The story was originally published by the Philadelphia Inquirer on May 4, 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 history.

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Inqlings: Try a slug of this with your pizza

Author: Michael Klein

Mike Schmidt hit 548 home runs in his 18 seasons with the Phillies.

His new wine is a stand-up double.

Schmidt dropped by Citizens Bank Park on Friday to introduce Mike Schmidt 548 Zinfandel, whose sale will benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Schmidt said he had been involved with the foundation since a friend’s son died of the disease at age 21. Organizers Charity Wines and Charity Hop have enlisted other 500-homer hitters to star on their own charity bottles.

Wine expert Keith Wallace of the Wine School of Philadelphia, whom I asked to taste the 2006 red zinfandel (bottled by Eos Estate Winery on California’s Central Coast), seemed impressed. He detected notes of “rich, black pepper and clove . . . pruney, raisiny quality . . . lots of alcohol on the nose . . . medicinal . . . boysenberry syrup, from IHOP . . . soft, round tannins . . . good bottle for pizza.”

Wallace dubbed it a $10 bottle though when it hits stores in less than a month, its estimated retail will be $19, with $1.25 going to charity.