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Wine Reviews & The Wine Report

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 wine shops in Pennsylvania. Our main reviewer is Keith Wallace, the executive director and founder of the Wine School of Philadelphia.

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The Wine School Blog

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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Selections from our Wine Cellar

A few wine reviews from our archives. 

Riesling Review: Argyle 2007 Riesling, Willamette

A Riesling review from Epikur Magazine. The Argyle Riesling is a fun bottle of wine with just enough juicy white fruit to balance out the racy elements. A bit of ozone and salinity come into play in the midpalate. The floral and mineral components are mostly in the long and pleasant. finish. .A very nice bottle of wine, especially for the summertime.

Valdipiatta 2010 Chianti Colli Senesi

  Colli Senesi is the wine region surrounding the Tuscan town of Siena. Two of Chianti's top wine regions --Montepulciano and Montalcino-- are located there.  Valdipiatta is a well regarded producer of Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. This bottling is sourced from their Montepulciano vineyard along with a few in other...

Ant Moore 2016 “Signature Series” Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough

  Yeah, so Ant is the guy's name. Short for Anthony. Yeah, that's a thing. He's one of those up-from-nothing and built a small wine empire kinda guys. He also is the kind of guy who buys a few acres of land in the middle of nowhere, clears the land with his own hands, plants some vineyards himself, tends to them, and...

Saintsbury 2009 “Brown Ranch” Pinot Noir

Most descriptions of Saintsbury Winery will include the word "pioneer" somewhere within the first paragraph. Go one and google it: you will get over 3.5 million pages describing how the winery is a pioneer in California. Saintsbury does have a place in our wine history books (if such a book existed)  for planting...

Chateau d’Arche 2005 Sauternes

There are any number of reasons to be amazed by this $43.49 wine. First, it's a Sauternes, not necessarily a hotbed of sub-$50 bottlings in 750ml. Second, it's from the legendary 2005 vintage. Third, it's drinking well now and will continue to do so for years to come. Enjoy sweetness? Acid? Lushness? For this price,...
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