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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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Moet & Chandon

| June 1, 2013
Moet & Chandon

It was my pleasure to meet and sip some bubbly with Elise Losfelt, one of the winemakers from,,,

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Red Wines, and a Wine and Food Extravaganza

| May 1, 2013
Red Wines, and a Wine and Food Extravaganza

  By Denman Moody TheAdvancedOenophile.com Wine-in-a-Box: Big House Red 2011 — With a base of Petite Sirah and Syrah this is a successful blend of 10 or so varietals, including some of the Italians. My favorite box red. Three liters with a spigot. That’s 16 six- ounce glasses of pretty decent red wine for just […]

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More Wine, Better Wine

| April 1, 2013
More Wine, Better Wine

By Denman Moody TheAdvancedOenophile.com More Wine, Better Wine is the motto of my friend, Dr. James A. White III, Alexandria, La. Oenophile.   SPARKLING: Paul Cheneau Brut Cava non-vintage (Spain) — “The Spanish Sparkling with French Expertise.” Made in the traditional Champagne method, this is a cava that is competitive with the big boys. Main […]

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Winning Wines

| March 1, 2013
Winning Wines

By Denman Moody theadvancedoenophile.com Sparkling: J Vineyards and Winery Vintage Brut Russian River Valley 2005 — A step up from most sparklers from California, this beauty, with tiny, persistent bubbles, is crafted by talented winemaker Melissa Stackhouse. “…luscious aromas of ripe citrus, pear and honeysuckle.” Lovely, toasty flavors. Melissa recommends to drink with hors d’oeuvre […]

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DINNER OF THE DECADE PART II; Fabulous Dishes, Perfect Wine Pairings

| February 1, 2013
DINNER OF THE DECADE PART II; Fabulous Dishes, Perfect Wine Pairings

By Denman Moody theadvancedoenophile.com Last month, I discussed the $5,000 per couple dinner for the Sheriff’s Foundation held at the home of Deana and Larry Blackburn on Sept. 29, 2012. The lineup of chefs — probably unrivaled in the world that evening — were the chairman, president and vice president of the Bocuse d’Or Foundation, […]

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DINNER OF THE DECADE PART 1; A fun — and fundraising — event never to be forgotten

| January 1, 2013
DINNER OF THE DECADE PART 1; A fun — and fundraising — event never to be forgotten

By Denman Moody Author, The Advanced Oenophile On September 29, 2012, at the spectacular new home of Deana and Larry Blackburn, an astounding dinner occurred, which may not be repeated in Houston for decades, if ever. To start at the beginning, there is an organization in Houston called the Sheriff’s Foundation. The funds raised for […]

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Some Golden Oldies and a Few Surprises

| December 1, 2012
Some Golden Oldies and a Few Surprises

And a nod to Landry’s and 1252 Tapas Bar By Denman Moody Author, The Advanced Oenophile   WHITE: LANGETWINS Chardonnay Clarksburg 2010 — For three decades, the Lange family has practiced sustainable farming. The current family (all nine of them) opened a winery in 2006. With estate vineyards spread out between two different appellations, plenty […]

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Texas Winery Celebrates 30th Anniversary

| October 1, 2012
Texas Winery Celebrates 30th Anniversary

By Denman Moody Author, The Advanced Oenophile Fall Creek Vineyards expands on a Texas wine tradition October 1-31 is Texas Wine Month. To find out all about it, visit the website texaswinetrail.com and click on “buy tickets.” I recommend highly that you take advantage of this great offer ($5 of each $20 ticket goes for […]

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Wines Under $10 Just good, solid choices for everyday enjoyment

| September 1, 2012
Wines Under $10 Just good, solid choices for everyday enjoyment

  By Denman Moody Author, The Advanced Oenophile One of my wealthiest friends told me that he thinks a popular article would be on under $10 wines. In fact, he had me do a tasting once of “The Best Wines You’ve Never Heard Of”, and most of them were in the $10 range. If one […]

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A Fascinating Life of WineA Q&A with the author of The Advanced Oenophile

| August 1, 2012
A Fascinating Life of WineA Q&A with the author of The Advanced Oenophile

By Bill Anderson, Publisher Denman Moody has been our wine editor since March of 2000.  He has been a wine writer of national and international fame since 1978. Linda and I have often thought of the following questions to ask Denman, and just decided to do it here, so we could share the answers with […]

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Some New Finds and Some Old Friends Excellent values from Lasseter

| July 1, 2012
Some New Finds and Some Old Friends Excellent values from Lasseter

By Denman Moody Author: The Advanced Oenophile  White Wines: Erath Pinot Gris (Oregon) 2010 — One of two great varietals in Oregon, this crisp little filly has excellent acidity with apples and citrus flavors, followed by a clean, bright finish. Sips well alone or with food. $14 Kendall Jackson Chardonnay Grand Reserve 2010 — Just […]

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WINE: Top Recent Picks

| June 1, 2012
WINE: Top Recent Picks

Cade Howell Mountain Cabernet – the best this year in its price range By Denman Moody   White: Stella Pinot Grigio (Italy) 2010 — Can’t find my notes, but this little dude with a screwcap is a startlingly good value. $7.99 Zenato Pinot Grigio delle Venezie 2010 — One of the best values in Pinot […]

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Wine – Favorite Current Releases

| May 1, 2012
Wine – Favorite Current Releases

Handley — an understated and underrated winery in the Anderson Valley

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The Advanced Oenophile – A helpful new guide for all wine aficionados

| April 1, 2012
The Advanced Oenophile – A helpful new guide for all wine aficionados

Denman Moody, who has been tasting and writing about wine since the 1970s, shares his vast knowledge with readers hoping to take their wine knowledge to the next level in The Advanced Oenophile.

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Kunde Estate Winery Wonderful wines and fabulous views

| April 1, 2012
Kunde Estate Winery Wonderful wines and fabulous views

By Denman Moody In 1904, Louis Kunde acquired the historical Wildwood Vineyard about 15 miles north of Sonoma and shortly thereafter built a winery. His son Arthur took over at Louis’ death in 1922, and Arthur’s two sons greatly expanded the estate. In the 1960s and 1970s, the fourth generation continued the expansion, planting additional […]

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Winning Wineries

| March 1, 2012
Winning Wineries

By Denman Moody

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There are numerous wineries that produce five, 10 or even 15 different wines, and only one or two of them are great values in their respective price range. ….

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Winning Wines

| February 1, 2012
Winning Wines

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

By Denman Moody   denmanswineblog.com Sparkling: 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 J with the eye-popping, rich, pink salmon-colored Pinot Noir-based sparkling wine on full display. The wow factor […]

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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
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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