Philly Wine Week Kicks Off with Opening Corks Event

The week-long wine event kicks off on March 19 at the Academy of Natural Sciences.

Photo courtesy of Philly Wine Week

On Sunday, March 19, Opening Corks will pop once again to celebrate the first night of Philly Wine Week, the week-long, city-wide celebration of wine, now in its fourth year.

At the signature kickoff event, over 100 sought-after varieties will be flowing, delicious bites will be enjoyed from the city’s best chefs, and guests will have the chance to mingle throughout The Academy of Natural Sciences.

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Opening Corks will be held from 6–9 p.m. General admissions tickets are on sale for $65, and a limited amount of early purchase tickets will be available at $52.

“All of us at Philly Wine Week are looking to change the perception of wine as something complicated, stuffy and only to be enjoyed on special occasions. And what better place to show how unfussy something is than our very own city, where keeping things casual and unpretentious is the way of life,” says PWW co-founder Kate Moroney Miller.

Since 2014, PWW’s mission has been to unite the area’s most passionate wine experts; best wine bars, restaurants and boutiques; and talented winemakers. By aligning this vibrant and tight-knit community, PWW hopes to spread knowledge, grow interest and encourage more people to embrace the convivial spirit of imbibing with wine pros, novices and fans alike.

During PWW, fans can look forward to events such as last year’s Tria’s Pét-Nat Party offering tastes of pétillant naturel, the world’s original sparkling wine, and Vintage’s Think Inside the Box, a blind boxed wine versus bottled wine tasting, as well as new and exciting events.

A few additions for 2017 include Cave à Manger at The Good King Tavern, a convivial night of French small plates, cheese, charcuterie and wine pairings by guest sommelier Justin Timsit, formerly of Lacroix and now of Gramercy Tavern in NYC; Afternoon Delights at Jet Wine Bar, featuring fun “day-drinking” wines and Philly’s best pastries to pair; and Tapas and Sparkling Wine at Jamonera, a 10-course tapas tasting with Spanish sparklers to sip.

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Philly Wine Week 2017 will run from March 19-26. For more information on Philly Wine Week and Opening Corks, visit

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