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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.

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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October Newsletter

  The National Wine School is opening up it's new Wine Scholar and Advanced Sommelier programs to our students.  First up is the Food & Wine Scholar program, which is being held on Mondays, from October 16th to December 4th, from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm. This wine course...

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Selections from our Wine Cellar

A few wine reviews from our archives. 

Balma Venitia ‘Dom Venitia’ 2012 Beaume de Venise Rouge

A pretty bottle of village-level Rhone wine. A touch reductive on the nose at first, but quickly tosses out a potpourri of scent.  Unoaked, as Grenache-dominated wines often are, this is pure fruit on the palate. Rich and silky, flavors of cherry compote and black currant dominate. Fresh lavender rises into the...

Dominio del Plata 2006 “Crios de Susana Balbo,” Mendoza

There's nothing terribly new about Argentina, but the blend here might be unfamiliar: Syrah (which you know) and Bonarda (which you might not). But for $12.99 in PA right now, it's a wine that's worth trying. This fruity, surprisingly complex steal, from one of Argentina's top female winemakers, is bound to become a...

South African Wine Review: Neil Ellis 2009 Chardonnay

Tasting Notes A reviving style of Chardonnay. Exotic spices and fruit lead the charge into a flashbang of crisp acidity trailing a contrail of wood smoke. Ginger, kiwi, and peach are balanced out by traces of cinnamon and toasted vanilla seeds. Hops-like grapefruit notes in the finish are married with an edge of...

Shirvington 2010 Shiraz, McLaren Vale

First there was Sparky Marquis. He was the "hit winemaker" for years in South Australia. His wines were highly coveted, especially in  the states. His wines  were bigger than life, bold, rich, but beautifully linear and precise as well.  Things started going sideways for him in 2005, culminating with his divorce a...

Zotovich Estate 2013 Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills

A standout winery from the wine ghetto in (not so) beautiful Lompoc.  While this may be the less majestic looking spot in Santa Barbara County, it's one of the greatest spots on earth for Pinot Noir.  Vineyards in Santa Rita Hills keep putting out palate poems like this bottle, and doing so at reasonable prices. Taut...
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