Monthly Archives: August 2016

There is a Very Active and Good Online Wine Writing Community Out There – James Melendez

I have never been married to the term “Wine Blogger” as I think the term Blogger was much more relevant and necessary a decade or so ago.  I have had many experiences in wine both professionally an non-professionally and have … Continue reading

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James the Wine Guy Interview Series – Craig Camp

I have known Craig for over half a decade and have followed him and his wines from Cornerstone Cellars in Yountville to Troon Vineyard.  Craig has been involved with producers that are top of their game for wines of distinction, … Continue reading

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James the Wine Guy Interview Series – Michel Friou, Winemaker of Almaviva

It was a pleasure to interview Michel Friou, winemaker of Almaviva in San Francisco on his visit in June 2016.  He has a rich experience beginning with completion of education at Ecole Nationale Superieure Agronomique de Montpellier in France.  He has … Continue reading

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Seek Wines and Food from Near and Far… Be Local and Equally Embrace the Far Away – James Melendez

The Localvore Movement is important in both food, wine, beer and spirits. I think there is exceptional pride eating and drinking locally.  I think what can be something that introduces guilt is when you are eating something not local.  We … Continue reading

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Review of Wine Bloggers Conference 2016 – James Melendez

I have been to six Wine Bloggers Conferences (WBC) and each are uniquely different and often highlighting the region where it is visiting.  Given all of the WBC all of them have had a central hotel and the conference was … Continue reading

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PS I Don’t Love Petite Sirah – James Melendez

I don’t love Petite Sirah but I don’t hate it either.   There are few varieties that I simply don’t like.  I updated my wine sample policy where I stated that I will no longer review Petite Sirah wines–I will … Continue reading

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