My Wine Tasting Wish List 2018 – James Melendez

In the past few years I have been writing about wines on my wish list for this year.

Each year, I start out with nearly a blank slate but I do have some wines left over on my tasting table from the previous year.  But I do attempt EVERY single year to taste wines from all wine regions large, small and the lesser known.

My wine ‘racetrack” motto is to taste wines from all regions and varieties each year.

Here is my list:


  • Willamette Valley – All sub-AVAs of course
  • Rogue Valley
  • Columbia Valley
  • Umpqua
  • Applegate Valley


More than overdue for a ‘foot on ground tour’ – visited the Taste Washington which is fantastic – a must visit if you want a sampling of all wine regions from Washington State.

  • Puget Sound – last year (’17) was my first time to taste wines from this AVA
  • Columbia Gorge
  • Columbia Valley
  • Horse Heaven Hills
  • Lake Chelan
  • Red Mountain
  • Snipes Mountain
  • Red Mountain
  • Walhluke Slope
  • Walla Walla Valley
  • Yakima Valley


  • Snake River AVA – it’s a rare year to taste Idaho wines and I have never visited this AVA


  • Grand Valley – I have one bottle of Colorado Cabernet Sauvignon – would love the experience of tasting many producers


  • Sonoita AVA


  • Santa Cruz Mountains – so close and yet taste very little SCM
  • Mendocino
  • Napa Valley
  • Sonoma 
  • Paso Robles
  • Santa Barbara
  • Ramona Valley – Never tasted a wine from this AVA – a priority this year
  • Sierra Foothills – All AVAs
  • Central Coast – All AVAs
  • Malibu Coast
  • Marin County
  • Livermore Valley
  • Lake County


  • All wine AVAs – I do hope to taste many this year– I do at least taste a few producers year

North Carolina

  • I hope to taste at least a Petit Manseng this year from NC; last year was the first time I had ever tasted two wines from the state


  • All AVAs – I visited briefly last year but would love to tasted latest vintages from all wine regions

New York

  • All AVAs

New Jersey

  • All AVAs


  • All AVAs

Maryland and New Jersey

I have tasted wines from Maryland; never tasted any wines from New Jersey


  • Wine Country Ontario: I can only find ice wines in US but would love to taste through many Ontario wines this year
  • Quebec and the Maritime
  • British ColumbiaOkanagan Valley – So close but so far away at least in terms of finding any OV wines in my market place
  • Vancouver Island, Similkameen, and Fraser Valley

My second largest audience is Canada for my wine channel on YouTube


  • Guadalupe Valley – so difficult to find in California

South America

  • Bolivia – a priority for my South American tastings
  • Uruguay – just tasted only a few last year
  • Brazil
  • Peru

Not a specific call out is Argentina and Chile–I usually get an over assortment yearly and I’ll get plenty to taste this year.


  • South Africa – each year is a hit or miss year; I want to taste consistently from South Africa
  • Morocco


  • China – have never tasted any wine from China
  • India – I have tasted but only two producers ever

Middle East

  • Lebanon
  • Israel
  • Jordan
  • Syria
  • Turkey
  • Cyprus


I want to taste from all European wine nation states.  I am very interested in tasting wines from places I have not tasted from before like Belgium, Luxembourg, Andorra, The Netherlands, and all very northerly countries producing wine.

I, of course, always want to be tasting wines from (and all appellations):

  • France
  • Italy
  • Spain
  • Portugal
  • UK – Rarely ever get to taste English sparkling wine; in fact only once
  • Switzerland – tasted only one time in my life; even on restaurant wine lists in Switzerland they are rarely on lists
  • Austria
  • Hungary
  • Poland – first time to taste in 2016
  • Czech – first time to taste in 2016
  • Germany
  • Croatia
  • Slovenia
  • Slovakia
  • Greece
  • Bosnia & Herzegovina
  • Serbia
  • Montenegro
  • Georgia
  • Romania
  • Bulgaria
  • Slovakia
  • Macedonia
  • Armenia
  • Netherlands
  • Luxembourg


  • All appellations

New Zealand

  • All appellations

So it is to taste and to write about and/or complete video reviews of wine regions I have mentioned above.  If I can taste from most of these regions this means that I am being as balanced as possible to taste wines from all regions around the planet.

Now boarding – if you are producer or importer please contact me –



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II love wine and business. I am obsessed with the subject, the art, the history, the sciences, organization management, and making things less complex I have been a former national wine marketing manager for a large off-premise food and wine retailer (280+ retail locations in 30 US States); the love for wine taught me the good practice of using the best methodologies to right side a business which unto itself is complex. Further complexity is wine. Wine simple to enjoy and yet profoundly complex because of many factors: Many grape varieties States of wine: sparkling, still and fortified wines Vintage Blends Regions/AVAs/DOCs etc. Many producer styles Many producers Limited supply Limited and often restricted distribution My experience is still a lot of intimidation with respect to wine. Wine means many things to many people; status, fear, success, ‘you’ve arrived’, enjoyment, good times, tradition and even ceremony. I have consulted with wine producers and association. I have spoken on Wine and Social Media, Wine and Video and The Business of Wine in conferences in the United States and Europe. Beer and spirits do have the same dynamics–there are many producers but compared to wine there is no other consumer product like it. I have been writing about since November 2006 on my site and I have over 2,890 wine videos on my YouTube channel talking about general wine subject matter as well as specific educational topics on wine and reviews. I have been a wine judge and have traveled to many wine countries in the new and old world. Wine has taken me to great places. Life is tough for most of us and it is nice to celebrate life with those near and even far. What wine is really about is sitting around a table with family and friends raising your wine glass and saying—to life! I love to write about travel, food, technology and business–please subscribe! Salute, *** A plethora of wine reviews from wines regions around the world. Read more of my wine © 2020, 2018, 2017, 2010 James P. Melendez – All Rights Reserved.
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2 Responses to My Wine Tasting Wish List 2018 – James Melendez

  1. Pingback: The State of Wine 2018 – James Melendez | James the Wine Guy

  2. Reblogged this on James the Wine Guy and commented:

    Hello–I am still seeking most of what I have listed here. If you are an importer/distributor please let me know if you have any of these wines?

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