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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, …

Update on Santa Barbara County Wineries Update on Santa Barbara County Wineries

And More Red And White Wine Values And A Restaurant Recommendation
I decided to make a quick, one-day sweep through California’s Santa Barbara County in July, visiting two new wineries and one old faithful. The one I …

Great Values from Washington State and More Great Values from Washington State and More

FROM CHAMPAGNE TO REDS
AND ROSÉS
Whereas Oregon is producing winning Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir, Washington State is producing equally great Riesling, Syrah, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon! The following are the best values from tasting …

Beaulieu Vineyard Rarity Napa Valley 2013 — An Other-Worldly Wine Beaulieu Vineyard Rarity Napa Valley 2013 —  An Other-Worldly Wine

Rarity is the name of a wine only released four times by B.V. since the original owner Georges de Latour bought his first vineyard in Napa Valley in 1900. The vintage of 2013 was perhaps …

Excellent Values from Recent Tastings Excellent Values from Recent Tastings

By Denman Moody
 

A New List For A Memorable Shopping Spree
WHITE WINES:

Ferdu Bianco Veronese IGT 2013 — 100% Garganega. A great value, these grapes are hand-picked and dried for 40 days to reduce water and …

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 …

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. …