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

“Whose Bubbles are These?”

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…

“Mother Nature is a Winemaker” or How I learned to Love Wine from “Humid” and Hot Years

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…

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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

Smoked St Louis Cut Pork Ribs with Zinfandel BBQ Sauce

Suggested Wine – Pair these barbecued ribs with a smoky, bold Washington state Syrah.

Grown Up Grilled Cheese with Brie, Cheddar and Shallots

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…

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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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