Category Archives: Italy

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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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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Sella & Mosca – A Perfect Pairing of Great Sardinian Food and Wine – James Melendez

It is a great pairing of having Sella & Mosca wines at San Francisco’s only Sardinian restaurant-La Ciccia in Noe Valley.  Giovanni Pinna, Sella & Mosca winemakers talked about each wine he has made, Sardinian wines and the legacy that … Continue reading

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My Wine Tasting Wish List 2018 – James Melendez

In the past few years I have been writing about wines on my wish list for this year. Each year, I start out with nearly a blank slate but I do have some wines left over on my tasting table … Continue reading

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A Love for Sicilia – Sicilia en Primeur – Part II – James Melendez

My experience in Sicilia was extensive in a very short trip. Did I see each region and each producer? No. But I got to this mythical yet very real land and saw a lot in a short period.  When I … Continue reading

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A Love for Sicilia – Wine, Food, People and The Land – Part I – Palermo

I had the privilege of stepping onto the beautiful island of Sicilia this past April (2017). I have been fortunate to have been through almost all of Italia: North to South, East to West.  I have been to all larger … Continue reading

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The Big World of Chianti: A Region to Ponder Once Again – James Melendez

Before naming this article “The Big World of Chianti” I am almost titled this “The Complex and Misunderstood World of Chianti.  Chianti is complex because it is misunderstood and yet easy to know as well.  Many people outside of Italy … Continue reading

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