Appalachian Dracula was famously quoted as saying, "I never drink…moonshine." Teach the original Dracula a thing or two with today's deal: for $19, you get to take one wine class (a $39 value) at Pinot Boutique in Old City. The boutique offers a variety of weekday class dates and times for your know-how-amassing convenience; three to four classes run each month.
Aspiring oenophiles often feel overwhelmed by the sheer cliff face of wine-related knowledge that exists in the greater existosphere. Pinot's classes fill this gap in the gray matter with a glorious subdural hematoma of wine. "Essentials of Wine" takes a whirlwind tour of world wines, pausing only for explanations on how wine is made and how to read a wine label (good rule of thumb: read the words one after the other, not all at once). "Develop Your Wine IQ" gives newbies a crash course in how to properly taste, handle, store, and serve wine, as well as how to detect subtle differences in taste and bouquet. "Introduction to Israeli Wines" lets you zero in on a rarely explored wine region of the world, with similar classes giving French wines and Italian Chiantis the same in-depth treatment. Finally, "Party at Pinot with the Grapes" gives you all the insider info you need to throw your own wine-tasting or theme party—until the sudden surprise challenge at the end of class, followed by an additional plot twist, during which the real murderer is unmasked. All classes are conducted in "The Cellar," a low-ceiling space with exposed brick walls and tables made from actual wine barrels, which provides a cozy atmosphere for all manner of learning.
Pinot Boutique's wine classes can increase a casual vinologist's breadth of understanding till they're able to slam through the Potent Potables category on Jeopardy!. The boutique also sells wine accessories, accoutrements, miscellany, and ephemera; peruse its selection after your class, and you might head home with a few practice bottles for your newfound expertise. Classes are limited to 20 participants, so call ahead to reserve your spot.
- Kudos to Old City’s Pinot Boutique for understanding our love of vino so well that it manages to be a successful wine shop that sells no wine. Instead it stocks gadgets and glasses, accessories like stoppers and decanters, a range of bottle-storage furnishings, and everything else an oenophile could dream up. – Philadelphia
- The owners are super friendly and accommodating, and glad to help you pick out a gift for any occasion. – Kate B., Yelp
- They seem to have a nice broad selection of quality items for both wine drinkers & cocktail enthusiasts. – Laurel M., Yelp
Just as the Roman god Bacchus represented both wine and revelry together, Pinot Boutique celebrates wine by—how else?—throwing parties. The staff regularly stages wine-tasting events—including the recurring Sunset Wine Cruises—and hosts events amid the exposed-brick walls in its downstairs wine lounge. Upstairs, the shop’s main floor is dedicated to fostering at-home celebrations, twice earning a "Best of Philly" commendation, including the title Best Gift Shop of 2012 from Philadelphia Magazine. The acclaimed boutique displays accessories such as wineglass charms, corkscrews, and picnic gear to complement an exclusive selection of vintage wines and fresh labels from Pennsylvania's Paradocx, Pinnacle Ridge Winery, and Auburn Road Winery.
Center City East
227 Market Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106Get Directions