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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.

Our wine reviews are conducted blind, and we do not accept free samples. Our goal is to showcase excellent wines that are also a great value to the wine consumer. All the wines we rate are small independent producers who engage in natural and sustainable winemaking practices.

Many of the wines we review are also featured in classes and wine courses held at the Wine School of Philadelphia and affiliates of the  National Wine School.

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Unless you are planning to guzzle directly from the bottle, investing in a wine glass or two may be a good idea. Sure, you could use those little water glasses leftover …

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Wine Tasting 101

Tasting wine is fundamentally different from drinking wine: The goal of tasting is to form an appreciation for the wine and its components. This intrinsically precludes overindulging. If you do, you’ll …

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The Philly-Style Wine Buying Hack

How To Beat a State-Run Wine Monopoly To Great Wine Deals Pennsylvania is notorious for its iron fist over alcohol sales: it doesn’t matter if you are a sommelier or a …

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A Year of Tasting Classes

We just posted an entire year’s worth of tasting classes. With the return to normal, we are hosting some of the greatest classes we have ever offered. All the classics are …

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Wines for Beginners

Introduction For those of us in the wine trade, it’s hard to remember what it felt like to be a beginner. The nerves. The uncertainty. The fear of being judged. Being …

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Updates to our Wine Club!

We have a lot of news to share with our members. Let’s start with the discounts. Every month, we double the value of your membership. If you pay $19 for your …

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Wine Reviews for January 2021

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See you in 2021

See you in 2021!

Don’t take this in the wrong way, but I’ve been thinking a lot about you this week. Despite all that’s happened this year, you have been there for us. I’ve loved …

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