Category Archives: Rioja

Top 400 Wines: Once in a Decade – 2010-2019 – James Melendez

There are many top 100 wine annual lists and I produce one as well.  I love the research and review of wines I taste yearly. Thought, I have never found it an easy task as I taste a large set … Continue reading

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November 2019 Wine Reviews – James Melendez

Here are my tastings for November–just one more month of tasting to finish out this year and decade.  While it seems like it has gone by quickly–it has also been a decade of great tastings and travel. I’ll be publishing … Continue reading

Posted in Cabernet Sauvignon, Cotes du Rhone, Grenache, Merlot, New Zealand, North Carolina, Pinot Noir, Rioja, Rosado, Rosé, San Benito County, Sauvignon Blanc, Spring Mountain District, Wine Review, Wine Score, Winery Rating | Leave a comment

Fall Wine Reviews September-October 2019 Wine Reviews – James Melendez

A very busy time of the year for me is always Fall – I had to combine my monthly wine reviews into one (September-October 2019).  I had a large number of trips–and a bit busier than usual in general. My … Continue reading

Posted in Arroyo Seco, Australia, Finger Lakes, Grenache, Grillo, Insolia/Ansonica, Italian Wine, Monterey, Monthly Reviews, Napa Valley, New York, North Carolina, Pinot Noir, Rioja, Santa Rita Hills, Sicilia, Spain, Yatkin Valley | Leave a comment

July 2019 Wine Reviews – James Melendez

These are wines and beers that I tasted in July – I prefer to publish in the middle of the month but it was a busier than usual hence the last day of the month. Peter Zemmer Alto Adige/Südtirol Pinot … Continue reading

Posted in Ale, Alto Adige, Bordeaux, Central Coast, Chardonnay, Dessert Wine, Japanese Beer, Malbec, Monterey, Monthly Reviews, Paso Robles, Pinot Grigio, Rioja, San Luis Obispo, Viognier, Wine Review | Leave a comment

November 2018 Wine Review – James Melendez

                McPherson Texas Les Copains Red Wine 2015 A Rhône blend of Carignan, Cinsault, Grenache, Mourvèdre, and Syrah, An outstanding Rhône blend–integrated and balanced; one of the best Rhône blends I have tasted from Texas. Nose: … Continue reading

Posted in Alto Adige, Arizona, Cariñena, Côtes du Rhône, Chablis, Edna Valley, France, Mendoza, Rioja, Santa Barbara, Texas, West Bank, Wine Rating, Wine Review | Leave a comment

Wine & Social Media…It’s What We Have Been Waiting For – James Melendez / James the Wine Guy

http://www.slideshare.net/jamesthewineguy/wine-social-media I recently posted this presentation I gave in Rioja, Spain a couple of years ago.  And with the advent of Slideshare.com it is easier to share presentations.  Better to have a second life that just a one and only … Continue reading

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Marqués de Riscal Próximo – 2009 – 9.0 – James Melendez

This is a Cosecha wine and contains three out of the four major red grapes of Rioja–Tempranillo, Graciano, and Mazuelo.  This wine is elegant and considerable finesse, nuanced rose petal, smoke blueberry, wild strawberry, vanilla, ground clove and Marjoram. ¡Salud! … Continue reading

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