Stories 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

Wednesday, July 29, 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

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
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