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Pineau des Charentes & Food – James Melendez

Pineau des Charentes is a truly unique beverage–I try to avoid using the term wine because it is not.   It is grape must (juice) blended with Cognac eau-de-vie.   The grape juice are from familiar wine grapes such as Ugni Blanc, … Continue reading

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Visiting Cantina Enotria: A Cirò Gem Highlighting a Romantic & Compelling Calabria – James Melendez

Calabria has remained elusive for me at least in terms of putting a foot-on-ground but that has changed.  Calabria is a mystical place that actually exists.  In summertime many people visit the beach towns and might miss the fine points … Continue reading

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James the Wine Guy Interview Series: Charles Scicolone

It was wonderful to have met Charles and being on the same judging table at Radici del Sud in Bari in 2016. As a wine judging team we had a free afternoon–and we all decided to explore old Bari and … Continue reading

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When Was Your Last Tasting Menu Experience? James Melendez

When was your last tasting menu experience? Well that was far too long ago! I said to a friend once “I wish I could go to a tasting menu once a week” she said that she didn’t have the same … Continue reading

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For the Love of Cookbooks – James Melendez

I love cookbooks—yes, the paper kind. My mother taught me a love for books — she loves paper books and so do I. When I was in graduate and undergraduate school….well textbooks were exhausting: bricks on my back.  And because … Continue reading

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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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