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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. 

Vinicola del Priorat 2006 Priorat “Onix Classic”

We first sampled a different vintage of this wine at a charming restaurant in Priorat during our 2008 school trip to the region. Since then, we've been loyal fans of this spectacularly priced Priorat ($15.99!) that offers all the minerality you'd expect from the region alongside a drinkable-on-its-own sense of fruit...
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Pedroncelli 2004 Mother Clone Zinfandel, Sonoma

Pedroncelli 2004 Mother Clone Zinfandel, Sonoma A decent little bottle of Zin for the price. I add this wine to my "best buy" section with great hesitation. The last time I reviewed a Pedroncelli wine, it was quite negative, and the powers that be at the PLCB had a major hissy fit. I still haven't forgiven them yet
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d’Arenberg 2004 The Stump Jump Red

Some may call this a Rhone blend, some may call it a GSM, but many will just call it wonderful. Yeah, that was way too corny. Onwards: this is a "must have" cheapie for many, many of the folks here at the school. Much more earth-driven and herbaceous than the other wines on this list. Not for someone who prefers the...
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The Best and the Worst of the 2011 Napa Cabs

In PA Wine and Spirits Stores 2011 was a crazy year for Napa Cabs. California is in the grip of a [link id="109481" text=" massive drought"], but that wasn't the case in 2011. At least in Napa Valley, where rain pummelled vineyards from September to October. By harvest time, the grapes were bloated and rot was...
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Hogue 2006 “Genesis” Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley

I have been impressed by this line for a few years now. It's an excellent product when priced at $15, but in PA it usually costs more. Fortunately, this is in the Chairman Selection program once again. The best cabernet you can purchase for under $10
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