Category Archives: Winery Rating

November 2019 Wine Reviews – James Melendez

Here are my tastings for November–just one more month of tasting to finish out this year and decade.  While it seems like it has gone by quickly–it has also been a decade of great tastings and travel. I’ll be publishing … Continue reading

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Winery Visit: Winery Visit: Schug Carneros Estate Winery – 9.0 – James Melendez

An idyllic setting on a gentle slope of a Carneros hill-slight tilt to have a great perspective of the beautiful Carneros district.  The facility is simple but quite fitting.  This winery specializes in one sparkling wine (Rouge de Noirs Sparkling … Continue reading

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Winery Visit: Jacuzzi Family Vineyards – 9.2 – James Melendez

I have passed by Jacuzzi Family Vineyards on my way to Napa many times.  But I had finally stopped by when I did not have enough time to get to Napa.  It was a great way to discover the warmth … Continue reading

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James Cole Winery – 9.5 – James Melendez

This winery on Silverado Trail is both a sophisticated and fun winery to visit.  Relatively new when compared to other wineries on the Trail.  Easily accessed via Oak Knoll Avenue (if you are coming from Highway 29) or going up … Continue reading

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James the Wine Guy – My Winery Rating System – James Melendez

I am often asked about what wineries to visit when in one of many wine countries.  And that is an interesting question, a personal question about what one seeks from a winery experience. It’s like asking a most personal question … Continue reading

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