Philly Wine Week returns Sunday, April 3 for its third year, and this time around, it promises to be bigger than ever. Set to run through April 10, this year's Philly Wine Week adds new participating restaurants, more wines, and events for vino fans of all stripes.
The full event lineup is available at Philly Wine Week's official site.
Below, our top picks:
Sunday, April 3
You may have missed out on the sold-out Opening Corks event, but consider this: You still can drown your sorrows exclusively in rosé thanks to the Rosé Tap Takeover at Tria Taproom. Starting at noon, Tria will offer a variety of rosé wines at $7 per glass, with snacks to match. Expect rosés from Spain, Austria, Provence, and, yes, Pennsylvania.
Monday, April 4
Beginning at 5 p.m., a.kitchen will feature a dinner tailored for wines from Alice & Oliver de Moor of Courgis, Chablis. Glass, flight, and oyster specials will be available. Sommelier Mariel Wega will also be in attendance.
Kensington Quarters, meanwhile, will host a Lambrusco-focused event with "'brusco!" beginning at 6:30 p.m. A collaboration dinner among restaurants including Royal Izakaya, Food Underground, Philly Style Bagels and others, the event will have refreshments sold in concessions, with tickets for food and drink going for $5 apiece.
Tuesday, April 5
Barbuzzo gets academic with its Pinot Noir Study dinner, running from 5 p.m to 10 p.m. The evening will feature three family-style courses paired with three pinot noirs. On the menu: Braised veal cheek, truffled marrow sausage, seared goat cheese, and more. The meal costs $45 per person, and reservations are suggested.
Wednesday, April 6
Alla Spina pits a beer expert against a wine pro with "Grape vs. Grain," tasking each with pairing four courses to his or her best beverage. This year, its MFW Wine Co. owner Jason Malumed against Coeur owner Brendan Hartranft. Reservations are currently available at $65 per person
Starting at 5 p.m. at Vintage Wine Bar & Bistro, on the other hand, is "Think Inside The Box," which focuses on the best of all wines: The kind that comes in box. At $10, this one is priced accordingly, and allows attendees to blind taste various boxed wines before guessing the variety. Winners, naturally, will take home prizes for their boxed wine expertise.
Thursday, April 7
Palladino's classes things up with a five-course Falesco wine dinner starting at 7 p.m. At $130 per person, the all-inclusive dinner pairs dishes like Tuscan porterhouse and chocolate salami alongside beloved Falesco wines, including the coveted "Montiano." Reservations are currently available.
Friday, April 8
At Pinot Boutique, it's "Philly Against the World" starting at 6 p.m. The evening will pit six local wines against six similar styles from around the globe. Tickets run $20 per person, and are available now.
Keep the competition going at Lacroix, which will host its own matchup with a "USA vs. France Wine Dinner." Featuring the Railsback brothers, this one pits Californian wines against French ones, with guests later guessing where they came from following a blind taste test. The cost to attend is $155 per person.
Saturday, April 9
Keep things natural on Saturday at Panorama, which will host a "Naturals @ Noon" event, which promises natural wines beginning at noon. Expect premium, organic wines from Italy and France, as well as cheese pairings and light hors d'oeuvres. Tickets for the event run $40.
Sunday, April 10
Kick of the final day of Philly Wine Week with an "Easy Like Sunday Morning" brunch at The Good King Tavern, avail from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nurse your hangover from Saturday with discounted Wine Week wine specials, which continue at The Good King throughout the remainder of the day.
Wrap the whole thing up Sunday night at American Sardine Bar with their Wine BBQ, starting at 3 p.m. Serving as the restaurants first outdoor party of the season, this one will feature an outdoor wine bar stocked with draught wine, a firepit, and the inaugural 2016 lighting of American Sardine Bar's grill. No better way to finish out the week.