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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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Robert Mondavi Winery 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville

This was a wine I featured in the annual "8 wines to try before you die" class, which probably should be re-named "Keith's wonky wine class." Like must Napa Cabs that are typically sold for over $50, this is a great wine. But this wine is important for a few other reasons. First, it's made in a true Mondavi style,...
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Kukkula 2012 “Aatto” Red Blend, Paso Robles

Take a look at that label. Wrinkled and shiny. Looking like it was applied by hand. Because it was. Only two types of wine sport such ghetto hand-glued labels: the first is homemade wine made an amateur. The second is made in miniscule amounts by a crazy-talented winemaker who doesn't care about a payday. Re-read...
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Bodega Montecillo 2010 Reserva Rioja

One of the first wineries in Rioja. Well, other than the medieval farmers who aged their wines in gutted out pig skins. Located in the Rioja Alta region, Montecillo is an important cornerstone in the history of winemaking.  One of the unique elements of the winery, which has been adopted throughout the region is...
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Delille Cellars 2013 “D2” Columbia Valley

Delille Cellars' D2 is a "must-try" wine. First, there is the history behind this bottle: The winery was one of the first to plant Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot in Columbia Valley. Since the early nineties, bottles like this from Delille Cellars  were the vanguard in showing that Columbia Valley is one of the top...
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Smashberry 2013 White Wine Central Coast

This is how wine is done today.  A small family run winery with a web of brands and subsidiaries.  This bottling is produced by Turn Key Wines, which is itself owned by Thornhill Companies. These companies are owned by the Miller family, which also owns  Bien Nacido Estate. Why all the red tape?  My guess is...
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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.

Talking With Keith

I’m the guy who looks at all of your questions in our customer support forum. Whether you need help with your job resume, or have a question about bottling limits or just need help with a gift certificate, I can help. Sometimes people wonder why they have to post...

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Recipes for January 2017

Chorizo and Lentil Soup 1 cup tocino (chopped bacon) 1 onion, diced 2 celery stalks, diced 3 carrots, diced 4 cloves garlic, minced 1 cup cured chorizo, chopped 1 cup chicken breast, chopped 1 cup green, yellow, or red lentils 64 oz chicken stock 1 cup chopped tomato...

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Selections from our Wine Cellar

A few wine reviews from our archives. 

Antonin Rodet 2010 Clos de Thorey 1er Cru

Thorey is a Rodet monopole in  Nuits Saint Georges, and one of their best bottlings. For the serious lover of Pinot Noir, this is a dramatic bottle of Premier Cru Burgundy that should be in your wine cellar. Its fragrance offers hibiscus and lapsang souchong. Its power and force is apparent in an opening of  dark...
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Chateau Ambe Tour Pourret 2010 Saint Emilion Grand Cru (Bordeaux, France)

A decadent bottle of right bank Bordeaux. This chateau is part of the budding Bordeaux empire of Françoise Lannoye and her husband, Philippe. They purchased their first property, Château Lanbersac, in Puisseguin in 2001. Since then, they have purchased and renovated Château Moulin de Clotte in Côtes de Castillon and...
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Byron 2012 Chardonnay, Santa Maria Valley

Here is the knockdown over-the-top cream bomb. It will will drown your sorrows in a bag of cotton candy tucked into the wheelbase of an out of control roller coaster. It's a style that has more devoted fans than Coldplay, and  gets just as little respect from everyone else. Let's back up a bit. Buttery Chard is an...
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Closing That Can of Vermicelli

In a man bites dog moment topped only by our local nine winning a World Series, common sense and tradition won the day when the regulatory standards to which Brunello has been held were upheld last week by an overwhelming majority of those powers-that-be who vote on such matters. The aromatic taint of bogus Brunellos...
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Katharina and Helmut Gangl HG Zweigelt Dry 2003 Luss

Velvety smooth nose, like a cross between the game of syrah and the smoke of sangiovese, all of it brightened up nicely by ripe, red berry fruit. On the palate, white pepper flavors take the lead, though rich berry fruit carries the wine through on the finish. This is a delicious wine, and it's a wonder that more...
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