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.

The Undiscovered Country: Mexican Food & Wine Pairings – James Melendez

I always hear some great ideas for almost all cuisines for wines to pair with food: EXCEPT: Mexican food I have heard some great wine pairings for Vietnamese, Korean, Japanese, Szhechuan, Cantonese, Indian, Moroccan….. you get the idea. But the … Continue reading

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Smaller Beaujolais Producers – In Time for Thanksgiving and Beyond – James Melendez

Don’t think of Beaujolais as only for Thanksgiving.  Wondrous for Thanksgiving but fantastic year long.  I love Beaujolais white wines – I rarely taste and glad to experience. On a visit to Paris last Fall I had the privilege of … Continue reading

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Two Rias Baixas Albariño – November 2017 – James Melendez

You & Me Rias Baixas Albariño 2016 This wine is produced by Bodegas Vioneta.  A whimsical package with a screwcap and in a Burgundy silhouette. Slightly effervescent wine with a nose of Meyer lemon peel, apricot, almond and white flowers; flavour … Continue reading

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Results of The First JamesTheWineGuy Sparkling Wine Survey – James Melendez

First, thank you to all of those people who participated.  I realised in my writing that it was important to do a survey on wine.  I want more of my writing to not just always be based on the anecdotal … Continue reading

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Grenache and Garnacha: San Francisco Dinner and Tasting: A Memorable Variety – James Melendez

I went to a splendid dinner at Piperade north of San Francisco’s FiDi to honour Grenache Day 2017 the focus was from NE Spain and SW France namely: Cariñena, Calatayud, Banyuls, Rivesaltes, Côtes du Roussillon, Campo de Borja, and Somontano. … Continue reading

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Please Take Sparkling Wine Survey 2017

I have designed this survey to capture some thoughts on sparkling wine.  I have always wanted to design this survey for this specific topic.  I thought it would be great to get a feel for some perspectives on sparkling wine. … Continue reading

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Not Omnichannel…. Look to Optichannel for 7 Points of Customer Satisfaction – James Melendez

(c) James Melendez 2017 Omnichannel just means offerings on all commerce channel offerings–it doesn’t mean they play or work well together.  Wait didn’t we say this in 1999?  Why are these feelings still evident in 2017?  That is because many brands … Continue reading

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