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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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The Wine Report
One of the top pieces of advice I can give anyone is this: if you want to buy great wines at a discount, don't buy from famous places. Case in point: Knights Valley produces some killer Cabs, but you probably never heard of it. Beringer has been the main player in...read more
Yeah, so Ant is the guy's name. Short for Anthony. Yeah, that's a thing. He's one of those up-from-nothing and built a small wine empire kinda guys. He also is the kind of guy who buys a few acres of land in the middle of nowhere, clears the land with his own hands,...read more
If you drew a line between Napa Valley in California and Willamette Valley in Oregon, Rogue Valley is just about the halfway point. It's a place of rolling hills, warm sunshine, and several river systems: that is to say, Southern Oregon is a far cry from the...read more
I was going to include this in my recent Barolo & Beyond class, but at the last minute I swapped it out for the Oreste Buzio 2016 Grignolino del Monferrato Casalese. Why? A class on Barolo and similar wines needs a bit more gravitas. This bottle is just too damn...read more
Nicolis is a benchmark producer of Amarone who has been crafting top-notch wines since 1951. This particular bottling is a bit more modern than its usual releases. Instead of aging exclusively in botte grande (HUGE Barrels), some smaller barriques have been...read more
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
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.
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...read more
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
Selections from our Wine Cellar
A few wine reviews from our archives.
Classical notes of grass and green pepper on the nose, along with plenty of grapefruit. Flavors of fig and apricot are followed by lemon zest and a touch of waxiness. The wine finishes with smoke and kiwi. A gentle roundness gives this a little more sex appeal than most Sauvignon Blancs.
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