Keith Wallace (wine writer)

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Keith Wallace
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A winemaking lesson in Tuscany

Keith Wallace, M.S. Oenology and Viticulture (University of California, Davis) is the wine columnist for The Daily Beast.[1] He founded The Wine School of Philadelphia.

Previously he served as an executive chef and a journalist for National Public Radio, as well as a winemaker and wine consultant in the United States and Italy.[2]

Wine School of Philadelphia[edit]

Founded in 2001 by Wallace, The Wine School of Philadelphia is a school for sommeliers, wine educators, and winemakers. It offers sommelier certification via the National Wine School. In 2018, it was the highest rated wine school in the United States.[3]

Publications[edit]

He has contributed to Philadelphia Magazine, Philadelphia Style, Windows on the World Complete Wine Course: 25th Anniversary Edition and Barron's New Wine Lovers Companion, among other publications. He created and co-starred in the Philly Uncorked show for www.philly.com.

His food and wine book Corked & Forked: Four Seasons of Eats and Drinks was published by Running Press in 2011.[4] The book was critically hailed by multiple publications, including Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and Booklist.[5] The book went on to hit the Amazon Bestseller list for Food and Wine books in 2011.[6]

Television[edit]

Wallace has been the star of two shows. In 2008, he co-wrote and co-starred in Philly Uncorked. Produced by Philly.com, the show featured Wallace and his co-star Maria Valetta. The show revolved around wine education and wine recommendations. It was underwritten by the PLCB and filmed by Banyan Productions.[7]

The upcoming show Whine & Cheese features Mr. Wallace as the show's wine expert. He is featured in all eleven of the first season's episodes.[8]

Controversy[edit]

The Wine School of Philadelphia received national press attention in 2009 when the WWE challenged its trademark application with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office for the mark, "Sommelier Smackdown".[9] Litigation surrounding the school's intellectual property rights is ongoing.

Also in 2009, the Wine School and founder Wallace were featured on NPR's All Things Considered[10] as a result of Wallace's controversial article published in The Daily Beast, "How Wine Became Like Fast Food".[11]

Epilepsy[edit]

In 2018, the podcast Philly Who revealed that Wallace had had epilepsy since a car crash that left him severely injured and also killed his fiancé in Baltimore, Maryland. During the interview, he admitted to working as a winemaker in Napa Valley and Chianti for years without revealing his disability to his employers. .[12] A previous article in the neighborhood newspaper Chestnut Hill Local featured a story on his seizure dog, Rosie.[13]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Keith Wallace - The Daily Beast". thedailybeast.com. Archived from the original on 2017-05-13. Retrieved 2016-06-20.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-06-25. Retrieved 2010-05-31.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Wine School of Philadelphia". SOMM. Archived from the original on 2019-01-10. Retrieved 2018-12-22.
  4. ^ "Corked & Forked". Running Press. Archived from the original on 2017-01-06. Retrieved 2017-01-06.
  5. ^ "Ottawa Public Library". Archived from the original on 2018-12-23. Retrieved 2018-12-22.
  6. ^ "Bestseller List". Wine School of Philadelphia. Archived from the original on 2018-12-23. Retrieved 2018-12-22.
  7. ^ "Philly Uncorked". IMDB. Archived from the original on 2022-06-24. Retrieved 2019-02-02.
  8. ^ "Whine & Cheese". IMDB. Archived from the original on 2022-06-24. Retrieved 2019-02-02.
  9. ^ "The WWE Puts the Smackdown on a Philly Wine School". winespectator.com. Archived from the original on 2016-05-27. Retrieved 2016-06-20.
  10. ^ "Wine: To The Glass From The Factory : NPR". npr.org. Archived from the original on 2016-08-13. Retrieved 2016-06-20.
  11. ^ "How Wine Became Like Fast Food - The Daily Beast". thedailybeast.com. Archived from the original on 2010-04-19. Retrieved 2016-06-20.
  12. ^ "Keith Wallace: Creating The Wine School of Philadelphia". Archived from the original on 10 January 2019. Retrieved 9 January 2019.
  13. ^ "Miracle dog helped owner overcome tragedy". Archived from the original on 10 January 2019. Retrieved 9 January 2019.

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