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.

I am Now Podcasting – James Melendez/JamesTheWineGuy – Take a Listen

I have started to produce my podcast and you can find it now on Spotify and Stitcher and soon on Apple, TuneIn and IHeartRadio. I started this podcast to talk more in depth about wine, food, travel, other beverages and … Continue reading

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Per Favore Aiutate Italia/Please Help Italy (Coronavirus)

I dread to open any news channel online or broadcast to see that there is no containment at the epicenter of the Coronavirus. The epicenter is Italy.  Italy is suffering.  I keep reading about a constant lack of simple things … Continue reading

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My Wine Tasting Table Is Open – JamesTheWineGuy

My wine tasting table is open! It is always open but given this extraordinary time it seems there are two things going on—brands trying to go about business as usual as much as possible and brands where it has stopped … Continue reading

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Vintage Champagne and Global Climate Change – James Melendez

I love sparkling wine, I love Champagne and, of course, j’adore vintage Champagne. I can never taste too often or too much and in this confessional I am a Brut Nature, Extra Brut and Blanc de Blanc aficionado. Sometimes content … Continue reading

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Buy Made in Italy Goods Now; Especially Now in this Very Perilous Moment – James Melendez

Io Amo Italia! I am sure it is no secret that I have a profound love for Italy–it’s history, art, food, wine, geography, geology, designs, accomplishments and people and so much more. I was just in Italy in January in … Continue reading

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January-February 2020 Wine Review – James Melendez

Here are wines that I tasted in January and February of the first two months of this new decade. Also, I was delighted to have attended both Nebbiolo Prima and the Grandi Langhe in Alba, Italy and ZinEx (Zinfandel Experience) … Continue reading

Posted in Chardonnay, Chianti, Chianti Classico, DOC Etna, Grillo, Lambrusco, Lodi, Nerello Cappuccio, Pineau des Charentes, Russian River, Sauvignon Blanc, Sicilia, Sonoma County, Wine Review, Zinfandel | Leave a comment

ZinEx San Francisco Tasting Scores 2020 – James Melendez

Another nice showing of Zinfandel/Primitivo producers from mainly California, one Primitivo from Puglia and one Plavac Mali from Croatia.  The Pier 27 location which serves as an embarking point for cruise passengers to San Francisco is also the City’s wine … Continue reading

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