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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. 

Serisen Estate 2007 Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough

Not a recommendation, more of a cautionary tale. The PLCB is claiming this wine is coming into the stores soon and has a 90 point rating from Wine Spectator. None of that is true. First of all, there is no such winery. There is a Seresin Estate, but the 07 vintage was mediocre. Maybe they mean the 08 vintage, which...

France is Blind

What elements of the blind assessment process caused you problems? Please post your thoughts and comments below. Blind Tasting Loire vs Alsace 1. Trimbach 2011 Gewurztraminer (Alsace) 2. Francois Chidaine 2011 Montlouis Sec (Chenin Blanc from Loire) Which Pouilly? 1.  Domaine de Bel Air 2013 Pouilly-Fumé (Sauvignon...

Naia 2006 Naia Des Verdejo

What makes this wine unusual isn't where it's from but the grape variety itself. Verdejo, after all, is still sadly underappreciated by too many wine-lovers. But this one, hopefully, will start to chip away at that: At $27.99, it's affordable enough to be approachable. And its old-vines, barrel-fermented character is...

Traditional Barolos

Sylla Sebaste Barolo "Bussia", 2001, Piemonte For the past few years there has been an ongoing debate regarding what exactly constitutes a "true" Barolo...or makes a Barolo truly great. On one side of the aisle are the Traditionalists, on the other the Modernists, the line dividing them shifting and blurring as the...

Castillo Labastida 2001 Rioja Reserva

International Wine Cellar, notoriously the most difficult of the major wine-review publications, called this bottling "fully mature and delicious." To that we would also add "guilt-inducingly affordable" and "dangerously drinkable."
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