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Keith Wallace

Wine & Spirits Editor, Bestselling Author, Founder of the Wine School, Professor, and Winemaker

Location
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Industry
Wine and Spirits
Current
  1. Wine School of Philadelphia,
  2. Philly Beer School,
  3. Eating Philadelphia
Previous
  1. Bacchus Selections, LLC,
  2. Perseus Books Group,
  3. Epikur Magazine
Education
  1. University of California, Davis
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Websites
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Wine School of Philadelphia

Wine School of Philadelphia

Founder & Executive Director

– Present

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Background

Summary

My career exposes me to all facets of the food & wine industry.


As a writer, I have written for both national and regional publications as well as editing an online food and wine magazine. This includes a best-selling cookbook for Perseus, a popular series of wine trade articles for Daily Beast, a series of winery features for a regional Philadelphia magazine, and am the wine critic for another popular Philadelphia magazine.

As the founder of both the Wine School and the Beer School, I have developed educational programming for sommeliers, wine enthusiasts, and universities. My classes have been taught at Drexel University, UPenn, and the Restaurant School.

My students are now winemakers in New Zealand, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Napa Valley, Texas, and the central coast of California. My students have also become sommeliers, restaurateurs, wine distributors, and wine shop owners.

Running the the day to day operations at the WIne School is my utmost priority. Through this job, I have acquired a solid knowledge of several branches of law, including liquor law, ip law, and education law. I have also developed miscellaneous skills as graphic and web design, LAMP computer coding, and communication design.

I am a seasoned winemaker with several projects in Italy and California, including work with several well-known retail chains to create control brands as well as boutique winery brands. As a winemaker, I no longer take any additional clients without annual contracts.

As a sommelier and wine buyer, I design successful wine programs for wine shops, restaurants, and online wine clubs. I can consistently judge wines that will eventually rate 90+ in Wine Advocate and Wine Spectator. This skill has helped the bottom line for many clients and companies.

Experience

Founder & Executive Director

Wine School of Philadelphia
– Present (13 years)Philadelphia, PA

The Wine School of Philadelphia is the largest independent wine education facility in the United States. Located in the post Rittenhouse neighborhood in Center City, the Wine School is housed in a beautiful Victorian-era brownstone mansion. The school offers both consumer and professional educational programming.

Founder

Philly Beer School
– Present (5 years)Greater Philadelphia Area

As founder of this school, I develop and organize beer brewing programs, beer classes, and beer tasting events.

Beverage Editor

Eating Philadelphia
– Present (8 months)Greater Philadelphia Area

Eating Philadelphia is a quarterly magazine featuring the best in wine, spirits, and food.

Wine & Food Writer

Philly Beer Scene Magazine
– Present (3 years)Philadelphia, PA

I write profiles of wineries and restaurants for this glossy regional magazine.

National Sommelier

Bacchus Selections, LLC
(3 years)Greater Los Angeles Area

I am the principal wine buyer for this retailer.

Food & Wine Writer

Perseus Books Group
(1 year)Greater Philadelphia Area

Author of the internationally published Corked & Forked, published by Perseus imprint Running Press. The bestselling cookbook features wine, beer, and cocktail pairings for every occasion.

Publisher

Epikur Magazine
(2 years)Greater Philadelphia Area

Epikur Magazine is a monthly magazine focused on eating and drinking in Philadelphia. With a strong focus on wine, beer, cocktails, and spirits, the magazine is international in focus, but local in publication.

Professor

Drexel University
(3 years)Greater Philadelphia Area

An adjunct Professor at the Goodwin School, I teach Beverage Management and Sciences.

Wine Writer & Columnist

Newsweek and The Daily Beast
(2 years)Greater New York City Area

Articles focus on the wine trade and insider information.

Wine Writer, Philadelphia Style Magazine

Niche Media
(4 years 1 month)Greater Philadelphia Area

I wrote the bi-monthly wine article for this glossy magazine.

Host and Producer, Philly Uncorked

Philly.com
(1 year 9 months)Greater Philadelphia Area

I developed, wrote, and hosted the popular online show Philly Uncorked. The show was sponsored by the PLCB and was featured on the Philadelphia Inquirer's website, philly.com.

