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.
Want a retro chardonnay? Something to enjoy while listening to Hall & Oates and noshing on some baked brie? Buy a case of this and get your freak on. Like many other Gen-Xers, I was introduced to wine in the 90’s, and that meant white wines were almost...read more
Bourbon Barbeque Recipe The important elements of this bbq recipe is to have deep flavors, and that is partly accomplished by having two types of sweet ingredients and two types of heat. The paprika/cayenne combination is important. However, you can mix and match the...read more
A classic Sagrantino with an intimidating style. Tobacco and cedar are the building material of this colossus. It is austere and muscular with the barest hint of fruit, some leafy plum buried under a thick layer of minerality. If there ever was a complete opposite of...read more
2011 in Napa Valley was a difficult vintage. It was the year when using too much oak in the aging process turned the wine anemic and unpleasant. Many big name Napa wineries turned out duds in 2011. Not surprisingly, 2011 is the least popular vintage since...read more
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
Selections from our Wine Cellar
A few wine reviews from our archives.
Smuttynose Baltic Porter
Tenuta di Castiglioni 2008 Cabernet, Tuscany
A bordeaux blend that leads with classic Cabernet notes of cigar box and mint. Gritty tannins and fleshy fruit round out this fine bottling. An excellent price for this wine.