Newsletter for June

Newsletter for July

Newsletter for July 2017

Summer Wine School

10th Annual Summer Wine School

This August, the Wine School of Philadelphia is hosting it’s 10th annual Summer Wine School. It’s the only course of its type offered in the United States: a one week accelerated course that ends with a level three sommelier certification. Summer School is a fun and engaging program, but it’s based on cutting-edge research. The proof is in the pudding. By the end of the week, students will be a better wine tasters than 75% of all sommeliers. If not, they can retake the entire program for free. Students will be fully immersed in wine education: tasting wines, discussing flavors, and learning to develop their palates in a science-backed program. The lead instructor of Summer Wine School is Alana Zerbe, the school’s Director of Wine Education. August 7th to 12th, from 5pm to 9:30pm More Information:    


Glenelly 2011 The Glass Collection Syrah Stellenbosch
Ego Bodegas 2014 Marionette Jumilla
Gordon Estate 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley
Valentin Bianchi 2014 Famiglia Bianchi Malbec Mendoza
d'Arenberg 2015 The Hermit Crab McLaren Vale
Atalon 2014 Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley

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june 2017 newsletter

The Wine School Newsletter for June

Sommelier Summer School

This August, the Wine School is hosting it’s 10th annual Accelerated Summer Wine School.  Earn your sommelier certification, taste great wine, and meet other people who share your passion. It’s a week that will change your life. During Summer School,  we offer the Foundation and Intermediate certifications in a single intensive week. You can also combine both of these classes into the CORE wine program and earn your sommelier certification via the National Wine School.  For our postgraduate students, we offer our Advanced Old World Master Class.

Summer Events and Sale

Summer Events and Sale

Two New Summertime Classes

We just added two blockbuster classes to our sold out roster of  summertime classes.  Grab seats while they are available. Wine 101: Introduction to Wine | August 3rd at 7:30 pm  You can’t go wrong with a classic. We’ve had dozens of requests for another 101 this ...
Zotovich Estate 2013 Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills
Martinelli 2013 Zinfandel, Vellutini Ranch
Castelli del Grevepesa 2011"Clemente VII Chianti" Classico Riserva
Shirvington 2010 Shiraz, McLaren Vale
Gloria Ferrer 2014 Chardonnay Carneros
Havens Winery 2014 Merlot Napa Valley
Saumur Champigny

Last Minute Wine Gifts

last minute wine gifts

last minute wine gifts

Last Minute Wine Gift Ideas

A Perfect Wine & Chocolate Pairing

Everyone loves getting fed. You could whip up a three-course meal, but that’s not a quick gift. If you want all the glory without all the work, ditch the first two courses and jump right to dessert. Throw in some great wine, and you will be a gift-giving rockstar. Here are a few ideas culled from our annual (and sold out)  Mother’s day Wine and Chocolate class: White Chocolate is a fantastic foil to Cabernet Sauvignon, especially bottles from Paso Robles. Another favorite at the Wine School is Banyuls (the French dessert wine)  with Chocolate truffles. Here’s  a sommelier secret:  Brachetto d’Aqui is pretty much the best wine for any and all chocolate pairings. It’s fizzy, frothy red wine with a dollop of residual sugar. Chocolate-covered bacon? Brachetto d’Aqui! Flourless chocolate torte? Brachetto d’Aqui! ...
Antica 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, Atlas Peak
The Grand Tasting Table at the Wine School
Hobo Sommelier?
The Wine Rack

Top Picks in Wine & Spirits Stores

Wine & Spirits Stores

Top Picks in Wine & Spirits Stores in April

Framingham 2015 Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough (NZ)
This boutique winery has been pushing out classic New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc since 1994. It’s a standard in our Wine 101 classes for nearly as long. It’s well made and lays on the exotic white fruit and cantaloupe. The  herbal and fresh grass on the nose is unmistakable.   $11.99 in PA, $15 elsewhere.  Firriato 2015 “Jasmin” Zibibbo, Terre Siciliane (IT)
I read a review of this wine by a local critic that called this wine “sweet.” I think someone mistook a full bodied white wine with a high glycerol content for residual sugar. Zibbio is an exotic grape, that tends to veer towards jasmine aromas, hence the name. It’s got a core of green apple with a velvet texture. It’s finish is briny, reminiscent of green olives. If you are going to ...

Building A Wine Cellar

building a wine cellar This article originated with a text from a friend.
Wondering if you’ve got a preferred source for wine cellar racking. I remember your setup and I figured with you being a cheap Scotsman you might have an opinion on the subject. I was going to buy the wall mounted racks but the wife gave me paranoid about if falling out of the wall.
Tom got his start at the Wine School over a decade ago, and now works for a national wine company. He could have been a master sommelier if he wanted to, but he went into wine technology instead.  Our conversation about building wine cellars ended up becoming this article.

Do You Really Need a Wine Cellar?

If you aren’t planning to lay down wine for a long time, don’t worry about building a wine cellar. As long as you aren’t abusing your wine, your wine will keep for a ...
An efficient wine cellar
The Original Wine Cellar

The Cabernet Sauvignon Buying Guide

Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Wine Reviews

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Mount Veeder 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon,  Napa Valley

Do pencils grow on trees? This is the ripest graphite I’ve ever tasted. It’s also got an awesome diabetic bondage thing going on: boysenberry, chocolate, and oiled leather. The mint and thyme in the finish tones down some of the aggressive tannins here. PA Wine & Spirits Stores, Chairman’s Selection $24.99

Glenelly 2013 “Glass Collection” Cabernet Sauvignon,  Stellenbosch (South Africa)

A standout newcomer to the PLCB wine shops.  Licorice and black pepper jump out of the glass. The black fruit reduction. The body is lush and thick with savory eucalyptus. A hint of cigar box and chocolate smoke on the finish. Unctionless delight beyond it’s price point. PA Wine & Spirits Stores, Chairman’s Selection: $12.99

Night Harvest 2013 “John George” Cabernet Sauvignon, Margaret River (Australia)

If you haven’t experiences wines from Western Australia, ...

Talking With Keith

Keith Wallace

Yep, that’s me.

I’m the guy who looks at all of your questions in our customer support forum. Whether you need help with your job resume, or have a question about bottling limits or just need help with a gift certificate, I’ll help you out. When you communicate with us, you go straight to the top. You don’t get lost in a phone tree, you don’t need to escalate to middle management. You don’t wade through a sea of bureaucracy. You chat with me or Phil. Sometimes people wonder why they have to post online just to ask us a simple question. Wouldn’t it be easier to discuss this on the phone? I am not sure. If we offered phone support, I’d have to step back. I just don’t have the knack for it. We’d hire an admin to take on customer support, and our prices would have ...