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.

Top 100 Wines of 2019 – James Melendez

Here is another annual listing of the top 100 wines tasted this year.  Another lovely tasting year of wine.  This is the last of the decade and I enjoy getting to make this yearly pick of the Top 100.  Every … Continue reading

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November 2019 Wine Reviews – James Melendez

Here are my tastings for November–just one more month of tasting to finish out this year and decade.  While it seems like it has gone by quickly–it has also been a decade of great tastings and travel. I’ll be publishing … Continue reading

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Cookbook Review: Rustic Joyful Food – Danielle Kartes – A Thoughtful Cookbook for Your Kitchen 95 Points

I love cookbooks–I think it is at the intersection of caring for those around and to implement ingredients and steps to making your dining room table pop full of flavor. I have stopped using online recipes simply because I have … Continue reading

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James the Wine Guy Interview Series – Alessia Travaglini, Travaglini Gattinara

I was delighted to taste Travaglini wines in San Francisco recently paired with food at such a perfect place to taste these wine–Perbacco.  When I am longing for Italian cuisine in San Francisco this is my number one place to … Continue reading

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Four Reasons for San Francisco Restaurant High Closure Rate

Opening a restaurant in San Francisco is not for the faint hearted.  Perhaps steely courage and an unfettered belief is the only way to think about this superbly risky venture. One interview I saw a restaurant owner said that meal … Continue reading

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James the Wine Guy Interview Series: Charles Scicolone

It was wonderful to have met Charles and being on the same judging table at Radici del Sud in Bari in 2016. As a wine judging team we had a free afternoon–and we all decided to explore old Bari and … Continue reading

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James the Wine Guy Interview: JMC Luxury Portfolio – Mitch Cosentino & Paul Scotto

This is my 18th interview in the James the Wine Guy Interview series.  This is the first time I have featured two people at once: Mitch Cosentino and Paul Scotto.  It was much needed to represent their latest venture of … Continue reading

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