June 2020 Wine Reviews

These are some of the wines I have tasted this month.  I usually have a ton of rosés to review but my tasting table had very few as compared to a year ago this time.  I loved rosé when at least in the US it wasn’t cool to like it.  I would be at media, trade and consumer tastings and each producer would want to pour their rosé and it was one that most people would turn away; not me!

This summer should be one–fingers crossed–of milestones.  I have written about that wine and video is one of if not the toughest category on YouTube.  I will reach one half million clicks for my videos–all without the help of a puppy or kitten (puppies and kittens are very popular on YouTube).  And if current trends continue, I should reach my 2,000th subscriber this summer–could be July or August.  I will also reach my 3,000th published video on my wine YouTube channel this summer.

I have attended a lot of virtual tastings–it is more than I can count–which is not a bad thing!  I am glad that there are many especially in these difficult times.  A year ago today, I was reminiscing virtual tasting as they were precipitously dropping–I thought 2019 was the last year…. my how things have changed!

Jancis Robinson is not a fan of wine and video–here is what she said in a video:

“I don’t think wine tasting is a spectator sport” 

Voila today it is not about wine being a spectator sport is a connection that everyone is making on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Zoom, etc. for happy hours, family get togethers, making recipes, working, etc.  We do not know how long it will be before we have a vaccine for Coronavirus–and also there is no certainty that there will be one.  For some viewers, it is a time to learn, connecting with their favourite winery they cannot physically visit.  Video is a way to not take away from the in person experience but can bridge a gap and potentially connecting to more often.

I don’t agree with Jancis Robinson on wine and video–perhaps it is a generational thing.  Wine and video offers a connecting point that is powerful just as it does for other video categories.  I do think it is the most difficult category and one with one of the highest potentials for being evergreen–few categories can have evergreen content.  Wine content is relevant and needed and it is a big category where I would be surprised if 1-2% of all wines produced per year get any video coverage.

I have been fortunate time wise to have completed a video review of each wine in the list below for tasting this month of June 2020:


















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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 reviews:jamesthewineguy.wordpress.com © 2020, 2018, 2017, 2010 James P. Melendez – All Rights Reserved.
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