Author Archives: James Melendez

About James Melendez

I have two blogs on this descriptor page--I use to be able to make separate. My fragrance blog is to express my thoughts on fragrance. A passion in addition to wine. I think it is a stellar component to the senses and that which I am in love with. I hope you like both blogs. My "wine" blog also incorporates those categories intimately involved - wine, food, travel and lifestyle. We all need food and water to survive but we need wine to nourish our soul. My favourite varietals are Pinot Noir, Nebbiolo, Grenache, Syrah-Shiraz.. for my red wines. And I often circle back to these varieties and sometimes they are my home varieties. The journey of wine is an historical footnote also marked by viti-viniculture and artistry that makes this beverage a living one. I have worked professionally in the wine trade and have loved all aspects; marketing, history, science and art of wine. © 2014 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 and most major social medias.

White Pinot Noir – A Rare Style – James Melendez

I love White Pinot Noir or Pinot Noir Blanc.  I am fascinating with this wine style… no I am obsessed with any of these wines that I can find.  There are so few examples in the world today. In my … Continue reading

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Review: A Perfect Score – Craig & Kathryn Hall – James Melendez

I love books.  I love the physical books and I don’t tire of them.  I do have a vast collection of books in the cloud and I appreciate the non-virtual kinds very much in my library.   I am even … Continue reading

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Nine Hats Columbia Valley Wines – James Melendez

**** Nine Hats Columbia Valley Red Wine 2015 This wine is a blend of: 50% Syrah 41% Cabernet Sauvignon 7% Merlot 2% Malbec Scent characteristics: red cherry, blackberry, baking spices, violets and bay leaf Flavour notes: Loch Ness Blackberry, cassis, … Continue reading

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Amazon Prime Needs to Earn It’s Keep – James Melendez

There is an assumption that Amazon will own the world of retailing and entertainment and perhaps other business categories as well.  The endless articles about Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods caught many people off guard but makes strategic sense for … Continue reading

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Two Medias and Only So Much Time – James Melendez

I think when I am given a sample for some producer they have a written (online) mindset.  What I mean by this is that the written word is far more important than say the video world.   I have turned … Continue reading

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Susana Balbo Crios Rosé of Malbec and Rosé of Malbec – James Melendez

Susana Balbo Crios Torrontés 2016 12% ABV Scent of Adriatic fig, just sliced Granny Smith apple, oyster shell, passion fruit, flowers and white tea. Flavor characteristic: passion fruit, Meyer Lemon, comice pear, flowers and moist stones **** Susana Balbo Rosé of Malbec … Continue reading

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Kovács Nimród NJK Nagy-Eged Grand Cru 2009 – 93 Points – James Melendez

I loved my Hungarian experience last year.  I call my journey’s ‘foot-on-ground’  While I explored Budapest–I didn’t get to explore it all.  There are still things I need to do on my next visits.  Budapest is both a place that … Continue reading

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