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Great Wines Available in Philadelphia and Beyond

Over two thousand wine reviews! While most of our reviews focus on great wines under $20, we also offer reviews of luxury and collectible wines. As we are located in Philadelphia, most  wines reviewed here are available via PLCB Wine & Spirits Shops in Pennsylvania. Our main reviewer is Keith Wallace, the executive director and founder of the Wine School of Philadelphia.  

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This is where we feature all our favorite things.  Great wines, top sommeliers, awesome winemakers, great articles,  and charity events at the Wine School. If we really love it, or we think you should know about it, it’s going to be right here.

The 10 Best Wines of 2017

The (PLCB) Fine Wine and Good Spirits Edition This past year was a fantastic one for those of us living in Pennsylvania, at least for wine.  The first independent wine shops started cropping up all over the state, and a handful of state-run stores finally found their...

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Top Ten Wine Shops in Philly

Buying good wine in Philly can be a challenge. The prices are too damn high. Most of the folks working in the stores know more about Barefoot Cellars than Bordeaux.  It would be very reasonable to despair. But don't despair: we have your back. We have compiled the...

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Our Wine Tasting Kit

Each element of our tasting kit is custom designed by the executive director of the school. The package includes a BYO wine bag, a lead-free crystal wine glass, sommelier corkscrew, silver pen, and tasting book. Wine is not included in the kit.

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December Newsletter

The December Newsletter Friends, the holidays are upon us. It's time for all of us to transform into hybrid Santa-Sommeliers. To start off the Holiday newsletter, I've crafted a super-corny jingle for you: Pop the corks and spread the cheer: Let us be part of your...

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November Newsletter

  Our Little Secret In our 18 years of operation, we've learned a thing or two about teaching wine classes.   I love my job, but it's the caliber of our students that really makes it worthwhile. I am deeply grateful that so many of you are willing to register for...

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Selections from our Wine Cellar

A few wine reviews from our archives. 

Bertani 2009 “Villa Arvedi” Amarone della Valpolicella

Amarone Wine Review Aromas of licorice and Cherry Coke on the nose with a shaving of bitter chocolate.  This is a very flirtatious aroma, with a hint of cardamom and white pepper beneath the surface. Then: flavors go big and texture go smooth and tannins go ripe. The structure is round and big and weighty. On the...

Domaine Hauts Chassis 2007 “Les Galets” Crozes Hermitage

It is rare to find a very good Northern Rhone wine for $20. That makes this delicious syrah a great find. Drinks more like an Hermitage than its often lesser Croze neighbor. With classic mineral and tobacco notes leading into a mess of blood and tar. Only in a wine could that be good, and here it is amazing.

Bernardus 2009 Sauvignon Blanc Griva Vineyard, Sonoma County

Classical notes of grass and green pepper on the nose, along with plenty of grapefruit. Flavors of fig and apricot are followed by lemon zest and a touch of waxiness. The wine finishes with smoke and kiwi. A gentle roundness gives this a little more sex appeal than most Sauvignon Blancs.

Bodega 2010 El Agosto Bierzo

Spanish Wine Review   A beautiful bottling of old vine Mencia grapes. A nose of garrique with pain grillé, basil, and dark berry. On the palate, rich fruit and savage elements dominate. Very nice tannin structure, with pencil shavings and sweet vanilla on the finish.  Medium bodied. A fanstic value in Spanish...

Trentino Alto Adige

Monteloro 2007 "Mezzo Braccio" IGT, Toscana You know the old saying,"If you can't say something nice, say nothing"? Probably accounts for my rarely holding forth on Pinot Egregious...sorry, Pinot GRIGIO. A grape often derided as mass produced,of supermarket quality,flaccid and overpriced. The Soave of the new...
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