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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 wine & spirits shops in Pennsylvania. Our main reviewer is Keith Wallace, the executive director and founder of the Wine School of Philadelphia.  Want to locate a specific wine? Use our PLCB Wine Finder.

Sommelier Classes

Sommelier Classes

The world of wine is wonderful. Its mastery opens opportunities in all sectors, from the hospitality industry to retail, from education to marketing, from distribution to production. Wine jobs are not only appealing, but they’re lucrative too. Wine professionals, like...

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You can search our database of wine reviews for free. From Bordeaux to Virginia: there are over twenty thousand wine reviews dating back over twenty years. If you want access to the newest reviews, please register for our newsletter, the Wine Report. It’s a great free resource to find the top-rated wines currently available. 

Our focus is on wines available in Pennsylvania. We feature wines in the Chairman’s Selection program and other discounted wines available in the PLCB Wine & Spirits Stores. You can also check out our reviews of Philly’s Top Wine Shops

 

Twenty East Coast Wines that Rival Napa Valley

Twenty East Coast Wines that Rival Napa Valley

  During the summer of 2020 (FML), I was preparing for an online wine class on east coast wines. While doing research, it struck me how far we've come, even in the last year. I made it a personal challenge to find twenty wines that prove that East Coast wineries...

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Winemaking 101

Winemaking 101

History of Winemaking We have been making wine for ten thousand years. For much of that time, winemaking has played an outsized role in our lives. It has been an economic engine since before the Roman Empire and an essential part of many religions. Today, dozens of...

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Wine Reviews and Features from the Wine School

Israeli Wine

Israeli Wine History Wine has been produced in this region for thousands of years. However, the modern wine industry has started only in the late 1800's with the help of Baron Edmond James de Rothschild, who helped with the establishment of "Carmel Winery" which is...

Wines of Southern Sicily

Ragusa Ragusa is the most southern province of Sicily and the whole of Italy, situated in the Val di Noto. It’s a city of great tradition, dating back to Greek times, unfortunately completely destroyed by the earthquake of 1693 and completely rebuilt in a beautiful...

French Wine Primer

France's history with wine dates back to the 6th century BC - which they have managed to perfect throughout the centuries. When it comes to viticulture and winemaking process, the French are extremely particular and about their terroir, blends and aging processes....

Wine Delivery: Buying Wine Online

I didn't have to do much research for this article. I buy around $80K worth of wine a year, for the wine school, not me.  I know who really delivers, in the most literal sense. I did my due diligence, though. I spent a few hours reading the  "Best Online Wine Shops" ...

Seven Beer Styles

Did you know there are over 6,000 craft breweries in the United States alone? And the phenomenon is global. People want good beer; artisanal, hand-crafted beers made with love and not by an automated factory that pushes millions of insipid beers to the market every...

The Story of Champagne

Champagne is one of those wines that every person, in every part of the world has heard about. It is the French sparkling wine that has the world in awe. Isn’t it funny though, that this sparkling wine was technically founded by the British and not by the French? A...

COVID-SAFE Re-opening of the Wine School

 COVID-19 SAFE RE-OPENING   We are excited to announce the Wine School is open for business!  You can now safely register for classes and programs for this Fall. During the summer, we are offering our Online Wine School to keep you in the zone.  Your safety is...

March 2020 Newsletter

‌ March 2020 Newsletter ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ FLASH SALE!!! 50% Off  ALL Spring Classes! ‌ Our Spring semester has been sold out for months. Wanna guess what we just did ? We released NEW seats for every class this spring! But wait... there's...

February Wine Newsletter

‌ Wine School Newsletter for February ‌ ‌ Wine School Newsletter for February Talk about 1st world problems: with the potential tariffs looming, we pulled in a crazy amount of European wines and spirits. Our wine cellars have never...

Holiday Wine Guide

‌ Happy Holidays! We have a jam-packed newsletter for you this December. It's everything you need to survive the holidays. The only thing better would be a barrel of whiskey and a fistful of Lexapro. We opened up two classes for you, just after Christmas. The first is...

Wrap Up: November Wine Reviews

Wine Reviews Not as famous as Robert Parker's wine reviews, but a lot more useful if you live near Philly. We make sure the pricing is highly advantageous, as well.  To read all our wine reviews, you can check them out here. ‌ ‌ Ulysses 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa...

Thanksgiving Wine and Cheese Pairings

The Whine & Cheeze Show! This is a fun project I worked on with Emilio Mignucci from DiBrunos and producer Jordan Sloane. This project also got me a profile on IMDb, so I am hella famous now.  ...

Wine Reviews: The Essential Guide

As long as there’s been wine, there’s been wine writers. In Roman times, Pliny the Elder  was very adept at identifying the best wines in the empire. A good review from the old guy could change a wine region’s destiny. Two thousand years later, not much has changed....

Wine Reviews for October 2019

‌ Columbia Crest 2012 "Walter Clore Private Reserve" Red Columbia Valley This is a monster Merlot with a margin of Cabernet Sauvignon in the mix. Smoked chocolate and Dwayne Johnson-level muscularity.  Last time it hit the shelves around here was in 2003, when we used...

The Case for Philly Wine

  Specialists Vs Generalists in PA Wine Back in the day, if you wanted to be a winemaker, there were two career trajectories. You could either become a generalist or become a specialist. That meant either working for a big-brand like Gallo or a boutique winery. ...

A Guide to Wine Tasting

Spend a few minutes listening to a sommelier speak about wine and they will soon have you dazzled with their talk of aromas and bouquets, unknown wine valleys and silky tannins. It may feel like you’re a world away from their extensive knowledge, but it is actually...

Wine Reviews: Top Picks from Columbia Valley

Seven Hills 2015 Red, Walla Walla Valley A Bordeaux-style blend of  mostly Cabernet Sauvignon and aged for two years in mostly older oak barriques. Cedar and wildflowers frame a classy move into old-world finesse. Flavors of Asian five-spice and sun-dried cherries...

Wine and Pizza Pairing

Okay, so  John McKeever reached out to me a while back. Remember Delco Proper on Comedy Central? He was the director and star of that show. Apparently, he attended a class at the Wine School and had an idea. He wanted to do a food and wine show and wanted to do the...

Best Kept Wine Secrets: The Columbia Valley Wine Regions

Why is it that California gets all the love when Washington State makes great wines, too? The pat answer is that California has been growing grapes longer and it’s a core feature in America’s wine past.      Napa Romantic What's all the fuss with...

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