Wine Reviews and Ratings

Holiday Wine Guide 2018

I've included my holiday wine selections below. If you're thinking of a wine-soaked holiday season, I'd also like to recommend a few of our wine classes, as well. I just released our Top Wines of 2018 class. I intentionally left it off the front page until now, so our...

40 Essential Wine Terms

Have you ever gone wine tasting and had no clue about anything anyone was saying? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with these 40 common wine terms and tasting descriptions. For a full breakdown of wine terminology, we suggest our Wine Dictionary. Wine Scent...

Holiday Gift Guide 2018, Part One

Have you ever gone wine tasting and had no clue about anything anyone was saying? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with these 40 common wine terms and tasting descriptions. For a full breakdown of wine terminology, we suggest our Wine Dictionary. Wine Scent...

Contino 2014 Rioja Reserva

Italy has a rich, deep history with wine – dating back thousands of years. Being the biggest producers of wine in the world, Italian wines are kept at a consistently immaculate standard. It is one of the many reasons that wine from the Italian regions is so widely...

Switzerland

Contino is the first and remains one of the greatest single-vineyard Rioja producers in the marketplace. Based on the ideals of 19th Century French château's, Contino has been CVNE's premier label since 1973. Back then, it was rare to grow and produce wines at the...

Castello di Gabbiano 2013 Chianti Classico Riserva

Swiss Wines The people of Switzerland have so much love for their wine that they only export a small portion of it. The question is whether this is by design or lack of demand from outside countries. The Swiss do consume a lot of imported wine from other countries but...

October 2018 Newsletter

In this week's episode of Philly Who? I sat down for a deeply personal interview with Kevin Chemidlin, the podcast's host. This is unlike any other interview I've done in the past 20 years of running the wine school. It goes deep into my past, including the tragedies...

Eleven Wine Blogs to Follow

Bersano has the largest acreage of any private winery in the Italian Piedmont. Founded in the 19th Century, Bersano originally produced wine solely in the Asti province. Over the years, they now have 230HA  of vineyards, including properties in both Barolo...

Isabella 2016 Bobal, Ribera del Jucar

Walla Walla is one of the great unheralded wine regions in America. I've always been of the opinion that's largely due to the name. Walla Walla, Washington doesn't have the elegant flow of Napa, California. L'Ecole was always a favorite client, back when I was the...

Spanish Wine Primer

50% OFF BOGO SALE For the rest of September, get a 50% off coupon for any class, up to $250 in value. Purchase any upcoming class or course, and the 50% off coupon code will be emailed to you immediately. This is the best sale we've ever put on in a long time, so I'd...

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