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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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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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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