About Me – James Melendez, James the Wine Guy
I love wine, I am obsessed with the subject, the art, the history, the science. In wine there is something for everyone, and for everyone there is a wine to fit one’s palette. I believe wine is for the masses, not just a select few. Wine has been perceived to be for the upper castes but it is accessible to all.
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. Wine was never meant to be for just a few people but for anyone who enjoys wine.
Wine is a complex subject because of some fundamental differences between naming convention between Europe and the new world. And wine is also complex for other reasons; there are many grape varietals that end up producing wines that are different from the next; and then there are state of wine: sparkling still and fortified wines. There are other complexities such as wine making styles, wines from the same region (same varietal) can be different from one another. Also, there is the question of quantity (what is available) and then there is the differences in distributing wine and the complication of geography and regulation.
Many beverages have complexity in the product but we do not over think in the enjoyment. Think about beer, gin, vodka, sake; these are complex beverages as well. But most will enjoy these beverages but without intimidation; that is how wine should be enjoyed.
I adore almost all wine varietals as each have something to offer. I am fond of Albariño, Assyrtiko, Auxerrois Blanc, Barbera, Blaufränkisch, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chambourcin, Charbono, Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Grenache, Grüner Veltliner, Malbec, Marzemino, Merlot, Mondeuse, Montepulciano, Mourvedre, Muscat Canelli, Nebbiolo, Nerello Mascalese, Palomino, Pedro Ximenez, Petit Verdot, Petite Sirah, Pigato, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Pinot Meunier, Pinot Noir, Refosco, Riesling, Rkatsiteli, Roditis, Roussanne, Sangiovese, Saperavi, Sauvignon Blanc, Schiava, Schiopettino, Semillon, Syrah / Shiraz, Tempranillo, Teroldego, Tinta Amarela, Tinta Barroca, Tinta Cao, Tinta Roriz, Tocai Friulano, Torrontes, Touriga Franca, Touriga Nacional, Trincadeira, Uva di Troia, Verdicchio, Vermentino, Viognier, Xarellom, Zinfandel, to name a few.
Some of my favourite wines come from Napa: Howell Mountain, Stag’s Leap District, Carneros, Mount Veeder, Calistoga, Rutherford, Oakville, Spring Mountain District, Sonoma Coast, Russian River Valley, Sonoma Mountain, Sonoma Valley, Knights Valley, Chalk Hill, Green Valley, Anderson Valley, McDowell Valley, Cole Ranch, Santa Barbara, York Mountain, Paso Robles, Santa Maria Valley, Santa Lucia Highlands, Arroyo Grande, Amador County, California; Willamette Valley, Oregon; Central Otago, Martinborough, Canterbury, Marlborough, New Zealand; Clare Valley, Barossa Valley, Eden Valley, McLaren Vale, Coonawarra, Padthaway, Hunter Valley Mudgee, Rutherglen, Yarra Valley, Margaret Valley, Margaret River, Australia; Stellenbosch, Constantia, Walker Bay, Paarl, South Africa; Republic of Georgia; Finger Lakes, North Fork – Long Island, New York; Texas Hill Country; Emilia Romagna, Friuli Venezia Guilia, Barolo, Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino, Sicily, Trentino Alto Adige, Puglia, Italy; Burgundy, Bordeaux, Champagne, Rhone Valley, Alsace, Languedoc-Roussillon, France; Navarra, Jerez, La Mancha, Priorato, Rias Baixas, Ribera del Duero, Spain; Douro, Madiera, Portugal; Hungary; Israel; Lebanon; Greece; Guadalupe Valley, México; Mendoza, Argentina; Casablanca Valley, Maipo Valley, Rapel Valley, Colchagua Valley, Chile; Mosel-Saar-Ruwer, Baden, Rheinau; Germany; Wachau, Kamtal-Donauland, Austria
Wine is about evocation and a desire to draw those in that are closest to us to enjoy good times. Life is tough for most of us and it is nice to celebrate life with those near and even far. At days end, what wine is really about is sitting around a table with family and friends raising your wine glass and saying—to life!
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