My curiosity has been at a “burger pitch” over wanting to try the new “Fresh Beef” quarter pounder to see if in fact there is a difference as frankly I am not a regular customer. So I thought who better to share my tasting with than you “Whiner’s” and of course I had to do a comparison tasting with Burger King and Wendy’s and I threw in the In-N-Out folks for my NorCal followers. Hope you’re hungry! Enjoy.Click to read more
I’ll be offering several veins of travel and information (think about it for a moment) relating some good insight into cheese and wine pairing, bubbles with brunch and Zinfandel from the Sierra Foothills. There’s a great new chicken recipe for you from Ian Garten matched with a Scotto Lodi Chardonnay, one of the best matches I’ve ever made – love it when a plan comes together, enjoy.Click to read more
Folks are you aware that most of you are buying your wine at grocery stores – really grocery stores where there is no chance of you getting any kind of qualified advice, much less a real discount, really a shame. But first let’s start with a great recipe and trends in wine sales from one of the big boys then some cheese news.Click to read more
It was my good fortune to have recently discussed the world of food and wine with two women totally involved in the process and I was also impressed by the words of third woman whom you may refer to as “prominent” in the industry.
The folks in Bordeaux are giddy with the 2015 vintage, best since 2010 and they aren’t afraid to say so, it was a tasty afternoon.Click to read more
The stark and gnarly vines you see may be as old as I, in fact they may be even older and that’s good, as Lodi is the “Old Vine Zinfandel Capital of the World” producing over 32% of California’s premium Zinfandel. Yet by total volume the area produces more Cabernet, Merlot and Chardonnay but that production goes into somebody else’s wine…and that he said is the subject of the my Whine, please click for more.Click to read more
The 2015 vintage from Beaujolais is terrific all around and these lighter, fruity wines that can take a bit of a chill love turkey and most all of the side dishes we will challenge it with.Click to read more
Wanting to do a complete dinner in advance I happened on the bright idea to serve everything cold or let’s say room temperature, appetizer, vegetable, seafood and meat course. It worked so well I served it twice, little did they know. You’ll also find a few more thoughts on the wine and weed situation, smoke’m if you got’m.Click to read more
We literally live about seven minutes from grape vines at the edge of the Russian River yet Santa Rosa is not really a wine town, you’d hardly notice the industry if you didn’t know it was all around you. Actually beer making and drinking is the big deal in SR. The Sonoma sign and I are at the edge of the Kenwood wine area moments to the east of SR on your way to the city of Sonoma.
Some years ago a friend of mine was the news director at the CBS station in Chicago and she asked me to do some holiday wine pieces for the morning news. I did Thanksgiving in a chef’s coat but owned a tux and used it for the New Year’s Eve Champagne and sparkling wine segment. When the spot was over I changed and went to my day job, oh the memories.
My column is usually calendar challenged – as I am trying to present food and wine thoughts far in advance of when you will actually see them, making the relevance often more than a bit difficult, but the moon and stars have aligned.Click to read more
Loyal readers will remember a recent Woody’s Whine that rated Italian beef sandwiches in our northwest part of the city and if you were paying attention you’ll remember that Buona Beef was the tasty winner. Well recently they went one better and did a beer matching with their beef and some other full service menu items.Click to read more
You may recall that I sort of “cheesed” you with a Face Book page about cheese blending for pizza not too long ago. Well here I am with not only the cheese story but I’ve thrown in mushrooms and sausage too. Hope you’re hungry.Click to read more
Upscale (read $$) burger restaurants are almost out of control in Chicagoland these days and you must have a burger of some kind no matter what your menu is.Click to read more
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 –…
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…
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…
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…
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 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…
Pair with: 2015 Scotto Lodi Chardonnay or any Chardonnay with little or no oak with citrus and minerally flavors
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
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…
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…