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Wine reviews and all things vino from Keith Wallace

Wine Reviews & The Wine Report

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 shops in Pennsylvania. Our main reviewer is Keith Wallace, the executive director and founder of the Wine School of Philadelphia.

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The Wine School Blog

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.

Our Wine Tasting Kit

Each element of our tasting kit is custom designed by the executive director of the school. The package includes a BYO wine bag, a lead-free crystal wine glass, sommelier corkscrew, silver pen, and tasting book. Wine is not included in the kit.

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December Newsletter

The December Newsletter Friends, the holidays are upon us. It's time for all of us to transform into hybrid Santa-Sommeliers. To start off the Holiday newsletter, I've crafted a super-corny jingle for you: Pop the corks and spread the cheer: Let us be part of your...

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November Newsletter

  Our Little Secret In our 18 years of operation, we've learned a thing or two about teaching wine classes.   I love my job, but it's the caliber of our students that really makes it worthwhile. I am deeply grateful that so many of you are willing to register for...

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October Newsletter

  The National Wine School is opening up it's new Wine Scholar and Advanced Sommelier programs to our students.  First up is the Food & Wine Scholar program, which is being held on Mondays, from October 16th to December 4th, from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm. This wine course...

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Psyched for Wine

Psyched for Wine I am always scouting for great wine writers, and I think I just discovered a fresh new talent.  The blog Psyched for Wine is written by master-level sommelier candidate who is also a clinical psychologist.  Ever wonder about the effect that psychology...

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Selections from our Wine Cellar

A few wine reviews from our archives. 

Castello Banfi 2007 Excelsus, Montalcino

While it may be sacrilege to grow Merlot in the very heart of Tuscany, this wine may be worth damnation. A deft but decadent Merlot-Cabernet blend that spans a framework of lush chocolate and cassis, along with an elegant and tailored earth component. Flowing and persistent, this wine shows great pedigree and...

Philly Wine Festival

Another year, another Philly Wine Festival. Looking for this year's Tudori, looking past the usual suspects. Seeing old acquaintances and making some new ones. Learning more than a thing or two from representatives who were not just pouring and picking up a day's pay but actually were engaged with and articulate...

Domaine Forca Real 2011 “Mas de la Garrigue” Côtes du Roussillon-Villages

For a  hot moment in the late 90's, France's  Mediterranean vineyards were trendy, in particular the Languedoc-Roussillon. The good folks at Wine Spectator and Wine  Advocate couldn't rate the wines high enough, new wineries were popping up every day, and prices were going through the roof.  For a wine region that...

Tenuta di Biserno 2006 Coronato, Bolgheri

Olive and clove peek out of this lush glass staining Cabernet blend. A true super Tuscan, this has zero pretensions to terroir but a brilliant aptitude for deliciousness. A luxury bottling worth twice the price, if not three times.

Italian Pick of The Week: Ornella Molon Raboso

Ornella Molon Raboso, 2003, Pieve DOC, Veneto Though it has been vinified since the pre-Roman era and was once an important wine for trade by Venetian merchants (when it was known as recaldina), Raboso literally lost ground to Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon in the 1960s. As was the case with many indigenous varietals,...
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