In their fourth year since the inaugural 2014 Philly Wine Week, founders Kate Moroney (Vintage) and Bill Ecceston (Panorama) have expanded their reach, with over 60 participating restaurants this year. Eight days of vino events suited to satiate any wine enthusiast include tapas and sparkling wine at Jamonera, blind tastings & pours of large format bottles at the Rittenhouse, and of course, the Opening Corks party. This year, it was held at the Academy of Natural Sciences and amidst the dinosaurs and butterflies, wine and small bites were enjoyed!
For three hours, wine connoisseurs and novices alike indulged in hundreds of premium wines. There were 27 New & Old World vendors, including Rioja Wines and local Penns Wood & Chaddsford Wineries. The GF and I were particularly enamored by the German selections from Skurnik Wines. In fact, PLCB barriers aside, we'll definitely be procuring a case of their off-dry M-C Riesling.
Cheese, charcuterie, and small bites were offered to pair with the stellar wines. We enjoyed the salmon creme fraiche blinis and balsamic deviled eggs from South Philly Taproom & American Sardine Bar. Tria offered up their stalwart pistachio and ricotta bruschetta, with lavender honey. As always, the cheese from Birch Run Hills and the Farm at Doe Run were exceptional, with Whole Foods providing artisanal cheese and salumi as well.
Even if you missed out on Opening Corks, I'd recommend checking out what Philly Wine Week has in store for you! There's no need to be intimidated - the majority, if not all, of the events are tailored for any caliber of wine drinker.