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A Fascinating Life of Wine

| February 1, 2014
A Fascinating Life of Wine

A Q&A with the author of The Advanced Oenophile

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Start the New Year With Great Vino

| January 1, 2014
Start the New Year With Great Vino

And don’t save the champagne just for special occasions By Denman Moody TheAdvancedOenophile.com Bubbly: For many, no  matter what their level of wine knowledge, the sound of a Champagne cork popping engenders surprise, excitement and the expectation of something good to follow.  They’re right, only it’s a shame that this wonderful product is reserved primarily […]

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Excellent Wines to Enjoy Now
Red, white or sparkling, something for all

| December 1, 2013
Excellent Wines to Enjoy Now </br>Red, white or sparkling, something for all

By Denman Moody TheAdvancedOenophile.com Here are some suggestions for excellent wines that you don’t have to wait years to enjoy.   Sparkling J Vineyards and Winery J Cuvée 20 Brut Sonoma County — Different vineyard lots were fermented and kept separately prior to blending. After two years in the cellar, the bottles were riddled, disgorged […]

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Port and Madeira –
It’s a good time of year for fortified wines

| November 1, 2013
Port and Madeira –</br>It’s a good time of year for fortified wines

It’s a good time of year for fortified wines By Denman Moody Author, The Advanced Oenophile Winter, or what we have of it in Houston, is the prime time to enjoy Port and Madeira. These are fortified wines. As the juice from the grapes is fermenting, instead of allowing them to complete fermentation, at around 7 […]

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Verite Winery

| September 1, 2013
Verite Winery

A must-visit for any Oenophiles who find themselves in Sonoma County By Denman Moody Author, The Advanced Oenophile For many generations, it was thought that the first estates of Bordeaux — Lafite, Latour, Margaux, Haut-Brion, Mouton, Ausone, Cheval Blanc and Petrus — had no equals. Of course, there was a vocal minority who claimed the […]

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Lovely Reds at $40-plus

| August 1, 2013
Lovely Reds at $40-plus

By Denman Moody Author, The Advanced Oenophile It is a common practice to prefer cold white wines in the summer, and hold back the vintage Oportos and the big reds for cooler weather. Since the advent of air conditioning, this notion has faded somewhat; for example, one orders big reds at their favorite steakhouses regardless […]

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A Civilized Pastime

| July 1, 2013
A Civilized Pastime

The cultural shift to drinking wine during meals By Denman Moody TheAdvancedOenophile.com 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 […]

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Moet & Chandon

| June 1, 2013
Moet & Chandon

A tasteful visit with a sixth-generation winemaker By Denman Moody TheAdvancedOenophile.com It was my pleasure to meet and sip some bubbly with Elise Losfelt, one of the winemakers from Moet & Chandon. She is also spokesperson for the company, communicating its technical wine message to markets within France and abroad. She looks too young to […]

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Red Wines, and a Wine and Food Extravaganza

| May 1, 2013
Red Wines, and a Wine and Food Extravaganza

By Denman Moody TheAdvancedOenophile.com Wine-in-a-Box: Big House Red 2011 — With a base of Petite Sirah and Syrah this is a successful blend of 10 or so varietals, including some of the Italians. My favorite box red. Three liters with a spigot. That’s 16 six- ounce glasses of pretty decent red wine for just over […]

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More Wine, Better Wine

| April 1, 2013
More Wine, Better Wine

By Denman Moody TheAdvancedOenophile.com More Wine, Better Wine is the motto of my friend, Dr. James A. White III, Alexandria, La. Oenophile.   SPARKLING: Paul Cheneau Brut Cava non-vintage (Spain) — “The Spanish Sparkling with French Expertise.” Made in the traditional Champagne method, this is a cava that is competitive with the big boys. Main […]

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Winning Wines

| March 1, 2013
Winning Wines

By Denman Moody theadvancedoenophile.com Sparkling: J Vineyards and Winery Vintage Brut Russian River Valley 2005 — A step up from most sparklers from California, this beauty, with tiny, persistent bubbles, is crafted by talented winemaker Melissa Stackhouse. “…luscious aromas of ripe citrus, pear and honeysuckle.” Lovely, toasty flavors. Melissa recommends to drink with hors d’oeuvre […]

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DINNER OF THE DECADE PART II; Fabulous Dishes, Perfect Wine Pairings

| February 1, 2013
DINNER OF THE DECADE PART II; Fabulous Dishes, Perfect Wine Pairings

By Denman Moody theadvancedoenophile.com Last month, I discussed the $5,000 per couple dinner for the Sheriff’s Foundation held at the home of Deana and Larry Blackburn on Sept. 29, 2012. The lineup of chefs — probably unrivaled in the world that evening — were the chairman, president and vice president of the Bocuse d’Or Foundation, […]

