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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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Selections from our Wine Cellar

A few wine reviews from our archives. 

Domaine La Brune 2012 Beaumes de Venise (Vignerons de Caractere), Rhone (FR)

Beaumes de Venise, in the Southern Rhone, is most known for its dessert wines. But it also produces excellent old vine reds, mostly from the Grenache varietals. The region is located on the Dentelles de Montmirail mountain range, close to Gigondas and Vacqueras. This winery is part of the Vignerons de Caractere, an...

L’angolo di Vino, merlot

Pieve del Vescovo 2003 "Lucciaio" IGT, Umbria Those of you who have consistantly read reviews of Italian wines on this site are aware of a bias toward traditional wines that do not cater to notions of standardization. That doesn't mean that a "modern" styled offering can't be warmly received. Lucciaio is the...

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 is now apart of our Advanced Wine Program. It is...

McPrice Myers 2013 Beautiful Earth, Paso Robles

  There are a few folks who have been reading my reviews ---Chris, Jon, and Mary to name a few---  since I started in 2001.  You can even check some of  those old reviews on our online wine review database.  One thing you'll notice, is that my enthusiasm for great wine ranges from the biggest burliest Napa Cab to the...

Pedroncelli 2004 Mother Clone Zinfandel, Sonoma

Pedroncelli 2004 Mother Clone Zinfandel, Sonoma A decent little bottle of Zin for the price. I add this wine to my "best buy" section with great hesitation. The last time I reviewed a Pedroncelli wine, it was quite negative, and the powers that be at the PLCB had a major hissy fit. I still haven't forgiven them yet
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