This Week in Wine March 3, 2019 – James Melendez

This week in wine for me was an always anticipated annual event Tre Bicchieri I know each producer can only highlight so many bottles–rare to see any more than 3 wines per producer (the winning plus two more).

It is the only time I can expect from top to bottom and left and right of Italian wines in one place.  I may taste from a fewer wines but a representative tasting of the entire nation of Italy.

I found a lot of exciting wines. And some that I have tasted recently, others I have never tasted and still another set I haven’t tasted in a while.

I very much enjoy Elena Walch’s Beyond the Clouds Alto Adige/Südtirol Chardonnay 2016 – It has been almost a decade since I tasted this producer wine.  Pleasantly lingering and a definitive  Südtirol Chardonnay.  I love tasting varieties that I rarely get to taste: Gaglioppo, Ruché, Sagrantino, Pallagrello Bianco, Nuragus, Nero di Troia, Moscato di Chambave, and Semidano to name a few.  Also great to find wines from regions that are not plentiful in my market place: Molise, Valle d’Aosta, and Calabria.

A very lovely tasting that I appreciate makes it regular to San Francisco.  I didn’t get to taste Schioppettino or Tazzelenghe wines which I was hoping to find it being poured but it weren’t–hopefully I’ll taste at some point this year.  I like that focus tasting because I was able to taste almost all producers.  Che fantastica esperienza!





























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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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