all-evening parking lots on opposite corners of 23rd and Market Sts. The school is also conveniently located to 30th St. station, directly on the other side of the Market St. bridge which begins just West of the school. Thanks go to Chef Bill Tilllinghast of the Culinary School for helping to arrange use of the Art Institute's Dining Room.

While on the subject of the school, we should mention one of Philadelphia's finest dining bargains: Petite Passion, on Wednesday and Thursday evenings at 7 p.m., with imaginatively designed and well-prepared six-course meals for a mere $30, tax and tip included. BYOB.

 

Gerhard's Appliances

290 Keswick Ave., Glenside, PA, (across the street from the Keswick Theater) | Gerhard's Appliances website

Gerhard's is the host of occasional food and wine tastings. Gerhard's specializes in professional culinary equipment, including wine storage cabinets. They regularly host sit-down dinners for up to 75 people, with complete meals cooked in their kitchens by guest chefs, including several notable Book-and-the-Cook evenings. Thanks go to Janet Gerhard for arranging these events.

 

Jack's Firehouse Restaurant

2130 Fairmount Ave., Philadelphia | Jack's Firehouse website

Jack's Firehouse was the long-time home of our Independent Wine Club, which met weekly there for 11 years. We thank restaurant owner-chef Jack McDavid for his many years of support of our classes and tastings and we look forward to continuing, even on a more limited basis, our relationship with his fine restaurant. Parking is available on the street or at the $5-all-evening parking lot on Fairmount between 22nd and 23rd Sts.

 

The London Grill

2301 Fairmount Ave., Philadelphia. | London Grill website

Owners Terry and (Chef) Michael McNally run this highly regarded restaurant. Before 2003 we had occasionally held events in either their large upstarirs or smaller downstairs private rooms. Since 2003 the London Grill has been the location for our WSET Diploma Course on Monday evenings. Officially, class times have run from 7 p.m. through 9 p.m. Unofficially, classess usually continued at the bar or restaurant afterwards. Parking is available on the street or at the $5-all-evening parking lot on Fairmount Ave., next to the restaurant. Thanks go to Terry McNally for hosting our classes.

 

North Third Restaurant

801 N. 3rd Street, Philadelphia (NE corner of 3rd & Brown Sts.) | North Third website

This restaurant is one of the newest in the trendy Northern Liberties section of Philadelphia. Chef Peter Dunmire, previously at Rouge, Blue Angel and Brasserie Perrier, runs the kitchen, and North Third's imaginative wine list is probably the most affordable in the city, as every wine is priced at $19.95 per bottle. We have been using N3rd's private room for Walkaround Tastings, each one featuring 3 dozen or more of our rarest wines. Parking is available on the street. Thanks to restaurant manager Joe Beckham for arranging this tasting series.

 

The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College

4207 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, 19104 | Restaurant School website

Neal Ewing has been teaching the advanced wine course to the Restaurant School's undergraduates and coordinating and co-instructing their evening wine courses since January, 2004; and we have been holding some of our Diploma courses there since then. Several of our WSET instructors are also Certified Wine Educators or Certified Specialists in Wine from the Society of Wine Educators, and as such have served as instructors for the CSW classes that coincide with the First Growth course. Aside from their fine reputation as a culinary school, the Restaurant School offers the evening students something greatly desired: free parking in an attended, on-site lot. 

 

Sofitel Hotel

17 & Sansom Sts., Phila. | Sofitel Hotel website

The elegant Sofitel Hotel (which houses the 4-diamonds restaurant, Chez Colette) is the home for our WSET Intermediate Certificate Course. If you park in the parking garage on Sansom St. between 17th and 18th the hotel will endorse your ticket, permitting you to park there all evening for just $6.

 

Temple University, Fort Washington Campus

401 Commerce Drive, Ft. Washington, Pa., 19034 | Temple Fort Washington website

Our instructors have been providing content and leadership for Temple wine classees -- first at the Ambler campus, now at the Fort Washington campus -- for several years. The three-week courses for $99 may be the best wine bargain in town, and the campus is less than a mile from the Fort Washington exit of the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

 

Twenty21 Restaurant

2005 Market St., Phila. in the Commerce Square Building | Twenty21 website

Twenty21 has been highly praised for its cuisine, and its wine list has been awarded the Wine Spectator's "Award of Excellence." During 2003 we began a series of tastings inspired by the restaurant's name: 21 different wines are offered for just $20. Unlike our larger-scale Walkaround Tastings, these tastings usually focus on a single region, such as one tasting that featured 21 different wines from Tuscany. Also, they run for just 1 1/2 hours, from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Up to 4 hours free parking (after 5 p.m.) is available in the Commerce Square parking garage (enter on 21st St., just North of Market), or at a $5-all-evening parking lot across 21st St. Thanks to co-owner Mick Houston for helping to arrange our involvement with Twenty21.

 

Warwick Hotel

1701 Locust Street, Philadelphia, Pa., 19103 | Warwick Hotel website

The Warwick Hotel, located just off of Rittenhouse Square, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is home of the Prime Rib and Tavern 17. Parking in the hotel garage is available for $6 all evening with appropriate parking stickers; we will provide stickers to WSET students. Enter the garage on Chancellor Street (between 17th and 18th).

 

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