What Goes With What // Food and wine pairings recommended by Woody

Here’s Some Sparkling Winners for the 2017 Holidays

Bouvet Signature Brut 2015 fruity and rather soft “a good party wine” – $13 Korbel Brut California Organic Grapes NV  – Crisp and lively with easygoing flavors – $14 Scharffenberger Brut Rosé Mendocino County Excellence NV – Fresh and festive with floral strawberry aromas –…

Pairings with Chinese Food

I have come across some more specific recommendations for wine and Chinese and still can’t believe how little is actually written about it. Again my reminder stay away from big tannic wine and think soft and fruity as in a fruity rosé – the Merlot…

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Woody's Whines // Woody's thoughts and opinions on a variety of subjects

Three Fresh and One Frozen

Writing from the edge of the Russian River in Sonoma County When McDonald’s rolled out its fresh beef quarter pounder I resisted the urge to rush right out to try one as I was waiting for a better reason and here it is –  this…

Of Cheese, Bubbles and Foothills

I’m in a huge hall at the Sonoma fair grounds filled with specialty cheeses as part of the California Artisan Cheese Festival and I whom do I find,  well it’s Janet Fletcher, the author of several cheese matching and cheese cookbooks, and the winner of…

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Wine Reviews // Tasty and reasonably priced reviews

Bordeaux You Could Actually Buy

Research tells me that the second label bottles of many Bordeaux wines – that’s what doesn’t fit in the first blend of major Chateaus, will be outstanding and probably at very good prices, a reflection of the old saw, “a rising tide lifts all boats”…..

A Whine of Wines

A Whine of Wines What follows is not truly a full Whine but it’s sort of a Whine and it’s about wine or should I say it’s information about wine that has come passed me recently and I as your faithful scribe am passing on…

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Woody's Recipes // Great meals to go with great wines

Chicken Breasts with Lemon and Parmesan and Arugula Salad Dressing

Pair with: 2015 Scotto Lodi Chardonnay or any Chardonnay with little or no oak with citrus and minerally flavors

Denise Stewart’s Pulled Pork Sandwiches with Homemade BBQ Sauce and Secret Topping Sauce

The pork is great in the BBQ sauce alone and the secret sauce is a tad hot and frankly doesn’t really add to the flavor profile but it may be more to your taste. Wine match – Sunce Barbera

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Latest Podcasts // Audio from interviews with the industry greats

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Our most recent wine adventure was a week long visit to the Willamette Valley wine country of western Oregon, what a remarkable area and what spectacular wines. It was the first week of October and the weather was terrific, sunny, warm and windy – they…

Michael Chiarello

Chef and Retailer Michael Chiarello

As I travel and taste I always have my recorder and camera with me and I share those interviews with you at What Goes With What. We met at a wine tasting event in Chicago and on a trip to Napa and Sonoma I had an opportunity…

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