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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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Robert Mondavi Winery 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville

This was a wine I featured in the annual "8 wines to try before you die" class, which probably should be re-named "Keith's wonky wine class." Like must Napa Cabs that are typically sold for over $50, this is a great wine. But this wine is important for a few other reasons. First, it's made in a true Mondavi style,...
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Kukkula 2012 “Aatto” Red Blend, Paso Robles

Take a look at that label. Wrinkled and shiny. Looking like it was applied by hand. Because it was. Only two types of wine sport such ghetto hand-glued labels: the first is homemade wine made an amateur. The second is made in miniscule amounts by a crazy-talented winemaker who doesn't care about a payday. Re-read...
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Bodega Montecillo 2010 Reserva Rioja

One of the first wineries in Rioja. Well, other than the medieval farmers who aged their wines in gutted out pig skins. Located in the Rioja Alta region, Montecillo is an important cornerstone in the history of winemaking.  One of the unique elements of the winery, which has been adopted throughout the region is...
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Delille Cellars 2013 “D2” Columbia Valley

Delille Cellars' D2 is a "must-try" wine. First, there is the history behind this bottle: The winery was one of the first to plant Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot in Columbia Valley. Since the early nineties, bottles like this from Delille Cellars  were the vanguard in showing that Columbia Valley is one of the top...
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Smashberry 2013 White Wine Central Coast

This is how wine is done today.  A small family run winery with a web of brands and subsidiaries.  This bottling is produced by Turn Key Wines, which is itself owned by Thornhill Companies. These companies are owned by the Miller family, which also owns  Bien Nacido Estate. Why all the red tape?  My guess is...
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Holiday Wine Guide

Holiday Wine Guide Wine is a significant part of every holiday celebration. We serve them at dinner parties and give them away as gifts. As the holidays are upon us, here are some wine-buying tips. Hosting a Dinner Party For intimate dinners of up to five people,...

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Selections from our Wine Cellar

A few wine reviews from our archives. 

Domaine Collotte 2010 Fixin Cote de Nuits, Burgundy

  Domaine Collotte is a family estate dating back a few hundred years, with vineyards in Marsannay and the nearby town of Fixin. The current winemaker, Philippe Collotte, is making some of the finest wines in the AOC, and priced reasonably, to boot. Beautiful and complete aroma of roses: petals, stems and roots....
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Domaine Pierre Usseglio et Fils 2006 Chateauneuf-du-Pape

When we opened the 2004 vintage of this wine in our Advanced France course last winter, it was one of the highlights of Southern Rhone night. The 2006 exhibits everything you'd expect from this still-reasonably-priced part of the world: Ripe fruit, mushrooms, flowers, spice--it's all there and then some, and only...
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Chateau d’Arche 2005 Sauternes

There are any number of reasons to be amazed by this $43.49 wine. First, it's a Sauternes, not necessarily a hotbed of sub-$50 bottlings in 750ml. Second, it's from the legendary 2005 vintage. Third, it's drinking well now and will continue to do so for years to come. Enjoy sweetness? Acid? Lushness? For this price,...
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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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Tintoralba 2004 Higueruela

More fruit than a box of juice. More jam than grandma's cupboard.  Nearly as thick as a strawberry shake. Grind a little black pepper over the foam, toss in a chunk of licorice, and there you go.  Quite a bit of fun in this glass.
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