Stories by Dennis Sodomka

Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014

Wine Time: Amapola Creek Chardonnay 2012, Russian River Valley

The flavor of the Amapola Creek Chardonnay 2012 is classic Chardonnay, full of pears, apples, melon and toasted oak. It is a powerful wine, complex, with layer after layer of flavor.
By Dennis Sodomka

Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014

Wine Time: Tortarossa Rosso Toscana 2011, Tuscany

The Tortarossa Rosso Toscana 2011 is a Super Tuscan blend made by Alessandro Bocci, one of Maremma's most talented winemakers.
By Dennis Sodomka

Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014

Wine Time: Liberty School Merlot 2011, Central Coast

The folks at Liberty School are more known for their Cabernet Sauvignon. This is their first release of Merlot, and it was worth waiting for.
By Dennis Sodomka

Tuesday, Aug 26, 2014

Wine Time: Philosophy Zinfandel 2011 and Philosophy Sauvignon Blanc 2012

There is a new wine label whose central storyline is organic wine. No winery, no estate vineyards. Just organic wine sourced from the best vineyards the company can find. It's called Philosophy by ...
By Dennis Sodomka

Tuesday, Aug 19, 2014

Wine Time: Zin-Phomaniac 2012, Lodi

One of the best places in the world for growing Zinfandel grapes is Lodi, so when you can find a Zin from Lodi in this price range, it's worth trying.
By Dennis Sodomka

Tuesday, Aug 12, 2014

Wine Time: Landmark Vineyards Overlook Chardonnay 2012

The Landmark Overlook Chardonnay is made in the rich, classic California style. It is a fun, refreshing wine to drink with or without food. But with food it really comes alive.
By Dennis Sodomka

Wednesday, Aug 6, 2014

Wine Time: Baron de Hoen Cremant d'Alsace Brut NV, Alsace

I love Champagne, but I can't afford to drink it every day. No worries. There are many less expensive alternatives, including one of my favorites, Cremant d'Alsace.
By Dennis Sodomka

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Wine Time: CrossBarn Chardonnay 2013

Sometimes the wine makes the occasion and sometimes the occasion makes the wine. Then there are those wonderful, rare moments when the wine and the occasion are superb and the whole is greater ...
By Dennis Sodomka

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Wine Time: Prazo de Roriz 2011, Douro

New white wines and red wines are coming out in a dizzying assortment. Luckily for American consumers, nearly all of them are high quality and fun to drink. The Prazo de Roriz is a great example.
By Dennis Sodomka

Monday, July 14, 2014

Wine Time: Flora Springs Soliloquy Sauvignon Blanc 2013, Oakville

This fruit-forward Sauvignon Blanc shows an amazing depth and complexity.
By Dennis Sodomka

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Wine Time: Masi Masianco Pinot Grigio Verduzzo delle Venezie IGT 2012, Italy

The Pinot Grigio Verduzzo delle Venezie IGT blend delivers the fresh fruit taste of a top Pinot Grigio with a full-bodied wine of substance.
By Dennis Sodomka

Monday, June 30, 2014

Wine Time: Cherry Tart Pinot Noir 2012, California

I know most people will have beer with their Fourth of July feasts, and I might even have one or two. But don't automatically rule out wine.
By Dennis Sodomka

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Wine Time: Mionetto IL Prosecco NV and Mionetto Prosecco Superiore Valdobbiadene DOCG NV, Italy

One of my favorite summer sips is Prosecco. It's light, fresh, bubbly and low-alcohol. It's the kind of wine you can drink any time with just about any kind of food.
By Dennis Sodomka

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Wine Time: Santa Rita Medalla Real Cabernet Sauvignon 2009, Chile

With all the great wine coming out of Chile, it's hard to pick a favorite, so I rely on several when I need a go-to wine. The Medalla Real Cabernet Sauvignon from Santa Rita certainly is one of those.
By Dennis Sodomka

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Wine Time: Piccini Memoro Bianco NV, Italy

The Piccini Memoro Bianco is a lively white wine, full of flavor and depth. It's a wine you can sip by itself, but it really opens up when you pair it with food.
By Dennis Sodomka

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Wine Time: Mt. Brave Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, Napa Valley

If you want to surprise Dad with a special bottle of wine this Father's Day, you should try a big, bold cabernet sauvignon like the Mt. Brave.
By Dennis Sodomka

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Wine Time: Great American Wine Company Red Blend 2012, California

Just in time for summer grilling and patriotic celebrations, I discovered Great American Wine Company Red Blend 2012, a beauty of a bargain red blend from Rosenblum Cellars.
By Dennis Sodomka

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Wine Time: Giocato Pinot Grigio 2011, Slovenia

Giocato Pinot Grigio is a versatile wine that would pair well with grilled shrimp, barbecue chicken, pan fried crab cakes, a nice salad or fried green tomatoes. It can also be enjoyed during a ...
By Dennis Sodomka

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Wine Time: Damilano Cannubi Barolo 2008, Italy

You wouldn't drink this every day, or even every week, but when you want a special treat, Damilano Cannubi is spectacular.
By Dennis Sodomka

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Wine Time: Cultivate Dream Walking Chardonnay 2010, California

It's nice when wine lives up to a winery's story. Cultivate has a great story, and even better wines.
By Dennis Sodomka
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