Category Archives: Sicilia

January-February 2020 Wine Review – James Melendez

Here are wines that I tasted in January and February of the first two months of this new decade. Also, I was delighted to have attended both Nebbiolo Prima and the Grandi Langhe in Alba, Italy and ZinEx (Zinfandel Experience) … Continue reading

Posted in Chardonnay, Chianti, Chianti Classico, DOC Etna, Grillo, Lambrusco, Lodi, Nerello Cappuccio, Pineau des Charentes, Russian River, Sauvignon Blanc, Sicilia, Sonoma County, Wine Review, Zinfandel | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Amarone, Argentina, Atlas Peak, Bekaa Valley, Blaufränkisch, British Columbia, Brunello, Brut, Brut Nature, Burgundy, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Calabria, California, Catarratto, Cava, Chardonnay, Chianti, Chianti Classico, Columbia Valley, Czech Republic, Dessert Wine, DOC Menfi, Dundee Hills, Extra Brut, Franciacorta, French wines, Friuli Venezia-Giulia, Graciano, Grüner Veltliner, Grenache, Hárslevelű, Kerner, Királyleányka, Macvin, Madeira, Malbec, Mencia, Mendoza, Molise, Monastrell, Mt. Harlan, Mt. Veeder, Napa Valley, Nebbiolo, Nerello Mascalese, Nero d'Avola, New York, North Fork, Nosiola, Pauillac, Perricone, Petit Verdot, Pfalz, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Meunier, Pinot Nero, Pinot Noir, Portugal, Portuguese Wine, Puglia, Ribolla Gialla, Riesling, Rioja, Rosé, Russian River, Sangiovese, Sardinian Wines, Sauternes, Sauvignon Blanc, Sherry, Sicilia, Sicily, Spain, Syrah / Shiraz, Timorasso, Top 400, Tuscany, Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi, Virginia, Walla Walla Valley, Washington State, Yakima Valley | 1 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

2019 Midsummer Wine & More Reviews – James Melendez

A lovely month of diversity.  I love red and white wines year and, of course, rosé is particularly appreciable but I do love rosé year round.   I am constantly asked if I prefer red or white wine to which I … Continue reading

Posted in 9.2, 9.4, Alicante Branco, Argentina, Arinto, Burgundy, Cabernet Sauvignon, Carneros, Chardonnay, Chianti Classico, Corsica, Douro, Falanghina, Japanese Beer, Monterey, Monthly Reviews, Mosel, Mourvedre, Napa Valley, Nero d'Avola, Olive Oil, Paso Robles, Pinot Noir, Port, Portugal, Rabo de Ovelha, Riesling, Rosé, Santa Clara County, Santa Lucia Highlands, Sicilia, Sicily, SIP Certified, Tamarez, Wine Review | 2 Comments

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

Posted in Carricante, Catarratto, DOC Etna, James the Wine Guy Interview Series, Nerello Mascalese, Nero d'Avola, Sicilia, Sicily, YouTube, Zibibbo (Muscat of Alexandria) | Leave a comment

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