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Month March 2017

Troon’s Tannat Wines 2014 Vintages – James Melendez

I love Oregon wines.  The state (California) which I currently resides touches the border of Oregon but they might as well be thousands of miles/kilometers apart.  Simply because wine lists have few Oregon wines and when they do 90% of the time they are from Willamette Valley.  It is a treat to find wines from Southern Oregon.

Southern Oregon where Troon is based has wines other than Burgundy varieties.  The richness of southern Oregon is a warmer climate able to support and thrive Bordeaux, Rhone, Italian and Iberian varieties.

I think these Tannat wines are the only Tannat I have ever tasted from Oregon.

I have previous vintages of these particular wines and here is what I am reviewing:

 Troon Southern Oregon M&T Red Wine 2014

Scent of blackberry bayberry, suede, underbrush, and sweet spices.  Flavour notes:  blackberry, red cherry, Hoisin, ground cinnamon and pepper.

Troon Applegate Valley Estate Tannat 2014

Scent of forest floor, cassis, Tayberry, pepper, and black cherry.  Flavour notes: black cherry, black berry, pepper, cinnamon and cardamom.

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Santé,

James

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Travels and The Things You Do: How I Love Being on the Road But Often Dread Traveling Before I Go – James Melendez

Long title right?

Sometimes I have to give great details in my articles otherwise it is a decision point some people may choose not to read.

I love being in a new place but often dread travel. And it is more than just the anticipated travel difficulties… it is about looking at travel in terms of fatigue, delay, terrible food while en route. I am not unique in dreading such things. I also dread the stress of getting ready. I use to be a packer that was last minute—I would forget something… actually I would forget a lot of things.

Over time I have remedied my travels by having one suit case prepared—just in case I didn’t have a lot of time to prepare. I switch out suitcases that the clothes I have packed with a fresh set of clothes and keep the cycle going. My toiletries are not quite as in good shape. I just need to prepare a bag ahead of time—I sometimes forget essentials like a toothbrush or floss or something like it—this is easily remedied by keeping supplies segregated from home use.

Travel has changed and often we look at the negative; flight rules, weather, delayed flights, unfriendly or uncaring airlines. The good old days were necessarily good. I remember before Uber or Lyft I had to depend on a taxi or worse a Suppershuttle. The old taxi system was a dread…. I don’t miss the days of waiting to order, pleading for someone to come, waiting outside until they came. I remember on an East Coast flight all of the taxi services were not answering or they were not being responsive (and this before they accepted reservations?!?) I had to walk a block or two to hope to find an available taxi and back then that was stress… praying that you found an available taxi…..ah the good ole days.

Today with all of the trepidations of flying I have come to love one aspect.  While you can buy WiFi service—I always turn it down or if I am flying business I opt out.  Why?  It is great to be connected but it is a luxury to be disconnected.  I get more writing done than when I am plugged in.  I read more…..I might have a cramped seat but have been lucky on numerous occasions flying domestically that I have gotten the exit row on Southwest.   It is probably because I travel alone and I am fortunate.

Even with a painful delay—somehow just somehow it all works itself out for me getting time to do things I love to do.  To find time to write is a luxury…..to read I rarely even have enough time to read a New Yorker article.

I have been fortunate while traveling—and like everyone else have received a healthy dose of difficulty but the upper road is to look skyward…. Being hopeful, appreciating time—having the time to appreciate time.  So when I dread the next trip or I would rather stay in my home base I have to remember my great experiences.  I wish you great experiences while traveling!

Santé,

James

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Yelp and TripAdvisor Reviews – James Melendez

I use to be a heavy contributor to both Yelp and TripAdvisor. I was a Yelp Elite for 10 years in a row. I was disappointed when I was not approved and was told that could change through the year that I was not immediately accepted but that did not happen. I did go to the Yelp Elite events and I enjoyed them. I was disappointed that after my years of heavy contributions it didn’t matter much.

I get reminders from TripAdvisor that I am in the top “X” percent. Yeah good for them. I am not sure why I need to contribute more…. There is not benefit or incentive. After all both Yelp and TripAdvisor are publicly held companies and their business model is dependent on a lot of free work.

I have left my accounts open but will I contribute –I do reserve for myself the right to contribute on my terms and not theirs. I find TripAdvisor to be an overly perfectionist model of crowd sourced reviews. If I want to make a correction I have to erase, resubmit and wait till it is “approved.”

I would rather contribute to my own blog sites than to another site where the credit I get is marginal at best and that I think is truly not valued.

Santé,

James

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Southern Italian Wines in Lock Step of Continuous Discovery – James Melendez

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I love southern Italian wines–they are just as varied and complex and beautiful as anything in Northern Italy.  Italy is a country that has a marvelous history and where each region is distinct and memorable–food, wine, history and art.

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In Locorotondo

I remember when I was at the Fancy Food Show in New York over a decade ago.  As always I have appointments or just running round to see each aspect of the show–this show was not exception.  This show I slowed down when it came to the Italian Pavillion and there was a seminar put on by Radici del Sud–from that point forward I was in love with the mission of showcasing southern Italian wines.  I tasted Negroamaro and octopus–and who knew this could be so sublime.   Negroamaro– a wine meaning black from bitter is more earthy and tart than bitter.   I had tasted Primitivo many times before but it is always wonderful to taste the Italian expression simply because both region and style come through in ways that it is not Zinfandel.  What I mean by this is that many producers in California are using Petite Sirah-nothing wrong with that but it is highly influential and I say there is a point of departure where these wines can no longer compared against to each other for many reasons.  

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Southern Italian wines have been shining through more now than ever.  There are certainly a ‘country to be discovered” Southern Italy is discovered but discovery is still happening.  I am happy to have been a judge at Radici del Sud 2016.  I remember getting the invitation and I had to re-read again and again–it was a dream to be in Puglia once again.

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Gallipoli

Radici is essential to tell the story of the southern Italian wines.  I loved tasting the treasury of Aglianico–there is so many Aglianico in Italy and much fewer in North America.  Aglianico is certainly a noble red wine of the south.

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Bari Duomo

I am eager to taste more Fiano, Nerello Mascalese, Cataratto, Gagiliopo, Nero d’Avola, Nero di Troia, Malvasia Bianca, Verdeca, Greco di Tuffo, Grillo, Falanghina, Vermentino, Susumaniello, Pallagrello Nero and Pallagrello Bianco.  I do think that we will be tasting more wines from Southern Italy in North America–I do think it is about having vino veritas come to the forefront of dazzling wines to pair with food.

I was so delighted to participate in Radici and I am so glad to go back to participate in Sicilia en Primeur 2017.

Santé,

James

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