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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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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. 

Castano 2003 Hecula

Year after year, a consistent rocker for the money. Lovely fusion of complex fruit flavors and Provencal lavender that build to a chilling frisson . Finish evolves from dark fruit to a caramelized fig.
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Gundlach Bundschu 2012 Mountain Cuvee Red, Sonoma

You got to respect an American winery that was founded in 1850's and still going strong. It's now run  by Jeff Bundschu, the 6th generation of winemakers. That makes it the oldest family-run winery in the US. To survive Prohibition, they raised cattle instead of harvesting grapes. I am glad to see this wine in the...
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Di Majo Norante 2011 Ramitello

The Background Di Majo Norante is an Italian winery located in Molise, just off the Adriatic coast. The property dates back to 1859, and was the farm and vineyard of a local nobleman, the Marquis Norante.  The current owner, Alessio Di Majo, has been producing great wines for well over a decade now. One of the...
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Vall Llach 2009 “Idus” Priorat

Vall Llach is the Spanish winery for people who love Opus One and Caymus Vineyards' Special Selection. Their wines are dominate, glossy, and concentrated, and should be on the wine list of every upscale steak house.  Every self-respecting sommelier in Pennsylvania should be buying up this bottle for their restaurants...
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Can’t Put My Finger On It

The never ending quest to find the veritas in vino was the impetus for a recent trip to the Finger Lakes wineries, to ascertain the New York state of wine. Maybe it was the numbing winds spiraling off Seneca Lake or the forlorn look of vineyards in winter, but this brief "tour du vin" left more questions than...
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