Category Archives: Virginia

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 Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

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 Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

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 Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

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 – 9.1 (10.0) – James Meléndez / James The Wine Guy

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 Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

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 Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

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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