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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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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.

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. 

Domaine Pradelle 2010 “Courbis” Crozes-Hermitage

In the summer of 2012, after a stunning cellar tour at one of  the great wineries of  Hermitage, M. Chapoutier, I sat down at  a little cafe in town.  A number of bruised-knuckled Frenchmen came in--we were in rural France, after all-- and started laughing with the proprietor. I was at the next table with a handful...
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Chateau Reynella 2004 Cellar No. One Shiraz Reserve

Chateau Reynella produces one of our favorite Australian Tawnies, and now, with this deep, dramatic Shiraz, they've won us over with their dry juice, too. Some producers, it seems, just have the magic touch no matter what they make.
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Merryvale 2008 “Starmont” Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

A rock-solid Napa Cab at a rock-solid price. The nose of pencil shavings, vanilla and toast promises great things to come, and it does deliver. The gritty tannic structure is balanced out by rich body of red and dark fruits with a finish of violet and spice. A very good example of how good Napa Cab can be without all...
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Moet et Chandon Brut Imperial Rosé, Champagne

Not, it's not cheap. And no, you probably won't be slurping down a case of it on your patio. But with grilled lamb chops it's delicious, and if firing up the old bbq isn't cause for celebration, then nothing is.
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Traditional Barolos

Sylla Sebaste Barolo "Bussia", 2001, Piemonte For the past few years there has been an ongoing debate regarding what exactly constitutes a "true" Barolo...or makes a Barolo truly great. On one side of the aisle are the Traditionalists, on the other the Modernists, the line dividing them shifting and blurring as the...
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