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 State of Wine Glassware: A Desperate Need for Better Wine Glasses – James Melendez

The state of wine glassware today (2019) is that so many places or events is that wine glassware is either unimportant or an afterthought.  Our current state of wine glassware is one of disappointment or solutions that are profoundly expensive. … Continue reading

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This Week in Wine February 10, 2019 – James Melendez

“I just can’t stop the rain” Tina Turn sang multiple of decades ago.  And this is the week that the rain is a bit much for me.  For several winters in San Francisco there was not a drop of rain … Continue reading

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This Week – February 3, 2019 – James Melendez

This weeks adventures were an experience of Sonoma County wines. I had never been to Williams Selyem on Westside Road.  I had passed in front for years and didn’t realise that I had passed so often.  The winery is not … Continue reading

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A Stellar Evening of Wines from Saint-Émilion, Pomerol and Fronsac – James Melendez

              A lovely focus on the Right Bank of Bordeaux wines–emphasizing a Merlot with support of the other major red Bordeaux grapes.  I often taste Left Bank more often than Right Bank wines.  And … Continue reading

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This Week – January 27, 2019 – James Melendez

        A very different week from last two weeks–busier than usual last week and hence no article. This week I want to talk about recycling.  I am frequent diner and often take home left overs.  I cannot … Continue reading

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Downgrading Crate & Barrel Calla Wine Glasses

I have never downgraded any wine glass review until now.  But I do think there is plenty of room for upgrading and downgrading of this essential element in wine tasting.  I am downgrading two of the three Calla wine glasses … Continue reading

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January 2019 Wine Reviews – James Melendez

It is only January and yet wine tasting for this month is filled with white and reds from Washington, California, German, Turkey and France.  So far in the beginning of the year is slow and I hope it will continue … Continue reading

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