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Great Values at All Prices 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 …

Dr. Madaiah Revana and His Wines 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 …

Excellent Wines and Houston’s Only Certified Master Chef 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 …

“They Always Buy the Ten-Cent Wine” “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 …

More Winners for Dinner 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 …

Fabulous Finds Fabulous Finds

Whites, reds, and two restaurant recommendations

Dinner of the Decade 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 …

Have a Winner for Dinner 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 …

Texas Wines Making a Statement 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 …

Marchese Piero Antinori,
Tignanello and Antica
Marchese Piero Antinori, </br>Tignanello and Antica

Possibly the most important wine luminary on the planet

Separating the Best Values 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 …

Celebrate the 10th Anniversary Wine & Food Week Celebrate the 10th Anniversary 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 …

Premiere Napa Valley 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 …

Want to Learn More About Wine? 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 …

Jordan Winery: World Class 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 …

A Fascinating Life of Wine A Fascinating Life of Wine

A Q&A with the author of The Advanced Oenophile

Start the New Year With Great Vino 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 …

Excellent Wines to Enjoy Now
Red, white or sparkling, something for all
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 …

Port and Madeira –
It’s a good time of year for fortified wines
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 …

Verite Winery Verite Winery

A must-visit for any Oenophiles who find themselves in Sonoma County
By Denman Moody
Author, The Advanced Oenophile
For many generations, it was thought that the first estates of Bordeaux — Lafite, Latour, Margaux, Haut-Brion, Mouton, Ausone, Cheval …

Lovely Reds at $40-plus 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 …

A Civilized Pastime 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 …

Moet & Chandon Moet & Chandon

A tasteful visit with a sixth-generation winemaker
By Denman Moody
TheAdvancedOenophile.com
It was my pleasure to meet and sip some bubbly with Elise Losfelt, one of the winemakers from Moet & Chandon. She is also spokesperson for the …

Red Wines, and a Wine and Food Extravaganza 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 …