Category Archives: Food

Buy Made in Italy Goods Now; Especially Now in this Very Perilous Moment – James Melendez

Io Amo Italia! I am sure it is no secret that I have a profound love for Italy–it’s history, art, food, wine, geography, geology, designs, accomplishments and people and so much more. I was just in Italy in January in … Continue reading

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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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San Francisco’s State of Restaurant Closures – James Melendez

Restaurants come and go.  A casual ask of those around me in San Francisco there is a feeling that restaurant’s cease operation too early. I had no idea I was going to write this; until I was on 24th Street … 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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