We all know Philadelphia is known as the most historical city in the country. While it has seen a recent rise in popularity among foodies, Philly has some of its own treasured food history, as well. Back in July of this year, Pinot Boutique launched a brand new wine pairing class, “Classic Philly Wine & Food Pairings”. We were so excited to finally get the chance to check it out. If you’re a history buff with a love of food and wine, you’re going to want to add Pinot to that field trip list too.
Pinot Boutique opened in 2006 as a “wine accessories superstore”. It has quickly become the go-to place for everything wine related in Philly. You will find all kinds of wine gadgets and accessories, a variety of classes and fun events, you can even host your own party at Pinot. Best of all, you can taste and purchase some great local PA wines from Pinnacle Ridge, Auburn Road, and Paradocx. Pinot is a two-time winner of the Best-of-Philly awards, including 2012’s Best Gift Shop.
Classes take place on Sundays in the popular “Cellar” at Pinot. They are guided by owner Dan “The Wineman” Soskin who is a certified Wine Educator. In a fun-filled hour, Dan “The Wineman” will guide you through a fun history lesson of classic Philly foods, including soft pretzels, cheesesteaks, Tastykakes and Peanut Chews. While these may not be foods that come to mind when drinking wine, The Wineman will also show you how to pair them perfectly so you can impress your friends at your next party or gathering.
Here is a little sneak peak of what we covered:
- A Lehigh Valley blended red of Pinot Noir and Chambourcin paired with a soft pretzel are a sweet and salty party in your mouth.
- Dip your pretzel in spicy mustard and you’ll have to switch up the wine.
- Interesting fact….80% of pretzels are made in PA and Philadelphians consume 12x the national average!
- Did you know the cheesesteak was originally a hot dog served with sliced steak, but no cheese? It also pairs great with a full-bodied Rustica.
Ok, we don’t want to give away too much. So, if you’re looking for a truly unique wine and food experience, in a casual and fun environment, you won’t want to miss the opportunity to check out Pinot Boutique’s Classic Philly Wine and Food Pairings. Tickets sell for only $35 and can be purchased in-store or online at www.pinotboutique.com. Other popular classes include First Sip Fridays and Wines of the American Revolution. You can even dive into the world of beer with Thirsty Thursdays. Cheers!
Enjoy a slideshow of our afternoon at Pinot Boutique…