The Virginia Philip Wine, Spirits & Academy

About Us

The Virginia Philip Wine Shop & Academy opened in November of 2011 by internationally renowned Master Sommelier Virginia Philip (“Best Sommelier in the United States” – American Sommelier Association) in the heart of West Palm Beach.  In November of 2017, The Virginia Philip Wine Spirits & Academy opened in Palm Beach.  The West Palm Beach location closed at the end of March, 2018.


“Best Sommelier in the United States” – American Sommeliers Association

At nearly 1,800 square feet and with over 850 personally selected offerings spanning regions all over the globe, the shop gives guests access to Philip’s extensive and encompassing experience. Labels range in price from $10 to $1000+. We have access to the rarest bottles in the world. Utilizing Philip’s unique expertise and industry relationships, the shop also offers regular wine and spirits education programs.

Meet Our Team of Experts

Our talented professionals at Virginia Philip Wine, Spirits & Academy

Virginia Philip

Virginia Philip

Master Sommelier

Master Sommelier Virginia Philip’s career includes a list of recognition spanning more than a decade. An expert among experts, her mastery and opinion is sought by journalists, colleagues and other sommeliers alike.



Herman

Greeter

Herman is the resident greeter and sniffer!



Veronica Litton

General Manager
(Pictured Left)
Veronica Litton is a Certified Specialist of Wine, a Certified Sommelier by the Court of Master Sommeliers and has over 28 years in the wine and spirits industry.

Gladys Sánchez-Norat

Certified Sommelier

Certified Sommelier by the Court of Master Sommeliers

Workshops & Classes

Classes range in focus from regional topics and food and wine pairings, to tips on wine purchasing, spirits and even building your own cellar. Classes range in cost from $30 to $60, depending on the subject matter. A limited number of eight-week courses are available for those looking to immerse themselves in this Master Sommeliers’ full range of knowledge, and include guest appearances from national and international winemakers, friends, and colleagues of Philip.

Virginia Philip Wine, Spirits & Academy offers:

  • Wine, Spirits and Beer Retail
  • Wine, Spirits and Beer Classes
  • Guest Winemaker / Winery Classes
  • Chef Food and Wine Pairing Classes
  • Group & Private Tastings
  • Corporate Gifts/Gift Baskets
  • In home Sommelier Services and Classes
  • Wine and Spirits Training
  • Yacht Services and Wine, Spirits Provisions
  • Cellar Management
  • Riedel Glassware and Wine Accessories
  • And…We Deliver!

Our Philosophy

The Virginia Philip Wine, Spirits & Academy


Whether you are looking for an everyday table wine, a 6-pack of craft beer, vodka or an elusive Bordeaux, the mission of the Virginia Philip Wine, Spirits & Academy is to offer an encompassing retail and education center that welcomes and educates every guest that walks through the door.

2012 James Beard Award Semi-Finalist


CRAFT BEER AND SPIRITS RETAIL CLASSES

Certified Experience


50+ Years of Combined Experience

Competitive Pricing


Great Team

What Others Say About Us

Testimonials



I have been working with Virginia Philip for many years during which time I have come to know what this true “Master” of the wine world is really all about.  There are few if any high level wine professionals who do not know her, or at least know of her outstanding reputation.  When I started collecting I had the ability to distinguish red wine from white wine and the knowledge of what I liked.  Bringing those two attributes (ok, one attribute) to Virginia and asking for her help was the best move I could have made.  Virginia has a supremely deep understanding of all things wine (and for that matter food and spirits) and equally important to me, she has the uncanny ability to relate this information to both experts and beginners alike.

Martin H. PechterPresident/CEO at Southstar Capital Group, LLC

West Palm Beach is a very special place to have one of the WORLD’S Leading women in the world of wine. Virginia is the 11th woman in the world to achieve the status of MASTER SOMMELIER.  Her wine shop is a testament to her excellence in selection and creativity in being ahead of the game with new finds from all over the world. Bravo Virginia!! We love those wine tastings and cannot wait for another!!

Patricia LebowManaging Partner, Broad and Cassel