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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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Robert Mondavi Winery 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville

This was a wine I featured in the annual "8 wines to try before you die" class, which probably should be re-named "Keith's wonky wine class." Like must Napa Cabs that are typically sold for over $50, this is a great wine. But this wine is important for a few other reasons. First, it's made in a true Mondavi style,...
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Kukkula 2012 “Aatto” Red Blend, Paso Robles

Take a look at that label. Wrinkled and shiny. Looking like it was applied by hand. Because it was. Only two types of wine sport such ghetto hand-glued labels: the first is homemade wine made an amateur. The second is made in miniscule amounts by a crazy-talented winemaker who doesn't care about a payday. Re-read...
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Bodega Montecillo 2010 Reserva Rioja

One of the first wineries in Rioja. Well, other than the medieval farmers who aged their wines in gutted out pig skins. Located in the Rioja Alta region, Montecillo is an important cornerstone in the history of winemaking.  One of the unique elements of the winery, which has been adopted throughout the region is...
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Delille Cellars 2013 “D2” Columbia Valley

Delille Cellars' D2 is a "must-try" wine. First, there is the history behind this bottle: The winery was one of the first to plant Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot in Columbia Valley. Since the early nineties, bottles like this from Delille Cellars  were the vanguard in showing that Columbia Valley is one of the top...
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Smashberry 2013 White Wine Central Coast

This is how wine is done today.  A small family run winery with a web of brands and subsidiaries.  This bottling is produced by Turn Key Wines, which is itself owned by Thornhill Companies. These companies are owned by the Miller family, which also owns  Bien Nacido Estate. Why all the red tape?  My guess is...
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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.

Talking With Keith

I’m the guy who looks at all of your questions in our customer support forum. Whether you need help with your job resume, or have a question about bottling limits or just need help with a gift certificate, I can help. Sometimes people wonder why they have to post...

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Recipes for January 2017

Chorizo and Lentil Soup 1 cup tocino (chopped bacon) 1 onion, diced 2 celery stalks, diced 3 carrots, diced 4 cloves garlic, minced 1 cup cured chorizo, chopped 1 cup chicken breast, chopped 1 cup green, yellow, or red lentils 64 oz chicken stock 1 cup chopped tomato...

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Selections from our Wine Cellar

A few wine reviews from our archives. 

Domaine de Couroulu 2003 Vacqueyras Vielles Vignes

The 03's from the Southern Rhone have always been a favorite of ours, and this one is an excellent example of how affordable even standouts are. Your CdP's may not all be ready yet, but this Vacqueyras is just singing.
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Top Wine Buys for Our Pennsylvania Peeps

Here is a list of our top wine buys in the Pennlyavania Wine & Spirits Shoppes. You can find these wines easily by using the Wine School's Wine Finder. Happy Hunting! Ravenswood 2002 Monte Rosso Vineyard Zinfandel, Sonoma Valley $17.99 in PA ($25 outside PA) PLCB Code 13804 A definite must buy for Zin drinkers....
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La Bastide Blanche 2010 Bandol Rosé

Rosé doesn’t get more complex than this lovely example from Provence. On the palate, the flavor goes richer, with deep strawberry and cherry flavors wrapped around a core of mineral zing and some toothsome tannins. Burnt orange peel and black tar finish off this complex and aggressive pink wine.

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M. Sorrel 2005 Crozes-Hermitage Blanc

In the Rhone Valley, the reds get all the attention and the lion's share of love. But fans of the region's whites know that they are every bit as wonderful as the reds, and often rather surprising to boot. What makes this one a standout is its vintage designation ('05!), its flavor profile (masculine and feminine at...
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L’Angolo di Vino Super Tuscans

If you've perused our list of upcoming classes or have done so anytime this year, you probably noticed that most of our Regional classes are devoted to Italy. And they usually sell out - quickly. And the blurbs that accompany each listing note that more premium Italian wine is consumed in America than Italy...even in...
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