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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 …

More Wine, Better Wine 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 …

Winning Wines 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 …

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

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

Some Golden Oldies and a Few Surprises 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) …

Texas Winery Celebrates 30th Anniversary 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 …

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

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

Some New Finds and Some Old Friends Excellent values from Lasseter 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, …

WINE: Top Recent Picks 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 …

Wine – Favorite Current Releases Wine – Favorite Current Releases

By Denman Moody
Sparkling Wine:
Handley Brut Rosé Anderson Valley 2006—One of the unsung heroes of the sparkling wines of California. Made in the same area as Roederer Estate, this is a perennial winner. Grapes for this …

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

Denman Moody
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. Moody …