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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. 

Rose Cava? Rose Cava!

PLCB stores recently began carrying a delicious rose Cava–the Conde de Subirats NV Rose, an $11.99 pink sparkler that both charms and goes blissfully easy on the wallet. It shows notes of ripe cherries and a touch of spice, all of it bound up in a thoroughly gulpable, supremely food-friendly package that easily...
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Rutherglen Estates 2008 Burgoyne’s Block

Australian Wine Review Deeply hued with aromas of fresh berries and currants. Secondary scents of caramelized fat and savory herbs are amazing. Rich tannin that softens in the glass but keeps a firm structure. Fresh plum balances out the chewy tannins with more berry notes on the mid-palate. The finish of lavender...
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Wine School Offers Summer Wine Suggestions

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wine School Announces Summer Wine Tasting Suggestions July 2009, Philadelphia. To desire wine is to throw oneself into a lifelong adventure that will never be fully satisfied. And The Wine School – with it’s no frills and down-to-earth manner – has been providing wine tastings throughout...
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Chamisal Estate 2011 Pinot Noir, Edna Valley

Way back in 1973, Chamisal was the pioneering winery in Edna Valley. Owners and varietals have come and gone, but one thing has remained constant: Pinot Noir from Edna Valley is awesome. This is a rather obscure AVA located in California’s Central Coast, tucked between Paso Robles and Arroyo Grand, but much...
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Chateau Liot 2005, Sauternes

From perhaps the most famous sweet-wine region in the world comes this wildly affordable sticky. We’ve recommended it before and are unashamed to do so again. A drinkable, not-cloyingly-sweet wine from Sauternes is always something to cheer about.
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