Stories by Dennis Sodomka

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Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014

Wine Time: Frank Family Pinot Noir 2012

When you start thinking about wine to serve with Thanksgiving dinner, don't forget Pinot Noir. The Frank Family Carneros Pinot Noir is one of the best I have tasted in years.
By Dennis Sodomka

Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014

Wine Time: Nipozzano Vecchie Viti 2011, Italy

I like testing wines under unusual conditions. There are any number of Chiantis that taste great with a hearty pasta dish, but will any still sparkle with dense, heavy potato pancakes? The ...
By Dennis Sodomka

Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014

Wine Time: Wines can be treat for adults on Halloween, beyond

With Halloween on a Friday this year, there are sure to be parties celebrating the scary side of this holiday. In that spirit I have put together a list of appropriately-themed wines. If you try ...
By Dennis Sodomka

Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014

Wine Time: CoCo Wine & Culinary Festival to be at new location

The Ninth Annual CoCo Wine & Culinary Festival set for Saturday, Oct. 25, will be bigger and better than ever.
By Dennis Sodomka

Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014

Wine Time: Galerie Equitem Sauvignon Blanc, Knights Valley, 2013

More winemakers are paying attention to what goes on in the vineyards and not tinkering too much after picking the grapes. Galerie wines are all about the terroir.
By Dennis Sodomka

Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014

Wine Time: Bolla Prosecco NV, Italy

There are so many good Proseccos on the market it's fun to try different brands, but the Bolla Prosecco is one of the best I've had.
By Dennis Sodomka

Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014

Wine Time: 365 Chianti 2011, Italy

With Whole Foods opening in Augusta last week I thought I'd check out their wine offerings. I was impressed.
 There are plenty of high-end wines, but they also have many good wines at the low end ...
By Dennis Sodomka

Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014

Wine Time: Avignonesi Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2010, Tuscany

During a recent two-week vacation in Italy, including a week in Tuscany, I tried many great Italian wines. Today's wine, Avignonesi Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2010, is one of the better ones I ...
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
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