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On Saturday I played host to my good friend Ben, whom you may remember as my partner in wine through various vinic adventures: Hoboken, Hoboken, Hoboken, and Virginia. Ben’s birthday was coming up, and even though I had bought him some sake to commemorate the “25 and still alive” milestone, he had taken it upon himself to bring a bottle of his own, which he graciously agreed to share with me, but only on one condition: that […]

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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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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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At long last, it’s Cinco de Mayo – the day where everyone’s a little Mexican, and it’s only proper for even the most truculent of teetotalers to throw back a shot or seven of tequila, scarf down some enchiladas, and unsuccessfully attempt to suppress the activities of the seemingly inexorable network of merciless drug cartels whom widespread coercion and murder have allowed to infiltrate every sphere of government resulting in a veritable stranglehold of corruption on his […]

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Let me tell you a story, of grapes and of glory, The tale of a marvelous wine: Though my praise is effusive, she proved quite elusive – But still, in the end she was mine. She was born in a region where great wine is legion (The soil is perfect for farmin’) – Even so, I’ll attest that she’s truly the best: That most sippable, sumptuous Carmin. – Anonymous As you may have inferred from my elegant […]

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This will probably come as a shock to some of you, but due to time and motivation-related constraints, I don’t get a chance to write about every wine that I drink here on Convicted for Grape. Fear not, though! If you’re following me on Twitter (@GrapeConviction – you are following me on Twitter, aren’t you?), you’re privy to a fascinating glimpse at contemporary alcoholism, with minute-by-minute, glass-by-glass updates on my drinking habits. Even so, I’ve lately come […]

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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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The last time I reviewed a Carmenere, it was pretty disappointing, and I fear I may have come off as being down on the varietal, which was absolutely not my intention. I’ve decided to atone for my sins by reviewing a much, much better Carmenere, produced by the same company responsible for the Casillero del Diablo series, which I previously recommended as an alternative to the wine I was actually reviewing. Today I’ll be discussing the Marques […]

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When you think of Chile, your mind most likely conjures images of earthquakes, trapped miners, or else that restaurant Chili’s (the latter is, incidentally, almost completely unrelated to the country). But people in the know (like me!) think of something entirely different. Can you guess what that is? Be the first to like. Like Unlike

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