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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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Elias Mora 2012 “Descarte” Toro (Spain)

I had a student recently who was adamant that I was too partial to Italian wines.  I was surprised at the comment, but he’s a smart guy whose come to many classes and an avid reader of the newsletter. I love all great wine regions, but in my heart my favorite...
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Tenor 2011 “2:2” Red, Columbia Valley (Washington State)

This bottle is a strong argument for why Columbia Valley should replace Napa on steak house wine lists. This Bordeaux blend (Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot) has the massive oak-and-smooth hugeness that lovers of Opus One dream about at night. Since this...
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Solena 2013 “Domaine Danielle Laurent Reserve” Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley (Oregon)

So the name of this winery is tricky. Solena was a side project that Laurent and Danielle Montalieu worked on while their vineyards matured. The plan was to eventually start making wines as Domaine Danielle Laurent, which is the name of their actually winery. However,...
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Conceito 2012 “Contraste” Red, Douro (Portugal)

  The tension between tannin and acid is remarkable. This wine is tight as a guitar string, which brings a high toned musicality to the experience. A nose of crushed stone and white cherries warbles about, with the thunk-thunk of burnt vanilla just in the...
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Maison Nicolas Perrin 2013 Crozes-Hermitage (France)

The Northern Rhone it the ancestral home to Syrah, and it’s dominated by family-run wineries. Names like Chapoutier, Chave, Perrin, and Guigal top the family tree here. There used to be another, too: Jaboulet, which was sold in 2006. Nicolas Jaboulet has returned to...
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Selections from our Wine Cellar

A few wine reviews from our archives. 

Bodega Baigorri 2005 Crianza Rioja

A Spanish Wine Review A beautiful Rioja with an aroma of cigar box and toasted cinnamon. Flavors of vanilla and  espresso dominate the attack. On the mid-palate   mineral and red cherry come forward. The finish is  bursting with crushed red fruit. This is a well-tailored and charismatic Rioja without being overblown....
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Chapel Hill “The Devil” Port

You probably noticed by now, the Australians love to give their wines nick names. Sometimes they are sexy, sometimes they are cute, and on a few occasions, they are just plain wicked. This is the equivalent to a 15 year tawny. Rich and lush, this dessert wine offers up layers of dried fruit, hazelnuts, molasses, and...
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Starmont 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

Here we have a wine from the second label of Napa Valley’s Merryvale Vineyard.   Frequently called out by Wine Spectator, their cabernets are deluxe in a way only Napa Cabs can be.  And you’ll typically pay around $100 for the privilege. This is not one of those bottles. We don’t tend to review...
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Buena Vista 2006 Pinot Noir Ramal Road, Carneros

Carneros wine review Grown at the very bottom of Carneros, which also happens to be the very top of San Pablo Bay (let that be a lesson in geography for you) I can imagine some Hollywood exec driving around LA in a  silver Bentley Continental. He’s in the back seat, drinking this wine from the bottle....
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Global Wine Studies: North America

I. The Other Side of White Topanga Vineyards 2005 “Celedon”, Napa Copain 2006 “Saisons des Vins, L’ete”, Viognier, Mendocino II. Northwest Valleys Cottonwood 2003 “Marina Piper” Pinot Noir, Willamette Russell Creek 2002 Merlot, Walla Walla III. The “New Wave”...
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