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Love this. Crisp, citrus, grassy. Very grassy. Hope you bought some and have it in your cellar or wine fridge because there's not much left, although the PAWineTalk map says there's 53 bottles at Franklin Mills. At this price you can't go wrong. Pad Thai recipe from How to Cook... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2012 at Philly Wine Finder
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If a wine has "oak" in the name, how much oak can you expect in the taste? Because this wine is called "Century Oak" we expected it to be way overoaked. But no! we'd say the oak on this one is moderate. This is a decent, middle-of-the-road, middle-of-the-oak California Chardonnay.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2012 at Philly Wine Finder
Posters at the PAWineTalk web site have noted that prices have been reduced further on what was once called the "Serious Wine Sale" at the PLCB's online site Fine Wine and Good Spirits. Many PAWineTalk contributors are serious wine drinkers/consumers and in general not big fans of the PA state... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2012 at Philly Wine Finder
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Um yeah really liked this. Grassy and grapefruity finish. Great with veggies and seafood. Abundant supply right now in philly and across the state. Fairview Sauvignon Blanc South Africa 2011 Chairman's SelectionTM Description from PLCB web site PLCB Code: 32618 Size: 750ML Price: $8.99 Compare to prices on wine-searcher.com: (Avg... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2012 at Philly Wine Finder
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Let's face it, if you like "dry" Riesling, you really don't like Riesling. If so, this wine is for you. White fruit, good acidity. Fess Parker Dry Riesling Rodney's Vineyard 2010 Chairman's SelectionTM Description from PLCB web site PLCB Code: 32582 Size: 750ML Price: $13.99 Compare to prices on wine-searcher.com:... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2012 at Philly Wine Finder
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This Greco di Tufo from Rocca dei Sanniti paired magically and perfectly with linguine and clam sauce. The wine is dry and crisp but also silky and fruity. It's comparable to an unoaked Chardonnay or a non-grassy Sauvignon Blanc. There's a lot of this wine in the PA system, probably... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2012 at Philly Wine Finder
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Riesling and pork. Talk amongst yourselves. Domaine Zind-Humbrecht Riesling Clos Hauserer 2007 Chairman's SelectionTM Description from PLCB web site PLCB Code: 32065 Size: 750ML Price: Was 29.99 Now 19.99 Compare to prices on wine-searcher.com: (Avg $53, Min $53, Max $53) Availability in Pennsylvania: Removed from Chairman's SelectionTM list on May... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2012 at Philly Wine Finder
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Dark fruit and peppery, bright and acidic. Great pairing for tomatoes and basil and a good summer red for when you are getting sick of whites. Very fun wine! Alexander Valley Vineyards Zinfandel Redemption 2008 Chairman's SelectionTM Description from PLCB web site PLCB Code: 32595 Size: 750ML Price: $12.99 Compare... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2012 at Philly Wine Finder
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What wine to pair with pasta and white anchovies? Rosé? Riesling? Pinot Grigio? In the end we decided on Makara Sauvignon Blanc: pale in color, grassy, citrusy, lemony, and zippy. Perfect! Philly shoppers take note there are only 13 bottles left at the Society Hill store in Center City. Another... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2012 at Philly Wine Finder
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These cru Beajolais are great for summertime when you want an easy drinking light red. We picked up the Côte de Brouilly from one of the PLCB online sales and it was an outright steal at $7.99. Paired with Trader Joe's Butternut Squash Triangoli and a persillade sauce. Unfortunately there... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2012 at Philly Wine Finder
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Lots of floral and tropical flavors. There is oak, but it has some crispness as well. Good with food; nice price. Angove Family Winemakers Viognier Nine Vines 2009 Chairman's SelectionTM Description from PLCB web site PLCB Code: 32597 Size: 750ML Price: $7.99 Compare to prices on wine-searcher.com: Availability in Pennsylvania:... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2012 at Philly Wine Finder
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For grilling, don't forget to get rosé chilling. The PLCB, PA Wine and Spirits, Fine Wine and Good Spirits, whatever you want to call them, for once has a lot of dry rosé available, which is great with anything in the summer, especially anything on the grill. Mirabello Pinot Grigio... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2012 at Philly Wine Finder
