Category Archives: Italy

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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Nino Franco Rustico Prosecco – 9.2 (92/100 Pts) – James Melendez / James the Wine Guy

A gorgeous sparkling wine;  definitiveness in structure – notes of d’Anjou pear, blood orange citrus zest, green fig, sesame, hint of fennel and pine nut ¡Salud! *** Demystifying Wine…One Bottle at a Time from all wine regions around the world. … Continue reading

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Raetia Alto Adige Riserva Lagrein – 2008 – 9.0 – James Melendez

Wild blueberry, touch of red plum, sprinkling of vanilla, warm sweet spices and crushed pecan ¡Salud! *** A plethora of wine reviews from wines regions around the world. Read more of my wine reviews: © 2011 James Meléndez / Jaime … Continue reading

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Santa Margherita Valdadage Pinot Grigio – 2009 – 9.0 – James Melendez

12.5% alcohol content; very familiar and widely available; green melon, pear, green citrus, and fleshy nectarine. ¡Salud! *** A plethora of wine reviews from wines regions around the world. Read more of my wine reviews: © 2011 James Meléndez / … Continue reading

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