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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 …

Kunde Estate Winery Wonderful wines and fabulous views 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 …

Winning Wineries Winning Wineries

By Denman Moody

www.denmanswineblog.com
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. ….

Winning Wines 2012 Winning Wines 2012

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

Tithe Wines Tithe Wines

Turning wine into water!
By Denman Moody
denmanswineblog.com
Steve and Allison Triarsi Lewis are two well-known and well-respected Houstonians: she as an anchor and reporter at CBS News Houston, and he as a money manager for an …

Exceptional Adult Beverages Let’s start with Portugal Exceptional Adult Beverages Let’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 …

Entertaining With Wine, Rule one: Keep it simple 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 …

Winning Wines for Fall Enjoyment 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 …

The Wines Of South Australia 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 …