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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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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 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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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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Selections from our Wine Cellar

A few wine reviews from our archives. 

Clos de los Siete 2009, Mendoza (Argentina)

Clos de los Siete is a spectacle at the edge of the world. It consists of five great chateaus on the edge of Argentina, close against the Andes Mountains. Each of these estates is run by a one of the leading families of Bordeaux: Chateau Malartic-Lagraviere, Chateau Leoville-Poyferre, Chateau Montviel, Château...

Contadi Castaldi 2007 “Brut Satèn” Franciacorta

 Sparkling wine is one of the great  pleasures in life.   Sadly, there are only a few wine regions that really truly do a spectacular  bubbly. In Italy, Franciacorta is such a place.  For the past decade, this wine region in Lombardy has been pushing the envelope on quality controls, and it shows. The palate of this...

Baglio Fici

Sicily, Part I A recent trip to Persephone's island afforded the opportunity to taste dozens of wines made from indigenous varietals, all of which captured the sun drenched, arid landscape of Sicily, and gave evidence of the cultural and enological diversity to be found there. Chiara Planeta, one of fifteen cousins...

Maculan 2011 “Palazzotto” Cabernet Sauvignon

If Napa Cab is your cup of tea, this isn't your cup of tea. This is Cabernet Sauvignon for Pinot Noir lovers.  The 2011 is especially delightful, thanks to a warmer than average vintage in Veneto, Italy. Varietally correct, this Cabernet opens with currant and cedar notes, with a whiff of grass roots and crushed...

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 Campean. Originally planted in 1905, it...
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