Author Archives: James Melendez

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.

San Francisco’s Hotel Bars – Follow-Up to a New York Times Article – James Melendez

I like the New York Times for it’s sundry coverage of everything EXCEPT travel.  I was superbly disappointed when I started to go to places the New York Times was highlighting that didn’t meet my expectations over time. I am … Continue reading

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July 2019 Wine Reviews – James Melendez

These are wines and beers that I tasted in July – I prefer to publish in the middle of the month but it was a busier than usual hence the last day of the month. Peter Zemmer Alto Adige/Südtirol Pinot … Continue reading

Posted in Ale, Alto Adige, Bordeaux, Central Coast, Chardonnay, Dessert Wine, Japanese Beer, Malbec, Monterey, Monthly Reviews, Paso Robles, Pinot Grigio, Rioja, San Luis Obispo, Viognier, Wine Review | Leave a comment

James the Wine Guy Interview Series: Sónia Vieira & Filipa Anunciação, Wines of Portugal

  I sat down to talk with Sónia Vieira, Head of Promotion and Filipa Anunciação, Senior Area Manager of Wines of Portugal on a visit to San Francisco this past Spring (2019).  I have been a perennial attendee of Wines … Continue reading

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Japanese Craft Beer Roundup- James Melendez

        Japan has been known not just for being a Saké producer but also beer from known brand names like Asahi, Sapporo and Kirin and spirits namely Whisky. While Japan has been a beer producing nation for … Continue reading

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James the Wine Guy Interview Series: Beth Vukmanic Lopez, SIP Certified Manager

I am delighted to have had the opportunity to have interviewed Beth Vukmanic Lopez, Manager of SIP Certified.  I have long been a fan of all sustainability programs because the reach, intent and adoption are in touch with today’s needs … Continue reading

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The Instagram Follow/Unfollow Culture – James Melendez

I like Instagram for the sure bliss of liking photos and especially those people I know and what they are doing, brands that I like and subject matter than I enjoy. BUT the Instagram culture of today is strange, very … Continue reading

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2019 Midsummer Wine & More Reviews – James Melendez

A lovely month of diversity.  I love red and white wines year and, of course, rosé is particularly appreciable but I do love rosé year round.   I am constantly asked if I prefer red or white wine to which I … Continue reading

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