My 2014 Landmark List and NTM (Need to Taste More List) – James Melendez / James the Wine Guy

In my videos, I have talked about this year (2014) as another year of diversity in my tasting.  I continue to challenge myself to have as full spectrum of wine videos from as many wine regions as possible.

I know many specialist of wine reviewers and writers and some have a very specific scope of region: California, Northern California, Bordeaux, Rioja and so fourth.  I have always believed, at least, for myself that it would betray my intellect to not taste wines from the furthest reaches.  My home base is San Francisco and whether I was based here or not I would continue to have California wines as another region to review wines.

I published a list that I call my Landmark List (2-March-2013) and here is the article:

I noted the following as wine countries that I have not tasted:

  • Turkey
  • Ontario
  • Armenia
  • Algeria
  • Azerbaijan
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Luxembourg
  • Liechtenstein
  • Malta
  • Tunisia
  • Egypt
  • Moldova
  • Peru
  • Finger Lakes
  • Slovakia
  • Serbia
  • China
  • Russian
  • Jordan
  • Bulgaria
  • Ukraine

I can now remove Jordan, Peru, Moldova, Finger Lakes, Ontario, Turkey.  You will see the one’s I removed from Landmark list have now moved to the Need to Taste More (NTM) List.


I have included below my  Need to Taste More (NTM) list.

Need to Taste More (NTM) List:

  • Puglia
  • Sicily
  • Valle d’Aosta
  • South Africa
  • Canary Islands (Islas Canarias)
  • Uruguay
  • Mexico
  • Lebanon
  • Macedonia
  • Morocco
  • Israel
  • Republic of Georgia
  • Romania
  • Montenegro
  • Oregon
  • Washington State
  • Australia
  • France
  • Spain
  • Italy
  • Germany
  • Austria
  • Croatia
  • Slovenia
  • Bosnia & Herzegovina
  • New Zealand
  • Arizona
  • Colorado
  • Maryland
  • Michigan
  • Delaware
  • New Jersey
  • Chile

And I will probably continue to add to my NTM (Need to Taste More) List.

Keep a look out on my YouTube channel and subscribe to keep up with latest reviews and general wine videos.

Please drop me a line if you know where I could obtain wines from either list (Landmark or NTM). –

Thank you and a great year to you!

James Melendez

Demystifying Wine…One Bottle at a Time from all wine regions around the world.

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About James Melendez

I love wine and have had the privilege of working in the wine trade as a senior national wine marketing manager for a wine, food and home goods retailer in 30+ US States. I executed into making wine experiential and made 'wines of the world' programme work in a highly regulated framework for a successful business proposition. My "wine" site also incorporates those categories intimately involved with wine such as food, travel and lifestyle. This site incorporates my many dimensions of interest. I love to review and also talk about many aspects of wine. I have been privileged to visit many wine countries and find them enthralling no matter how many times I visit. I love all aspects of wine: viticulture, history, winemaking, brand development, wine regions and many more aspects. This is a living tradition that needs documentation, education, reporting and reviewing. Do I have favourite varieties and styles? I love so many varieties and often it is situational and yet there are time honoured wines that I anticipate and I am passionate about. I like all colours of wine and all styles. I have had a mad passionate affair with sparkling wines and they are always top of mind. Wine nourishes our soul and is the key to connecting with other people at our dinner table. Salute, James © 2014, 2017 James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy— All Rights Reserved – for my original Content, logo, brand name, rating, rating graphic and award and designs of James the Wine Guy. James the Wine Guy also on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and other social medias.
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