Stories by Dennis Sodomka

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Wine Time: Stoller Chardonnay 2015 and Stoller Chardonnay Reserve 2014, Dundee Hills, Oregon

Stoller Family Estate has been producing first-rate chardonnay and pinot noir for more than 20 years.
By Dennis Sodomka

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Wine Time: CrossBarn Pinot Noir 2013, Anderson Valley

Even in the searing heat we have been experiencing, you can drink red wine. So one night last week when I grilled boneless pork chops, I reached for the CrossBarn pinot noir instead of a ...
By Dennis Sodomka

Friday, July 1, 2016

Wine Time: Domaine Bousquet Malbec Reserve 2014 and Grand Reserve 2013, Mendoza

Three-fourths of all the malbec grown in the world is planted in Argentina. But the best malbec comes from high altitude sites such as Domaine Bousquet in the Gualtallary valley in Tupungato, Mendoza.
By Dennis Sodomka

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Wine Time: Pike Road Pinot Noir 2014, Willamette Valley

From the wines I have tasted, I would say the three best places in the world to grow pinot noir grapes are the Burgundy region of France, Marlborough in New Zealand and the Willamette Valley in ...
By Dennis Sodomka

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Wine Time: Raats Original Chenin Blanc 2015, South Africa

If you have never tried chenin blanc, this week would be a good time to find one because Friday, June 17, has been declared drink chenin blanc day.
By Dennis Sodomka

Monday, June 13, 2016

Wine Time: Frank Family Zinfandel 2013, Napa Valley

Zinfandel is the great American wine. It may have roots in Croatia or Italy, but it is in California where zinfandel hit its stride.
By Dennis Sodomka

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Wine Time: Santa Carolina Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva de Familia 2012, Chile

With grilling season in full swing, it is always nice to have a hearty red wine on hand for beef dishes. This cabernet sauvignon from Santa Carolina is ideal for grilling but versatile enough to ...
By Dennis Sodomka

Friday, May 27, 2016

Wine Time: Purple Heart Red Wine 2013, Napa Valley

It's not every day you can honor a veteran by drinking your favorite beverage, but thanks to a new wine just released you can do that this Memorial Day weekend.
By Dennis Sodomka

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Wine Time: Tascante Buonora IGT 2014, Sicily

Exploring Italian wines can be so interesting. Not only are the wines delicious and well made, but they are surrounded by traditions and families who have been in the business for generations.
By Dennis Sodomka

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Wine Time: Two wines from Biltmore Estate

Spring is one of my favorite times to visit the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, N.C., so I thought it would be a good time to look at a couple of Biltmore wines.
By Dennis Sodomka

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Wine Time: FEL Pinor Noir 2014 and FEL Chardonnay 2014, Anderson Valley

Great chardonnay and pinot noir often come from neighboring blocks in vineyards because both grapes thrive in the same cool-climate environment. It's not unusual to see one winemaker produce great ...
By Dennis Sodomka

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Wine Time: Graffigna Centenario Malbec 2014 and Grand Reserve Malbec 2013, Argentina

Grapes grown on the side of a mountain seem to bring a little something extra to wine. Whether it’s the soil or the weather conditions or the altitude, mountain wines often have distinguishing ...
By Dennis Sodomka

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Wine Time: Kenwood Jack London Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, Sonoma Mountain

Two of my favorite pastimes are reading and drinking wine. It is especially nice when I can combine the two. So to get a jump on World Book Day on Saturday, I sipped this wine while reading Jack ...
By Dennis Sodomka

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Wine Time: Stellekaya Cabernet Sauvignon 2011, South Africa

Life is all about taking advantage of the opportunities presented to you. Ntsiki Biyela, winemaker at Stellekaya, appears to welcome her opportunities as challenges to be conquered.
By Dennis Sodomka

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Wine Time: Insurrection Shiraz/Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Australia

This Insurrection blend is a great example of the kind of wine being made in Australia right now.
By Dennis Sodomka

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Wine Time: Domaine Sigalas Assyrtiko-Athiri 2014, Greece

There might never be a better time to try Greek wines than right now. Quality is high, prices are low, and the industry is making a major push to educate North Americans about Greek wine.
By Dennis Sodomka

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Wine Time: Domaine du Tariquet Classic 2014, France

The Domaine du Tariquet Classic 2014 from France will be a wonderful wine for sipping after work, or on weekends in the warm days ahead.
By Dennis Sodomka

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Wine Time: Cupcake Chardonnay 2014, Monterey

With great wine grapes being grown all over the world, a winery doesn't have to own its own vineyards to produce fine wine. Cupcake Vineyards is a great example of that.
By Dennis Sodomka

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Wine Time: Otima 10 Port, Portugal

Otima 10 Year Old Tawny Port is perfect for the modern port drinker who thinks he or she would not like the traditional heavy port.
By Dennis Sodomka

Friday, Feb. 19, 2016

Letter: Support the opera at AU

If we want to continue to attract top students from around the country, and to keep seeing great opera and musical theater, we need to support Augusta University.
By Dennis Sodomka
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