Columbia-Crest Grand Estate Columbia Valley Merlot – 2006 – 8.8 – James Melendez

First wine review of the new year.  This Columbia-Crest wine shows how the Columbia Valley though further north of Napa Valley / Sonoma County can produce a nice and inexpensive Merlot and other red varietals.  Low alcohol and higher than expected acid levels make this a very approachable wine.  This is not a berry bomb Merlot.  This wine holds characteristics of roasted red cherry, chocolate, Fall herbs and slight hint of black pepper.

Stay tuned for many more wine reviews to come in 2010 and this year I will start reviewing the winery visit experience.



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II love wine and business. I am obsessed with the subject, the art, the history, the sciences, organization management, and making things less complex I have been a former national wine marketing manager for a large off-premise food and wine retailer (280+ retail locations in 30 US States); the love for wine taught me the good practice of using the best methodologies to right side a business which unto itself is complex. Further complexity is wine. Wine simple to enjoy and yet profoundly complex because of many factors: Many grape varieties States of wine: sparkling, still and fortified wines Vintage Blends Regions/AVAs/DOCs etc. Many producer styles Many producers Limited supply Limited and often restricted distribution My experience is still a lot of intimidation with respect to wine. Wine means many things to many people; status, fear, success, ‘you’ve arrived’, enjoyment, good times, tradition and even ceremony. I have consulted with wine producers and association. I have spoken on Wine and Social Media, Wine and Video and The Business of Wine in conferences in the United States and Europe. Beer and spirits do have the same dynamics–there are many producers but compared to wine there is no other consumer product like it. I have been writing about since November 2006 on my site and I have over 2,890 wine videos on my YouTube channel talking about general wine subject matter as well as specific educational topics on wine and reviews. I have been a wine judge and have traveled to many wine countries in the new and old world. Wine has taken me to great places. Life is tough for most of us and it is nice to celebrate life with those near and even far. What wine is really about is sitting around a table with family and friends raising your wine glass and saying—to life! I love to write about travel, food, technology and business–please subscribe! Salute, *** A plethora of wine reviews from wines regions around the world. Read more of my wine © 2020, 2018, 2017, 2010 James P. Melendez – All Rights Reserved.
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2 Responses to Columbia-Crest Grand Estate Columbia Valley Merlot – 2006 – 8.8 – James Melendez

  1. Pingback: Columbia-Crest Grand Estate Columbia Valley Merlot – 2006 – 8.8 … | The Bottle and Cork - Napa and Sonoma Wine blog

  2. Wow! You use one of my favorite words: plethora. And you love Cab Franc. You can’t be half bad, especially since you seem to know how to write. I’ll read more and check your grammar later. As you perhaps read, before I took up wine, I was an English teacher.
    Here’s a site for you which I think you’ll enjoy.
    Now to get back and read some more of your blogs….

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