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
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
Writing from the edge of the Russian River in Sonoma County 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…
Writing from the edge of the Russian River in Sonoma County Actually loyal readers I have two winners to report on in what is a unique situation for this edition of the Whine. You hopefully will recall that the last addition of Woody’s Whine was…
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…
Have everything prep and ready to go as this comes together pretty quickly. I’m thinking you could use domestic tuna packed in oil to save a few dollars as tuna is not a major flavor component and melds with all the other flavors. I might…
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…