Category Archives: Washington State

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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January 2019 Wine Reviews – James Melendez

It is only January and yet wine tasting for this month is filled with white and reds from Washington, California, German, Turkey and France.  So far in the beginning of the year is slow and I hope it will continue … 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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Washington Wine Experience 2017 – James Melendez

First do one thing in 2018 – get a ticket to attend the Taste Washington (click here to get more information).  Get a ticket to taste from the majority of Washington’s wine producers.  The next Taste of Washington will be … Continue reading

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Domaine Pouillon – Lyle, Washington (Pop. 511) – A Treasury of Wines – James Melendez

I met Alexis Pouillon in Portland, Oregon in August of this year.  I had not heard of his winery before–so I was excited to taste wines from his line.  His Domaine is based in Lyle, Washington (population 511)– across the … Continue reading

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Chimney Rock Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon – 2005 – 9.0 – James Melendez

I reminisce when I drink Chimney Rock’s flagship wine—their Stags Leap Cabernet makes me think of the beautiful quarters and the quintessential yesteryear architecture set with the beautiful hills in the background. This wine has notes of violets, roasted blackberry, … Continue reading

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Columbia Crest Two Vines Washington Shiraz – 2005 – 8.8 – James Melendez

A wine with a significant stride; supple tannins backed with gentle acid; this wine presents with Blackberry confit, white pepper, cedar and dash of cardamom. *** A plethora of wine reviews from wines regions around the world. Read more of … Continue reading

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Milbrandt Traditions Washington State Riesling – 2006 – 8.3 – James Melendez

This Riesling presents white peach, clovered honey and mineral especially pronounced on finish. ¡Salud! *** A plethora of wine reviews from wines regions from around the world. Read more of my wine reviews: © 2008 James Meléndez / Jaime … Continue reading

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Millbrandt Vineyards Washington Merlot – 2005 – 7.5 – James Melendez

Millbrandt Vineyards Washington Merlot was terribly un-interesting. The wine was not corked it was just not noteworthy. I was disappointed and I always anticipate Washington reds are going to be at least memorable.  This certainly did not do it for … Continue reading

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