Monthly Archives: December 2010

Wine: Bottled Complexities – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

Bottled Complexities 4 (click to open PDF version) Wine is an amazingly complex subject.   And in it’s complexity is both a good thing and yet unfortunately makes for confusion as well.  I have been wanting to create, for some … Continue reading

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Winery Visit: Winery Visit: Schug Carneros Estate Winery – 9.0 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy 9.0

An idyllic setting on a gentle slope of a Carneros hill-slight tilt to have a great perspective of the beautiful Carneros district.  The facility is simple but quite fitting.  This winery specializes in one sparkling wine (Rouge de Noirs Sparkling … Continue reading

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Winery Visit: Jacuzzi Family Vineyards – 9.2 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

I have passed by Jacuzzi Family Vineyards on my way to Napa many times.  But I had finally stopped by when I did not have enough time to get to Napa.  It was a great way to discover the warmth … Continue reading

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Top 100 Wines 2010 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

Below are the wines that rose to the top of my wine tasting experience.  This list is in alpha order and not in a hierarchy i.e. one is better than two etc.  The scores speak for themselves. Tasting many wines … Continue reading

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Winery Visit: Artesa Vineyards and Winery – 8.8 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

Probably the best and most evocative view in the Carneros wine district;  the semi-subterranean architecture; green roof, and plenty of water foundations make for one of the most stunning and compelling experiences in this wine country. Artesa is owned by … Continue reading

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Winery Visit: Miner Family Vineyards – 8.9 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

This Silverado Trail winery is right off the trail.  This winery is a easy to access—I have picnicked on the tables right on the entry way.  When you visit be sure to try the Chardonnay Wild Yeast, Cabernet Sauvignon Stagecoach … Continue reading

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Winery Visit: Pellegrini Vineyard – 8.9 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

This Pellegrini Vineyard and not to be confused to the west coast Pellegrini in the Russian River Valley (and to the best of my knowledge they are not related).   Pellegrini in Cutchoque was the first winery in the North Fork … Continue reading

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