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Excellent Values from Recent Tastings

| July 1, 2017
Excellent Values from Recent Tastings

By Denman Moody   A New List For A Memorable Shopping Spree WHITE WINES: Ferdu Bianco Veronese IGT 2013 — 100% Garganega. A great value, these grapes are hand-picked and dried for 40 days to reduce water and concentrate sugar content. Dry and rich on the finish. $12 Dreaming Tree Sauvignon Blanc Sonoma County 2016 […]

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Fritz Hatton and Arietta Wines: Harmonizing Life’s Passions

| May 1, 2017
Fritz Hatton and Arietta Wines: Harmonizing Life’s Passions

Classical Music And Opera Inspires Winemakers By Denman Moody A mong charity wine auction attendees, Fritz Hatton is well known for his booming voice, bowties and jovial manner as he rhythmically tallies up millions of dollars for worthy causes like Auction Napa Valley, L’Ete du Vin in Nashville, the Detroit International Wine Auction, and a […]

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Touring Napa and Sonoma, Part II

| April 1, 2017
Touring Napa and Sonoma, Part II

More Wineries That Are “Must Visits” In the July 2016 issue, I wrote about some of the to-die-for wineries in Napa and Sonoma that are “must” visits. To view that article, visit houstonlifestyles.com, click on “Wine, Food and Travel” and scroll down to it. Since I have more to offer on this subject, the following […]

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A New List for a Shopping Spree of Wine Treasures

| March 1, 2017
A New List for a Shopping  Spree of Wine Treasures

The Top 20 Percent Of More Than 300 Wines Recently Tasted  Having written about one famous wine family in the January and February issues (see online at fortbendlifestylesandhomes.com, click on Wine, food and travel), I am seriously behind in wine recommendations. Of more than 300 wines tasted recently, here are the top 20 percent, each of […]

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Jackson Family Wines —
On Top of the World, Part II

| February 1, 2017
Jackson Family Wines —  </br>On Top of the World, Part II

An Unrivaled, Premium Collection Of Wineries And Estate Vineyards In Part I of this series, published in the January issue, I discussed the incredible Kendall-Jackson winery itself in Sonoma County, California, and the iconic Vintner’s Reserve Chardonnay that has been the top-selling U.S. Chardonnay for 24 years running. To read Part I, visit cy-fairlifestylesandhomes.com/jackson-family-wines-on-top-of-the-world-part-i/. In […]

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Jackson Family Wines — On Top of the World, Part I

| January 1, 2017
Jackson Family Wines —  On Top of the World, Part I

An unrivaled, premium collection of wineries and estate vineyards Today, Jackson Family Wines is a multi-generational, family-owned wine company that has grown into an unrivaled, premium collection of wineries and estate vineyards across California, Oregon, Italy, France, Australia, Chile and South Africa. Founded in 1982 by the late genius and indefatigable worker Jess Jackson, the […]

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Recent Tastings with Folio Partners and Others

| December 1, 2016
Recent Tastings with Folio Partners and Others

All Listed Wines Highly Recommended Folio Partners, founded in 2004 by the Michael Mondavi family, is an im­porter of premium wines from family winemakers who share their passion for making great wines (plus their own wines). Michael Mondavi Family Estate wines, with the recent addition of iconic wine consultant Daniel Schuster, tasted in Napa:   […]

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A Compendium of Winning Wines

| November 1, 2016
A Compendium of Winning Wines

Take This List To Your Favorite Wine Shop Once again, after tasting through several hundred wines a month, I have developed a backlog, and shall play catch-up, writing only briefly about many of the great values I have personally tasted and highly recommended.   WHITE WINES: E Casal Garcia Sweet White (Portugal) — This enticing, […]

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A Civilized Past Time -The Cultural Shift To Drinking Wine During Meals

| October 1, 2016
A Civilized Past Time -The Cultural Shift To Drinking Wine During Meals

The Cultural Shift To Drinking Wine During Meals In the ’60s and early ’70s, wine was plentiful, mostly in the sweet red (Lam­brusco), sweet white (Liebfrau­milch), sweet fizzy (Mateus and Lancers) and jug wines (Almaden Rhine Wine, Inglenook Chablis, Gallo Hearty Burgundy, etc.). At a steak house, most would have a mixed drink before dinner […]

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Duckhorn Wine Company — the Best of the Best!

| September 1, 2016
Duckhorn Wine Company — the Best of the Best!

