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
As the weather cools it’s time to get back out to the grill and make burgers to drink with red wine. And these aren’t just your regular burgers, each is a made from a different meat with added flavors and will take a bit more time to make but the results are really tasty and I know you’ll enjoy.Click to read more
Woody updates us from the edge of the Russian River in Sonoma!Click to read more
We’ve covered burgers so I figured it was time to take on the Italian Beef Sandwich and risk my life by not finding everyone’s local favorite to be mine also. Please keep in mind that Italian beef is fairly unique to the Chicago area and that people who move away beg others to send it to them. There are a number of great places around the city that lay claim to being the best but we have three in the area that are right up there so be hungry my friends as we sample together.Click to read more
This edition of the Whine is filled with a diverse offering of what wine not to buy, how to taste more efficiently, where your wine will come from in the future and how to use salt…oh and a simple but tasty recipe. How’s’ that for diversityClick to read more
This time around, Woody’s gone up a notch to quick service restaurants whose claim to fame is based on a more upscale burger experience. This means we’ve also gone up in the cost of our meal but we are expecting better quality and more distinctive taste and overall we really weren’t disappointed. Find out which burgers rated the best!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 burnt edge of the Russian River in Sonoma By the time you see this Whine the fires will be old news, hopefully long out, we are safe and life is ongoing but the loss of the homes, business and life will change…
Writing from the edge of the Russian River in Sonoma Well it’s begun, that email, that phone call, “…so we’re going to be in wine country…..”, yes, it’s visitors. We had three couples come calling within ten days of each other recently and we had…
I tasted wines that are $30 and wines that are $300 and everywhere in between, almost all of them were tremendous, it was a great year in Bordeaux!
I love to serve this roast cold as well as hot and if you want to serve cold it will be best to cook the day before and allow it to chill overnight. A simple mayo and mustard sauce is terrific with this, recipe follows….
The salmon is so good and even better after a day or two and makes great leftovers and a nice lunch salad with a bit of mayo and mustard. I suggest a Costco trip to get a good large skinless piece, you won’t be sorry….
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…