Category Archives: France

August 2019 Wine Reviews -James Melendez

August was a very nice wine tasting month. I enjoyed the variation of tasting wines at Family Winemakers of California 2019 tasting in San Francisco Dog Patch district at the Midway.  I will be writing under a separate article later … Continue reading

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January 2019 Wine Reviews – James Melendez

It is only January and yet wine tasting for this month is filled with white and reds from Washington, California, German, Turkey and France.  So far in the beginning of the year is slow and I hope it will continue … Continue reading

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December 2018 Wine Reviews – James Melendez

What an amazingly quick year–so many wines and the last monthly addition.  I also published this month my yearly top 100 wines of 2018 in addition. I hope you had an amazingly great wine year and a great year in … Continue reading

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Top 100 Wines of 2018 – James Melendez

The great race to name the top 100 wines is like Christmas/winter holiday retailers putting out their assortments earlier year over year.  So too is James Suckling on November 5, 2018 and Wine Spectator November 19, 2018.  Next year I … Continue reading

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November 2018 Wine Review – James Melendez

                McPherson Texas Les Copains Red Wine 2015 A Rhône blend of Carignan, Cinsault, Grenache, Mourvèdre, and Syrah, An outstanding Rhône blend–integrated and balanced; one of the best Rhône blends I have tasted from Texas. Nose: … Continue reading

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April 2018 Wine Reviews – James Melendez

Just a few wines to share with you for this brief review for April. Some like to say Rosé season is on the horizon.  I always say Rosé is 365 days a year and 366 on a leap year.  Rosé … Continue reading

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Smaller Beaujolais Producers – In Time for Thanksgiving and Beyond – James Melendez

Don’t think of Beaujolais as only for Thanksgiving.  Wondrous for Thanksgiving but fantastic year long.  I love Beaujolais white wines – I rarely taste and glad to experience. On a visit to Paris last Fall I had the privilege of … Continue reading

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Locations F Rosé and Corse Wines – James Melendez

I had the opportunity to taste two more Locations wines – F Rosé 5 and Corse White Wine (Corsica) Vermentino.  I rarely get to taste any wines from Corsica–so I am always thrilled to taste anything from this Mediterranean island.  Below … Continue reading

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My Fourth Quarter French 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 2016.  I miss France and the food never disappoints.  I am both excited by the farmers markets which always encompass … Continue reading

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Reims – A Gateway to Champagne – James Melendez

Reims looms large in my mind.  I have always been a fan of history and in awe of the historical record.  Reims for me is important in terms of French history and for the history of Champagne.  My pulse quicken … Continue reading

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