Upcoming Classes

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  I’s the middle of March, and finally time to forget how terrible winter was. Everyone has a coping mechanism to deal with the doldrums of winter. Often it involves booze. For me, it’s creating new classes that I will teach in the Springtime. Which always includes booze. Yeah, it’s one of perks of being the founder of the Wine School of Philadelphia. I love Philly in the spring. It’s the perfect time to drink and eat and cook and get my teach...

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Best Wine Buys in the PLCB Stores (Currently)

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Wine Buys at the PLCB Stores   Victor Vineyards 2011  Roadside Red Fun little Zinfandel-based bottle from the town of Victor in California’s Central Valley. Red fruit, port-y raisins, licorice, and milk chocolate notes.  My current “house red” for everyday drinking. 88 Points  $8.99 (PLCB Wine Stores) Callabriga 2010 Dao A serious red from Portugal for very little money. A fistful of mineral and a gritty mouthful of tannin.  Ripe, dark fruit and...

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Wine Schoolers in the News

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A lot of our students go on to great things. A surprising number of them are in the news this month for their achievements.  Congrats, all!   Miguel Lecuona. A longtime Diploma student who went on to earn his Wine MBA in Bordeaux. For the past eight years, he has been running a marketing consultancy for the wine trade. It was just announced that he is a featured speaker at this year’s International Wine Tourism Conference in La Champagne, France. Ben Franco and...

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Ever Make A Wine Snob Cry? We Have, and It’s Good Fun.

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Wine Snobs or Wine Ninjas? We should probably be sad about the emotional state of Wine Snobs, but we aren’t. Admittedly, we’ve made a few of them cry. But we don’t train those type of people. We train Wine Ninjas. The following is a list of our recent “deviling” of the Snob set. Say Goodbye, Sonic Decanter Right before Christmas, we burst the bubble on thousands of Wine Snobs when we worked with the Washington Post on an exposé on the latest...

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Top Wines of 2014

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  Twenty Five of  the Top Wines of 2014 The top wines of 2014 from our wine tasting classes. These are the bottles that excited and challenged us this year. And these aren’t just the expensive bottles, either: there are plenty here in the $20 price range, and only a few topping  $100. All but one of the bottles are still available (as of this update).  We included the current price ranges for your benefit. #25. Locations NV “Corse”, Corsica A vermentino with textural...

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Sonic Decanter: The New Wine Gadget Demystified

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Updated December 11th. Sonic Youth Decanted, or how we ended up in the Washington Post On December 10th, we were featured in a Washington Post Online  article disputing the claims made about the Sonic Decanter. The article is fair and comprehensive. It is a much needed antidote to the marketing bromides that have been swirling around the Sonic Decanter for the last few months. Our involvement in the  story began with this blog post, which was originally published on...

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Wintertime Recipes and Wine Pairings

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A Wintertime Menu from Keith Wallace wine & beer pairings to be posted next week This page features the menus, recipes  and pairings for our December culinary classes. This includes the Cooking Class, Sommelier Smackdown, and Beer & Food Pairing Class. This will be updated throughout the week. Enjoy! Truffled Parmesan Polenta with Caramelized Onions   Leaf-Roasted Root Vegetables   Roasted Beef With Horseradish Crème Fraîche And Sauce Chasseur  ...

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The Holiday Wine Guide

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I have  divided this year’s Holiday wine guide into a number of mildly amusing chapters.    As always, each wine was selected for it’s  high quality and good pricing.  All wines are available in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. I’ve included over 20 wines in this list, so jump on in.  Hope you enjoy! I have more suggestions on Thanksgiving recipes (including an awesome turducken recipe) and beverage pairings in my book Corked & Forked. If you...

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Holiday Food & Wine Pairing

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Holiday Food & Wine Pairing This month, we hosted our monthly culinary classes (Cooking & Wine Pairing, Sommelier Smackdown, and Cooks & Corks) on the theme of  holiday dinners.  The following recipes were created by myself and the pairings by  sommelier Alana Zerbe. If you like our food and wine pairings, you can grab a copy of our cookbook at Amazon.  You can also experience the magic in person by coming to a food & wine pairing classes. Heirloom Carrots...

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