Pro Wrestling Takes On Wine In Legal Cage Match

Vinted on October 14, 2009 binned in pennsylvania, wine news

I recently received a press release from the Wine School of Philadelphia, with whom I’ve been discussing taking part in their Sommelier Smackdown event series (basically, in a Smackdown event the Wine School staff take on local wine personalities and wine pros in a contest to match up wines with dinner recipes, and usually much merriment / fun / smack-talk ensues).

So far, we haven’t been able to nail down a mutually available date, and both the Wine School of Phila. and I had been lax in following up to make it happen.  Their recent press release helped to clear things up, though – turns out that the reason things have been delayed (and I am not making this up) is that they’ve been issued a cease and desist order on the Sommelier Smackdown event series – from World Wrestling Entertainment!

Vince McMahon Issues Smackdown Against Wine School

Philadelphia, PA. Vince McMahon is taking on his oddest foe to date: a sommelier wine tasting. The World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc., has issued a cease and desist against The Wine School of Philadelphia and its popular “Sommelier Smackdown” series of wine classes.

In a letter to the school’s owner, the WWE’s lawyers are threatened legal action if the school does not stop hosting the series of wine tastings. “I feel kind of special,” says Keith Wallace, “I am being picked on by Vince McMahon. I better start working out.”

The Sommelier Smackdown is a series of food and wine pairing events that take place in Philadelphia. The event pits a sommelier against a member of The Wine School team, and the audience gets to vote for the winner.

Mr. Wallace says he will not stop running the classes, at least for now. “They don’t have a leg to stand on. I am not going to bow down to a bully,” he says. “They claim that they own the term “smackdown” but they don’t.”

In response to the WWE threat, Wallace is calling out Mr. McMahon and the wrestler Chris Jerico to a wine-tasting double-team cage match.

Keith Wallace is the Founder and Director of The Wine School of Philadelphia.  He is a contributing writer for The Daily Beast, and is currently working on his first book for Running Press.

Oh, sure, use the old “I can’t go head-to-head with you today, I’m in legal action with the WWE” excuse.  Cowards!

But seriously, I imagine that you are having the same reaction that I did – as in, WTF?!?!?!

Let’s just get one thing clearer than a Loire Muscadet Sevre et Maine right now: I am NOT getting into a throw-down, folding-chair-throwing cage match with anybody over wine pairings…especially Robert Parker, because that guy is big

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  • Dale Cruse


    Gordon's Wine in Waltham, Mass., also hosts a Sommelier Smackdown. Wonder if they got the same cease and desist.

    • 1winedude5036


      Dude! You're gonna sell them down the river!!!

  • @suburbanwino


    "To all you Philadelphia sommelier sweathogs, shut up while I take my robe off, and show all the female sommeliers what REAL wine tastes like." -Ravishing Robert Parker

    • 1WineDude


      I give that fight a 97!

  • 1winedude


    For some reason, I imagine Ravishing Rick Rude as the sommelier of the westling circuit…

    • @suburbanwino


      he oozes class. if my hair wasn't falling out (the caricature next to my name has become inaccurate), I'd definitely try to grow out the lady-killing curly-fro-mullet.

      • 1WineDude


        He was definitely smooth material.

  • Sue Guerra


    Who knew the World Wrestling Entertainment folks were so humorless? They obviously need to start drinking more!

    • 1winedude5036


      Yeah, maybe this is a coo to take over the Wine School? Of course, the Wine School doesn't make any wine, though…

  • Dylan


    Do you smelllllll…if the wine…was cookin' (in a UPS truck)? This comment will make no sense if you don't know the wrestler I'm referencing.

  • 1WineDude


    HA!!!

  • Whitey


    Why on earth would you associate yourself with the "Wine School" of Philadelphia? Somebody should hit them with a cease and desist order…for being a fake-ass wine school. Their "diploma" and $1.90 gets you a cup of coffee at Starbucks.

    • 1WineDude


      Just to be clear, I'm not associated in any way with the Wine School of Phila. I'm just a guy who got invited to a Smackdown here…

  • Dale Cruse


    Oh, this is gonna get good.

  • Polprav


    Hello from Russia!
    Can I quote a post “No teme” in your blog with the link to you?

    • 1WineDude


      Uhm, sure, why not.

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    […] News Sources wrote an interesting post today onHere’s a quick excerptI recently received a press release from the Wine School of Philadelphia , with whom I’ve been discussing taking part in their Sommelier Smackdown event series (basically, in a Smackdown event the Wine School staff take on local wine personalities and wine pros in a contest to match up wines with dinner recipes, and usually much merriment / fun / smack-talk ensues). So far, we haven’t been able to nail down a mutually available date, and both the Wine School of Phila. and I had been lax in […]

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    […] Pro Wrestling Takes On Wine In Legal Cage Match 1 Wine Dude – PeopleRank: 2 – October 14, 2009 …Keith Wallace, “I am being picked on by Vince McMahon. I better start working out.” The Sommelier Smackdown is a series of food and wine pairing events that take place in Philadelphia. The event pits a sommelier against a member of The Wine School… Cited people : Robert Parker  Chris Jerico  + vote […]

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