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Winning Wines 2012

| February 1, 2012
Winning Wines 2012

By Denman Moody
J Brut Rosé non-vintage — Coinciding with its 25th Anniversary celebration, J Vineyards and winery has switched to a sleek, sexy new clear bottle featuring a distinctive black version of its iconic brushstroke

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Tithe Wines

| January 1, 2012
Tithe Wines

Turning wine into water! By Denman Moody denmanswineblog.com Steve and Allison Triarsi Lewis are two well-known and well-respected Houstonians: she as an anchor and reporter at CBS News Houston, and he as a money manager for an array of Houston’s most wealthy. Steve has had more than a passing interest in wine, and over the […]

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Exceptional Adult BeveragesLet’s start with Portugal

| December 1, 2011
Exceptional Adult BeveragesLet’s start with Portugal

By Denman Moody denmanswineblog.com THE WINES OF ESPORÁO Portugal has a tradition of winemaking dating back to 2000 B.C. The Duoro, where the great Ports are produced, was the one of the first demarcated wine regions in the world in 1756. In the recent past, Portugal has been revered for its great fortified wines, and […]

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Entertaining With Wine, Rule one: Keep it simple

| November 1, 2011
Entertaining With Wine, Rule one: Keep it simple

By Denman Moody denmanswineblog.com So you’d like to have some friends over for a three, four, or even five-course meal? Too difficult? Have each couple or each person bring one course and the wine to go with it. Too hard to coordinate? Here are some ideas: THREE-COURSE DINNER, RELATIVELY INEXPENSIVE a) Cold seafood course — […]

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Winning Wines for Fall Enjoyment

| October 1, 2011 | 0 Comments
Winning Wines for Fall Enjoyment

By Denman Moody denmanswineblog.com A diverse selection in all price ranges. White: Dashwood Sauvignon Blanc Marl­borough 2010 — Dashwood has built a reputation for delivering great value, full-flavored wines. Harvested after almost perfect weather conditions, this wine exhibits a pure expression of vibrant, tropical fruit flavors. Perfect with spicy grilled shrimp! $9.99 Morro Bay Sauvignon […]

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The Wines Of South Australia

| September 1, 2011
The Wines Of South Australia

By Denman Moody denmanswineblog.com Australia burst onto the international wine scene in the mid-1990s with some of the most coveted wines in the world — an occurrence similar to the lauding of vino from Italy during themid-1980s and Spain in the early 2000s. I first sampled Australia wines in the land Down Under at the […]

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The Best White Wine To Pair With Seafood? Dry Riesling, of course!

| August 1, 2011
The Best White Wine To Pair With Seafood?  Dry Riesling, of course!

By Denman Moody www.denmanswineblog.com When I first wrote about Riesling some 30 years ago, it had little effect because most people had no interest in a “too-sweet, cheap white wine from Germany”— Liebfraumilch being the then omnipresent choice. Over the years, and mainly in the last 10 or so, most sommeliers, wine directors and wine […]

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Demystifying Wine

| July 1, 2011
Demystifying Wine

By Denman Moody www.CorporateEventWines.com Although the subtitle has nothing to do with the article, it made me laugh and that’s what’s important. Now on to demystifying wines! Sixty years ago, there were few people in the United States who regularly drank wine with their meals. Conversely, in Italy and France wine was considered an uncomplicated, […]

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Recently Tasted, Highly Recommended Wines

| June 1, 2011
Recently Tasted, Highly Recommended Wines

Although the subtitle has nothing to do with the article, I hope it brought a smile. Now on with the wonderful business of recommending good wines!

