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Review: A Perfect Score – Craig & Kathryn Hall – James Melendez

I love books.  I love the physical books and I don’t tire of them.  I do have a vast collection of books in the cloud and I appreciate the non-virtual kinds very much in my library.   I am even … Continue reading

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Troon Whole Grape Fermented Riesling 2016 93 Points – James Melendez

Full name: Troon Whole Grape Fermented Applegate Valley Riesling A delightful orange wine and I love it is Riesling as an orange wine versus Pinot Gris.  A wine that is fully appreciable, fun and a very reasonable price point – $20 … Continue reading

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Bila Haut Pays d’Oc Rosé – 2016 – 90 Points – James Melendez

Scent: Mountain strawberry, early season cherry, hint of fennel, moist stones and flowers Palate: fresh strawberry, oyster shell, red tea and hint of white pepper. **** Santé, James James the Wine Guy Demystifying Wine…One Bottle at a Time from all … Continue reading

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Why No Large Wine Shows in US? – James Melendez

It is a surprise there are no major wine shows like Prowein, Vinitaly, or Vinexpo in the United States.  I know there has been an effort to have a Vinexpo and finally in March 2018 it will return to a … Continue reading

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Natural Wines…Why Controversial for Some?

I have wondered why natural wines have, at least, in my view a vocal minority of opposition.   I was at a conference last year and a fellow participant said to me “Natural wines are B*(#*@!” I asked what he meant … Continue reading

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FedEx versus UPS…. Hands Down I Choose UPS – James Melendez

UPS … nowadays it is hardly a contest–it is a no brainer. I get a fair number of bottles of wine delivered to my house.  The two main carriers are UPS and Federal Express for wines that I receipt.  Just … Continue reading

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In San Francisco “Do You Want a Bag” has replaced the Greeting “Hello” – James

San Francisco has has a bag charge ordinance since 2013 and ever since the greetings at any store checkout has never been the same.  I thought well all I have to do was to have a bag ready for the … Continue reading

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