Walla Walla Valley

The Most Exciting, Little-Known Viticulture Area in the U.S. On the 45-minute flight from Seattle to Walla Walla in far southeastern Washington, the incredible forest-filled mountains off to the left slowly merge into the recently harvested, expansive wheat fields to the Walla Walla area. Almost totally...

Duckhorn Portfolio: The Best of the Best

Oenophile | By Denman Moody – In 1976, Margaret and Dan Duckhorn, along with a few investors, started Duckhorn Vineyards, with the first production in 1978 being 800 cases of Merlot and 800 cases of Cabernet Sauvignon. Over the years until 2007, they not only vastly improved the quality and quantity of...

World-Class American Wineries: Jordan Winery

By Denman Moody- While I was travel aide to Lloyd Bentsen in 1970 – and later his executive assistant in Washington – Tom Jordan, who is just a smidgen older than I, was already a mega-successful oil man in Denver with the idea of purchasing a great Bordeaux chateau.  A taste of the 1968 Beaulieu...

Eleven Great Wineries

Oenophile | By Denman Moody – For 2019, I plan to highlight eleven great wineries and their best wines.  Consumers these days appear to be more interested in the story about the people who make the wines and the availability and price of wines of great value – in different price ranges – more than...

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