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Marchesi di Barolo in Houston

| May 1, 2011
Marchesi di Barolo in Houston

I woke up one morning recently with a smile, thinking of my luncheon plans. One of Houston’s most successful wine wholesale/distribution personalities, Elizabeth Gallagher Heilman, had invited me to lunch at RDG in Houston, the successor restaurant to Robert Del Grande’s Café Annie — as an historical aside, I did the first serious wine list […]

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Michael David Winery and the Emergence of Lodi

| April 1, 2011
Michael David Winery and the Emergence of Lodi

Until recently, and even now, many enophiles think of Lodi, if at all, as the place where Sutter Home made its White Zinfandel and Robert Mondavi started its Woodbridge line, both of which were commercially successful, but neither causing much more than a yawn. The fact that Lodi is in the San Joaquin Valley also […]

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The Urban Legend of Sulfites

| March 1, 2011
The Urban Legend of Sulfites

DEBUNKING THE MYTH It is only occasionally that I see such a common sense article, which reflects almost exactly what I have said to many people in the past regarding sulfites in wine. The author of the following article, contributing columnist Richard Olsen-Harbich, has worked in the Long Island wine industry since 1981, and has […]

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New Wine Book Offers Answers and Tips

| February 1, 2011
New Wine Book Offers Answers and Tips

What’s A Winelover To Do? An Illustrated Guide With 334 Essential Oenophile Pointers And Tips, by Wes Marshall, Artisan Books, paperback, 2010. $17.95 It is interesting that Marshall and I are somehow on the same page with regard to almost every topic he covers. One in particular is how he handles the debate over high-alcohol, […]

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The 1976 Paris Tasting

| January 1, 2011
The 1976 Paris Tasting

A SEMINAL EVENT FOR AMERICANS When I cut my teeth (or in this case, stained them) on wine in the mid ’70s, almost everything was French. If anyone was venturesome (or wealthy) enough to order an expensive wine for home or at a restaurant, it was always French. In fact, waiters would routinely ask, with […]

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Winning Winter Reds

| December 1, 2010
Winning Winter Reds

HOLIDAY GIFT WINES FROM $19 TO $90 Westside Red TROUBLEMAKER Paso Robles – This multi-vintage red is made with Syrah, Mourvedre and Grenache from the Hope Family Vineyard. Check out the winemaker Austin Hope at www.westsidered.com. Great all-purpose red and perfect with a beef stew in October. Four thousand cases produced. $19 Niner Syrah Bootjack […]

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Exciting Port Tasting, Dinner, and Winning Wine

| October 1, 2010
Exciting Port Tasting, Dinner, and Winning Wine

Robert Bower In Houston On Oct. 20 The Fladgate Partnership is currently headed by Alistair Robertson, seventh generation of a revered 300-year-old family. The partnership is made up of three of the most highly regarded Port houses, Taylor Fladgate, Fonseca and Croft (the first two being possibly the greatest). Their Portos are produced with quality […]

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Ready Yourself for Fall

| September 1, 2010

Recent red wine discoveries — great values Here are a bevy of red beauties—all great values in their respective price ranges. Buy now, and when it starts to cool off in mid October, it’s time to grill your favorite meats outside and enjoy these reds to the max. Red Guitar Old Vine Temp­ranillo-Garnacha (Spain) 2007 […]

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Dr. Revana, Wine and Racing

| August 1, 2010
Dr. Revana, Wine and Racing

How did a Houston cardiologist with a passion for wine propel himself into the perfect Napa Valley winery setup? It certainly wasn ’t all planned, and much of it was simply good fortune. After finding a promising 7-acre plot in the Napa Valley in 1997, Dr. Madaiah Revana asked a famous vineyard manager, Jim Barbour, […]

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Decant It and Let It “Breathe”? The facts might surprise you

| July 1, 2010

In May 1977, my late friend Alexis Bespaloff published “A Corking New Wine Theory” in New York Magazine. In blind tastings with Robert Mondavi, Paul Draper of Ridge Winery, Alexis Lichine of Bordeaux Chateau Prieuré-Lichine, Kevin Zraly, cellarmaster at Windows on the World Restaurant and author of Windows on the World Complete Wine Course, and […]

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Wine Reviews by Denman Moody, Israel and Its Wines

| June 1, 2010 | 0 Comments

In mid February 2010, I was fortunate enough to join a small group of global importers and wine writers on a trip to Israel. Although it was a short trip, it was packed full of good meals and lots of wine tastings, including attendance at The Third Inter­national Wine Exhibition in Tel Aviv. Part II […]

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