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Wine reviews and all things vino from Keith Wallace

Wine Reviews & The Wine Report

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 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.

May 2018 Newsletter

  I hope you are doing well.  I am a bit late with the newsletter this month. Sorry!  We've been a little busy renovating the school.  I hope you can forgive me. I've enclosed my top wine suggestions, and I've posted a few really cool classes. I think you'll like...

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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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Selections from our Wine Cellar

A few wine reviews from our archives. 

The Current Top 10 Wines Under $15

The Current Top 10 Wines Under $15 (September 2007) There are plenty of well made wines priced under $15, and these are a sampling of the best of the best. Even better, you should be able to find most of these wines for well under $15, often closer to $10. Why didn't we just call this list the "Top 10 under $10"? We...

Bacio Divino 2006 Pazzo, Napa

I was surprised when I saw this in the PLCB system for under $20. I always have a bottle of two in my cellar, and I always pay around $30 a bottle... gladly. A Sangiovese that is true to its Tuscan heritage balanced with a earthy roundness that could only hearken from...

Luce Luce Luce!

Yes, they're back, just in time for the holiday season. (Or at least just in time for the lusciouser red-drinking season.) 2001, 2003, and 2004 are all bouncing around the system, and you'd have a hard time going wrong with any of them. They are, as always, well-made, eminently drinkable, and a heck of a lot of fun...

Bremerton 2007 Verdelho, Langhorne Creek, Australia

A winning wine from Bremerton in Langhorne Creek. A great style that is not typically seen the the states. Verdelho is best known as one of the grapes of Madeira. It is also one of Australia’s niche varietals. This bottle starts off with honey and peach, moves toward grapefruit and then veers to verbena and citrus on the finish.

Campania Vesuvio

Terre Nera 2005 "Calderara Sottana", Etna DOC, Sicilia The volcanic soils of the Etna DOC, like those created by the ancient activity of Campania's Vesuvio, impart to its wines an expression of southern Italian power and flavor. The zone's climate is unusual for Sicily - cooler, with above average moisture, more...
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