Category Archives: Sicilia

Planeta Nero d’Avola Wines: A Visit to Sicilian Wine Regions in Your Glass – James Melendez

I always anticipate and enjoy all of the wines I get to taste from Planeta. I was invited along with other wine writers in the Bay Area to pair stellar food from A16 in Oakland and Planeta’s Nero D’Avola’s from … Continue reading

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August 2018 Wine Reviews – James Melendez

Here are the wine I tasted this month.           Cathedral Ridge Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2015  13.2% ABV Nose –  Loch Ness blackberry, violets freshly ground spices Palate – rich black/red bramble notes, cassis, chocolate, pepper … Continue reading

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Top 50 Under Realised Wine Regions/Countries in the World – James Melendez

There are so many wine regions on the planet and many that are either rarely found at wine retailer or a restaurant wine list.  I wanted to create this wine list because there are so many wine countries that are … Continue reading

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Donnafugata’s Wondrous Estates and Wines – A Treasured Journey – James Melendez

I was privileged to visit three Donnafugata sites in Sicily last year (2017).  I have been a fan of their beautiful expression of Sicilian wines.  The book The Leopard by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa is an inspirational source for the names … 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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