Marnie: I'm sorry to hear that, Buzz, but wine events have loosened up a lot - you might want to give them another chance. Tonight alone, you could take in a wine-pairing "Cage Match" between dueling wine experts at Alla Spina, or a tasting of obscure "Godforsaken Grapes" at Vintage Wine Bar.
Bistro St. Tropez is putting the fun back in wine with underappreciated European board games, like the French Carcasonne and German Settlers of Catan, while Ristorante Panorama spoofs it up with "Bridesmaids and Barolos."
Buzz: Bridesmaids and Barolos? Sounds like my bachelor party.
Marnie: You can get into their tasting of classic Italian reds for half off if you wear or donate the wedding finery cluttering up your closet.
Buzz: I wonder if my wife would lend me her dress. Tell me more.
Marnie: Take a look at the schedule at PhillyWineWeek.org, and you'll find all sorts of weekend options from a playful Rioja vs. Priorat taste-off at Bar Ferdinand to a scholarly exploration of the origins of wine from Georgia to Greece at Jet Wine Bar.
Buzz: Georgia? What do they make? Peach wine?
Marnie: No, silly. The other Georgia, the one in the Caucasus mountains near the Black Sea. That's where wine began.
But I've got to run, Buzz. I still have one more event myself - a German-themed wine dinner tonight at Brauhaus Schmitz called "Spechen sie Deutsch?," featuring the wines of German-speaking Europe.
Buzz: OK, I'm going to that. And if things get snooty, expect to get hit with a potato dumpling.
Marnie Old is a local sommelier and
wine author known for practical
advice with real-world relevance.
Her newest book, Wine: A Tasting
Course, is an illustrated crash
course for the wine curious. Marnie
also advises clients in the beverage
and restaurant trades. Check her
out at MarnieOld.com or follow her
on Twitter at @MarnieOld. Buzz's
musings are interpreted by Daily News Assistant Managing
Editor Gar Joseph.