Palate Partners School of Wine & Spirits

Palate Partners School of Wine & Spirits

3401 Liberty Ave Pittsburgh Pennsylvania USA


Founded in 1992, Palate Partners was first a wine accessories store that evolved into a private wine store. This was one of the only privately owned wine shops in Pennsylvania, a liquor control state. They used an innovative method which included having an import license and a 2-day wait for all wine purchases, which allowed them to circumvent state regulations. As the state’s liquor laws liberalized, they moved into wine education.

In 2015, they opened up a wine school for the Wine & Spirits Education Trust (WSET) certification. Mike Gonze and Deb Mortillaro founded the company. Mike is the president of Dreadnought Imports, a wine import company. Deb was a private chef in Pittsburg before starting Palate Partners. The wine school was originally run by Adam Knoerzer, who went on to open his own wine school, ‘Burghundy.

On their website, they state that they “seek to enlighten, excite, and educate palates through wine and spirits. Whether consumer or professional, neophyte, or connoisseur, their team of highly experienced educators have the knowledge, experience, and passion for unveiling the wonderful world of wine & spirits.” The statement seems to describe their wine school accurately.

In 2015, the school moved from its longstanding location in Pittsburgh’s Strip District to the Lawrenceville neighborhood. They moved from a popular hub to a property in a transitional neighborhood to own the building. They continue to run their wine shop in the same building. This is particularly notable since many European wine schools are built similarly. Notably, the wine school in St. Emilion is located above a wine shop. However, this is a unique combination in the USA, but one that makes economic sense.

Palate Partners School of Wine & Spirits

Name: Palate Partners School of Wine & Spirits

Description: A WSET Affiliate Wine School located in Pittsburgh, PA

Price range: $45 - $700

Payment accepted: Credit Card

Currencies accepted: USD

Address: 3401 Liberty Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15201

Telephone: (412) 391-8502

  • Accreditation
  • Sommelier Certification
  • Wine Trade Certification
  • Quality of Instruction
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