Category Archives: Spain

Three Cheers to Cava – An Invitation to Drink More – James Melendez

Cava producers are doing a fantastic job of creating bottles of gorgeous wines from their famed region using three characteristic wine grape: Macabeo, Xarel-lo and Parellada in many wines. I thought it very important to highlight Cava because as I … Continue reading

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DO Montsant – A Catalunya Gem – Part I – James Melendez

This is part I of a III part series on DO Montsant. The intention of the three part series is to get a before, during and after reporting of the experience.   Also in this article I am attempting to showing … Continue reading

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Gramona Cava Brut Imperial Gran Reserva – 2006 – 9.3 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

Notes of Kaffir lime, delicate green apple, toasted almond, hint of dried herb and hibiscus. ¡Salud! *** Demystifying Wine…One Bottle at a Time from all wine regions around the world. Read more of my wine reviews: © 2011 James Meléndez … Continue reading

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Ladera Sagrada Castelo do Papa Godello Valdeorras – 2006 – 8.7 – James Melendez

Dry crisp and delectable white wine from Galicia. The wine deserves food; white fish and shellfish; abundant acids compliment the dried almond, fall straw and a touch of honeydew. ¡Salud! A plethora of wine reviews from wines regions from around … Continue reading

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Tajinaste Valle de La Orotava Blanco – 2006 – 8.9 – James Melendez

This is a remarkable wine; the varietal is Listán Blanco and shows promise and for me a desire to get my hands on more wines from the Canary Islands.  This is a gorgeous wine; elegant structure.  The wine presents with … Continue reading

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Cillar de Silos Crianza Ribera del Duero – 2004 – 8.9 – James Melendez

Deep dark ink in coloration; silky tannins with the right amount of acid.  Red plum coulis, bread toast, Crimini mushroom, and forest floor. ¡Salud! A plethora of wine reviews from wines regions from around the world. Read more of my … Continue reading

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Viña Valoria Rioja – 1968 – 8.7 – James Melendez

I have read where one reviewer gives this wine a 92; a bit high; I cannot follow suit with that rank. There is an abundance of baked raspberry, plum; some Cinnamon, Allspice, suede and winter bramble. The wine contains the … Continue reading

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