Stories by Dennis Sodomka

Wine Time: Martinelli Bella Vigna Chardonnay 2011, Sonoma County

When chardonnay is well made it is one of the best white wines you can find. Martinelli has been making beautiful chardonnays for a long time, and they know what they are doing.
By Dennis Sodomka

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Wine Time: Chateau Vartely Winemaker's Selection 2012, Moldova

Dry red wine drinkers will love this wine. It is a good summer sipping wine, but it really shines with food. The wine could be compared to a super Tuscan, combining native grapes with traditional ...
By Dennis Sodomka

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Wine Time: Charles & Charles Rosé 2014, Washington

Summer is the perfect time for rosé. We tend to eat lighter foods, but we still want wine with some flavor and body, so rosé fits in nicely.
By Dennis Sodomka

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Wine Time: Vale do Bomfim Douro DOC 2012, Portugal

The Vale do Bomfim is one of the better values from the Douro region, with fresh, complex flavors at a bargain price.
By Dennis Sodomka

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Wine Time: Giesen Pinot Gris 2014, New Zealand

I think pinot gris is a largely underappreciated wine. It is a major grape in the Alsace region of France, but in many other countries it is almost an afterthought, despite the outstanding wines ...
By Dennis Sodomka

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Wine Time: Sequoia Grove Chardonnay 2013, Napa Valley

Though it is not among the most famous wineries in Napa Valley, Sequoia Grove makes some powerful cabernets grown in the famous Rutherford Dust.
By Dennis Sodomka

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Wine Time: Priest Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 and Coachgun 2009, Napa Valley

Because there is so much good California Cabernet Sauvignon available at all price points, some people wonder why you would spend more than $25 on one. The Priest Ranch Cab is a good answer to ...
By Dennis Sodomka

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Wine Time: Sutter Home White Zinfandel, California

Many of the wines I used to drink 40 years ago are difficult or impossible to find, mostly because of changing tastes of wine drinkers. But this classic White Zinfandel is still going strong.
By Dennis Sodomka

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Wine Time: Robert Mondavi Chardonnay 2013, Napa Valley

If you have heard of California wine, chances are you have heard of the Robert Mondavi Winery.
By Dennis Sodomka

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Wine Time: Educated Guess Chardonnay 2013, Carneros

Sometimes it is difficult to decide what kind of wine to serve with a meal.
By Dennis Sodomka

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Wine Time: Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc + Viognier 2014, California

Sometimes the wine makes the place and sometimes the place where you drink it makes the wine. And if you're lucky you drink a great wine at a great place, and you don't care which influenced the ...
By Dennis Sodomka

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Wine Time: Santa Carolina Reserva de Familia Carmenere 2012, Chile

With summer grilling season kicking in as we approach Memorial Day, I thought it would be appropriate to try something we can drink with all kinds of grilled food.
By Dennis Sodomka

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Wine Time: Chateau Donissan Cru Bourgeois 2010, Bordeaux

Everyone wants to try a Bordeaux wine because Bordeaux is the cradle of modern fine wine making. But hardly anyone wants to pay the price. The solution is to look for a wine with "Cru Bourgeois" ...
By Dennis Sodomka

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Fashion show to benefit Jessye Norman School of Arts

Former international model Gaylord Jenkins is sharing her years of experience with Augusta women through the Friends of Jessye Norman School Fashion, Art, Wines & Cheese event on May 7.
By Dennis Sodomka

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Wine Time: Montes Alpha Syrah 2012, Chile

The extended drought in California and other parts of the world has some wine drinkers worried about what might happen to their favorite wines. But in some cases the drought has had a positive effect.
By Dennis Sodomka

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Wine Time: Frank Family Chardonnay 2013, Carneros

Drinking Chardonnay as the weather starts to warm up is a no-brainer. The real trick is finding the style of Chardonnay you like and pairing it with the right food.
By Dennis Sodomka

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Wine Time: Backsberg Chenin Blanc 2012, South Africa

To celebrate Earth Day next Wednesday I thought I would look at something from a winery that takes conservation seriously.
By Dennis Sodomka

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Wine Time: Justin Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, Paso Robles

During Masters Week - the most special week of the year in Augusta - it seems appropriate to drink special wine.
By Dennis Sodomka

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Wine Time: Benziger Chardonnay 2013, Sonoma County

This Chardonnay is a beautiful example of how to make superb wine that reflects where it was grown. 
By Dennis Sodomka

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Wine Time: Dow's 2009 Late Bottled Vintage Port, Portugal

If you want to try a really good Port, you could start with Dow's Late Bottled Vintage (LBV) Port. It has all the characteristics of a fine vintage Port at a fraction of the price. It is a ...
By Dennis Sodomka
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