Stories by Dennis Sodomka

Monday, Nov. 16, 2015

Wine Time: No worries over Thanksgiving wines

The holidays are here, and many people are worried about what wines to serve with their holiday meals. With so many good wines available in the market there is no need to fret.
By Dennis Sodomka

Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015

Wine Time: 'Uncorked' series will give us a taste of sommelier skills

Starting this week on the Esquire Network you can watch as six candidates prepare for and take the Master Sommelier exam. The show, called Uncorked, starts Tuesday, Nov. 10 at 10 p.m.
By Dennis Sodomka

Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015

Wine Time: Gary Farrell Chardonnay 2013, Russian River Valley

I have enjoyed Gary Farrell chardonnay and pinot noir for years, but I hadn't tried one of their wines in a while. It was fun to see whether either my tastes or the wine had changed over the ...
By Dennis Sodomka

Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015

Wine Time: Real Halloween treats are for the grown-ups

When the trick-or-treating is over and it's time for the adults to take over on Halloween, there's no limit to the fun you can have with a little imagination and a lot of wine.
By Dennis Sodomka

Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015

Wine Time: Casillero del Diablo Sauvignon Blanc 2013, Chile

I love the Casillero del Diablo sauvignon blanc for three good reasons. First, it tastes great. Second, it's a great bargain. Finally, it's a great Halloween wine.
By Dennis Sodomka

Monday, Oct. 12, 2015

Wine Time: Hedges Family Estate Red Mountain 2011, Washington

You can find all kinds of great Washington and Oregon wines as the rest of the country discovers the many gems produced there. Hedges Family Estate wines are among the best.
By Dennis Sodomka

Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015

Wine Time: Wild Horse Viognier 2014, Central Coast

The Wild Horse viognier is great example of this varietal, full of floral and fruit aromas and peach and lemon flavors. It is a nice sipping wine, but it is even better with food.
By Dennis Sodomka

Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015

Wine Time: Mark West Pinot Noir 2013, California

Mark West pinot noir has been one of the top-selling wines in the country for many years because when people try it, they like it.
By Dennis Sodomka

Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015

Wine Time: Trinity Hill Gimblett Gravels Syrah and 'The Gimblett', 2013, New Zealand

Winemakers are looking for new territory, and they have found it on the North Island of New Zealand in a little place called Hawkes Bay.
By Dennis Sodomka

Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015

Wine Time: CrossBarn Chardonnay 2014, Sonoma Coast

As we drift along into Indian summer we continue to get beautiful, warm days that are perfect for sipping your favorite white wine. There aren't many wines better for those lazy days than the ...
By Dennis Sodomka

Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015

Wine Time: Freakshow Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, Lodi, California

I have been drinking Michael David wines for years, and judging by their rising sales, many of you have been, too. Freakshow is one of their typical offerings, from the distinctive label, to the ...
By Dennis Sodomka

Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015

Wine Time: Coté Mas Sud de France Blanc Méditerranée 2014, France

There is still plenty of hot weather ahead, so I am always looking for a nice white wine to go with lighter meals. The Coté Mas Sud de France Blanc Méditerranée is a great choice any time, but ...
By Dennis Sodomka

Tuesday, Aug 25, 2015

Wine Time: Simi Reserve Chardonnay 2013, Russian River Valley

Simi produces outstanding wine from five estate vineyards and from other vineyards throughout Sonoma County. While so many of their wines are excellent, the Reserve Chardonnay is really something ...
By Dennis Sodomka

Tuesday, Aug 18, 2015

Wine Time: Bisol Crede Prosecco Superiore DOCG 2014, Valdobbiadene, Italy

Usually when we think of Prosecco most people thing of a pleasant, lightweight wine that makes a nice summertime drink or an apertif before we get to the serious wine. But when the Bisol family ...
By Dennis Sodomka

Tuesday, Aug 11, 2015

Wine Time: Franciscan Estate Equilibrium 2014, Napa Valley

Different doesn't always mean better, but it does in the case of Equilibrium. This mix of sauvignon blanc, chardonnay and muscat is unlike anything I had come across before.
By Dennis Sodomka

Tuesday, Aug 4, 2015

Wine Time: Anderra Carmenere 2013, Chile

When I hear Carmenere I think Chile, and when I drink one I can picture the beautiful Andes Mountains towering over vineyards that slope down to the Pacific Ocean.
By Dennis Sodomka

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

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
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