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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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Shannon Ridge 2012 “Single Vineyard Collection” Tempranillo, Lake County

Shannon Ridge is a Lake County winery that is best known for it's Petite Sirah blends. It's Morine Ranch vineyard grows Cabernet Sauvignon, but they also cultivate an interesting collection of French, Italian, and Spanish grapes; This includes Primitivo, Roussanne, Viognier, and a single block of Tempranillo....
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Gundlach Bundschu 2012 Mountain Cuvee Red, Sonoma

You got to respect an American winery that was founded in 1850's and still going strong. It's now run  by Jeff Bundschu, the 6th generation of winemakers. That makes it the oldest family-run winery in the US. To survive Prohibition, they raised cattle instead of harvesting grapes. I am glad to see this wine in the...
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Manos Negras 2011 “Stone Soil Select” Malbec Reserve, Patagonia

Wineries in Argentina are like the rock band The Yardbirds: the side projects are becoming more famous than the original band. Never heard of the Yardbirds? No? Ever hear of Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page or Jeff Beck? I hope so. In this metaphor, Bodega Catena Zapata is the Yardbirds. And we replace viticulturists for...
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Quinta do Vallado 2012 “Field Blend” Douro Reserva

  A top notch producer that is making a name for itself on the international stage. Winemakers Francisco Olazabal & Francisco Ferreira are putting together some of the best dry wines, as well as assembling some seriously legit Porto. There is no sure-fire way of producing a stellar wine. However, sourcing...
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3 Rings 2013 Shiraz, Barossa Valley

It's interesting how fashion changes in the wine world. When this wine was first released, it was the belle of the ball. Robert Parker of the Wine Advocate gave the 2004 Reserve release a whopping 96 points.  For the next four vintages, the Mr. Parker never rated a vintage lower than 90 Points for either the Reserve...
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Selections from our Wine Cellar

A few wine reviews from our archives. 

Emina 2005 Atio

Ribero del Duero is one of the top wine regions in Spain. At its heart is what has been dubbed “the golden mile”. Many of the region's’ top producers have their vineyards there, including Vega Sicilia, Pesquera, and Dominio de Pingus. As one of the greatest but most overlooked wine regions in the world, I keep an eye...
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Ermitage du Pic St.-Loup 2005, Coteaux du Languedoc

Step 1: Fry up some good bacon. Step 2: Grill up a burger and a sliced onion. Step 3: Open this wine and guzzle alongside dinner. C'est magnifique.
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Byron 2012 Chardonnay, Santa Maria Valley

Here is the knockdown over-the-top cream bomb. It will will drown your sorrows in a bag of cotton candy tucked into the wheelbase of an out of control roller coaster. It's a style that has more devoted fans than Coldplay, and  gets just as little respect from everyone else. Let's back up a bit. Buttery Chard is an...
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Kris 2006 Merlot, Alto Adige

Dark and smokey fruit in a lighter style red. One of most balanced wines in this price range I have tasted recently.
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Pear Valley 2007 Syrah, Paso Robles

Pear Valley is located on the  east side of Paso Robles,  right smack in the middle of it all. The winery is very new, newer even than this wine (it wasn't built until 2008). However, the vineyards of Pear Valley date back a decade.  This is one of the sunnier and warmest parcels of Paso vineyards, and very suited to...
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