Category Archives: Italy

Per Favore Aiutate Italia/Please Help Italy (Coronavirus)

I dread to open any news channel online or broadcast to see that there is no containment at the epicenter of the Coronavirus. The epicenter is Italy.  Italy is suffering.  I keep reading about a constant lack of simple things … Continue reading

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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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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 – Alessia Travaglini, Travaglini Gattinara

I was delighted to taste Travaglini wines in San Francisco recently paired with food at such a perfect place to taste these wine–Perbacco.  When I am longing for Italian cuisine in San Francisco this is my number one place to … 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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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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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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