Wine Reviews and Ratings

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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Zinfandel

All About Zinfandel For decades, Zinfandel was considered the all-American grape, an ultimate California wine. But there was always a mystery as to where it originated from. Starting in the 1960s, …

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Know Your Wine Bottle

Wine bottles are based on centuries of traditions. The wine trade is deeply beholden to those traditions. Even the largest multinational wine corporation (talking to you, Gallo) won’t mess this those …

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Wine Glass Recommendations

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

Bodegas Ego “Goru Gold” Red, Jumilla 1881 Napa 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Oliviero Toscani “OT” Toscana Firriato “Chiaramonte” Nero d’Avola, Sicilia Buty Semillon Blend, Columbia Valley Raats “Unwooded” Chenin Blanc …

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Tannin!

Writers Don’t Understand Tannin When I was a winemaker in California, the very first question a customer asked me was “What is Tannin?” The question was also posed many times when …

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Wines Reviews

If there is a positive spin to 2020, it’s that we all have leveled-up our eating and drinking skills. Do you remember back in 2019 when everyone was tweeting about Dry January? People were so silly in the before times. This year, we are going to focus on situation-appropriate wines.

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Wine Gifts

Wine Books The Wine Bible, Second Edition by Karen MacNeil Back in 2000, the Wine Bible was a revelatory publication. It transcended the usual wine drivel; Karen offered real information in a …

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