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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 […]

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Those of you familiar with my Twitter account, blog, or drinking habits in general are probably aware that I’m no stranger to uncommon grape varieties. It’s true that my fixation is at least in part a reflection of my tendency to go against whatever is popular, but that alone would not have been enough to sustain my interest for very long. No, there’s something else in play here: that mysterious, irresistible allure of the unknown. As eager […]

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As I sat in my place, staring off into space, With my room all arrayed in IKEA, I was struck with the thought of a wine that I’d bought: The alluring Lalama Mencia. My affections are strong, so it hasn’t been long Since I last sang the grape’s many praises; But this wine simply must be described and discussed, To address all the questions it raises. Though the bottle was Spanish, and quite quick to vanish, Like […]

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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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As a Jew, I faced many challenges growing up in the predominantly Jewish suburb of my childhood. The others mocked my meager middle-upper-middle class status, themselves fortunate enough to have been born members of the upper-upper-middle class elite. I was seldom invited to play Debtors and Creditors (the semitic equivalent of Cowboys and Indians), and by high school I found myself left in the dust when it came to all the usual preoccupations of adolescence, like sex, […]

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It’s finally October, and fear is in the air. But eager as we all are to dress up like our favorite Twilight characters, stuff our faces with candy and have drunken anonymous sex with other people dressed up like our favorite Twilight characters, it’s important to remember that Halloween isn’t until the end of the month. How, then, are we to keep ourselves occupied? I personally recommend wine, which has gotten me through more boring months than […]

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Well folks, it looks like that time is upon us once again, and the number of posts in which I’ve featured red wine is precisely double the number devoted to white. But despite my issues with this 2:1 ratio, and my subsequent urge to review another dozen or so reds in an effort to broaden the disparity to a more respectable level, the #Bteam varietal mafia (my very favorite Twitter-based mafia) has once again seized the reins […]

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Lately I’ve witnessed a lot of debate through the online grapevine about rising alcohol levels in wines – a trend that actually seems to be global in scope. But if you’re anything like me (i.e. smart), you know that alcohol is but a piece of the puzzle – a single variable in the balance equation – and that the % ABV listed on a given bottle, be it high or low, should not by itself be taken […]

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Say, do you remember my very first review? I wrote it way, way back in December of 2010: a simpler time, when there was only one kind of iPad on the market; when only two of the Jersey Shore’s three seasons had aired; and when people everywhere were enjoying what would turn out to be their final moments of peace and solidarity, before the pressures of the post-postmodern age impelled society to collapse in on itself like […]

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Okay, I’ll admit it – I’ve developed something of a bad habit lately. Yes, I’ve been Tweeting. But as an unexpectedly positive consequence of my foray into the world of contemporary communication, I’ve been turned on to (and indeed, by) some grape varietals that I hadn’t heard of before. My favorite so far has been Mencia, a Spanish grape which was brought to my attention by Mr. Scott C. Arellano Borges (@poursip), whose blog you can find […]

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