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

Barrel to Bottle Bash at the Dutton’s, How California Came to Define American Wine, Wine & Food Matches Miss at St. Francis & More!

Writing from the edge of the Russian River in Sonoma County Let me welcome you to the December edition of Woody’s Whine by wishing you a Happy New Year since it’s January.     It was truly my pleasure to attend and taste at the…

What We Drank for Thanksgiving, No Wine Bargains for Christmas, I’ll Have Wine with My Pie, Where’s the Tractor? Wine for Christmas and NYE

Writing from the edge of the Russian River in Sonoma County Only three of us shared Thanksgiving dinner, Peggy, myself and Peggy’s cousin Sarah who brought a great dessert that you’ll read about later but as always I still did my standard Thanksgiving presentation: a…

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Wine Reviews // Tasty and reasonably priced reviews

How I’m Buying Wine These Days at a Great Discount

Writing from the edge of the Russian River in Sonoma County I’ll get to discounted wine in a minute but thought I’d let you know I’ll also be sharing info on food friendly wines; Popeyes a year later; how Trumps bad tariffs are killing wine…

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”…..

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

Wusthoff 5” Trident classic serrated knife

Our two serrated utility knives had seen better days so when we took them in to get sharpened one last time by our knife man Dylan at his Sonoma Cutlery store in Santa Rosa he offered an alternative which is what a good sales man…

Crab Dip Baked with Old Bay and Ritz Crackers

We made this the first time with canned fresh crab and it was good but we made this for NY with fresh Dungeness crab that Peggy clean by hand, not an easy feat but you could taste it and the sparkling wine loved it but…

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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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