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9th Annual Philadelphia Wine Festival takes over Philadelphia Marriott Downtown

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9th Annual Philadelphia Wine FestivalNothing hits the spot like a nice glass of Shiraz. Or 50 glasses for that matter. All that and more will be in abundance at the ninth annual Philadelphia Wine Festival, sponsored by Philadelphia Magazine. The popular event will be held on May 8th at the Downtown Marriott on 12th and Market St.

This expansive celebration will feature close to 200 of the world’s finest wineries, each bringing their highest quality samples to put on display. This will include an extensive collection of collectable and highly allocated wines. The tasting will span several countries as well. South America, Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Northwest are just a few of the different places that will feature selections. Winemakers or representatives will be available at each table for discussion and to answer any questions that may arise regarding their signature wines.

Of course, what would all that great wine be like with no food to accompany it? Guests can enjoy fabulous high end dishes from the likes of Garces Trading Company and The Capital Grille. For those with a sweet tooth, the event will also feature Lexus Lounge, a desert area with confections from The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College, as well as coffee selections from Melitta.

Best of all, if you like what you see (and taste!), there will be an option to take some home courtesy of The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board. They will operate an on site store featuring wines by the bottle or case. A concierge at the Mariott will be happy to assist any patrons to their cars with their wine purchases.

The event will be held from 6:30-9:30 PM. Tickets are $125 a person, available at 800.595.4TIX or at www.philadelphiawinefestival.com  There will also be a VIP tasting with early entry at 5pm for $225 a person, offering exclusive tastings of selected rare wines. Admission grants access to unlimited tastings, vendors and food.

Contact Jim Teti at jteti@philly2philly.com