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.

James the Wine Guy Interview Series: Martin Sheehan-Stross, Foot of The Bed Cellars

I was so fortunate to meet and  attend a lovely event with Foot of the Bed founders:  Martin Sheehan-Stross, Chief Wine Officer and Co-Founder and Luc Bergevin, Founder and CEO. The founding of the Foot of the Bed started by … Continue reading

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March 2019 Wine Reviews – James Melendez

While a longer month than last–it seemed to go so much more quickly.  One comforting constant is wine!  Here are my reviews both written and video reviews for the month of March. I am in full spring mode and keep … Continue reading

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Book Review: Ancient Wine: The Search for The Origins of Viticulture – Patrick McGoven

This is not a new book published originally in 2003.  Patrick McGovern is Scientific Director of the Biomolecular Archaeology Laboratory for Cuisine, Fermented Beverages, and Health at the University of Pennsylvania Museum. This is short review because there have been … Continue reading

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This Week in Wine March 3, 2019 – James Melendez

This week in wine for me was an always anticipated annual event Tre Bicchieri.  I know each producer can only highlight so many bottles–rare to see any more than 3 wines per producer (the winning plus two more). It is … Continue reading

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When Was Your Last Tasting Menu Experience? James Melendez

When was your last tasting menu experience? Well that was far too long ago! I said to a friend once “I wish I could go to a tasting menu once a week” she said that she didn’t have the same … Continue reading

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February 2019 Wine Reviews – James Melendez

Another fun tasting month of wines from Arizona to La Mancha to Ribera del Duero and back to Santa Clara Valley south of San Francisco.  I am always amazed on such variation that hits my tasting table. Please seek out … Continue reading

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This Week in Wine February 17, 2019 – James Melendez

January is a great month–slower than the remainder of the year.  I know that it is when I need to get my online learnings done, read all that I want to read because there will be no time for anything … Continue reading

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