Stories by Dennis Sodomka

Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016

Wine Time: Palmer & Co. Brut Reserve and Rosé Reserve champagne, France

It's getting to be the time of year when we start thinking about champagne and sparkling wine for the holidays. Of course, I think we should drink sparkling wine all year, but many people save it ...
By Dennis Sodomka

Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016

Wine Time: Kaiken Ultra Malbec 2014, Argentina

This malbec is a beauty, an outstanding example of why malbecs are so popular right now.
By Dennis Sodomka

Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016

Wine Time: Casa Silva Cabernet Sauvignon Los Lingues Vineyard 2014, Chile

I have rarely had a wine from Chile that didn't overdeliver. Chilean wines have long been bargains at every price level.
By Dennis Sodomka

Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016

Wine Time: Avignonesi Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG 2013, Italy

If you have drunk a few bottles of Italian wine chances are good that at some point you've wondered about Montepulciano.
By Dennis Sodomka

Tuesday, Aug 30, 2016

Wine Time: Colomé Malbec Estate 2013, Argentina

For the best values on mountain wine you can't beat South America. Argentina and Chile produce great wines from the Andes Mountains, and many of them are priced for everyday drinking.
By Dennis Sodomka

Wednesday, Aug 24, 2016

Wine Time: Head High Rosé 2015 and Head High Red Blend 2014, North Coast

I drink wine because I like the taste and I like the way it adds pleasure to a good meal. But it’s also nice to find a good wine that appeals to the charitable side of my nature. Head High does ...
By Dennis Sodomka

Wednesday, Aug 17, 2016

Wine Time: Dierberg Pinot Noir 2013

The best wines are a perfect expression of the place in which they are grown. Soil and climate conditions come together under the hands of an expert winemaker to produce wines over which people gush.
By Dennis Sodomka

Wednesday, Aug 10, 2016

Wine Time: Benziger Sauvignon Blanc 2013, North Coast

Pairing the right food with wine is important, but sometimes I also try to pair wine with an occasion. Often it's a stretch, but this time I found the perfect wine for the opening ceremonies of ...
By Dennis Sodomka

Wednesday, Aug 3, 2016

Wine Time: Francis Coppola Director's Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, Sonoma County

I know people who are so hung up on cabernet sauvignon from Napa Valley they forget about the other California regions. That's too bad, because Sonoma County produces some wonderful wines as well. ...
By Dennis Sodomka

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Wine Time: Amalaya Blanco 2015, Argentina

With Amalaya wines you won't find anything close to their soil and climate. They are grown in a remote place with extreme conditions. Luckily for us wine drinkers the wines are real bargains.
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
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