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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. 

R Wines 2007 Shiraz “Luchador,” Barossa

Maybe it's our love of Distrito's wrestling-mask motif. Or of everything Jack Black ever commits to celluloid. Whatever it is, this well-priced Shiraz offers everything you'd want in an affordable bottling like this one: Ample fruit, a hint of spice, and that ineffable quality that we like to call "gulpability."...

Silvio Jermann 2005 “Were Dreams,” Friuli

Still making jokes about Italian white wines? This one will cure you. Silvio Jermann, the genius of northeast Italy, produces some of the most interesting, well-crafted whites on the boot. This particular one, while not cheap, is a 750ml demonstration of exactly how nuanced Italian Chardonnay can be: It's...

Huber 2008 Gruner Veltliner

Celebrating Christmas with a traditional "Feast of the Seven Fishes?" Or Hanukkah with some classic potato latkes and sour cream or apple sauce? If so, this is the wine for the big family gathering: Crisp, bright, light on its feet, and only $10.99.

Chateau Laroque 2005, St.-Emilion

Again, not a cheap wine, but for a 2005 from this producer, it's not hard to justify. Especially once you consider the rich, dramatic fruit, big chocolate notes, and fabulous potential for evolution in the cellar.

Beringer 2014 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Knights Valley

One of the top pieces of advice I can give anyone is this: if you want to buy great wines at a discount, don't buy from famous places. Case in point: Knights Valley produces some killer Cabs, but you probably never heard of it. Beringer has been the main player in Knights Valley since the 1960's and owns much of the...
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