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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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Winners for Dinner

| June 1, 2015
Winners for Dinner

Great Finds At All Prices By Denman Moody author, The Advanced Oenophile WHITE WINES Tom Gore Vineyards Chardonnay California 2013 — “Great wines start in the vineyard.” Tom Gore has worked in the family vineyards from the time he learned to walk, working the harvest alongside favorable reception, burst onto the market with 75,000 cases each of […]

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Great Values at All Prices

| May 1, 2015
Great Values at All Prices

Some Almost Too Good To Be True! White Wines Meiomi Chardonnay 2013 — I don’t usually quote the winery, but these comments from the back label are right on: 49 percent Santa Barbara County, “exotic spice and lively tropical fruit notes,” 30 percent Sonoma County, “crisp apple and lean minerality,” 21 percent Monterey County, “ripe […]

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Dr. Madaiah Revana and His Wines

| April 1, 2015
Dr. Madaiah Revana and His Wines

In The Top Echelon Of Wine Celebrities There are attorneys, businessmen and physicians who dip their toe into the wine business. Dr. Madaiah Revana has gone all in. His first foray came in 1997 when he decided he wanted a seven-acre vineyard just north of St. Helena on the main thoroughfare in Napa Valley. He […]

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Excellent Wines and Houston’s Only Certified Master Chef

| March 1, 2015
Excellent Wines and Houston’s Only Certified Master Chef

Houston’s Only Certified Master Chef Fritz Gitschner Fritz Gitschner, former Executive Chef at the Houston Country Club, has created something very special at 60 Degrees Mastercrafted, located at 2300 Westheimer. There are many Master Chefs, but a Certified Master Chef is an other-worldly figure similar in rarity to a Master of Wine or a Master […]

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“They Always Buy the Ten-Cent Wine”

| February 1, 2015
“They Always Buy the Ten-Cent Wine”

The Relationship Between The Price Of A Wine And Our Opinion Of It This article is republished from Robert G. Albertson’s blog, The Wine Economist, by permission of the author. Ernest and Julio Gallo built their business in the years after the repeal of Prohibition according to a strict division of labor: Julio made the […]

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More Winners for Dinner

| January 1, 2015
More Winners for Dinner

THREE ITALIAN SPARKLERS Ferrari Perle Brut Sparkling White Wine 2007 – Your guests will think you just served them the best Prosecco ever. What they won’t know unless you tell them is that this Italian luxury wine is 100% Chardonnay made by the Champagne Method with “…refined scents of almonds and apples.” A good alternative […]

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Fabulous Finds

| December 1, 2014
Fabulous Finds

Whites, reds, and two restaurant recommendations

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Dinner of the Decade

| November 1, 2014
Dinner of the Decade

FABULOUS DISHES, PERFECT WINE PAIRINGS This $5,000 per couple dinner benefiting the Sheriff’s Foundation, held on Sept. 29, 2012 at the amazing home of Deana and Larry Blackburn — 153 guests seated downstairs — was such a classic, I’m reproducing one of the articles about it here. The lineup of chefs — probably unrivaled in […]

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Have a Winner for Dinner

| October 1, 2014
Have a Winner for Dinner

GREAT VALUES IN VARIOUS PRICE RANGES Out of the plethora of wines I taste each month, I ignore the bad ones and the marginal ones, and just write about those which I believe to be great values in their price range. At least for my palate, I could throw a dart at this page, pick […]

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Texas Wines Making a Statement

| September 1, 2014
Texas Wines Making a Statement

The best recommendations from recent tastings F all Creek and Llano Estacado are the successful pioneering Texas wineries. Fall Creek was not only one of the first to experiment with the great varietals such as Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay, they took the major step of hiring Andre Tchelistcheff of B.V. Private Reserve fame to consult […]

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Marchese Piero Antinori,
Tignanello and Antica

| August 1, 2014
Marchese Piero Antinori, </br>Tignanello and Antica

Possibly the most important wine luminary on the planet

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Separating the Best Values

| July 1, 2014
Separating the Best Values

By Denman Moody Author, The Advanced Oenophile theadvancedoenophile.com The last three or four months have given me palate fatigue — almost. Out of close to a thousand wines tasted, about 20 percent of them are excellent values in their respective price ranges. Since there are so many, I have held my comments, in some instances, […]

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Celebrate the 10th Anniversary Wine & Food Week

| June 1, 2014
Celebrate the 10th Anniversary Wine & Food Week

Chef John Moeller, former White House Chef, who is “Wizard Gourmet” of Wine & Food Week. By Denman Moody Author, The Advanced Oenophile theadvancedoenophile.com I heartily recommend that fans of good food and fine wine attend one of the many entertaining events during the 10th Anniversary Wine & Food Week. The following press release provides […]

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Premiere Napa Valley 2014

| May 1, 2014
Premiere Napa Valley 2014

Possibly the best week of the year By Denman Moody Author, The Advanced Oenophile F or many in the wine trade, Premiere Napa Valley is considered the best week of each year. The wines served are among the rarest and best in the world. Generally, five cases or less are made by either one winery or […]

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Want to Learn More About Wine?

| April 1, 2014
Want to Learn More About Wine?

By Denman Moody Author, The Advanced Oenophile In the 1970s, a typical diner at a steak house would order either a beer or a mixed drink before dinner, and then eat the meal with no beverage other than water. America was certainly not a nation of wine drinkers. Fast forward to today—nearly every table at […]

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Jordan Winery: World Class

| March 1, 2014
Jordan Winery: World Class

The New Estate Tour And Tasting Experience Is Not To Be Missed By Denman Moody Author, The Advanced Oenophile While I was travel aide to Lloyd Bentsen on his winning campaign for the U.S. Senate in 1970, Tom Jordan, who is just a couple of years my senior, was already a mega-successful Denver oil man […]

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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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Jordan Winery: World Class

| October 1, 2013
Jordan Winery: World Class

The New Estate Tour And Tasting Experience Is Not To Be Missed By Denman Moody Author, The Advanced Oenophile While I was travel aide to Lloyd Bentsen on his winning campaign for the U.S. Senate in 1970, Tom Jordan, who is just a couple of years my senior, was already a mega-successful Denver oil man […]

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Verite Winery

| September 1, 2013
Verite Winery

Denman Moody, wine reviews

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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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