July 2020 Wine Reviews




My viewing “window” at Iron Horse

July was a wonderful wine tasting month. Lots of virtual tastings and I enjoyed the opportunity to taste so much and to connect with so many people on Zoom, Twitter and so fourth.  I am grateful and glad to be have these experiences.

Wine is about the present–it is important for me to enjoy with my dinner each and every day.  While wine is about the present; wine is hope in and for the future.  It is something that is timely and can only be done during the warmer parts of the year–vines if nurtured will provide fruit if properly cared for.  Once vinted and bottle provide us something that we can share in the future–it is a capture of time.  While 2020 is a year of trauma for many it will not be a year people will all look back with warm regard but maybe, just maybe this years harvest will be good.

This month was National Prosecco Day (July 20-26, 2020) I like the idea of a wine focused week versus a region or variety that is only highlighted for one day–how many have I missed of one day events–a good number.

I was able to leave San Francisco thank goodness for an afternoon!! I went to Ironhorse and Pax (felt very nice to be at each winery).  Ironhorse is always outdoor tastings all the time not just now.  Pax in The Barlow was another superb visit–a Gamay, Syrah house for reds and Vermentino, Trousseau Gris and Mission (wow Mission?  Yep Mission wine).  I felt the staff were so welcoming at both places and the attention to safety was paramount.

I appreciate the ability of getting out of San Francisco–I have never been so locked down where I have not been on a jet plane since February.    I pray I can get out of San Francisco for another wine country get away soon!

A nice and diverse set of wines: Pinot Noir from Oregon and Russian River Valley, Prosecco, Lugana, Portugal, Zinfandel, Mendoza, Sonoma, and Napa wines.

Let me know what you tasted this month.  Thank you!

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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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