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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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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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Antica 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, Atlas Peak

Our Level IV Sommelier candidates were required to submit tasting notes for several wines, including the fantastic Antica 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon from Atlas Peak in Napa Valley. Yeah, hard times. We're setting up a GoFundMe account for their recovery. It's time to vote for your favorite review. To participate, read...
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Holiday Wine Guide

Holiday Wine Guide Wine is a significant part of every holiday celebration. We serve them at dinner parties and give them away as gifts. As the holidays are upon us, here are some wine-buying tips. Hosting a Dinner Party For intimate dinners of up to five people,...

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Selections from our Wine Cellar

A few wine reviews from our archives. 

Simi 2006 Chardonnay, Russian River Valley

Classic Cali style Chardonnay. Melon and cream with a core of cinnamon stick and a splash of apple cider. For lovers of this style, its worth every penny of the $14.99 the state is charging.
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Chateau de Roquebrune “Cuvee Reine” 2009 Lalande de Pomerol

The Guinjard family have been Bordeaux wine growers for five generations. Prior to 1970, most of that fruit went to other wineries. Over the past few decades, they have started making more and more wines under their own label, Chateau de Roquebrune in Lalande de Pommerol. The vineyard is quite small – fewer than 19...
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Sylvan Springs 2006 “Hard Yards” Shiraz

Aussie to the core, this bottle is from McLaren Vale and offers up dark chocolate and licorice. Aromatics of white pepper and kirsch round it out this bruiser.
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Tenor 2011 “2:2” Red, Columbia Valley (Washington State)

This bottle is a strong argument for why Columbia Valley should replace Napa on steak house wine lists. This Bordeaux blend (Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot) has the massive oak-and-smooth hugeness that lovers of Opus One dream about at night. Since this puppy only cost 30 in the PLCB stores, and Opus One...
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Pillar Box 2008 Red

For a wine so damn cheap, a lot of rock star winemakers have been attached to this project. For the geeks, that means Aussie powerhouses Kim Jackson and  Chris Ringland, for starters. For the rest of us all there is to ask is WHY? Well, you don't  even need to ask that question, just WHERE CAN I BUY IT? This is one...
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