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If you’ve ever heard of the Internet – and really, even if you haven’t – you’re probably familiar with the interminable quarrel between ninjas and pirates over the question of who is cooler. And as much as I favor the maritime marauder over the island assassin, there’s one area in which pirates simply can’t compete with their stealthier foes: stealth. And so it was with ninja-like vigilance rather than my usual piratic rapacity that I embarked upon […]

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Despite my woeful lack of travel experience, I like to think that I’ve done a pretty good job of thinking – I’m sorry, drinking globally. Indeed, in the nine short months that Convicted for Grape has been in existence, I’ve managed to review wines from 14 different countries. Of course, a few of these countries have only one review to their names, and this simply cannot stand. Alphabetically, the first such country on my list is Austria, […]

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As a wine-producing country, Austria doesn’t get as much credit as it should. This became abundantly clear to me when I had to make more than a semi-conscious effort to locate my liquor store’s meager selection of Austrian offerings, which I found wedged lamentably in between the Germany and South Africa sections without so much as a helpful sign translating the word Österreich for those admittedly few Pennsylvanians not fluent in German. So what’s the deal with […]

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