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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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Russia is a land fraught with contradiction. Although its name is a mere two syllables, it is the largest country on Earth in terms of land mass. The first nation to send a man into space, Russia ranks among the bottom 50% alphabetically. And while regarded as an egalitarian paradise during its brief but memorable stint in the Soviet Union, Russia has never quite reclaimed its former glory, the kind of sweeping, imperial conquest enjoyed under great […]

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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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You may have heard some crazy rumors lately that springtime is over, and as a result it’s now officially summer. For many, this means one thing: heat stroke. But if you’re lucky enough to have air conditioning, you can focus on what’s really important: becoming a better drinker. How? Well I’m glad you asked! The simplest (and funnest) way by far is to broaden your vinic horizons; that is, try some wines outside your usual comfort zone. […]

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Hey folks! It’s been a while; this I know. I would apologize for my untimely absence, but I’ve actually been working on a super-secret project that, Bacchus-willing, may not remain super-secret much longer – and don’t worry, this project is very related to wine. For the moment, however, you can relax, because right now I’m back to my old, bloggy self, and you can bet I’ve got a damn fascinating bottle to discuss. If you’ve been keeping […]

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Due to the raging success of my Pinot Soiree, which shattered my original estimates with a total of two non-me participants, it wasn’t long before another request to set up a tasting came my way. And with spring more or less having arrived, I felt this would be a great opportunity to broaden my own palate a little and taste some seasonally-appropriate rosé wines. If you’ve read my last entry, you’d know that I don’t typically drink […]

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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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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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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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