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Wine reviews and all things vino from Keith Wallace

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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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.

July 2018 Newsletter

  Hope you are having a good summer. It's been really great here at the school, and we have a lot of interesting classes coming up. The Great Ciders of the World  class is going to be really interesting. The Mixology class is going to be really amazing. We did a...

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May 2018 Newsletter

  I hope you are doing well.  I am a bit late with the newsletter this month. Sorry!  We've been a little busy renovating the school.  I hope you can forgive me. I've enclosed my top wine suggestions, and I've posted a few really cool classes. I think you'll like...

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Selections from our Wine Cellar

A few wine reviews from our archives. 

Rotie Cellars 2011 “Southern Blend” Red, Walla Walla (WA)

Impolite, brash, and barely keeping it together. The hot mess that is Rotie Cellars is the greatest thing in wine that I have seen in awhile. We all know the aristocratic wines of Napa and Bordeaux. Plus, too many folks in the wine trade covet the idea of uppercrust vinocity. Maybe it's the fact that I come from a...

Cesarini Sartori 2007 “Signae” Sagrantino di Montefalco

Garrigue and camphor on the nose and a finish of peppered beef jerky. In between, toasted spices and black fruit get busy and a massive but elegant core of tannins take this all the way. Very good Sagrantino. Additional notes of creme brulee and melted liquorice round out this beauty. Cesarini Sartori are an...

Thelema 2007 Sauvignon Blanc, Stellenbosch

Though Chenin Blanc--or Steen in local parlance--gets all the glamour, Sauvignon Blanc has really been shining lately in South Africa. This $18.99 effort, from the producers of the wildly delicious "Mint" Cabernet Sauvignon, is all springtime aromas and well-structured backbone. In other words, perfect right now.

Pondering the Imponderables

There are wines. And there are Wines. Barolo is of the latter, not for its renown, prestige, or even its price. No, Barolo is a Wine that presents more questions than enological answers, a Wine which you may not always approach with certainty. Unsure of your reaction to it, or left wondering if you've plumbed its...

The Master’s Hand

Elvio Cogno's reputation in the Piedmont was established long before he purchased his own property in Novello almost twenty years ago. His mark had been made at the renowned Marcarini estate in La Morra, bridging the theoretical gap between traditionalists and modernists in the region's ongoing if slightly overdone...
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