Wine Reviews by Keith WallaceGreat Wines Available in Philadelphia and Beyond
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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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.
Castelli del Grevepesa offers two wines with the name ” Clemente VII ” this bottling and the Chianti Classico. This wine is a Super Tuscan, a blend of Sangiovese, Merlot, and Syrah. It is a modern and supple and smooth as any Napa Cabernet. It is far...read more
This 2011 bottling is a fantastic example of a Ripasso style wine from Northeast Italy. Lavender and fresh fennel on the nose with a whiff of burnt vanilla. Dense tannins prop up lively dark fruit flavors. There is a background of savory elements and the finish melts...read more
This bottle is a bit of essential wine knowledge. At least once a quarter, I pop open this wine to introduce our students to the Cotes du Rhone region of France. Vintage after vintage, this has been a go-to bottle. I don’t even think about it anymore, I...read more
As of August 8th, 2016 how alcohol is bought and sold in Pennsylvania is changing in a dramatic way. The is not just about semi-privatization and consumer choice. That is not the half of it. The new legislation will affect wineries, breweries, cider makers,...read more
(The Washington Post) There have been some dramatic acquisitions in the wine business the past several months. Most recently, Jackson Family Wines purchased Copain winery, a highly regarded boutique Sonoma County producer of syrah, pinot noir and chardonnay. In April,...read more
(Reuters) Severe weather, including hailstorms, caused serious damage at the weekend in some French wine-producing regions, notably Cognac where up to 8 percent of the vineyard has been badly damaged, producers said on Monday. Other regions hard hit where Chablis and...read more
Selections from our Wine Cellar
A few wine reviews from our archives.
CrossBarn 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon
The “CrossBarn” is remarkably similar to the “Paul Hobbs,” but at half the price. It is lush and dense with richly soft tannins, it stains the glass with a deep crimson. Full bodied, it offers up rich flavors of blackberry and burnt oak that are deeply embedded into a savory impression of fresh bay laurel and roses.