Archive for March, 2021

Barrel to Bottle Bash at the Dutton’s, How California Came to Define American Wine, Wine & Food Matches Miss at St. Francis & More!

Writing from the edge of the Russian River in Sonoma County Let me welcome you to the December edition of Woody’s Whine by wishing you a Happy New Year since it’s January.     It was truly my pleasure to attend and taste at the…

Wusthoff 5” Trident classic serrated knife

Our two serrated utility knives had seen better days so when we took them in to get sharpened one last time by our knife man Dylan at his Sonoma Cutlery store in Santa Rosa he offered an alternative which is what a good sales man…

Crab Dip Baked with Old Bay and Ritz Crackers

We made this the first time with canned fresh crab and it was good but we made this for NY with fresh Dungeness crab that Peggy clean by hand, not an easy feat but you could taste it and the sparkling wine loved it but…

What We Drank for Thanksgiving, No Wine Bargains for Christmas, I’ll Have Wine with My Pie, Where’s the Tractor? Wine for Christmas and NYE

Writing from the edge of the Russian River in Sonoma County Only three of us shared Thanksgiving dinner, Peggy, myself and Peggy’s cousin Sarah who brought a great dessert that you’ll read about later but as always I still did my standard Thanksgiving presentation: a…

Prime Rib Salt Encrusted

Cook’s note: You shouldn’t try to cook this roast without using a remote meat thermometer

The Best Potato Mushroom Gratin

This is not your everyday scalloped potato dish. You layer the potatoes in along with salt and pepper Parm cheese and the whipping cream. You bake that off and then top with mushrooms more cheese and more whipping cream. You really do want to make…

“It Messes with the Chemistry of the Grapes” The 2021 Sonoma Harvest From Three Perspectives, Why People Say One Thing About Chardonnay and Drink Another, Wine Pairings for Pizza, Wine Glasses

Writing from the edge of the Russian River in Sonoma County While the recent rains have dampened the fire danger they arrived too late to have any effect on the 2021 grape harvest in Sonoma or Napa, yet the overall measure of the harvest is…

Turkey Dressing with Italian Bread, Bacon, Sausage, Celery & Sage

We Forge Our Own Wine Trail, One Chicken Two Fries; Build a Better Burger and Winning Wines

Writing from the edge of the Russian River in Sonoma County So We Thought We’d do a Little Wine Trail of Our Own We were quite looking forward to a very nice Alexander Valley Winegrowers Association tasting event at the end of August as part…

Sweet Pepper Stew

About six servings Stew can be made up to a day in advance and reheated, starting your seasoning early — an hour ahead or up to 24 The peppers go especially good with chicken but would also be good with fish and even a burger