Philadelphia Wine Tastings & Events
Philly Beer Week, which actually runs 10 days, ushers in hundreds of special events --- one of the nation's largest odes to craft brews. The celebration features dinners, tours, pub crawls, tastings and meet-the-brewer nights at bars, restaurants and other locations in Greater Philadelphia. More information can be found at Visit Philly's website
The Wine School of Philadelphia is offering its usual sassy array of wine classes. The Wine School of Philadelphia, 2006-2008 Fairmount Ave. For more information, visit www.vinology.com
Sundays through Wednesdays from 5 p.m.-7 p.m., wine lovers can sample 5 O'Clock Flights at Paramour, featuring tasting pours of three wines or three craft beers for $5 paired with complimentary snacks. Paramour, Wayne Hotel, 139 East Lancaster Ave., Wayne, PA 19087, 610-977-0600.
Drink the beer your Grandpa drank at the bar where he likely drank it: McGillin's Olde Ale House. Philadelphia's oldest continuously operating tavern is serving a Throwback Beer every Tuesday. From 5 p.m. until the keg kicks, the Throwback will be sold for the throwback price of $1 a mug or $5 a pitcher. Featured beers might include Narragansett, Genesee Cream Ale, Coors Banquet, Yuengling Premium, Schlitz (the beer that made Milwaukee famous) and Rolling Rock. Each week, McGillin's will reveal the featured beer on its Facebook page. McGillin's Olde Ale House, 1310 Drury St., Philadelphia, PA 19107, 215-735-5562.
Ristorante Panorama continues its Friday Night Flights of Wine from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. The cost is $25 with a reservation ($35 without), and different regions are spotlighted every week. Ristorante Panorama, Penn's View Hotel, 14 N. Front St., Philadelphia, PA 19106, 215-922-7800.
What were the Founding Fathers doing when they were not declaring independence, freedom fighting and creating a nation? They were living their lives, going to meetings, hosting events for families and friends and drinking wine, of course! A fun one-hour course on the wines of the Colonial era is offered at Pinot Boutique every Saturday from 3 p.m.-4 p.m., taught by Pinot Boutique owner Dan Soskin. Taste wines popular in the 1700s. The cost is $24. Pinot Boutique, 227 Market St., Philadelphia, PA 19106, 215-627-9463.
Sundays & Mondays
Positano Coast is now offering guests the option of bringing their own bottles of wine to pair with dinner in the dining room on Sunday and Monday nights with no corkage fee. Positano Coast, 212 Walnut St., 2nd fl., Philadelphia, PA 19106, 215-238-0499.