Expert Witness

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
(2 years)Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Area

I work as an expert in wine law in the state of Pennsylvania. I have worked with elected officials in crafting legal positions and bills in several nationally recognized cases. I also work as a legal consultant to law firms in regards to alcohol law and legislation in Pennsylvania.

Winemaker

Vinology Consulting Group
(1 year 3 months)Davis, California

Crafted wines for popular consumption. Clients included wineries in Tuscany, California, and Pennsylvania.

Broadcast Journalist

NPR Boston / WBUR
(1 year)Greater Boston Area

I wrote the daily news and covered regional news for this station and National Public Radio.

Newspaper Reporter

The Baltimore Press
(1 year 7 months)

City desk journalist for a small daily newspaper in Maryland

Newspaper Reporter

The Baltimore Sun
(1 year)Baltimore, Maryland Area

I worked as a stringer for the Sun.

Chef

The Union Grille
(1 year)Beverly, Massachusetts

I helped establish one of the first contemporary American cuisine restaurants in the Boston area.

Volunteer Experience & Causes

Opportunities Keith is looking for:

  • Skills-based volunteering (pro bono consulting)

Causes Keith cares about:

  • Animal Welfare
  • Arts and Culture
  • Civil Rights and Social Action
  • Education
  • Environment
  • Science and Technology

Organizations Keith supports:

Languages

  1. English

    Native or bilingual proficiency
  2. Italian

    Limited working proficiency

Honors & Awards

Top 5 Sommelier in Philadelphia

CBS News

Names one of the top five sommeliers in Philadelphia

Best of Philadelphia 2012

Philadelphia Magazine

Voted "Best Adult Education" in Philadelphia

Best Wine School in America

Dining Out Magazine

Bestselling Food & Wine Author

Amazon

Corked & Forked hit the bestseller list during the 2011 holiday season.

Best Wine Reviews on a Wine Blog 2014

Wine Blog Awards

Best Wine Reviews on a Wine Blog:
Criteria:

Should have wine reviews as the primary content on their blog.
Should consistently deliver insightful and well-presented wine reviews.
Should have made an extra effort to use wine reviews to educate their readers.
Should heighten the reputation of the wine blogging genre for providing excellent consumer advice.

Additional Honors & Awards

"Best of Philadelphia 2008" Philadelphia Magazine
"Best of Philadelphia 2012" Philadelphia Magazine
"Top 5 Sommelier in Philadelphia" CBS News
"Top Wine School in America" Dining Out Magazine

Publications

Corked & Forked: Four Seasons of Eats and Drinks(Link)

Running Press
September 2011

From casual meals to springtime brunch, classy dinners, and summer grilling parties, learn how to bring in wines, cocktails, and beers with flexible pairings. Over 100 recipes jam-packed with tips and suggestions for every occasion from a Sunday supper to a savory brunch to a ten-minute feast offer up inventive dishes and drinks like grilled watermelon salad; a bloody Mary bar with all the fixins; “oystas Rockafella;” ricotta gnocchi; fava beans with mint and bacon; rack of lamb; black pepper martinis; and chocolate and salt torte. The pairings are undemanding and educational, designed to teach the reader how to find great drinks for every meal.

Epikur Magazine(Link)

Philadelphia, PA
January 2012

Epikur Magazine offers wine, beer, and restaurant reviews.

Authors:

Wine Column(Link)

Daily Beast
2009

Wine Journalism

Skills

  • Winemaking
  • Chef
  • Published Author
  • Journalism
  • Travel Writer
  • Wine
  • Food & Beverage
  • Speakers Bureau
  • Legislation
  • Wine Tasting
  • Restaurants
  • Wineries
  • Management
  • Publishing
  • Beer
  • Publications
  • Public Relations
  • Magazines
  • Graphic Design
  • Marketing
  • Event Management
  • SEO
  • Event Planning
  • Marketing Strategy
  • Public Speaking
  • Press Releases
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Social Networking
  • Newsletters
  • Blogging
  • Interviews
  • Copy Editing
  • Research
  • Creative Writing
  • Food
  • Editing
  • Media Relations
  • Brand Development
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Education

University of California, Davis

MS, Agricultural Sciences

Viticulture

Salem State College

BA, English

English Literature

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