It has come to my tasting attention over the last year or so that a number of wineries known for their big reds and luscious whites are now featuring a sparkling wine when in fact just months earlier there was none. Sparkling wine doesn’t just happen over the weekend and is a rather long-term and costly project…Click to read more
Better than 100 years of pioneering viticulture and wine making in Sonoma are represented in this photo of David Stare (L) founder of Dry Creek Vineyards and David Ramey of Ramey Wine Cellars. They spoke, along with three other heritage wine makers during a casual presentation well titled as “An Evening with Sonoma County Wine Legends” it was a most interesting evening. Dry Creek is best known for it’s Sauvigon Blancs and Zinfandel while Ramey is famous for his spot on Chardonnay’s. Please look for my interview with both wine makers in my next “Woody’s Whine” coming soon.
Her comments and thoughts made so much sense when I was actually able to taste the wines as she discussed the challenges of the particular vintages and what she was able to do with the grapes. It truly was quite a thrill and I hope you’ll enjoy our conversation.Click to read more
Oak Ridge Winery patriarch Rudy Maggio (left) is the classic immigrant success story; family emigrated from Italy and eventually to Lodi; at age 11 he joined his father in the packaged fruit business; in 1980 began growing and selling wine grapes; some years later the story continued.Click to read more
I was quite taken after a lunch conversation with an associate who had been in both the beer and wine industry on the distributor side and whose insight confirmed what I had suspected all along; when it comes to pricing in the liquor, beer and wine industry the only hard and fast rules are – that there aren’t any hard and fast rules.Click to read more
This edition of the whine offers an interesting contrast of two noted local winemakers; one who uses the land in his approach to winemaking and one who I jokingly observe is making wine from water. A note on slow growth in the fast food industry and Costco beats Amazon, yes that and more.Click to read more
It’s a slow time in the industry and not much to report with the 2018 harvest all safely in tanks and barrels, wine makers and their staffs are on vacations or at least on short weeks But there is wonderful news from the fine folks that grow and make wine in Bordeaux. That and more is the subject of my Whine.Click to read more
Thought that would get your attention, yes we do beer talk here too but in this case it’s for business not taste. We also have news and notes from a wine industry expo regards supply and demand as well as another round of sparkling wine and Champagne lists, that and more is the subject of my Whine.Click to read more
This month, Woody’s Whine brings us stories of the wine harvest this year, news about restaurant closures and other troubles in the Napa Valley, and three great-tasting recipes that you’ll want to try!Click to read more
I’ve seen, heard and cooked a lot in the past few weeks and wanted to share with you what I’ve learned and eaten. We are surrounded by the grape harvest that is in full swing and in good shape, even with a little rain, egad! That and more, he said, is the subject of my WhineClick to read more
Why you may ask, is this man with a cheeseburger and a trophy smiling, has he won something, have you won something and is he looking for you??? Well the answer is yes and no but you have still won the opportunity to read this edition of Woody’s Whine and the story of two winners – funny place to put a window.Click to read more
I made a meatloaf the other day from what might be called an old fashion recipe that I found to be credited to the late fashion designer, Bill Blass. I have no idea where he got the recipe or why his name is attached…Click to read more
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
Writing from the edge of the Russian River in Sonoma County It has come to my tasting attention over the last year or so that a number of wineries known for their big reds and luscious whites are now featuring a sparkling wine when in…
Writing from the edge of the Russian River in Sonoma County Loyal readers will recall that I featured Ms. Montse Reece, the head winemaker at Pedroncelli several months ago (WW- Wine by Land and Water- March 2019) and the gist of the conversation was all…
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…
Suggested Wine – Pair these barbecued ribs with a smoky, bold Washington state Syrah.
Equipment – Large non-stick skillet or griddle Look for a cheddar aged for about one year (avoid cheddar aged for longer; it won’t melt well). To quickly bring the cheddar to room temperature, microwave the pieces until warm, about 30 seconds. The first two sandwiches…
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…