Category Archives: Napa Valley

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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Acumen Wine Gallery – A Classy and Must Experience Tasting in Downtown Napa – James Melendez

There is a new wave of wine tasting experiences at a tasting rooms sans vineyards.   There has always been a tasting room minus wineries in California.  But what is new is that there are many more to come. There is simple … Continue reading

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A Classe A Visit to Hall Napa Valley Winery – James Melendez

I rarely get the chance to focus on visiting and writing about one winery in Napa Valley or anywhere.  I am constantly asked for a top list of places to visit in Napa or Sonoma but the next natural question … 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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Thoughts on 2017 October Fires in Northern California – James Melendez

I have been very saddened by the loss of life, the many acres of forest and vineyards burnt, and the many structures lost.   As of this writing 35 died, 5,700 structures lost and 182,000 acres burned in Solano, Butte, Napa, Sonoma, … Continue reading

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A Recent Tasting of Mondavi Wines – Summer 2017 – James Melendez

Surprisingly, I have not tasted Robert Mondavi wines in quite a while.  I had an opportunity to attend a pairing of Mondavi wines with food prepared by New York chef Theo Friedman.  The event which was at a private residence … Continue reading

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Rocca Grigsby Vineyard Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon – 2008 – 92 Pts – James Melendez

I have not had a Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon in some time.  A welcome relief to taste this beautiful wine. This wine is integrated, luxuriant texture, and complex.  Scent notes of bramble patch in summer’s afternoon heat, softened leather, freshly … Continue reading

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