Category Archives: Italian Wine

This Week in Wine March 3, 2019 – James Melendez

This week in wine for me was an always anticipated annual event Tre Bicchieri.  I know each producer can only highlight so many bottles–rare to see any more than 3 wines per producer (the winning plus two more). It is … 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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Tasting of Zorzettig Wines – Vini Friuliani – Wondrous Wines – James Melendez

A tasting of Friuili Orientali Colli wines is a welcome journey to this northeastern Italian region.  Zorzettig is east of Udine and close to Slovenia. I was invited to taste some of their wines at Inovino in Cole Valley.  Inovino is … 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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Book Review – Native Wine Grapes of Italy – Ian D’Agata

When was the last time you tasted these Native wines of Italy: Cjanorie, Doux d’Henry, Vitovska or Galioppo (no, not that Gaglioppo)?  While this isn’t a new book–books should be reviewed in terms of the evergreen possibility they present.  Evergreen … Continue reading

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Southern Italian Wines in Lock Step of Continuous Discovery – James Melendez

I love southern Italian wines–they are just as varied and complex and beautiful as anything in Northern Italy.  Italy is a country that has a marvelous history and where each region is distinct and memorable–food, wine, history and art. I … Continue reading

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Locations I and P 4 Wines – James Melendez

I recently tasted these two locations wines: Locations I Wine 4 NV  This is a composition of Negroamaro, Nero d’Avola and Barbera from Italy. Scent characteristics: blackberry, cassis, leather, fruit orchard during autumn, and dates. Flavor characteristics: Black cherry, earth, red pepper, … Continue reading

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