Photos, story by Cassie Hepler
What’s better than drinking wine? Drinking wine without arsenic. Just kidding (well, kind of…)
The real answer is drinking non-arsenic filled wine while looking at all the amazing art at PAFA (Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts). The second annual Philly Wine Week “Opening Corks” Gala featured premium sparkling whites and rosés Sunday. Spirits were high and heads were happily tipsy while guests donned their Spring attire (with winter jacket at coat check of course… as it’s still chilly in Philly).
A not so hidden gem and mini Philadelphia Art Museum if you will, PAFA sits near City Hall on North Broad Street with glorious renaissance marble sculptures, baroque architecture, European design and delightful oil paintings of art nudes lounging in grass. Now add some light wines, bubbles and some tasty hors d’oeuvres (like goat cheese with pickled figs and raw salmon on kettle chips!) and you have what can be described best as a multi-sensory smorgasbord of awesomeness.
And that’s just the opening gala for Philly Wine Week!
Guests “tasted” (OK, more like had hearty pours) of exceptional vintages while also enjoying unlimited tastes from Alla Spina, Jet Wine Bar, Panorama, Tria Café and more (see below) in PAFA’s Frank Furness landmark building.
From March 22-29, the citywide festival turns Philadelphians into fun-loving winos for eight days and blurry nights. Some of the city’s best restaurants, bars and other venues are on board as well as fun, casual nightly Wine at Nine soirees.
Participants include Alla Spina, A.Kitchen, Amada, Barbuzzo, COOK, Jamonera, Jake’s, Jet Wine Bar, Osteria, Panorama, Paradiso Restaurant & Wine Bar, The Good King Tavern, Sassafras, Tinto, Tria, Townsend, Vedge, Vetri, Volver, The Restaurant School at Walnut Street College and Zavino. For a complete list of this year’s participants, go here.
“For our first year, we focused on throwing a few great parties. This year we’re taking Philly Wine Week to the next level with expanded events and many more participants,” said PWW co-founder, Kate Moroney.
We think Philly just got phancy!