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Philly Wine Week returns for its third year of vino-centered events from April 3rd through 10th. The eight-day festival features over 50 participating locations and celebrates the “range, diversity, quality and dedication of the world-class, wine obsessed restaurants and bars” in the city. Whether you’re a connoisseur with a refined palate or don’t know the difference between merlot and malbec, there are events for you to  enjoy.

What’s Fermenting?

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The festival kicks off with Opening Corks—a gala evening of whites, rosés, and sparkling wines at Stratus Rooftop Lounge. For oenologists, the week unfolds with events that feature unusual tastes and dinks. Highlights in the past have included “Spanish Wine Off the Beaten Path,” a competition where wine-based cocktails are created, and a seafood feast enjoyed with rare Txakolina wines. For novices, tasting dinners at most of the participating restaurants are a chance to explore new pairings. Parties and specials at bars all over the city will highlight the celebration, and at 9pm every night, select restaurants will host casual, Wine at Nine parties.

Where’s the Wine?

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It’ll be hard to find a venue that isn’t taking part in Philly Wine Week—the event grows each year, and with over 50 locations sharing the fun in 2016, tasters have their choice of fancy and casual spots. Our top picks include:

Barbuzzo

The Mediterranean-style staple in Midtown Village is always a go-to for delicious pasta, pizza, and more. Pairing the top-notch fare with exceptional wine selections makes this an ideal spot. Last year, the wine and chocolate tasting was an added treat.

Little Nonna’s

Located in the same neighborhood as Barbuzzo, Little Nonna’s provides a strong wine list year-round. During Philly Wine Week, the offerings are somehow even more varied and impressive, and an Italian-American supper feast on both Sundays bookends the festival in style.

Fork

For an elegant, but not over-the-top evening, Fork’s sophisticated bar offers a happy medium. Themed wine flights range and prices and are paired with bites from the New-American-focused kitchen.

Wines and whiskeys from around the world are typical at this rustic, Southern gastropub. Enjoy a special menu of drinks with a variety of American favorites like wings, short ribs,  and more.

 

The full schedule of events will come  out soon, so be sure to check back at the Philly Wine Week website for all the exciting happenings.