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.

YouTube’s Offense of Wine and Small Videos Producer – James Melendez

My YouTube channel Many playlists but probably the most complete is my Liked Playlist please do me a favour and watch some of my videos. YouTube is making a change to the YPP (YouTube Partner Program) to punish small producers who … Continue reading

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Another Undiscovered Country: Wine and Indian Food Pairing

I was recently at Dosa on Valencia Street in San Francisco.  First Dosa is a favourite–and fantastic food experience always.  They offer a very nice and tidy wine and drinks list.  Dosa is a great example of a restaurant to … Continue reading

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Sicilia en Primeur II – James Melendez

My experience in Sicilia was extensive in a very short trip. Did I see each region and each producer? No. But I got to this mythical yet very real land and saw a lot in a short period.  When I … Continue reading

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Washington Wine Experience 2017 – James Melendez

First do one thing in 2018 – get a ticket to attend the Taste Washington (click here to get more information).  Get a ticket to taste from the majority of Washington’s wine producers.  The next Taste of Washington will be … Continue reading

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Artisans of Australian Wine San Francisco Tasting 2017 – James Melendez

Year over year I taste so little Australian wines.  I was so glad I was able to attend a smaller producer tasting called Artisans of Australian Wines.  The tasting was here in San Francisco in September 2017. In general and … Continue reading

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Taste of Mendocino 2017 Wine Review – James Melendez

Mendocino is a known wine country and wildly beautiful.  I love the pristine beauty of this rugged and gorgeously beautiful wine country. This wine country looks like no other wine country not just in California but all wine countries anywhere. … Continue reading

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Always An Opportune Time to Taste and Visit Gloria Ferrer Wines – James Melendez

When I look at the state of US sparkling wine there are many fewer produces than say France, Italy or Spain.  There are several larger producers of sparkling wine in Northern California but I don’t always taste their wines on … Continue reading

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