Category Archives: Sicily/Sicilia

July 2020 Wine Reviews

      July was a wonderful wine tasting month. Lots of virtual tastings and I enjoyed the opportunity to taste so much and to connect with so many people on Zoom, Twitter and so fourth.  I am grateful and … Continue reading

Posted in Pinot Noir, Prosecco, Red Blend, Russian River, Sicily/Sicilia, Sonoma County, Tuscany, 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, Sicily/Sicilia, Spain, Syrah / Shiraz, Timorasso, Top 400, Tuscany, Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi, Virginia, Walla Walla Valley, Washington State, Yakima Valley | 1 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 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, Sicily/Sicilia, 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, Sicily/Sicilia, 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 en Primeur, Sicily/Sicilia | 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 Alentejo, Alicante Bouschet, Côtes du Rhône, Cochise County, Merlot, Napa Valley, Nerello Mascalese, San Benito County, Sauvignon Blanc, Sicily/Sicilia, 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

Posted in Food, Food and Wine, Italian Wine, Sicily/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

Posted in Abruzzo, Alto Adige/Südtirol, Anderson Valley, Aragon, Australia, Basilicata, Basque Country, Bierzo D.O., Calabria, Canary Islands, Catalunya, Cava, Côte du Jura, Corsica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Czech Wines, English Wines, Friuli Venezia-Giulia, Germany, Grand Valley, Greece, Hungary, Lazio, Liguria, Loire Valley, Marin County, Mexico, Molise, Montsant, Murcia, New York, Paso Robles, Portugal, Portuguese Wine, Puglia, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz Mountains, Savoie, Sicily/Sicilia, Slovenia, South Africa, Southern Oregon, Val de Loire, Valle d'Aosta, Virginia, Washington State | 1 Comment

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

Posted in Marsala, Pantelleria, Sicily/Sicilia | 1 Comment

A Love for Sicilia – Sicilia en Primeur – Part II – James Melendez

My experience in Sicilia was extensive in a very short trip. Did I see each region and each producer? No. But I got to this mythical yet very real land and saw a lot in a short period.  When I … Continue reading

Posted in Italy, Sicilia en Primeur, Sicily/Sicilia | 4 Comments