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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

Of more than 300 wines tasted recently, here are the top 20 percent, each of which I would serve proudly, and each a great value in its respective price range. For a wine-treasure-seeking shopping spree, take this article to your favorite wine shop. Enjoy!

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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 katylifestylesandhomes.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 […]

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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?

My top recommendation for this month has to be Luca Malbec from Uco Valley, Argentina.

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Sparkling, White and Red Wine Winners

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

My top recommendation for this month has to be Luca Malbec from Uco Valley, Argentina.

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Great Wines, Good Restaurants and a Book Signing

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

My top recommendation for this month has to be Luca Malbec from Uco Valley, Argentina.

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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

From New Zealand, Europe and the United States

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Winning Wines

| October 1, 2015
Winning Wines

Vintages to pair with everything from burgers to salad

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Wine: Superb New Releases

| September 1, 2015
Wine: Superb New Releases

Vintages to pair with everything from burgers to salad

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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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