This Week – February 3, 2019 – James Melendez

This weeks adventures were an experience of Sonoma County wines.

I had never been to Williams Selyem on Westside Road.  I had passed in front for years and didn’t realise that I had passed so often.  The winery is not marked except a street address listed on gate/fence area.  I, of course, have been tasting their wines for years.  It is not just a place to visit unless you are on the list.  Visit the site to see how you can get on the list.

The very nicely modern architecture of Alex Ceppi of D.arc Group was lead architect of this very handsome facility.  I had never tasted their San Benito County Pinot Noir from Vista Verde Vineyard and I had never tasted Williams Selyem Zinfandel – a very nice tasting new wines.  A nicely enjoyable visit and wondrous tasting of their wines.














I was also delighted to visit Pedroncelli in Dry Creek Valley–I had visited but I had not been there in quite some time.  A rainy day is great day to visit this and all wineries.  Pedroncelli has been family owned and operated for 92 years.  If you are in Dry Creek Valley it is an outstandingly friendly place to visit and can be easily accessed on 101 if you are coming from or to the City.

I sat down and tasted through in a very civilized and relaxed manner with the always welcoming Ed St. John and Julie Pedroncelli St. John.  I also got to meet Dirk the Dog–a very cute and kind dog–Dirk the Big White Dog.  I appreciate the wines are certified sustainable and great care for all their wines and showcasing diversity of the rich estate wines that is Dry Creek Valley.  Pedroncelli has a thoughtful array of wines which include: Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Rose, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Zinfandel, Sangiovese, Red Wine Blend, Petite Sirah and Vintage Port.














Come visit, no reservations required for the tasting room.  For additional tasting opportunities a reservation may be required.  Take a look at the web page to plan your desired experience.  Come as you are and enjoy Dry Creek Valley and Pedroncelli.














This was a small but nice tasting of Wine Australia San Francisco tasting in Dog Patch at the Pearl.  This was organised by wine region versus produce hence wines could be on several tables.  A nice space and nice showing I felt when compared with the Australia Harvest Festival in 2005 at the Ferry Building there was a greater representation of producers.  While this was long, long ago in a galaxy quite far away it has stuck with me.  I do not believe there was another Australia Harvest Festival in SF after this point.  I do recall at the last Australia Harvest Festival that Chain of Ponds, Gala, Plantagenet, Sons of Eden, all Penfolds wines and Peter Lehmann were all there.

I love Australian wines and I do think there is a very wide open market for the US.  While Australia is often thought of for Shiraz it is quite diverse in it’s very strong presence of almost all commercially produce wine grapes.  Not just producing all commercial wine grapes–very strong producers.

Until next week–have a great week!



James the Wine Guy

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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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