Category Archives: Chardonnay

January-February 2020 Wine Review – James Melendez

Here are wines that I tasted in January and February of the first two months of this new decade. Also, I was delighted to have attended both Nebbiolo Prima and the Grandi Langhe in Alba, Italy and ZinEx (Zinfandel Experience) … Continue reading

Posted in Chardonnay, Chianti, Chianti Classico, DOC Etna, Grillo, Lambrusco, Lodi, Nerello Cappuccio, Pineau des Charentes, Russian River, Sauvignon Blanc, Sonoma County, Wine Review, Zinfandel | Leave a comment

Top 400 Wines: Once in a Decade – 2010-2019 – James Melendez

There are many top 100 wine annual lists and I produce one as well.  I love the research and review of wines I taste yearly. Thought, I have never found it an easy task as I taste a large set … Continue reading

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July 2019 Wine Reviews – James Melendez

These are wines and beers that I tasted in July – I prefer to publish in the middle of the month but it was a busier than usual hence the last day of the month. Peter Zemmer Alto Adige/Südtirol Pinot … Continue reading

Posted in Alto Adige/Südtirol, Bordeaux, Central Coast, Chardonnay, Dessert Wine, Japanese Beer, Malbec, Monterey, Monthly Reviews, Paso Robles, Pinot Grigio, Rioja, San Luis Obispo, Viognier, Wine Review | Leave a comment

2019 Midsummer Wine & More Reviews – James Melendez

A lovely month of diversity.  I love red and white wines year and, of course, rosé is particularly appreciable but I do love rosé year round.   I am constantly asked if I prefer red or white wine to which I … Continue reading

Posted in Alicante Branco, Argentina, Arinto, Burgundy, Cabernet Sauvignon, Carneros, Chardonnay, Chianti Classico, Corsica, Douro, Falanghina, Japanese Beer, Monterey, Monthly Reviews, Mosel, Mourvedre, Napa Valley, Nero d'Avola, Olive Oil, Paso Robles, Pinot Noir, Port, Portugal, Rabo de Ovelha, Riesling, Rosé, Santa Clara County, Santa Lucia Highlands, Sicily/Sicilia, SIP Certified, Tamarez, Wine Review | 2 Comments

April 2019 Wine Reviews – James Melendez

April was a very quick month–just like each year January and February are relatively calm and after that we all seem to be on a proverbial banana peel. I do loving tasting so many wonderful wines during the month. Jason … Continue reading

Posted in Cabernet Sauvignon, Côtes du Roussillon, Chardonnay, Chianti, Cote du Roussillon, Monterey, Napa Valley, Paso Robles, Pinot Grigio, Pinot Noir, Port, Portugal, Portuguese Wine, Sangiovese, Santa Clara County, Santa Lucia Highlands, Syrah / Shiraz, Tempranillo | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Australia, Chardonnay, Dry Creek, Pinot Noir, Russian River, Sonoma County, Zinfandel | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Muscat, Napa Valley | 1 Comment

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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