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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 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.

Wine School Newsletter #2736

Wine School Newsletter #2736 A few interesting classes are coming up. Let's start with the Great Ciders of the World. This is where some of the craziest, most interesting fermentaionalists are casting their black magic these days. It's time to get up to speed, all you...

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Tenshen 2016 White, Central Coast

The Tenshen Overview Tenshen is a side project by two industry vets. Joey Tensley (Tensley Wines, Carina Cellars, Santa Ema) and  Alex Guarachi (Guarachi Family Wines, Guarachi Wine Partners) have been releasing Rhone-style blends under this label since 2014. When I...

Bodega Pujanza 2015 “Hado” Rioja

Bodegas y Viñedos Pujanza There is a solar system of wineries rotating around the ancient walled city of Laguardia in Alavesa, Rioja. At the outer limits is the massive Calatrava-designed Bodega Ysios.    The inner rings of wineries include Artadi and Palacio and...

Santa Julia 2017 “Magna” Red, Uco Valley

José Zuccardi's is the director of Argentina's Familia Zuccardi winery. We've reviewed their wines in the past. In the 1990s, he developed a new brand, Santa Julia, which was named after his only daughter. They do keep it in the family: his son Sebastián is the...

Chateau St. Jean 2014 Reserve Chardonnay, Sonoma County

The American love of Chardonnay started in the 1960s with Chassagne-Montrachet: the elegant and beautiful white wines from that Chardonnay sweet spot in Burgundy, France.  When winemakers in Napa and Sonoma were looking for inspiration for a white wine, they cast...

Bersano 2012 “Badarina” Barolo

Bersano has the largest acreage of any private winery in the Italian Piedmont. Founded in the 19th Century, Bersano originally produced wine solely in the Asti province. Over the years, they now have 230HA  of vineyards, including properties in both Barolo...

Holiday Wine Guide 2018

I've included my holiday wine selections below. If you're thinking of a wine-soaked holiday season, I'd also like to recommend a few of our wine classes, as well. I just released our Top Wines of 2018 class. I intentionally left it off the front page until now, so our...

Rotie Cellars 2013 “Northern Blend” Red, Walla Walla

Eventually, Walla Walla is going to crush Napa Valley. It's not just climate change, it's the culture of the place. Rotie Cellars is a case in point. I've never seen winemaker/owner Sean Boyd in a perfectly clean pair of pants or sporting a manicure.  This dude works....

40 Essential Wine Terms

Have you ever gone wine tasting and had no clue about anything anyone was saying? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with these 40 common wine terms and tasting descriptions. For a full breakdown of wine terminology, we suggest our Wine Dictionary. Wine Scent...

Holiday Gift Guide 2018, Part One

Apparently, many of you love our gift guide but think it's been getting too long.  So this year the guide has been split into two. This is the first edition, with the second --the holiday wine guide-- coming out in early December.  Have a great Thanksgiving! Keith...

Getting a Job in the Wine Business

The wine industry is a massive industry with several different career options to suit different types of people. Whether it is physically dealing with the wine or simply selling the wine – there is something out there for anyone. Here we have a list of the most common...

Italian Wine Primer

Italy has a rich, deep history with wine – dating back thousands of years. Being the biggest producers of wine in the world, Italian wines are kept at a consistently immaculate standard. It is one of the many reasons that wine from the Italian regions is so widely...

Contino 2014 Rioja Reserva

Contino is the first and remains one of the greatest single-vineyard Rioja producers in the marketplace. Based on the ideals of 19th Century French château's, Contino has been CVNE's premier label since 1973. Back then, it was rare to grow and produce wines at the...

L’Ecole No 41 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley

Walla Walla is one of the great unheralded wine regions in America. I've always been of the opinion that's largely due to the name. Walla Walla, Washington doesn't have the elegant flow of Napa, California. L'Ecole was always a favorite client, back when I was the...

Yves Cheron 2015 “Les Dentelles” Cotes du Rhone

Domaine Yves Cheron is located in Gigondas, where most of their Grenache vineyards are located. While this may not be a region you are familiar with, Gigondas is a Southern Rhone cru that is on-par (quality-wise) with its famous neighbor, Chateauneuf du Pape.  The...

Michele Chiarlo 2015 “Le Orme” Barbera d’Asti

There isn't enough Barbera in the world. There used to be a bit too much, but that was back in the bad old days of 1985.  Thirty years on, the wine has lost its fans to other parts of Italy. For Piedmont fans, they usually opt for the Nebbiolos of Barolo and...

Castello di Gabbiano 2013 Chianti Classico Riserva

The  Gabbiano Castle has been a focal point in Tuscany since the 12th century. Being between the rival towns of Sienna and Florence, it was more often about war, not wine. Here's a section from a 19th-century account of medieval warcraft: Fulminato da dieci cannoni,...

Hope after Tragedy: The Origin of the Wine School

In this week's episode of Philly Who? I sat down for a deeply personal interview with Kevin Chemidlin, the podcast's host. This is unlike any other interview I've done in the past 20 years of running the wine school. It goes deep into my past, including the tragedies...

October 2018 Newsletter

Suggested Classes A few upcoming classes at the school that you should consider attending. First Growths of the East Coast Thursday, November 15th at 7:30 pm There are hundreds of wineries scattered from Virginia to Maine. Over the last few years, a quiet revolution...

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