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As far as we know this is the first Long Island wine available through the PLCB, and it's a good one. This Pinot Blanc from the Lieb family in Mattituck is dry, crisp and clean with a long mineral finish. We had it with pork but could definitely see this... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2012 at Philly Wine Finder
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There's some very good Chairman's Selection rosé out there, particulary Roc de Chateauvieux Rosé d'Anjou which is fresh and fruity and will go with anything, including MaPo Tofu and Spicy Grilled Chicken Veggie Pockets. We especially recommend Roc de Chateauvieux; even a confirmed anti-pinkite we know was charmed by its... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2012 at Philly Wine Finder
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Wow, an incredible buy for $10. Minerality and acidity really come through, perfect for summer. Unfortunately there is none left at Moore Brothers. "In the glass, the wine has a limpid, pale yellow-green color. Vibrant aromas of white flowers, Anjou pears, and marzipan emerge when the wine is poured, adding... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2012 at Philly Wine Finder
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Special offer rosé from Moore Brothers is always good. "In the glass, the wine has a limpid, polished-copper-in-candlelight color. The nose unfurls with wild cherries, red currants, and fresh flowers, all seasoned with the cinnamon-like side of fresh green perilla. On the palate, the wine is dry and compact, but... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2012 at Philly Wine Finder
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Casa Noble Blanco Tequila is on sale at the PLCB from $39.99 to $34.99, plus you can use a $5 coupon from the FWAGS web site and get it for $29.99. Carlos Santana has joined Casa Noble as an owner, and you can also enter a contest to win an... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2012 at Philly Wine Finder
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Dusty cherry, smooth, nice finish. The 10% merlot rounds it out nicely. The take-out linguini puttanesca is from Bellini Grill, our favorite Italian restaurant in Center City. Homemade pasta, free range meats, fantastic kids menu, warm service, BYOB, reasonable prices. Bellini Grill 220 S. 16th Street Philadelphia PA 19102 215.545.1191... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2012 at Philly Wine Finder
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This is good if: you take a small sip and shove some berries in your mouth immediately; you love cherry cough syrup; you want to get something with 20% alcohol in your body and you don't care how; you don't have to go to work in the morning. Could also... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2012 at Philly Wine Finder
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MacMurray Ranch is on property once owned by American actor Fred MacMurray, known for his role in the film noir classic Double Indemnity and the television series My Three Sons. MacMurry bought the ranch in 1941 and used it to raise cattle. In 1996 it was purchased by Gallo. One... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2012 at Philly Wine Finder
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Smooth, velvety, earthy, medium body, a little pepper. Very enjoyable tempranillo Rioja Reserva for $9.99. The label is amusing. There is a hand on an open book surrounded by the words In vino veritas (In wine there is truth). Below that it says in Spanish La verdad y nada mas... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2012 at Philly Wine Finder
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Another Chairman's selection sale wine from Alsace, this time Gewurtztraminer. This one has a full golden color, big aromas, and lush flavors. A perfect pairing for this spicy quinoa dish, a recent Rush Hour Gourmet recipe that appeared in the Philadelphia Inquirer. There's 188 bottles at the Ardmore store. Red... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2012 at Philly Wine Finder
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High ratings in Wine Spectator (94!), Cellartracker, and PAWineTalk, a Garagiste selection, and prices ranging from $40 to $50 elsewhere, somehow the PLCB has this on sale for $19.99. It lived up to the hype and didn't disappoint. We agree with others, this is a bright wine, lots of acidity,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2012 at Philly Wine Finder
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Restrained oak, nice finish. Part of the Chairman's Selection Sale, down from $19.99 to $13.99, still some available in Philly. Good one to have around for summer. Kumeu River Chardonnay Estate 2006 Chairman's SelectionTM Description from PLCB web site PLCB Code: 32329 Size: 750ML Price: Was 19.99 Now 13.99 Compare... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2012 at Philly Wine Finder
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Similar tastes and flavors, the Drouhin is brighter and has more bite; the Yering is more smooth. Despite the different price points and different regions, we found these wines to be very comparable as far as quality. Joseph Drouhin Chorey-les-Beaune 2007 Chairman's SelectionTM Description from PLCB web site PLCB Code:... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2012 at Philly Wine Finder