Craiglee 2007 Shiraz, Victoria

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Australian wine review The cooler climate of Victoria often delivers Shiraz with more complexity and a lighter framework than other South Australian regions.  This bottle is a wonderful example of that style. Its dark violet stains the glass purple,  and it’s aromas offer up charcoal smoke and white pepper along with dark blueberry and cherry. On the palate, the attack is fatty and fruity, with a hint of anise. On the midpalate, the wine lightens turning fresh and...

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Philadelphia Inquirer: Wine in a box

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The story was originally published by the Philadelphia Inquirer on August 25, 2008.  The article is reprinted solely for educational purposes.  It is intended to offer insight into the history of wine education in Philadelphia, and our place within that context.  Links to the original article and author are given below. Wine in a box: Earth-friendly, and the taste is ‘actually decent’ Eco-friendly boxed wine gains in sales and taste Author: Sandy Bauers Many...

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Philadelphia Inquirer: The Wine School vs. WWE

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World Wrestling Entertainment is going to the mat against the Wine School of Philadelphia. WWE, which trademarked the term Smackdown years ago, is fighting the Wine School’s attempt to register Sommelier Smackdown for its grape-centric competitions.

Last month, WWE law firm K&L Gates sent a cease-and-desist letter to the Fairmount business, which started Sommelier Smackdowns in 2007.”I feel kind of special,” said Keith Wallace. “I am being picked on by Vince McMahon. I better start working out.” In a note to friends, he wrote that he was calling out McMahon and wrestlerChris Jericho to a wine-tasting double-team cage match.

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Feudi di San Gregorio 2007 Companaro

Posted in Italian Wine Reviews, Wine Reviews

This is one of those wines that comes with a caveat: drink this now! It’s already hitting its peak, so don’t keep it around for more than a few months. However, it is delightful now. A southern italian white with a mineral-honey-cardamon matrix of flavors. This is really special, with a meyer lemon freshness that ripples under stone and smokey mushroom flavors. It’s age shows in the mid-palate with a spritz of orange oil and hazlenut.

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Wine and Cheese: A Special Pairing Class, April 25th

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Cheese Asiago Parmigiano Reggiano Vermont Cheddar Manchego Wine 1. Castelroig NV Brut Cava (SP) 2. Xarmant 2007 Txakolina, Txakoli de Alava (SP) 3. Ad Hoc 2007 Chardonnay, Western Australia (AS) 4. Bodegas LAN 2005 Rioja Crianza, Rioja (SP) 5. Castello di Farnetella 2006 Chianti Colli-Senesi (IT) 6. Mercer 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon, Horse Heaven Hills (WA)

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Verget 2005 Pouilly Fuissé

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Verget’s wines can sometimes be unjustifiable in the price department, especially this time of year. But this Pouilly Fuissé, from a classic vintage, is beyond easy to both love and justify at $23.99. Not cheap, but worth the outlay for a special summertime occasion.

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Pimping out the School’s Good Name…..

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Well, it’s that time of year again. Its that when I swallow my pride, and join the endless torrent of Christmas Holiday Sales and Promotions. If you have a special someone who lives near Philly, then how about getting him/her/it a wine school gift certificate? They are beautiful and customizable, and will be delivered via email as a printable document. Anyways, thats my holiday sales pitch. If you prefer something a b it more trashy, then I say go with this Pimp Wine...

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Jonathan Newman is Back!

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Former Chairman of the PLCB and wine entrepreneur is back in the saddle and ready to make great and affordable wines available to Pennsylvania restaurants and consumers alike. Newman Wine & Spirits has been operating since 2008 and its portfolio is based on taste, price, and background.  It doesn’t hurt that Newman has always been a man who appreciates quality at a good price. Read more about it at Main Line Today’s Dining Blog and be sure and check out the...

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