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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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Consejo de la Alta 2011 Cata de Consejero, Rioja

Bodegas Consejo de la Alta is located in a tiny town the Ebro river. It's a place that could simply be described as between: it's between the two major Riojan cities of of Haro and Logrono. It is located between Basque Country and La Rioja. It's located between two other wineries; Bodegas Riojanas and Marques de...
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Shannon Ridge 2012 “Single Vineyard Collection” Tempranillo, Lake County

Shannon Ridge is a Lake County winery that is best known for it's Petite Sirah blends. It's Morine Ranch vineyard grows Cabernet Sauvignon, but they also cultivate an interesting collection of French, Italian, and Spanish grapes; This includes Primitivo, Roussanne, Viognier, and a single block of Tempranillo....
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Gundlach Bundschu 2012 Mountain Cuvee Red, Sonoma

You got to respect an American winery that was founded in 1850's and still going strong. It's now run  by Jeff Bundschu, the 6th generation of winemakers. That makes it the oldest family-run winery in the US. To survive Prohibition, they raised cattle instead of harvesting grapes. I am glad to see this wine in the...
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Manos Negras 2011 “Stone Soil Select” Malbec Reserve, Patagonia

Wineries in Argentina are like the rock band The Yardbirds: the side projects are becoming more famous than the original band. Never heard of the Yardbirds? No? Ever hear of Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page or Jeff Beck? I hope so. In this metaphor, Bodega Catena Zapata is the Yardbirds. And we replace viticulturists for...
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Quinta do Vallado 2012 “Field Blend” Douro Reserva

  A top notch producer that is making a name for itself on the international stage. Winemakers Francisco Olazabal & Francisco Ferreira are putting together some of the best dry wines, as well as assembling some seriously legit Porto. There is no sure-fire way of producing a stellar wine. However, sourcing...
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Selections from our Wine Cellar

A few wine reviews from our archives. 

My Lil’ Wino

It’s a million dollar idea that’s cost $10 Million to achieve.  That’s typical logic for you in the wine trade. After years of hard work... you end up with less money than you began with. Fortunately, you get to drink your losses, so it's not all bad. Don't get me wrong, the idea is fantastic (and yes, I know we are...
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Zuccardi 2008 “Q Series” Tempranillo, Mendoza

Smells like a little coffee house on fire, but without the hipsters. Yes,  that's a good thing. This bottle is all about the oak. Full bodied, the wine sports a round fleshy structure with cola and espresso notes on the attack, and licorice and dark fruits on the midpalate, with just an edge of chocolate. The oak...
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Lagar de Pintos Albarino, 2005

Not that they needed it, but the recent infusion of Mediterranean themed "small plate" menus on the local dining scene has opened palates to the quality and value of Spanish wines. Tempranillo, garnacha, and all those riojopowerhouses, however, have kept exotic indigenous varietals on the fringes, and this full...
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Global Wine Studies: France, 11/06/08

Dom. Bernard Defaix 2006 Chablis Cote de Lechet, 1er Cru, Burgundy Jean-Claude Chatelain 2004 Pouilly Fume, Loire Benedicte de Ryck 2004 Jasnieres "Cuvee Louise", Loire Faively 2003 Mercurey "Clos de Myglands", 1er Cru, Burgundy Frederic Mabileau 2006 St.-Nicolas-de-Bourguiel "Les Rouillers", Loire Chapelle-St-Arnoux...
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Two Hands 2006 Shiraz “Gnarly Dudes,” Barossa

Two Hands always names their wines well, but this one stands out for both its name (who doesn't feel just a little bit cooler drinking a wine called Gnarly Dudes?) and its price point: It's an awful lot of wine--ripe, dense, spicy--from one of Australia's most respected producers
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