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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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