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.

Wine and Life: Both Serving up Challenges and The Quest for The Great Vintage

Wine grapes are delicate and precious….no matter the variety, and style.  Wine and wine grapes are precious and difficult to grow, to cultivate and to vinify.  Wine grapes unlike any other alcoholic beverage are 100% dependent on good or at … Continue reading

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My Wine Tasting Wish List 2018 – James Melendez

Originally posted on James the Wine Guy:
In the past few years I have been writing about wines on my wish list for this year. Each year, I start out with nearly a blank slate but I do have some…

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Rare Wine Varieties: Taste Them – James Melendez

When one thinks of rare varieties there might be an automatic assumption: “They are rare for a reason” Or rare varieties are assigned to the un-alluring “Esoteric” category. But the history of wine grapes is complex and a story we … Continue reading

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July 2018 Wine Reviews – James Melendez

Here are the wines I tasted this July and the notes and scores for each. I tasted wines from Oregon, Washington, Argentina, and California in this review cycle. Here are a collections of wines I tasted during July. Cathedral Ridge … Continue reading

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Thoughts Champagne/Sparkling Wine Glass – James Melendez

Of all wine glasses for either variety, region or style there is no more passion about design than that for sparkling wine.  Most people that I talk to about stemware for their preferences (not in the wine trade or media) … Continue reading

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June 2018 Wine Reviews – James Melendez

          Peter Zemmer Alto Adige Pinot Nero 2017 Beautiful vitreous in coloration;  scent of mountain strawberry, pepper, moist earth leaves and violets. Palate of rich field strawberry, white pepper, hint of herbaceous and graphite notes. **** … Continue reading

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A Classe A Visit to Hall Napa Valley Winery – James Melendez

I rarely get the chance to focus on visiting and writing about one winery in Napa Valley or anywhere.  I am constantly asked for a top list of places to visit in Napa or Sonoma but the next natural question … Continue reading

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