Your days of slugging boxed wine from a Solo cup or hard hat may be over, but that doesn't mean you're well versed in the art of swilling, sipping, and savoring a great glass of wine. Today’s Groupon well-verses you with $50 toward a wine class for only $25 at The Wine School, located in the city’s Art Museum District.
The Wine School is anything but stuffy and pretentious, making it perfect for aspiring oenophiles and repellent to people who are stuffy and pretentious; in fact, the first classroom was in the back of a Manayunk coffee shop. Owner and orb of vast wine knowledge Keith Wallace (he writes a column for Philadelphia Style Magazine, works as a winery consultant, and is the brains behind the Philly Uncorked show) created the school in 2001 with the hope of making wine understandable for the masses.
At The Wine School, you won’t be banished to the hallway for failing a blind-test of 50 varietals of Burgundy or for being unable to memorize a chart organized by vintage. Instead, the instructors take a sensory-based approach to teaching by injecting all classes with equal parts humor, knowledge, and non-toxic oxygen replacement. You’ll learn stuff you actually want to know, from basic wine regions to what entree to serve with that bottle of Pinot to the names of every World Series MVP in history.
The Wine School offers a variety of classes, each lasting two hours. Get schooled in the basics at Wine 101: Intro to Wine, impress other people at your next dinner party with the Wine & Cheese: The Basics course, and more; check out classes online.
Many inexperienced wine drinkers are intimidated when ordering wine at a restaurant. With the following basic knowledge, you can impress friends and order like a pro:
- Wine is a liquid made from fermented grapes that can be measured by volume, which is fixed by its temperature and pressure.
- Wine bottles did not receive their distinctive shape to conform to the shape of wine. Instead, wine consists of molecules spaced far enough apart from each other that its shape must conform to the shape of its containers.
- If wine is at rest in a uniform gravitational field, the pressure P at any point is given by P = PGZ where:
P = the density of the liquid (assumed constant)
G = gravity
Z = the depth of the point below the surface
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