Young Winemakers Producing Some Of The Best Wines On The Planet In 1976, Margaret and Dan Duckhorn, along with a number of investors, started Duckhorn Vineyards, with the first production in 1978 being 800 cases of Merlot and 800 cases of Cabernet Sauvignon. Over the years until 2007, Dan not only vastly improved the quality […]

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A Wrap-Up of Winning Wines

| August 1, 2016
A Wrap-Up of Winning Wines

Short And Sweet Reports On Recent Tastings Tasting around 150 wines per month, and only having a two-page column, I occasionally fall behind, and the only way to report on all the great values from recent tastings is to list them with a short description instead of more fully reporting on 20 or 30 winners. […]

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Touring Napa and Sonoma

| July 1, 2016
Touring Napa and Sonoma

By Denman Moody author, The Advanced Oenophile A great visit highlighting great vintages Visiting a winery in northern Cali­fornia used to consist of standing in a line at a tasting room, and being served, sometimes complimentary, by a middle-aged or older person who was doing it as a part-time hobby or for supplemental retirement income. […]

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Michael Mondavi Honored

| June 1, 2016
Michael Mondavi Honored

And Some Recent Winning Wine Recommendations Michael Mondavi has been named “Person of the Year” by Wine Enthusiast magazine. After being winemaker and later president of the iconic Robert Mondavi Winery, he successfully took the winery public in 1993 and was instrumental in the sale to Constellation Brands in 2004, at which time he, his […]

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Wines to Enjoy Now

| May 1, 2016
Wines to Enjoy Now

By Denman Moody author, The Advanced Oenophile Reds and whites to please the palate, and restaurant recommendations WHITE WINES Cupcake Chardonnay Monterey County 2014 — Winemaker Jessica Tomei knocked it out of the park with this best buy. $10 Mulderbosch Chenin Blanc Steen Of Hout (South Africa) 2014 — This was sent to me as a […]

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Duckhorn Wine Estate – the Best of the Best

| April 1, 2016
Duckhorn Wine Estate – the Best of the Best

Young Winemakers Producing Some Of The Best Wines On The Planet In 1976, Margaret and Dan Duckhorn, along with a number of investors, started Duckhorn Winery, with the first production in 1978 being 800 cases of Merlot and 800 cases of Cabernet Sauvignon. Over the years until 2007, Dan not only vastly improved the quality […]

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Ready to Expand Your Wine Vocabulary?

| March 1, 2016
Ready to Expand Your Wine Vocabulary?

Our Expert’s Glossary Will Aid Your Tasting Experience It may be well to remember the old saying, “Buy on bread, sell on cheese.” With a fairly neutral food, such as bread or a plain cracker, you should be able to discern different attributes of a wine — both good and bad. However, when you add […]

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Sparkling, White and Red Wine Winners

| February 1, 2016
Sparkling, White and Red Wine Winners

Memorable meals in every choice ROSE SPARKLING WINE: Casal Garcia Medium Dry Rosé Sparkling Wine Espumante de Vinho Verde Portugal non-vintage — Sprightly, pretty strawberry flavors with just the right touch of natural, residual sugar for sipping by itself or with hors d’oeuvres. Crazy good stuff. $10 Duval-Leroy Rosé Prestige Brut non-vintage — Successful use […]

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Great Wines, Good Restaurants and a Book Signing

| January 1, 2016
Great Wines, Good Restaurants and a Book Signing

A Top Recommendation From Argentina TOP RECOMMENDATION My top recommendation for this month has to be Luca Malbec from Uco Valley, Argentina. Every vintage since 2005 has been outstanding, and the 2012, recently tasted, is no exception. The bottle itself, tall, heavy and bold, foreshadows something special. And it is. My vote for a perineal […]

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