Category Archives: Sparkling

Cleto Chiarli & Figli Vecchia Modena Lambrusco di Sorbara Secco DOC ’18 93 Pts James Melendez

A very nice well priced Lambrusco–this dry Lambrusco by Cleto Chiarli & Figli. Cathedral stained glass coloration; expressive nose of strawberry, fresh flowers and crushed sea shells.  Palate of mountain strawberry, creaminess, fresh flowers, and crushed oyster shell. Salute, James … Continue reading

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December 2019 Wines – Sparkling Wine Edition – James Melendez

Sparkling wine is a big deal this time of year–US Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years.  My experience as a national wine marketing manager for a large off-premise organization was an exercise in year-over-year predictable upticks. But sparkling wine…. a dear … Continue reading

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This Week in Wine February 17, 2019 – James Melendez

January is a great month–slower than the remainder of the year.  I know that it is when I need to get my online learnings done, read all that I want to read because there will be no time for anything … Continue reading

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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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April 2018 Wine Reviews – James Melendez

Just a few wines to share with you for this brief review for April. Some like to say Rosé season is on the horizon.  I always say Rosé is 365 days a year and 366 on a leap year.  Rosé … Continue reading

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Results of The First JamesTheWineGuy Sparkling Wine Survey – James Melendez

First, thank you to all of those people who participated.  I realised in my writing that it was important to do a survey on wine.  I want more of my writing to not just always be based on the anecdotal … Continue reading

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J Vineyards and Winery – A Must Visit Destination for Exceptional Wines and Food in Russian River Valley – James Melendez

J Vineyards and Winery is the one of the few places where you can have a sparkling wine tasting and sit down and experience a seasonally adjusted food and wine pairing.   I have seen J grow in their artistry … Continue reading

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