Category Archives: Sicilia

James the Wine Guy Interview Series: Josè Rallo, Donnafugata Wines

Josè Rallo heads up communication at Donnafugata and also is a member of the Rallo family that owns and operates Donnafugata.  Donnafugata is emblematic for me in terms of gorgeous labels that convey Sicilia, an homage to the book by … Continue reading

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Sicilia En Primuer 2019 Latest Releases (100+ Wines) – James Melendez

          This is a list of wines I tasted as an alpha list by producer at Sicilia en Primeur 2019 – 16th Edition.  I did keep producers together by primary name and additional names listed below … Continue reading

Posted in Carricante, Catarratto, DOC Etna, DOC Marmentino, DOC Menfi, DOC Monreale, DOCG Vittoria, Frappato, IGT Terre Siliciane, Nerello Cappuccio, Nero d'Avola, Nocera, Perricone, Sicilia, Sicilia en Primeur, Sicily | Leave a comment

March 2019 Wine Reviews – James Melendez

While a longer month than last–it seemed to go so much more quickly.  One comforting constant is wine!  Here are my reviews both written and video reviews for the month of March. I am in full spring mode and keep … Continue reading

Posted in 9.1, Alentejo, Alicante Bouschet, Côtes du Rhône, Cochise County, Merlot, Napa Valley, Nerello Mascalese, San Benito County, Sauvignon Blanc, Sicilia, Sicily, Syrah / Shiraz, Tempranillo, Yolo County, Zinfandel | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Alto Adige, Edna Valley, Lagrein, Loire Valley, Salento, Sicilia | Leave a comment

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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