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When I was but a callow undergrad, wiling away my time up in the frosty recesses of Ithaca, New York, I came to be presented with a rare opportunity: the chance to attend a presentation of the postmodern cinematic classic Snakes on a Plane – with the screenwriter himself, John Heffernan, in attendance. Although it was the third time I had seen the film, I knew I had to do it; this would be the ideal time […]

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As some of you may know, I recently achieved a delicious milestone in my wine blogging career and began receiving press samples for review purposes. And those of you who read my last post, written in honor of (but for whatever reason, not submitted to) Regional Wine Week, know that I live in Pennsylvania, whose government forbids its residents from receiving wine from other states. What, pray tell, is a burgeoning blogger to do under such unfavorable […]

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When I first launched Convicted for Grape, many years ago (around 0.75 by my count), I was admittedly looking for little more than a quasi-productive outlet to justify the exorbitant amount of money I spent on wine. At the same time, however, I was dreaming of a loftier goal: that glorious, yet no doubt distant day on which my blog would become credible enough to require a page explaining my policy on press samples. In other words, […]

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One fateful Tuesday, the Wines of Chile Grand Tasting, organized by Twitter’s @DrinkChile, took place in New York City: a magnificent event which has forever changed the way I think about Chilean wine…is what I would like to say. But let’s not kid ourselves. I’ve loved Chilean wine for a long time now, so really my opinion hasn’t changed at all. “So why even write about this thing?” you may be asking. The short answer is “to […]

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I acknowledge that, relatively speaking, I write about a lot of PA wine here. I do this because although Pennsylvanian vino has yet to gain significant national popularity, I firmly believe in its potential, and I think that Pennsylvania will establish itself as a major contender in the U.S. wine game within a few years – whether or not the current players like it. Why am I so confident? Look to the archives, and you’ll see that […]

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As enjoyable as my last visit to Hoboken, New Jersey was, I couldn’t help but notice that the city seemed to suffer from a disappointing paucity of actual hobos. This time, though, I breathed a sigh of relief: not two minutes after my arrival, I was approached by an obviously homeless gentleman who, while insisting he wasn’t homeless, asked me for 50 cents. I gave him a quarter instead, for although it’s a matter of common courtesy […]

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It’s no secret that drinking alone is pretty great. You don’t have to worry about boring bullcrap like etiquette, or being ‘PC’; whatever you’re consuming is guaranteed to be entirely for you; and best of all, there’s no one to take away your keys at the end of the night. The thing about wine, though, is that having multiple palates team up on a bottle can actually work to your advantage, because many fermented mysteries require more […]

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On Sunday I attended a free open house at Sand Castle Winery, and I’ve decided it would probably be fun if I took some time to brag about it here. You may remember Sand Castle as the producer of the 2004 Dry Riesling from my second review, which ever since has held the honor of being my all-time favorite white. If you don’t, you’ve either got a terrible memory, or you haven’t even read my entire blog […]

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So once again, I find myself reviewing a wine from California, and once again, I must beg my readers’ forgiveness. Yes, I am weak. But let me just make one thing clear: there’s no shame in buying wine solely because of a cool name or bottle gimmick – just like you have every right to pass on a wine when it has a label graphic that’s trite or insipid. Enter the 2008 Irony Cabernet Sauvignon, produced by […]

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Hello again to everyone in Internet land! I’m back and better than ever – and yes, I’m ready to write about some Crossing Vineyards reds. Did you miss me? Be the first to like. Like Unlike

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