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Fritz Hatton and Arietta Wines: Harmonizing Life’s Passions Fritz Hatton and Arietta Wines: Harmonizing Life’s Passions

Classical Music And Opera Inspires Winemakers
By Denman Moody
A mong charity wine auction attendees, Fritz Hatton is well known for his booming voice, bowties and jovial manner as he rhythmically tallies up millions of dollars for …

Touring Napa and Sonoma, Part II Touring Napa and Sonoma, Part II

More Wineries That Are “Must Visits”
In the July 2016 issue, I wrote about some of the to-die-for wineries in Napa and Sonoma that are “must” visits. To view that article, visit houstonlifestyles.com, click on “Wine, …

A New List for a Shopping Spree of Wine Treasures A New List for a Shopping  Spree of Wine Treasures

The Top 20 Percent Of More Than 300 Wines Recently Tasted 
Having written about one famous wine family in the January and February issues (see online at houstonlifestyles.com/category/wine-reviews-by-denman-moody/, I am seriously behind in wine recommendations. Of more …

Jackson Family Wines —
On Top of the World, Part II
Jackson Family Wines —  </br>On Top of the World, Part II

An Unrivaled, Premium Collection Of Wineries And Estate Vineyards
In Part I of this series, published in the January issue, I discussed the incredible Kendall-Jackson winery itself in Sonoma County, California, and the iconic Vintner’s Reserve …

Jackson Family Wines — On Top of the World, Part I Jackson Family Wines —  On Top of the World, Part I

An unrivaled, premium collection of wineries and estate vineyards
Today, Jackson Family Wines is a multi-generational, family-owned wine company that has grown into an unrivaled, premium collection of wineries and estate vineyards across California, Oregon, Italy, …

Recent Tastings with Folio Partners and Others Recent Tastings with Folio Partners and Others

All Listed Wines Highly Recommended
Folio Partners, founded in 2004 by the Michael Mondavi family, is an im­porter of premium wines from family winemakers who share their passion for making great wines (plus their own wines). …

A Compendium of Winning Wines A Compendium of Winning Wines

Take This List To Your Favorite Wine Shop
Once again, after tasting through several hundred wines a month, I have developed a backlog, and shall play catch-up, writing only briefly about many of the great values …

A Civilized Past Time -The Cultural Shift To Drinking Wine During Meals A Civilized Past Time -The Cultural Shift To Drinking Wine During Meals

The Cultural Shift To Drinking Wine During Meals
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 …

Duckhorn Wine Company — the Best of the Best! Duckhorn Wine Company — the Best of the Best!

Young Winemakers Producing Some Of The Best Wines On The Planet
In 1976, Margaret and Dan Duckhorn, along with a number of investors, started Duckhorn Vineyards, with the first production in 1978 being 800 cases of …

A Wrap-Up of Winning Wines A Wrap-Up of Winning Wines

Short And Sweet Reports On Recent Tastings
Tasting around 150 wines per month, and only having a two-page column, I occasionally fall behind, and the only way to report on all the great values from recent …

Touring Napa and Sonoma Touring Napa and Sonoma

By Denman Moody author, The Advanced Oenophile
A great visit highlighting great vintages
Visiting a winery in northern Cali­fornia used to consist of standing in a line at a tasting room, and being served, sometimes complimentary, by …

Michael Mondavi Honored Michael Mondavi Honored

And Some Recent Winning Wine Recommendations
Michael Mondavi has been named “Person of the Year” by Wine Enthusiast magazine. After being winemaker and later president of the iconic Robert Mondavi Winery, he successfully took the winery …

Wines to Enjoy Now Wines to Enjoy Now

By Denman Moody author, The Advanced Oenophile
Reds and whites to please the palate, and restaurant recommendations
 
WHITE WINES
Cupcake Chardonnay Monterey County 2014 — Winemaker Jessica Tomei knocked it out of the park with this best buy. …

Duckhorn Wine Estate – the Best of the Best Duckhorn Wine Estate – the Best of the Best

Young Winemakers Producing Some Of The Best Wines On The Planet
In 1976, Margaret and Dan Duckhorn, along with a number of investors, started Duckhorn Winery, with the first production in 1978 being 800 cases of …

Ready to Expand Your Wine Vocabulary? Ready to Expand Your Wine Vocabulary?

Our Expert’s Glossary Will Aid Your Tasting Experience
It may be well to remember the old saying, “Buy on bread, sell on cheese.” With a fairly neutral food, such as bread or a plain cracker, you …

Sparkling, White and Red Wine Winners Sparkling, White and Red Wine Winners

Memorable meals in every choice
ROSE SPARKLING WINE:
Casal Garcia Medium Dry Rosé Sparkling Wine Espumante de Vinho Verde Portugal non-vintage — Sprightly, pretty strawberry flavors with just the right touch of natural, residual sugar for sipping …

Great Wines, Good Restaurants and a Book Signing Great Wines, Good Restaurants and a Book Signing

A Top Recommendation From Argentina
TOP RECOMMENDATION
My top recommendation for this month has to be Luca Malbec from Uco Valley, Argentina. Every vintage since 2005 has been outstanding, and the 2012, recently tasted, is no exception. …