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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. 

Castello di Fonterutoli “Ser Lapo” 2008 Chianti Classico Reserva

The Mazzei family have a very long history in Chianti, and have expanded their winemaking operations considerably over the past few years, including forays into both Sicily and the Tuscan coast. However, no winery bears their name, which is very curious: in many ways, they created the Chianti we know and love. Since...

Lagar de Bezana 2011 “Aluvion” Gran Reserva, Rapel Valley (Chile)

A beautiful wine with dense smoke and incense aromas. It's lushly textured with deep soft tannins and flavors that pool into creme de cassis and ocean air. The finish is long with saturated fruit and asian spices. A few other thoughts: When I teach at the Wine School, I am often asked "what are the Chairman's...

Torres 2005 Nerola, Barcelona

Could use a few years of age, as this is drinking extremely backward right now. However, within an hour this wine opens up to reveal a balloon of rich fruit over jagged edges of minerality and austere tannins below. Aromas of roasted lamb and coriander and a finish of wet clay and cinnamon on the finish.

Nieto Senetiner 2012 Reserva Torrontes

Nieto Senetiner is an ancient winery by New World standards: it was founded over a century ago in the La Rioja region of Argentina. While their early work is lost to history, the past decade has shown consistent skills in winemaking. Their wines are a solid bet for interesting South American offerings. This bottle...

Philly Wine Festival

Another year, another Philly Wine Festival. Looking for this year's Tudori, looking past the usual suspects. Seeing old acquaintances and making some new ones. Learning more than a thing or two from representatives who were not just pouring and picking up a day's pay but actually were engaged with and articulate...
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