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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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Elias Mora 2012 “Descarte” Toro (Spain)

I had a student recently who was adamant that I was too partial to Italian wines.  I was surprised at the comment, but he’s a smart guy whose come to many classes and an avid reader of the newsletter. I love all great wine regions, but in my heart my favorite...
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Tenor 2011 “2:2” Red, Columbia Valley (Washington State)

This bottle is a strong argument for why Columbia Valley should replace Napa on steak house wine lists. This Bordeaux blend (Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot) has the massive oak-and-smooth hugeness that lovers of Opus One dream about at night. Since this...
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Solena 2013 “Domaine Danielle Laurent Reserve” Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley (Oregon)

So the name of this winery is tricky. Solena was a side project that Laurent and Danielle Montalieu worked on while their vineyards matured. The plan was to eventually start making wines as Domaine Danielle Laurent, which is the name of their actually winery. However,...
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Conceito 2012 “Contraste” Red, Douro (Portugal)

  The tension between tannin and acid is remarkable. This wine is tight as a guitar string, which brings a high toned musicality to the experience. A nose of crushed stone and white cherries warbles about, with the thunk-thunk of burnt vanilla just in the...
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Maison Nicolas Perrin 2013 Crozes-Hermitage (France)

The Northern Rhone it the ancestral home to Syrah, and it’s dominated by family-run wineries. Names like Chapoutier, Chave, Perrin, and Guigal top the family tree here. There used to be another, too: Jaboulet, which was sold in 2006. Nicolas Jaboulet has returned to...
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Selections from our Wine Cellar

A few wine reviews from our archives. 

Antonin Rodet 2010 Clos de Thorey 1er Cru

Thorey is a Rodet monopole in  Nuits Saint Georges, and one of their best bottlings. For the serious lover of Pinot Noir, this is a dramatic bottle of Premier Cru Burgundy that should be in your wine cellar. Its fragrance offers hibiscus and lapsang souchong. Its power and force is apparent in an opening of  dark...
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Bodega Triton 2009 “Tridente” Tempranillo

  What is this curious label? The wine region listed is “Vino de la Tierra de Castilla y Leon”, a reference to a huge — and unremarkable — wine region in central Spain. What it doesn’t tell you is that the source for this bottling is from the single vineyard of Villanueva de...
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Corte Agnello

Corte Agnello 2004 Corvina, Veronese IGT You’ve probably had Corvina, the Veneto’s “little crow”, somewhere along the way even though you may not have realized it. A light, easy drinking Bardolino? Corvina and Rondinella. Valpolicella in all its forms- Classico, Superiore, Ripasso, Recioto?...
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What Would Giovanni Drink?

While the Wine School’s Hardy Boys wre laying waste to Spain’s porcine population yours truly was engaged in exhaustive research concerning patterns of wine consumption among Italians. Specifically, what will they be drinking as the solstice creeps over the Apennines. My unscientific poll among...
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Domaine du Cayron 2007 Gigondas

$31.99 may seem like a lot to pay for a Southern Rhone bottling that’s not Chateauneuf-du-Pape (although those tend to be far more these days…), but this one, from the stellar ’07 vintage, is worth it and then some. Its rich fruit makes it excellent on its own, and its Mediterranean-y spiciness...
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