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DINNER OF THE DECADE PART 1; A fun — and fundraising — event never to be forgotten

| January 1, 2013
DINNER OF THE DECADE PART 1; A fun — and fundraising — event never to be forgotten

By Denman Moody Author, The Advanced Oenophile On September 29, 2012, at the spectacular new home of Deana and Larry Blackburn, an astounding dinner occurred, which may not be repeated in Houston for decades, if ever. To start at the beginning, there is an organization in Houston called the Sheriff’s Foundation. The funds raised for […]

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Some Golden Oldies and a Few Surprises

| December 1, 2012
Some Golden Oldies and a Few Surprises

And a nod to Landry’s and 1252 Tapas Bar By Denman Moody Author, The Advanced Oenophile   WHITE: LANGETWINS Chardonnay Clarksburg 2010 — For three decades, the Lange family has practiced sustainable farming. The current family (all nine of them) opened a winery in 2006. With estate vineyards spread out between two different appellations, plenty […]

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Texas Winery Celebrates 30th Anniversary

| October 1, 2012
Texas Winery Celebrates 30th Anniversary

By Denman Moody Author, The Advanced Oenophile Fall Creek Vineyards expands on a Texas wine tradition October 1-31 is Texas Wine Month. To find out all about it, visit the website texaswinetrail.com and click on “buy tickets.” I recommend highly that you take advantage of this great offer ($5 of each $20 ticket goes for […]

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Wines Under $10
Just good, solid choices for everyday enjoyment

| September 1, 2012
Wines Under $10 </br>Just good, solid choices for everyday enjoyment

By Denman Moody Author, The Advanced Oenophile One of my wealthiest friends told me that he thinks a popular article would be on under $10 wines. In fact, he had me do a tasting once of “The Best Wines You’ve Never Heard Of”, and most of them were in the $10 range. If one purchases […]

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A Fascinating Life of WineA Q&A with the author of The Advanced Oenophile

| August 1, 2012
A Fascinating Life of WineA Q&A with the author of The Advanced Oenophile

By Bill Anderson, Publisher Denman Moody has been our wine editor since March of 2000.  He has been a wine writer of national and international fame since 1978. Linda and I have often thought of the following questions to ask Denman, and just decided to do it here, so we could share the answers with […]

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Some New Finds and Some Old Friends Excellent values from Lasseter

| July 1, 2012
Some New Finds and Some Old Friends Excellent values from Lasseter

By Denman Moody Author: The Advanced Oenophile  White Wines: Erath Pinot Gris (Oregon) 2010 — One of two great varietals in Oregon, this crisp little filly has excellent acidity with apples and citrus flavors, followed by a clean, bright finish. Sips well alone or with food. $14 Kendall Jackson Chardonnay Grand Reserve 2010 — Just […]

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WINE: Top Recent Picks

| June 1, 2012
WINE: Top Recent Picks

Cade Howell Mountain Cabernet – the best this year in its price range By Denman Moody   White: Stella Pinot Grigio (Italy) 2010 — Can’t find my notes, but this little dude with a screwcap is a startlingly good value. $7.99 Zenato Pinot Grigio delle Venezie 2010 — One of the best values in Pinot […]

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Wine – Favorite Current Releases

| May 1, 2012
Wine – Favorite Current Releases

By Denman Moody Sparkling Wine: Handley Brut Rosé Anderson Valley 2006—One of the unsung heroes of the sparkling wines of California. Made in the same area as Roederer Estate, this is a perennial winner. Grapes for this wine were planted in 1990, and the vineyard was certified organic in 2005. Excellent acidity and lovely strawberry/citrus […]

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The Advanced Oenophile – A helpful new guide for all wine aficionados

| April 1, 2012
The Advanced Oenophile – A helpful new guide for all wine aficionados

Denman Moody, who has been tasting and writing about wine since the 1970s, shares his vast knowledge with readers hoping to take their wine knowledge to the next level in The Advanced Oenophile. Moody presents wine fans with a new, entertaining and educational book that provides practical information that can only be obtained from a […]

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Kunde Estate Winery Wonderful wines and fabulous views

| April 1, 2012
Kunde Estate Winery Wonderful wines and fabulous views

By Denman Moody In 1904, Louis Kunde acquired the historical Wildwood Vineyard about 15 miles north of Sonoma and shortly thereafter built a winery. His son Arthur took over at Louis’ death in 1922, and Arthur’s two sons greatly expanded the estate. In the 1960s and 1970s, the fourth generation continued the expansion, planting additional […]

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