Viewing all posts under By Region


The phrase “fine dining” conjures certain images: fancy tablecloths, reusable plates, snooty waiters, stringent dress codes… But it should come as no surprise to you that as someone who likes to drink, I also like to eat, which occasionally motivates me to leave my abode in search of a meal that can really put the “nom” in “gastronomy.” And so it came to pass that my good friend and I found ourselves at Taco Bell, as we […]

read more

You may have noticed a lack of updates here at Convicted for Grape lately. Don’t worry, you’re not crazy: I really didn’t do much wine writing in 2013. But along with the new year come new opportunities to get drunk in new ways, and I promise you that even though I haven’t been updating the blog, I haven’t gone anywhere. Today I’m actually here to discuss something I don’t usually bother with: fruit wine. But as apathetic […]

read more

Nebbi-YOLO06/25/13

 

Some grapes are just better than others. I’ve written about Nebbiolo several times before, and if you’re wondering why this might be so, I’d like to direct your attention back to the previous sentence. Nebbiolo, also known as Italy’s noble grape, but the fact that “Nebbiolo” and “noble” share most of the same letters is pure coincidence, I assure you. Grown primarily in the Piedmont region of Italy, there are several designated places particularly celebrated for the […]

read more

Do you remember way back when I wrote about my newfound appreciation for hot sake, otherwise known as atsukan? In that post from oh-so-long ago, I said that I wouldn’t be discussing any particular sakes from my trip to Japan. And in that post, true to my word, I didn’t. Flash forward to today. A lot has changed. I’ve seen the seconds turn into minutes, the minutes into hours. I’m a week older now – a week […]

read more

As you may or may not be aware, depending on how closely you’ve been keeping tabs on my activity, I recently returned from a two week jaunt to the exotic and disorienting land of Japan. To say that I traveled to the other side of the planet strictly for the sake of sake would be hyperbolic, but not too hyperbolic – I drank a lot of sake there, most of it wonderful (though not all). I drank […]

read more

Hey there! After yet another inexplicably protracted absence, I’m back! And today I’ve got three wines to review: wines that hail from my favorite shoe-shaped wine-producing country of all time, Italy. You may remember Italy from World War II, The Jersey Shore Season 4, or perhaps even my past reviews – Italian wine is, in fact, my favorite, and I tend to drink it pretty frequently. But this marks the first time I’ve received press samples from […]

read more

Every once in a while, I’m reminded that I live in Pennsylvania, a state whose inexplicable alcohol laws have routinely- …routinely restricted my ability to drink what I want (not to mention when I want). It just so happens that I received another such reminder not even a week ago, when I was offered press samples of a certain brand’s wines and leaped at the opportunity, only to find my joyous ascent stymied by the fact that […]

read more

At long last, after two and a half arduous months, Captain Planet Month has come full circle, wending its wonderful way from start to Heart. It’s been an elementally illuminating journey to be sure, highlighting the oenological poignancy not only of Earth (already well established as a tasting note in wine), but Fire, Wind and Water as well, irrespective of whether any such poignancy actually exists for those other three. But while the four classical elements may […]

read more

It appears that Captain Planet Month has, as sort of originally anticipated, taken longer than a month to unfold. I can think of a few reasons for this – chief among them being my sporadic update schedule as of late. Now sure, I could say I’ve been on some sort of odyssean Odyssey all this time, cursed to rove the seas for week after futile week as penance for offending the mighty god Poseidon; but that would […]

read more

A certain grape exists in northern Spain, Deserving of a greater reputation, Whose wines you should endeavor to obtain Provided you’re a fan of exploration. Mencia is a grape I’ve met before, To which I’ve humbly tried to draw attention, Yet seldom can I find it in a store: A fact that violates my comprehension. When last I spoke of this exquisite grape, The bottle I reviewed had been Galician: A lovely, floral, elegant escape – My […]

read more