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San Francisco Wine Competition, Wine Events

San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition Public Tasting – 2010 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

The San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition was a very difficult event to experience as there was not a well organized winery list of wines.  Only a small newsprint guide was given–a very hard way to record wines tasted.  Also, the environment was very crowded and not all wineries were present.  I made a print out of the wines I wanted to try and to some extent was able to try many of them but many more I missed as the wineries were not present.

Here are the reviews of the wines I tasted; some have been written up and the remaining will be completed.

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PB Heim Napa Valley Charbono – 2004 – 9.4

Macrae Russian River Valley Pinot Noir – 2006 – 9.2

Macia Amador County Barbera – 2008 – 9.2

Due Vigne de Famiglia El Dorado County Dolcetto – 2006 – 9.2

Pope Valley Reerve Cabernet Sauvignon – 2006 – 9.2

Muscardini Ukiah Valley Pauli Ranch Barbera – 2008 – 9.2

Zerba Walla Walla Valley Malbec – 2007 – 9.2

Ardente Atlas Peak Cabernet Sauvignon – 2004 – 9.1

Distefano Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon – 2005 – 9.1

Domenico Amador County Aglianico – 2006 – 9.1

Fortinos Brothers Carneros Pinot Noir – 2006 – 9.1

GV Cellars Solano County Green Valley Dolcetto 9.1

Keating Rockpile Malbec – 2007 – 9.1

Macrae Russian River Valley Pinot Noir – 2007 – 9.1

Merriam Dry Creek Cabernet Franc – 2006 – 9.1

Mettler Family Lodi Cabernet Sauvignon – 2007 – 9.1

Mill Creek Dry Creek Merlot – 2005 – 9.1

Kenneth Volk Calleri Vineyard San Benito Negrette – 2008 – 9.1

Yorkville Yorkville Highlands Cabernet Franc – 2007 – 9.1

Zerba Walla Walla Valley Petit Verdot – 2007 – 9.1

Vision Cellars Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir – 2008 – 9.1

Witch Creek Valle de Guadalupe Nebbiolo – 2007 – 9.1

Graeser Family Diamond Mountain Cabernet Franc – 2004 – 9.0

Domenico Amador County Nebbiolo – 2006 – 9.0

Amphora Russian River Valley Pinot Noir – 2007 – 9.0

Due Vigne de Famiglia El Dorado County Nebbiolo – 2007 – 9.0

R&B Bingham Ranch Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon – 2005 – 9.0

Philo Ridge Anderson Valley Pinot Gris 2008 – 9.0

Sorcellerie Neal 3 Vineyard Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon – 2007 – 9.0

Witch Creek Valle de Guadalupe Aglianico – 2007 – 9.0

Hannah Nicole Contra Costa County Merlot – 2006 – 8.9

Hannah Nicole Contra Costa County Le Melange Rouge – 2006 – 8.9

Kenneth Volk Pomar Junction Vineyard Paso Robles Verdehlo – 2008 – 8.9

Fenestra Ghielmetti Vineyard Livermore Valley Malbec – 2007 – 8.9

Fenestra Ghielmetti Vineyard Livermore Valley Cabernet Franc – 2006 – 8.9

Amphora Molinari Vineyard Dry Creek Malbec – 2006 – 8.9

Keating Rockpile Malbec – 2006 –  8.9

Minnassian-Young Paso Robles Malbec – 2006 – 8.9

Peirano Estate Lodi Tempranillo – 2006 – 8.9

Penman Springs Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon – 2006 – 8.9

Philo Ridge Anderson Valley Gewurztraminer – 2008 – 8.9

Pope Valley Eakle Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon – 2007 – 8.9

Venteaux Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon – 2006 – 8.9

Vina Castellano Sierra Foothills Tempranillo – 2006 – 8.9

Vision Cellars Marin County Pinot Noir – 2008 – 8.9

Cubanismo Willamette Valley Pinot Noir – 2008 – 8.8

Mt. Vernon Clarksburg Petite Sirah – 8.8

Skylight Cellars Yakima Valley Malbec – 2007 – 8.8

Zina Hyde Cunningham Lake County Malbec – 2007 – 8.8

Berryessa Gap Yolo County Malbec – 2006 – 8.7

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¡Salud!

James the Wine Guy

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We all need water to survive but we need wine to nourish our soul. My favourite varietals are Malbec, Pinot Noir, Tempranillo, Shiraz... but there is only one varietal I cannot kind of enjoy and that is Pinotage. I remember my first try was... I hope this is like a Pinot... but it is like drinking a fermented green vegetable with an after taste that just lingers and lingers and... lingers. But I am not here to talk necessarily about what I do not enjoy but what I am passionate about. My current passion is Sherry - Pedro Ximenez which is one of the most amazing wines of all time. If the wine loving world new what they were missing they would start appreciating this miraculous wine. Malbecs drink like they should be double, triple of their current pricing and I am talking solely of Argentina's beloved wine. I love Pinot and I love it even more when I find one worth loving. But when you find a spectacular Pinot you wish time could stand still. And then there is Champagne. I like the bone dry style - Extra Brut. It is an amazing nectar that I like Winston Churchill...could drink everyday. ...Well he did... I am still dreaming about it. I am amazed with Madeiras, Ports, Sauternes, Tokaji and my beloved Sherry.

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