Philadelphia Inquirer

Philadelphia Inquirer: The Wine School vs. WWE

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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Decibel Wines

A Philly boy goes to wine school, moves to New Zealand, and becomes a winemaker. Philly’s own Danny Brennan started as a Philly bartender and ended up as a bad-ass winemaker …

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Jet Wine Bar

Jet Wine Bar

When I met Jill Weber, she was an archaeologist with a taste for wines from impossible places. Her palate followed her work: into the ancient vineyards of Syria and Turkey, through the ancient …

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Napa Valley Register

The European tradition of mulled wine started in ancient Greece.

My friends in Great Britain insist no holiday can be merry without mulled wine. But why should the Brits have all the fun?

The European tradition of mulling wine started in ancient Greece where heat and spices were used to salvage old wine once the summer’s harvest went bad. In the Middle Ages, mulled wine was credited with medicinal and aphrodisiac powers (what serf wouldn’t love to snuggle up with a hot toddy), and in Victorian England a spot of tea was added to a glass of mulled wine and dubbed “Christmas tea.”

In the United States, nearly everyone cites eggnog as our most typical holiday libation. Historically this creamy holiday tradition has beat out mulled wine due to the availability of milk and eggs from our plentiful farms, as well as the rum that’s been an affordable U.S. import from the Caribbean.

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City Paper: Class Act

The story was originally published by the Philadelphia City Paper on April 10, 2007.  The article is reprinted solely for educational purposes.  It is intended to offer insight into the history of wine …

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Vina Eguia 2007 Reserva Rioja

A review of a brilliant and inexpensive bottle of Rioja. Aroma of tobacco and rose petals, with a bit of damp earth and clove. On the palate, the fresh fruit comes across in high definition; in particular, fresh cherry and red raspberry.

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Napoleon in Philly

Wines of Napoleon Featured in PhiladelphiaIf you were the ruler of the known universe, what would you drink? The Wine School of Philadelphia will answer that question. A two-hour tour de …

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Health Benefits of Red Wine

Study Pinpoints Health Benefits of Red WineOver the past few years, many studies have been published drawing a link to drinking red wine and decreased morbidity rates. The organic compound cited in all studies was …

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Philly Wine?

Keith Wallace, the fearless leader of the Wine School of Philadelphia, gets his geek on about the origin of wine in the United States.  His comments will surprise you!via Uwishunu

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