Wine Reviews by Keith WallaceGreat 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 tension between tannin and acid is remarkable. This wine is tight as a guitar string, which brings a high toned musicality to the experience. A nose of crushed stone and white cherries warbles about, with the thunk-thunk of burnt vanilla just in the...read more
The Northern Rhone it the ancestral home to Syrah, and it’s dominated by family-run wineries. Names like Chapoutier, Chave, Perrin, and Guigal top the family tree here. There used to be another, too: Jaboulet, which was sold in 2006. Nicolas Jaboulet has returned to...read more
Want a retro chardonnay? Something to enjoy while listening to Hall & Oates and noshing on some baked brie? Buy a case of this and get your freak on. Like many other Gen-Xers, I was introduced to wine in the 90’s, and that meant white wines were almost...read more
Bourbon Barbeque Recipe The important elements of this bbq recipe is to have deep flavors, and that is partly accomplished by having two types of sweet ingredients and two types of heat. The paprika/cayenne combination is important. However, you can mix and match the...read more
A classic Sagrantino with an intimidating style. Tobacco and cedar are the building material of this colossus. It is austere and muscular with the barest hint of fruit, some leafy plum buried under a thick layer of minerality. If there ever was a complete opposite of...read more
2011 in Napa Valley was a difficult vintage. It was the year when using too much oak in the aging process turned the wine anemic and unpleasant. Many big name Napa wineries turned out duds in 2011. Not surprisingly, 2011 is the least popular vintage since...read more
Selections from our Wine Cellar
A few wine reviews from our archives.