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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 wine & spirits shops in Pennsylvania. Our main reviewer is Keith Wallace, the executive director and founder of the Wine School of Philadelphia.  Want to locate a specific wine? Use our PLCB Wine Finder.

Castello di Gabbiano 2013 Chianti Classico Riserva

The  Gabbiano Castle has been a focal point in Tuscany since the 12th century. Being between the rival towns of Sienna and Florence, it was more often about war, not wine. Here's a section from a 19th-century account of medieval warcraft: Fulminato da dieci cannoni,...

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Hope after Tragedy: The Origin of the Wine School

In this week's episode of Philly Who? I sat down for a deeply personal interview with Kevin Chemidlin, the podcast's host. This is unlike any other interview I've done in the past 20 years of running the wine school. It goes deep into my past, including the tragedies...

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Verget 2005 Pouilly Fuissé

Verget's wines can sometimes be unjustifiable in the price department, especially this time of year. But this Pouilly Fuissé, from a classic vintage, is beyond easy to both love and justify at $23.99. Not cheap, but worth the outlay for a special summertime occasion.

Viña Cobos 2004 Malbec “Bramare” Marchiori Vineyard, Mendoza

Snap up as much of this as you can--at $19.99 (marked down from $49.99 in the state), it's one of the deals of the season. This rich red is kept in check by a spine of minerality that gives it both depth and lift. Lovely, and downright cheap.

Tua Rita 2012 “Perlato del Bosco” Sangiovese

Super Tuscans were born on the Italian coast, and warm Maremma is the cradle of a  great many modern wines. The region is known for massive Cabernet Sauvignon, with the depth and breadth of Napa's Rutherford Cabs they so closely resemble. Perlato del Bosco hails from the region, specifically the  town of Suvereto,...

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.

Heady Topper by The Alchemist

An Imperial IPA Review Impressive aromatics of citrus, highly vinous aromatics of grapefruit, lemon rind and caramel. On the palate, the complex fruit flavors continue. Rich and dry, with mango, citrus, peaches, and pineapple all playing a part in the swirl of flavors in this extraordinary beer. A layer of malt and...

Eleven Wine Blogs to Follow

The wine industry just wouldn’t be the same if it weren’t for some of the fantastic blogs we had access to today. Whether it is to inform us about serious wine matters or to relate better to new-wine-lovers, there is something out there for everyone. We’ve put...

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Isabella 2016 Bobal, Ribera del Jucar

This is a small wine region that most wine maps forget to include (I'm talking to you Wine Folly). That's not unexpected, actually, as there are hundreds of tiny and obscure wine regions that don't make the cut. Ribera del Jucar is next to the more famous (and that's...

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