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Great Wines Available in Philadelphia and Beyond

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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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 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

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

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

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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November Newsletter

November Newsletter

  Our Little Secret In our 18 years of operation, we've learned a thing or two about teaching wine classes.   I love my job, but it's the caliber of our students that really makes it worthwhile. I am deeply grateful that so many of you are willing to register for...

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Selections from our Wine Cellar

A few wine reviews from our archives. 

De Chanceny 2011 Brut Excellence Vouvray (Loire, France)

A lovely bottle of dry bubbly. This is the top bottling of the Cave des Producteurs de Vouvray, which itself is run by Alliance Loire. Made from Chenin Blanc, the flavors veer toward quince, hazelnuts and ginger. While the bubbles are not as tight as Champagne, the wine is well-structured and delightful. A zing of...

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...

Graham’s 1991 Porto

Okay, so at $89.99 this doesn't exactly fall into the value category of holiday wines. But remember, it's also 17 years old. When you do the math, that's a mere $5.30 a year since the grapes were harvested. Which is downright cheap for a mature beauty like this one.

Bodegas Ego 2012 “Infinito” Jumilla

Wow. Wow. WOW. It's hard to use words like unctuous without sounding like an idiot. It's hard to say brilliant and amazing and perfect without sounding like a dispossessed lover seeking salvation. It's also hard to write a coherent wine review when a tasting pour turns into downing half a bottle of this delicious...

Niepoort 2006 “Twisted”

From one of the legends of Portuguese winemaking, this affordably priced '06 blend of Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz, Touriga Nacional, and other local grape varieties has it all...except the typically higher price of Dirk's wines. We like the name, the juice, the producer--everything about it.
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