Saturday, March 24, 2012

Philadelphia Freedom!

Hi Friends! Last week my travels took me to Philadelphia and while my schedule was pretty jam packed, I did find a bit of free time to discover some new things...including a trip out to the King of Prussia Mall...OMG, I have no words. Best. Mall. Ever. Aside from my fabulous trip to King of Prussia Mall, there's one particular experience that I thought was so cool, I just have to share it with you.

I had the opportunity to take a wine tasting class at the Tria Fermentation School in downtown Philadelphia. Tria is a restaurant group comprised of two cafes, a wine room and a fermentation school and is known as Philadelphia's destination for lovers of wine, cheese and beer.

The wine class I took highlighted wines of Italy, which was right up my alley as Italy is number one on my list of places to visit in Europe. The classes at the Fermentation School are small and intimate with room for only 25 students. Our instructor was Michael McCaulley who is the Wine Director and part owner at Tria. Michael's teaching style was awesome. He is super duper knowledgeable on wines from all regions of the world but he never talked over our heads. He was great at connecting with everyone, no matter the extent of their wine knowledge. A very refreshing teaching style. And, there were two Italians in our class which made things even more interesting!

A shot of the classroom

We tasted eleven wines in all from various regions of Italy. Our tasting was paired with a small plate of snacks including cured meats, cheeses, artisan bread, spiced nuts, an eggplant tapenade and a piece of homemade fudge for a little something sweet. Everything was delicious!

Our place setting. The empty glasses were for the white wine that was poured as we went through the tasting.

Cured Meats, Cheeses and spiced nuts that paired very nicely with our tasting. 

For those that know me well, you are aware of how much I love wine and pairing it with food. At one point in time, I even looked into becoming a sommelier. Michael provided so much information, my notes were a little out of control! After the class, the girl next to me pointed out my "thorough" notes to him and Michael joked about wanting to scan them! I think I wrote down just about everything he said. Maybe I should revisit that sommelier idea...hmmm...

My notes.
I don't expect you to read them but you can see I went a little crazy!
I couldn't help it. What can I say...I dig wine! Maybe I'm just thirsty for knowledge?!?

Probably a little hard to see but these are the regions of Italy we covered in the class. 

I learned so much and I can't wait to put my new found knowledge to good use! Wine, anyone? :)
If you are ever in the area, check out Tria. You can visit their website {here}.

Cheers to free time, a great wine class and a fabulously fun adventure in Philly!


  1. Wow! You didn't tell me about that, how neat! I can't wait to accompany you to Philly one of these days!

  2. Wow! That looks like so much fun. I never thought about a wine class. Very cool!


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