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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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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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Antica 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, Atlas Peak

Our Level IV Sommelier candidates were required to submit tasting notes for several wines, including the fantastic Antica 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon from Atlas Peak in Napa Valley. Yeah, hard times. We're setting up a GoFundMe account for their recovery. It's time to vote for your favorite review. To participate, read...
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Marques de Casa Concha 2014 Carmenere, Peumo

Carménère was the Cabernet Sauvignon of the 1820's, and Bordeaux was it's Napa. In the sweetness that is South America, Chile is now the new Napa. And Carménère is the new Cabernet Sauvignon. Also, we all thought it was Merlot until the DNA tests came in. Mind blown yet? This grape often comes off as aggressively...
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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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Holiday Wine Guide

Holiday Wine Guide Wine is a significant part of every holiday celebration. We serve them at dinner parties and give them away as gifts. As the holidays are upon us, here are some wine-buying tips. Hosting a Dinner Party For intimate dinners of up to five people,...

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Selections from our Wine Cellar

A few wine reviews from our archives. 

Holiday Shopping

Maybe it’s the prospect of all those hours of quality time with the family. Or the need for something to supplement whatever paltry heat the fireplace throws. Perhaps it has to do with tradition: After all, you have to drink something with the potato latkes or ham. Whatever it is, there’s just no getting around...
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Koyle 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Royale, Colchagua Valley

Chilean wine review Colchagua Valley has always been my first choice for Cabernet Sauvignon in Chile. This bottle proves that's a good habit to keep up. This is the first time I have tasted a bottle from Koyle, and I am going to be keeping an eye out for this producer. This bottle offers quality well above...
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Shannon 2007 Wrangler Red, Lake County

Wet earth and menthol on the nose follows through onto the palate, where they jump into a vat of maraschino cherries. Inexpensive ($15), full bodied and soft tannins, this is a good bet for the Wine 101 crowd.
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Nebbiolo Rosato

Gaudio Grignolino "Brico Mandolino", 2005, DOC, Piemonte One of the fascinating aspects of Italian wine is the number of varietals that are under the radar, especially in areas of renown such as Tuscany and the Piedmont. It's hard to acquire cachet when you're up against Brunello and Classico, Barolo and...
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Roth Estate 2011 Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast (California)

Ever wonder how empires start? Keep an eye on Bill Foley. Last I checked in with him,  he was running Foley Estates. I was drinking with his assistant winemaker in the wine cellar when he walked in. Nice guy, but I really hadn't thought about that moment until I started writing this review. I was a bit surprised when...
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