Category Archives: Chardonnay

Wente Chardonnays – National Chardonnay Day 2018 – James Melendez

I was delighted to be tasting the first family of new world Chardonnay – Wente Chardonnay’s on National Chardonnay Day (24-May-2018).  The Wente Clones is a famous clone responsible for more than half of the clonal variety in North America. … Continue reading

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Many are Still Flummoxed by Chardonnay – James Melendez

Chardonnay is not like yesteryear’s Rosé.  In year’s past at either trade or consumer tasting Rosé was often passed up by fellow attendees.  Today I feel Chardonnay is in the same circumstance.   Chardonnay is the second most planted white wine next to Airén … Continue reading

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A Recent Tasting of Mondavi Wines – Summer 2017 – James Melendez

Surprisingly, I have not tasted Robert Mondavi wines in quite a while.  I had an opportunity to attend a pairing of Mondavi wines with food prepared by New York chef Theo Friedman.  The event which was at a private residence … Continue reading

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The Most Misunderstood and Often Vilified Grape: Chardonnay

Why is Chardonnay Still Misunderstood?  And well vilified wine grape variety? I recently read a Tweet that said something to the affect: “I am not a classic Chardonnay drinker” I was intrigued….what does that mean? Well Chardonnay is still mis-understood—or … Continue reading

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Kelowna, British Columbia: A Delightful and ‘Must Visit’ Wine Country – James Melendez

Some wine countries are developed as you might expect–all the amenities and much more.  Other wine countries lack and ‘…only if they had more restaurants… more resorts, spas and stores.’  But each wine country is different and it would be … Continue reading

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Chardonnay I do -James Melendez

Just figuring out a title for this story is hard to place on my computer screen (i.e. ‘pen-to-paper’ so to speak).  Symbolically, I might write the title with arrows pointing at and away lots of question marks and several exclamation … Continue reading

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PlumpJack Napa Valley Reserve Chardonnay – 2010 – 9.0 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

Interesting that you can purchase from the winery either screwcap or traditional cork closures. Marshmallow, seared early winter pear, sweet biscuit, almond, and white flower petals.   ¡Salud! *** Demystifying Wine…One Bottle at a Time from all wine regions around … Continue reading

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