Stories by Dennis Sodomka

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Wine Time: Casillero del Diablo Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, Legendary Collection, Chile

I have long loved Concha y Toro's many wines, especially their Casillero del Diablo line, but this version, labeled "Legendary Collection" really is something special.
By Dennis Sodomka

Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015

Wine Time: El Porvenir Amauta Corte I 2013, Argentina

The Amauta Corte I, also called Inspiration, is a lush, full-bodied wine that packs a punch.
By Dennis Sodomka

Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015

Wine Time: Director's Cut Zinfandel 2012, Dry Creek Valley

Francis Ford Coppola has done more than dabble in the wine business. His newest, the Director's Cut brand, has come up with this stunning Zinfandel and just in time for Sunday's Academy Awards show.
By Dennis Sodomka

Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015

Wine Time: Reyneke Vinehugger Chardonnay 2014, South Africa

This week's wine is a delightful Chardonnay from South Africa, full of citrus aromas and flavors. It has a fresh acidity that makes it perfect with a meal and has a great price.
By Dennis Sodomka

Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015

Wine Time: Maquis Carménère 2011, Chile

Chile consistently produces high quality wines, year after year, and the Maquis Carménère is a great example of that quality.
By Dennis Sodomka

Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015

Wine Time: Menage a Trois Chardonnay 2013, California

It never hurts to show affection on Valentine's Day, and what better way to do it than with wine.
By Dennis Sodomka

Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015

Wine Time: Stemmari Dalila 2012, Sicily

I don't come across Sicilian wines very often, and when I do it seems they're mostly from the red grape Nero d'Avola. So it was nice to find this pleasant white wine made from Grillo and Viognier.
By Dennis Sodomka

Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015

Wine Time: Robert Mondavi Fumé Blanc 2013, Napa Valley

It's easy to take for granted a wine you have enjoyed many times. The Robert Mondavi Fumé Blanc is like that. I have enjoyed it for more than 30 years.
By Dennis Sodomka

Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015

Wine Time: Fable Mountain Vineyards Jackal Bird 2012, South Africa

Now I have found a Rhone-style white blend that delivers fresh fruit flavor with a lot of complexity and structure - the Fable Mountain Vineyards Jackal Bird.
By Dennis Sodomka

Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014

Wine Time: Paul Hobbs Chardonnay 2012, Russian River Valley

When you begin a new year, it's always nice to start off on the right foot, with lofty goals and high expectations. With that in mind, I thought I would review a wine that is about as close to ...
By Dennis Sodomka

Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014

Wine Time: Perticaia Montefalco Rosso 2011, Italy

It's nice to have several bottles of versatile wine on hand during the holidays because you never know what visitors might like when they drop in. I have several go-to wines, and the Perticaia ...
By Dennis Sodomka

Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014

Wine Time: Collazzi Libertá 2012, Toscana

Balance usually is the key to any good wine, especially a blend. That is what you will find in the Collazzi Libertá, a delightful Tuscan blend.
By Dennis Sodomka

Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014

Wine Time: Charles Krug Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2013, Napa Valley

Charles Krug is probably one of the oldest, most prestigious, most innovative wineries you've never heard of.
By Dennis Sodomka

Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014

Wine Time: Helfrich Crémant D'Alsace NV, France

The Helfrich Crémant D'Alsace is perfect for some holiday experimenting.
By Dennis Sodomka

Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014

Wine Time: Graham's Six Grapes Old Vines Special Edition Port NV, Portugal

As we hit the holiday season and cold weather, my wine thoughts turn to hardier wines. One of the best wines to keep on hand during the holidays is port.
By Dennis Sodomka

Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014

Wine Time: Stoneleigh Latitude Chardonnay 2013, New Zealand

The Stoneleigh Latitude Chardonnay is an elegant wine that would be perfect with an elegant dinner, or for sipping on the porch.
By Dennis Sodomka

Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014

Wine Time: Frank Family Pinot Noir 2012

When you start thinking about wine to serve with Thanksgiving dinner, don't forget Pinot Noir. The Frank Family Carneros Pinot Noir is one of the best I have tasted in years.
By Dennis Sodomka

Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014

Wine Time: Nipozzano Vecchie Viti 2011, Italy

I like testing wines under unusual conditions. There are any number of Chiantis that taste great with a hearty pasta dish, but will any still sparkle with dense, heavy potato pancakes? The ...
By Dennis Sodomka

Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014

Wine Time: Wines can be treat for adults on Halloween, beyond

With Halloween on a Friday this year, there are sure to be parties celebrating the scary side of this holiday. In that spirit I have put together a list of appropriately-themed wines. If you try ...
By Dennis Sodomka

Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014

Wine Time: CoCo Wine & Culinary Festival to be at new location

The Ninth Annual CoCo Wine & Culinary Festival set for Saturday, Oct. 25, will be bigger and better than ever.
By Dennis Sodomka
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