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Great Wines Available in Philadelphia and Beyond

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 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.

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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Our Wine Tasting Kit

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.

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December Newsletter

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...

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November Newsletter

  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...

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October Newsletter

  The National Wine School is opening up it's new Wine Scholar and Advanced Sommelier programs to our students.  First up is the Food & Wine Scholar program, which is being held on Mondays, from October 16th to December 4th, from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm. This wine course...

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Selections from our Wine Cellar

A few wine reviews from our archives. 

Bodegas Briego 2009 Crianza, Ribera del Duero

Bodegas Briego is an obscure winery from one of the greatest wine regions in the world, the Ribera del Duero. The winery was founded in the nineties by three brothers from the nearby town of Fompedraza. The vineyards are far from the Duero river and the "Golden Mile" where the most famous wineries are located: Vega...

Chateau Mont Redon 2007 Cotes du Rhone

Good fresh fruit intermixed with dried fruit flavor, pain grille, and a backbone of tannin. A very good wine for its class and style.

Sicilia Cataratto

Tomas and Giesen "Munir Bianco" 2006, IGT, Sicilia Cataratto is one of the most widely planted grapes in Italy. It accounts for over half of Sicily's vineyard acres and is known primarily for use as a bulk wine grape or as part of the blend for Marsala. The Lucido variety grows in the Alcamo DOC near Palermo. Low in...

Henry Fessy 2007 Regnie Cru Beaujolais

The PLCB claims the retail on this bottle is $20, but that is far-fetched. This typically will sell for about $16. At $10, it's a steal. A good quality gamay is a wonderful wine for lighter springtime meals.

Giuseppe Cortese 2007 Nebbiolo, Langhe

The Cortese winery is located in the coveted Rabaja region of Barbaresco, and produces magnificent bottles from their vineyard. This bottle is the hidden gem of the vineyard: it is sourced from the same vineyards and vinified in the same manner as their much more expensive Barbaresco bottlings. The only difference is...
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