North America's Wine School Opens it Doors

July 22, 2004 (PRLEAP.COM) Business News

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North America's Wine School Opens it Doors

Philadelphia. Tuesday, July 20, 2004.

Philadelphia is reclaiming its spot as America's premier wine city; the nation's first wine school is opening its doors at 2006 Fairmount Avenue in the Art Museum Area of the city. Beginning this week, The Wine School of Philadelphia is offering classes and certification programs open to the public.

The Wine School of Philadelphia is the nation's first fulltime wine education facility geared to the consumer. With programs ranging from "Best Buy' programs to a "Masters Certificate', the school is also the first to run education programs designed by American wine professionals for American wine consumers.

Evening classes run Wednesday through Sunday weekly, with wine education certification programs running on a weekly schedule. Costs range from $28.99 for single classes to $500 for a 3-month "Advanced Wine' program.

Philadelphia is the center of the American wine world? It may sound far-fetched, but it is a historical fact. In Ben Franklin's time, the best wine cellars and taverns in the colonies were supplied by two Philadelphians: John Wister and Henry Hill. Even more importantly, the first commercially viable grapevine in America was discovered near William Penn's vineyard just outside the city.

The Wine School is already listed as "The Top Wine Education Site in the World' on Locally, the School has been recognized with a front page article in The Philadelphia Weekly's Education Guide.

Wine School students sip, swirl, and learn under Mr. Franklin's words:

"The discovery of a wine is of greater moment than the discovery of a constellation. The universe is too full of stars.'