Monthly Archives: December 2011

Wine’s Shelf Space: A Cavalcade of Wine – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

There is not enough shelf space for wine yet there are so many who retail wine…. an interesting conundrum.  There were 120,000 applications for wine labels this year (2011) and that is such a telling number unto itself.  US TTB … Continue reading

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For the Love of Los Carneros – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

For the love of Los Carneros for me has been my gateway to Napa Valley and Sonoma County for many years.  It has always been an exciting and thrilling wine country–in many ways the appropriate wine country gateway.  An entrance … Continue reading

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Champagne Wishes..Caviar Dreams…Wine Selections for New Years 2012

Yes that was a moniker for “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous” and this article will focus on Sparkling wines and Champagne and less so on caviar–though I do enjoy it and think it nicely paired with Champagne. But you … Continue reading

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A Mumm Napa Visit – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

Mumm Napa is such a wonderful winery to visit and the only sparkling winery on Silverado Trail.  One of my favourite things about this winery is the view—I always like to sit outside to enjoy an amazing panorama and the … Continue reading

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Flora Wild Boar Pope Valley Cabernet Sauvignon – 2008 – 9.4 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

Focused, dense and with considerable finesse; notes of wild blueberry, Acai, nutmeg, Cardamom, chocolate dust and white truffle. ¡Salud! *** Demystifying Wine…One Bottle at a Time from all wine regions around the world. Read more of my wine reviews: © … Continue reading

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2011 Top 100 Wines – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

Here is my 2011 Top 100 wine list and as I have in my past top list the number 1 to 100 do not signfy that wine number 1 is not the highest ranking wine—rather this list is an alpha … Continue reading

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In the Heart of the Matter… Vine to Winemaker and Beyond – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

In the heart of the matter is wine and vine and winemaker and beyond.  Reading a comment recently published by Jancis Robinson “Meeting the Wine Bloggers’ and it was in response to her visit to Virginia for the Wine Bloggers … Continue reading

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