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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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Corsica is a beautiful puzzle. It's a French Territory and the birthplace of Napolean. It's also an island off the Italian coast with a millennia-long cultural relationship with the Italian mainland. Want to know what the fusion of French and Italian culture tastes...read more
Algeria was once apart of the French Empire, and a lot of wine was grown there. When the country declared it's independence, most of the winemakers headed to the France. Jean-Guy Lavau was one of those emigres. He and his wife Anne-Marie took charge of a wine cellar...read more
Sokol Blosser is one of those wineries everyone should know about. It's a historic family-owned Oregon winery that keeps on producing quality wines. It's great to see the current generation pushing quality levels even higher the last few years. The winery has always...read more
If you think of wine like art or architecture, then this is one of those wines that is on the "Must Taste" list. It's historically relevant to the origin of modern winemaking in Australia; it also stands on its own as a damn fine wine. This is the wine that put...read more
When students ask me where they should visit when traveling to Napa Valley, I'll rattle off a few wineries. If someone asks me if they should go to Sonoma or Napa, I'll always lead them towards the former. Take Robert Young winery. The winery is a barn, and the family...read more
One of the great strengths of the Oregon wine scene is that its founders came from all points of the globe from all types of backgrounds. Case in point is Ed King, Jr, the founder of King Estate in 1991, along with his son. Ed started life on a Dust Bowl-era wheat...read more
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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.
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...read more
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.read more
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...read more
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...read more
Patatas Bravas 2 pounds red skin potatoes, quartered 3 Tbsp vegetable oil 1 tsp fine salt 2 shallots, diced 1 tsp smoked paprika pinch cayenne pepper 1 cup crushed tomatoes ¼ cup white wine 1 cup mayonnaise For the Sauce: Heat a tablespoon of oil in a small saute pan...read more
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...read more
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