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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 wine & spirits shops in Pennsylvania. Our main reviewer is Keith Wallace, the executive director and founder of the Wine School of Philadelphia.  Want to locate a specific wine? Use our PLCB Wine Finder.

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Our focus is on wines available in Pennsylvania. We feature wines in the Chairman’s Selection program and other discounted wines available in the PLCB Wine & Spirits Stores. You can also check out our reviews of Philly’s Top Wine Shops

 

WTF Rosé?

WTF Rosé?

  From the palace of  King Louis XIV to the vineyards of Pennsylvania, rosé has always been apart of wine drinking culture. This article offers up the essentials of what it is, how it’s made, and what you should be looking out for. There is always a place in our...

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June Newsletter

June Newsletter

‌ Summer in Wine Town I know most folks hit the Jersey shore summer. What fun for the kids! I hear the tidal syringes are very nice this time of year. But what do I know? Here's something you may not know: a few people have to stay in Philly, just to keep it from...

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Wine Reviews and Features from the Wine School

Infinito 2014 “Winemaker’s Selection” Malbec, Mendoza

Out of nowhere, a 90-plus rated wine shows up on the wine shelves at the local wine & spirits store.  As a wine critic, I like to know who makes the wine. I know there isn't a winery named Infinito anywhere in Argentina, so who should we give credit for this...

Rimapere 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough

  A single vineyard bottle of Sauvignon Blanc from the Rimapere vineyard, in the highly regarded Rapaura district of Marlborough. This is a joint venture between Bordeaux's Baron Benjamin de Rothschild (owner of Château Clarke and Château des Laurets) and  New...

Vinos de Arganza 2015 “Seculo” Mencia, Bierzo

A small winery that has a laser-like focus on the Mencia grape. This is one of several they produce, much of whom have earned critical praise. These include the brands Flavium, Encanto, Legado De Farro, and Lagar De Robla. The grape itself has a long history and...

Vinessens 2016 “La Casica del Abuelo” Alicante

Vinessens is a small family-owned winery located in Spain's Valencia wine region. This particular bottle comes from the sub-region of Alicante and is sourced largely from a vineyard of 80-year-old Monastrell vines.  This is the type of Spanish wine that is so...

Julia’s Dazzle 2017 Pinot Gris Rose, Columbia Valley

Long before the movie Sideways, Santa Barbara County has been a hot spot for Pinot Noir.  In particular, Sanat Maria Valley is home to some of  California's top vineyards for the grape. That list of top spots includes Garey, Rancho Real, Rancho Sisquoc, and Bien...

Castelli del Grevepesa 2015 “Clemente VII” Chianti Classico

Don't judge this wine by its bottle.  This is the type of packaging I'd expect for a White Zinfandel geared towards functional alcoholics that sell bedazzled dog leashes on Esty.  This is not such a wine: it's a project by winemaker Gilles Nicaul of Long Shadows...

10 Tips For Food and Wine Pairings

This tale starts with our protagonist leaving their sylvan homestead in search of their destiny. With an eye to making their mark in the world, they make their way to a sprawlingly romantic city on a hill.  After trials and tribulations, they succeed, but not in a way...

The Six Worst Food and Wine Pairings

Eating what you like with a glass of your favorite wine is a great idea; eating should be a pleasure. But food and wine pairings are not a solitary affair. When was the last time you saw a restaurant full of people eating alone? For most of us, it is a shared...

Domaine Vetriccie 2017 White, Ile De Beaute

  We learn from failure, not from success. And although food and wine pairings are subjective, and depend on the peoples’ taste and preference, some mismatches simply feel odd. A good pairing brings out the best in food, wine, or both; a bad one can easily do the...

Italian Food and Wine Pairings

About Domaine Vetriccie Corsica is an interesting place. It's an Italian island off the coast of Tuscany, but it's a French territory.  The province  often seems like a hybrid between the two cultures. It's been a French municipality since the late 18th Century, but...

German Food and Wine Pairings

Eating what you like with a glass of your favorite wine is a great idea; eating should be a pleasure. But food and wine pairings are not a solitary affair. When was the last time you saw a restaurant full of people eating alone? For most of us, it is a shared...

Zenato 2015 Ripassa Valpolicella Superiore

  In today's global economy, gastronomy is beyond generalizations.  No cuisine can be justly profiled with a list of a few traditional dishes. Like cultures, cuisines evolve, influenced by trends and new ideas. Germany is no stranger to the modern culinary...

Wine School Newsletter #2736

Zenato Overview Alberto Zenato is the kind of guy who spends a day at a tiny Canadian winery because the elderly winemaker --a stranger with terminal cancer-- loves his wines. Alberto is a second-generation winemaker, taking the reigns from his father Sergio in 2008....

Tenshen 2016 White, Central Coast

Wine School Newsletter #2736 A few interesting classes are coming up. Let's start with the Great Ciders of the World. This is where some of the craziest, most interesting fermentaionalists are casting their black magic these days. It's time to get up to speed, all you...

Bodega Pujanza 2015 “Hado” Rioja

Vinessens is a small family-owned winery located in Spain's Valencia wine region. This particular bottle comes from the sub-region of Alicante and is sourced largely from a vineyard of 80-year-old Monastrell vines.  This is the type of Spanish wine that is so...

Santa Julia 2017 “Magna” Red, Uco Valley

Long before the movie Sideways, Santa Barbara County has been a hot spot for Pinot Noir.  In particular, Sanat Maria Valley is home to some of  California's top vineyards for the grape. That list of top spots includes Garey, Rancho Real, Rancho Sisquoc, and Bien...

Chateau St. Jean 2014 Reserve Chardonnay, Sonoma County

The Revelations d'Hubert de Bouard is a portfolio of wines from eight Bordeaux wineries. These are not their usual releases, mind you. They are each working with Hubert de Bouard and Yvon Mau. The former is the owner of the famous Bordeaux winery Chateau Angelus. The...

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