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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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Great Values

| December 1, 2015
Great Values

Tastings With Republic, Chamelion And More Winners With Dinner By Denman Moody author of The Advanced Oenophile

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Wines from Around the World

| November 1, 2015
Wines from Around the World

By Denman Moody author, The Advanced Oenophile In 1980, at an International Wine and Food Society Convention, I was able to taste through hundreds of the best wines of Australia and New Zealand, and I published one of the first comprehensive reviews in the U.S about the two in Moody’s Wine Review. In the article, […]

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Winning Wines

| October 1, 2015
Winning Wines

All varieties and a great range of prices SPARKLING: Bisol “Crede” Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore Spumante Brut — Made from Pinot Bianco and two relatively unknown grapes, Glera and Verdiso, this is one of my favorite Proseccos. Brilliant light straw color with a bouquet of wild flowers. Fresh and elegant, and simply transcends most of the […]

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Wine: Superb New Releases

| September 1, 2015
Wine: Superb New Releases

ROSE WINES: Charles & Charles Rosé Columbia Valley 2014 — This is the result of Charles Beiler’s experience in making rosé in Provence, and Charles Smith’s vast knowledge of winemaking in Washington State. The 2014 is the most delicious and complex to date. Exceptional value! $12 Lohr Gesture Grenache Rosé Paso Robles 2014 — Made […]

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Wines for Every Occasion

| August 1, 2015
Wines for Every Occasion

Picnic Wine A new wine ad recently caught my attention. The wine is called Xo,G Wine and is intended for picnics and pool parties, where glassware is generally contraindicated. The genius of this package is in the design — a full bottle distributed equally into 2 “glasses” of Italian Pinot Grigio and two of French […]

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”Wine and Spirits” Top 10 and More Winners

| July 1, 2015
”Wine and Spirits” Top 10 and More Winners

Great finds at all price points By Denman Moody author, The Advanced Oenophile The top 10 wineries of the April 2015 issue of “Wine and Spirits” Top 50 Sold at Restaurants, are, with permission: Jordan, Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, Sonoma-Cutrer, Duckhorn, Cake­bread, Caymus, Silver Oak, Kistler, Veuve Clicquot and Chateau Ste. Michelle. And I noticed […]

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More Winners for Dinner

| June 1, 2015
More Winners for Dinner

Great Finds At All Prices By Denman Moody author, The Advanced Oenophile WHITE WINES Tom Gore Vineyards Chardonnay California 2013 — “Great wines start in the vineyard.” Tom Gore has worked in the family vineyards from the time he learned to walk, working the harvest alongside favorable reception, burst onto the market with 75,000 cases each of […]

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Great Values at All Prices

| May 1, 2015
Great Values at All Prices

Some Almost Too Good To Be True! White Wines Meiomi Chardonnay 2013 — I don’t usually quote the winery, but these comments from the back label are right on: 49 percent Santa Barbara County, “exotic spice and lively tropical fruit notes,” 30 percent Sonoma County, “crisp apple and lean minerality,” 21 percent Monterey County, “ripe […]

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Dr. Madaiah Revana and His Wines

| April 1, 2015
Dr. Madaiah Revana and His Wines

Fritz Gitschner, former Executive Chef at the Houston Country Club, has created something very special at 60 Degrees Mastercrafted, located at 2300 Westheimer.

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Excellent Wines and Houston’s Only Certified Master Chef

| March 1, 2015
Excellent Wines and Houston’s Only Certified Master Chef

Fritz Gitschner, former Executive Chef at the Houston Country Club, has created something very special at 60 Degrees Mastercrafted, located at 2300 Westheimer.

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“They Always Buy the Ten-Cent Wine”

| February 1, 2015
“They Always Buy the Ten-Cent Wine”

The Relationship Between The Price Of A Wine And Our Opinion Of It

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More Winners for Dinners

| January 1, 2015
More Winners for Dinners

THREE ITALIAN SPARKLERS Ferrari Perle Brut Sparkling White Wine 2007 – Your guests will think you just served them the best Prosecco ever.

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Fabulous Finds

| December 1, 2014
Fabulous Finds

Whites, reds, and two restaurant recommendations

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Dinner of the Decade

| November 1, 2014
Dinner of the Decade

FABULOUS DISHES, PERFECT WINE PAIRINGS

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Have a Winner for Dinner

| October 1, 2014
Have a Winner for Dinner

Great values in various price ranges

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