Category Archives: Food and Wine

Salentein Wine Tasting – James Melendez

I get a ton of Mendoza Malbec offers to taste constantly-in fact there is no other region–no other variety that I get as many offers. Though much less common to taste high quality, well-made Malbec wines from Argentina.  And I … Continue reading

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Planeta Nero d’Avola Wines: A Visit to Sicilian Wine Regions in Your Glass – James Melendez

I always anticipate and enjoy all of the wines I get to taste from Planeta. I was invited along with other wine writers in the Bay Area to pair stellar food from A16 in Oakland and Planeta’s Nero D’Avola’s from … Continue reading

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Maison de Monaco Wine Spreads – 95 Points – James Melendez

I asked for press pass for Fancy Food Show this year and was turned away.  Sure I never cover food…. unless you count the articles I wrote about French food, Mexican and Indian Food and Wine and my number of … Continue reading

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The Undiscovered Country: Mexican Food & Wine Pairings – James Melendez

I always hear some great ideas for almost all cuisines for wines to pair with food: EXCEPT: Mexican food I have heard some great wine pairings for Vietnamese, Korean, Japanese, Szhechuan, Cantonese, Indian, Moroccan….. you get the idea. But the … Continue reading

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My Fourth Quarter France Food Adventure – A Renewed Love for French Food – James Melendez

I always look longingly to go back to France.  I was in France for the Champagne Harvest tour in September.  I miss France and the food never disappoints.  I am both excited by the farmers markets which always encompass beautiful … Continue reading

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Seek Wines and Food from Near and Far… Be Local and Equally Embrace the Far Away – James Melendez

The Localvore Movement is important in both food, wine, beer and spirits. I think there is exceptional pride eating and drinking locally.  I think what can be something that introduces guilt is when you are eating something not local.  We … Continue reading

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Harvest Lunch at Jordan Winery: A Cornucopia of Food and Wine Excellence

I remember a long time ago I saw a film about the winemaking tradition in Burgundy and the cornerstone of the harvest is the harvest lunch and how everyone is invited to the table for this treasured lunch. It is hard … Continue reading

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