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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Champagne Wishes..Caviar Dreams…Wine Selections for New Years 2012

Yes that was a moniker for “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous” and this article will focus on Sparkling wines and Champagne and less so on caviar–though I do enjoy it and think it nicely paired with Champagne. But you … Continue reading

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A Mumm Napa Visit – James Melendez / James the Wine Guy

Mumm Napa is such a wonderful winery to visit and the only sparkling winery on Silverado Trail.  One of my favourite things about this winery is the view—I always like to sit outside to enjoy an amazing panorama and the … Continue reading

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Rack And Riddle Blanc de Noir – NV – 9.0 – James Melendez

Varietals: –       92% Pinot Noir –       8% Chardonnay Notes of fresh strawberry, currant, just baked biscuit, pine nut and essence of rose. ¡Salud! *** Demystifying Wine…One Bottle at a Time from all wine regions around the world. Read more of … Continue reading

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