Category Archives: Virginia

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

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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

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Barboursville Virginia Cabernet Franc 2008 2009 2010 – Interview & Tasting with Frank Morgan & James Melendez

It was a pleasure to sit down and taste some beautiful Cabernet Franc from Barboursville, Virginia with Frank Morgan of Drink What You Like.   I have known Frank from the Twittersphere and, of course, in person at several Wine Bloggers … Continue reading

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Gadino Virginia Antiche Viti Riserva Cabernet Franc – 2009 – 9.0 – James Melendez

Notes of warm red cherry, fennel, white mushroom and hint of allspice. *** ¡Salud! *** Demystifying Wine…One Bottle at a Time from all wine regions around the world. Read more of my wine reviews: © 2011 James Meléndez / Jaime … Continue reading

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#WBC11 – Monticello Reception and Tasting – James Melendez

It is amazing how nearly a month ago was the Wine Bloggers Conference 2011 in Charlottesville and how it sill lingers in my thoughts and palette. The Monticello reception was a wonderful event and I do count myself as lucky to … Continue reading

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Paradise Springs of Clifton Virginia Cabernet Franc – 2009 – 9.0 – James Melendez

Hues of bright cherry-currant, cinnamon stick, red rose petal, and Oaxacan simmering spices. ¡Salud! *** Demystifying Wine…One Bottle at a Time from all wine regions around the world. Read more of my wine reviews: © 2011 James Meléndez / Jaime … Continue reading

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Barboursville Virginia Octagon Red Wine Blend – 2006 – 91 – James Melendez

Varietals: Merlot Cabernet Franc Cabernet Sauvignon Petit Verdot. A proof wine that Virginia red wines have come a long way.  Layered, focused and dense—silken tannins.  Blueberry-Acai Confit, chocolate, smoke, Maittake mushroom and dried Thyme. *** ¡Salud! http://www.jamesthewineguy.com *** Demystifying Wine…One … Continue reading

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#WBC11 Charlottesville, Virginia – A Juxtaposition of the Wine Experience – James Melendez

Wine Bloggers Conference took place this past July 22 through July 24 in Charlottesville, Virginia.  This was the fourth gathering and the first not on the West Coast.  This was an important step to acknowledge the wines in the other … Continue reading

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Breaux Vineyards Lafayette Virginia Cabernet Franc – 2003 – 9.2 – James Melendez

This wine has a pronounced acid profile; low alcohol at 13%.   The notes this wine gives are roasted mushroom, crushed black cherry, pepper and cardamom.  A beautiful expression of Cabernet Franc from Virginia and Breaux Vineyards. *** A plethora … Continue reading

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Breaux Vineyards Lafayette Virginia Cabernet Franc – 2001 – 9.5 – James Melendez

The Bordeaux wine making tradition is all about blending.  And there is nothing wrong with blending–it is an art form unto itself.  Sometimes I do enjoy a specific varietal and want to focus in on one varietal.  Cabernet Franc is … Continue reading

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