Stories by Dennis Sodomka

Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016

Wine Time: Robert Mondavi Private Selection Chardonnay 2014, California

Sometimes when you haven't had a particular wine in a while, you forget how good it is. It's like that with the Robert Mondavi Private Selection wines, especially their chardonnay.
By Dennis Sodomka

Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016

Wine Time: Willamette Valley Vineyards Whole Cluster Pinot Noir 2014, Oregon

Oregon pinot noirs have been among the most talked about wines in the last 20 years, and they are only getting better as the vines mature. The Willamette Valley Vineyards Whole Cluster Pinot Noir ...
By Dennis Sodomka

Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016

Wine Time: Anaba Turbine Red 2013, Sonoma Valley

It's not often that you can indulge yourself and support the environmental movement at the same time. Well, you can do that when you drink Anaba wines.
By Dennis Sodomka

Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016

Wine Time: Coppola Director's Cut Zinfandel 2013, Dry Creek Valley

The Coppola Director's Cut Zinfandel is a beautiful deep garnet in the glass, with powerful aromas of blackberries, cherries, cloves and black pepper.
By Dennis Sodomka

Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015

Wine Time: Raptor Ridge Estate Pinot Noir 2012, Oregon

One thing most pinot noir lovers agree on is that Oregon makes some of the finest pinot on the planet. The Raptor Ridge Estate Pinot Noir is a great example of that state's expertise.
By Dennis Sodomka

Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015

Wine Time: Add to the festivities with a bottle of sparkling wine

Nothing says holiday fun quite like the sound of a bottle of sparkling wine being opened. The festive "pop" as the cork comes out always makes me smile.
By Dennis Sodomka

Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015

Wine Time: Frank Family Petite Sirah 2012, Napa Valley

Petite sirah is a largely misunderstood wine that deserves more attention. It is big, bold, full of ripe fruit. You can drink it when it's released, or set it aside for a few years to mellow it out.
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
 
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