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Wine reviews and all things vino from Keith Wallace

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.

May 2018 Newsletter

  I hope you are doing well.  I am a bit late with the newsletter this month. Sorry!  We've been a little busy renovating the school.  I hope you can forgive me. I've enclosed my top wine suggestions, and I've posted a few really cool classes. I think you'll like...

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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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Selections from our Wine Cellar

A few wine reviews from our archives. 

L’Angolo di Vino Super Tuscans

If you've perused our list of upcoming classes or have done so anytime this year, you probably noticed that most of our Regional classes are devoted to Italy. And they usually sell out - quickly. And the blurbs that accompany each listing note that more premium Italian wine is consumed in America than Italy...even in...

Gerard Bertrand 2008 Grand Terroir Tautavel

The village Tautavel is lovely, and largely unknown to the outside world. It is perched in a high valley that links the French wine regions of Roussillon and Corbières. Before now, Tautavel's singular claim to fame was being the site of a major archeological find: Back in the 1970's, a hominid skeleton dating back...

Bodegas Eguia 2008 “Vina Eguia” Crianza

Our readers may be familiar with Bodegas Eguia, as we gave a high rating to one of  their Rioja Reservas  a few years back.  This is the crianza, which by definition is lighter and fresher than the more dense and oak-fueled Reserva. Founded in the 1920's, Bodegas Eguia  is located in the basque town of Eltziego in...

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...

d’Arenberg 2004 The Stump Jump Red

Some may call this a Rhone blend, some may call it a GSM, but many will just call it wonderful. Yeah, that was way too corny. Onwards: this is a "must have" cheapie for many, many of the folks here at the school. Much more earth-driven and herbaceous than the other wines on this list. Not for someone who prefers the...
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