Wine Reviews by Denman Moody – Katy Lifestyles & Homes magazine http://katylifestylesandhomes.com Katy Texas Lifestyles & Homes magazine Fri, 01 Dec 2017 17:23:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.4.13 World of Wine – Gift Suggestions for the Wine Aficionado http://katylifestylesandhomes.com/world-of-wine-gift-suggestions-for-the-wine-aficionado/ Fri, 01 Dec 2017 09:12:54 +0000 http://katylifestylesandhomes.com/?p=24131 The best selections in their respective price ranges By Denman Moody, author of The Advanced Oenophile Once again, I have tasted more than 200 wines to come up with this list of winners. Many of the wines I taste are good to very good, but I only have room here to recommend the best in […]

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Touring Napa and Sonoma, Part II http://katylifestylesandhomes.com/touring-napa-and-sonoma-part-ii/ Wed, 01 Nov 2017 08:12:55 +0000 http://katylifestylesandhomes.com/?p=22750 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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Update on Santa Barbara County Wineries http://katylifestylesandhomes.com/update-on-santa-barbara-county-wineries/ Sun, 01 Oct 2017 08:12:55 +0000 http://katylifestylesandhomes.com/?p=23766   And More Red And White Wine Values And A Restaurant Recommendation I decided to make a quick, one-day sweep through California’s Santa Barbara County in July, visiting two new wineries and one old faithful. The one I know is Fess Parker, named after the late actor, and now run by his heirs. The place […]

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Great Values from Washington State and More http://katylifestylesandhomes.com/great-wine-values-from-washington-state/ Fri, 01 Sep 2017 08:12:55 +0000 http://katylifestylesandhomes.com/?p=23599 FROM CHAMPAGNE TO REDS AND ROSÉS Whereas Oregon is producing winning Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir, Washington State is producing equally great Riesling, Syrah, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon! The following are the best values from tasting through about 50 Washington State wines over the last several months: Charles Smith The Velvet Devil Merlot 2014 […]

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Beaulieu Vineyard Rarity Napa Valley 2013 — An Other-Worldly Wine http://katylifestylesandhomes.com/beaulieu-vineyard-rarity-napa-valley-2013-an-other-worldly-wine/ Tue, 01 Aug 2017 08:12:55 +0000 http://katylifestylesandhomes.com/?p=23417 Rarity is the name of a wine only released four times by B.V. since the original owner Georges de Latour bought his first vineyard in Napa Valley in 1900. The vintage of 2013 was perhaps the greatest in the history of Napa Valley. The winemaker, Jeffrey Stambor, along with the most famous consulting winemaker in […]

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Excellent Values from Recent Tastings http://katylifestylesandhomes.com/excellent-values-from-recent-tastings/ Sat, 01 Jul 2017 08:12:55 +0000 http://katylifestylesandhomes.com/?p=23317 By Denman Moody   A New List For A Memorable Shopping Spree WHITE WINES: Ferdu Bianco Veronese IGT 2013 — 100% Garganega. A great value, these grapes are hand-picked and dried for 40 days to reduce water and concentrate sugar content. Dry and rich on the finish. $12 Dreaming Tree Sauvignon Blanc Sonoma County 2016 […]

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Fritz Hatton and Arietta Wines: Harmonizing Life’s Passions http://katylifestylesandhomes.com/fritz-hatton-and-arietta-wines-harmonizing-lifes-passions/ Mon, 01 May 2017 08:12:55 +0000 http://katylifestylesandhomes.com/?p=22914 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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A New List for a Shopping Spree of Wine Treasures http://katylifestylesandhomes.com/a-new-list-for-a-shopping-spree-of-wine-treasures/ Wed, 01 Mar 2017 09:25:55 +0000 http://katylifestylesandhomes.com/?p=22566 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 http://katylifestylesandhomes.com/jackson-family-wines-on-top-of-the-world-part-ii/ Wed, 01 Feb 2017 09:25:55 +0000 http://katylifestylesandhomes.com/?p=22410 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 http://katylifestylesandhomes.com/jackson-family-wines-on-top-of-the-world-part-i/ Sun, 01 Jan 2017 09:25:55 +0000 http://katylifestylesandhomes.com/?p=22368 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 http://katylifestylesandhomes.com/recent-tastings-with-folio-partners-and-others/ Fri, 02 Dec 2016 01:05:55 +0000 http://katylifestylesandhomes.com/?p=22065 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 http://katylifestylesandhomes.com/a-compendium-of-winning-wines/ Wed, 02 Nov 2016 00:05:55 +0000 http://katylifestylesandhomes.com/?p=21940 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 http://katylifestylesandhomes.com/a-civilized-past-time-the-cultural-shift-to-drinking-wine-during-meals/ Sun, 02 Oct 2016 00:05:55 +0000 http://katylifestylesandhomes.com/?p=21707 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! http://katylifestylesandhomes.com/duckhorn-wine-company-the-best-of-the-best/ Fri, 02 Sep 2016 00:05:55 +0000 http://katylifestylesandhomes.com/?p=21548 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 http://katylifestylesandhomes.com/a-wrap-up-of-winning-wines/ Tue, 02 Aug 2016 00:05:55 +0000 http://katylifestylesandhomes.com/?p=21421 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 http://katylifestylesandhomes.com/touring-napa-and-sonoma/ Sat, 02 Jul 2016 00:05:55 +0000 http://katylifestylesandhomes.com/?p=21292 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 http://katylifestylesandhomes.com/michael-mondavi-honored/ Thu, 02 Jun 2016 00:05:55 +0000 http://katylifestylesandhomes.com/?p=21108 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 http://katylifestylesandhomes.com/wines-to-enjoy-now/ Mon, 02 May 2016 00:05:55 +0000 http://katylifestylesandhomes.com/?p=20995 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 http://katylifestylesandhomes.com/duckhorn-wine-estate-the-best-of-the-best/ Sat, 02 Apr 2016 00:05:55 +0000 http://katylifestylesandhomes.com/?p=20733 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? http://katylifestylesandhomes.com/ready-to-expand-your-wine-vocabulary/ Wed, 02 Mar 2016 01:05:55 +0000 http://katylifestylesandhomes.com/?p=20518 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 http://katylifestylesandhomes.com/sparkling-white-and-red-wine-winners/ Tue, 02 Feb 2016 01:05:55 +0000 http://katylifestylesandhomes.com/?p=20427 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 http://katylifestylesandhomes.com/great-wines-good-restaurants-and-a-book-signing/ Sat, 02 Jan 2016 01:05:55 +0000 http://katylifestylesandhomes.com/?p=20151 My top recommendation for this month has to be Luca Malbec from Uco Valley, Argentina.

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Great Values http://katylifestylesandhomes.com/great-values/ Wed, 02 Dec 2015 01:05:55 +0000 http://katylifestylesandhomes.com/?p=19813 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 http://katylifestylesandhomes.com/wines-from-around-the-world/ Mon, 02 Nov 2015 01:05:55 +0000 http://katylifestylesandhomes.com/?p=19599 From New Zealand, Europe and the United States

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Winning Wines http://katylifestylesandhomes.com/winning-wines-3/ Fri, 02 Oct 2015 00:05:55 +0000 http://katylifestylesandhomes.com/?p=19092 Vintages to pair with everything from burgers to salad

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Wine: Superb New Releases http://katylifestylesandhomes.com/wine-superb-new-releases/ Wed, 02 Sep 2015 00:05:55 +0000 http://katylifestylesandhomes.com/?p=18648 Vintages to pair with everything from burgers to salad

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