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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. 

Shannon 2007 Wrangler Red, Lake County

Wet earth and menthol on the nose follows through onto the palate, where they jump into a vat of maraschino cherries. Inexpensive ($15), full bodied and soft tannins, this is a good bet for the Wine 101 crowd.

Bodegas La Magdalena 2011 “Sueno” Tempranillo

Ribera del Jucar is one of a dozen unknown yet exemplary wine regions in Spain. It's an ancient wine region that was under vine during the Roman Empire. But it's also one of the newest; it was only granted it's Denominación de Origen in 2003. Before that, it was only labelled as an anonymous La Mancha wine. Bodega La...

Holiday Shopping

Maybe it’s the prospect of all those hours of quality time with the family. Or the need for something to supplement whatever paltry heat the fireplace throws. Perhaps it has to do with tradition: After all, you have to drink something with the potato latkes or ham. Whatever it is, there’s just no getting around...

Nebbiolo Rosato

Gaudio Grignolino "Brico Mandolino", 2005, DOC, Piemonte One of the fascinating aspects of Italian wine is the number of varietals that are under the radar, especially in areas of renown such as Tuscany and the Piedmont. It's hard to acquire cachet when you're up against Brunello and Classico, Barolo and...

Guigal Cotes du Rhone

This bottle is a bit of essential wine knowledge. At least once a quarter, I pop open this wine to introduce our students to the Cotes du Rhone region of France.  Vintage after vintage,  this has been a go-to bottle.   I don't even think about it anymore, I simply just buy it without thinking. And for someone who...
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