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.

Food & Montsant Wines – Part III DO Montsant – James Melendez

This is the third part of my three part series on DO Montsant from my March 2018 visit. One of the most exciting things to experience is putting foot on ground where your wines are being sourced from.  Especially if … Continue reading

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A Love for Sicilia – Wine, Food, People and The Land – Part I – Palermo

Originally posted on James the Wine Guy:
Sicila – A Drawing I Created Simply Because I couldn’t find a Map that was Showing All of the Wine Regions I had the privilege of stepping onto the beautiful island of Sicilia…

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Troon Montepulciano and Sangiovese 2016 – James Melendez

Troon is a special producer in Southern Oregon’s Applegate Valley specialsing in Italian, Rhône varieties, Zinfandel and Malbec.  Applegate Valley’s granitic soils and long summer hours of sunshine and heat index make for an ideal climate of the unique and special … Continue reading

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Three Cheers to Cava – An Invitation to Drink More – James Melendez

Cava producers are doing a fantastic job of creating bottles of gorgeous wines from their famed region using three characteristic wine grape: Macabeo, Xarel-lo and Parellada in many wines. I thought it very important to highlight Cava because as I … Continue reading

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Broken Wine Glasses – 5 Tips to Lose Fewer – James Melendez

It does break my heart when I break a wine glass especially a great one.  But it not just losing one or two but having a large number in a short period of time can be superbly disappointing.  I have … Continue reading

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Montsant Foot on Ground Tour – Part II DO Montsant – James Melendez

This is the second part of the three-part series on the DO Montsant: Here is the my first article: DO Montsant – A Catalunya Gem – Part I – James Melendez DO Montsant is a gem–it is a gem not just … Continue reading

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Deanston Distillery Experience and 4 Deanston Whisky Reviews – James Melendez

I was lucky to visit Deanston on March 9 of this year. Deanston is in the Highlands about 8 miles from the very famous Stirling Castle and the banks of the River Teith.  Doune castle is even closer.  Deanston was … Continue reading

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