Woody’s Whine

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…

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…

“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…

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…

Top Sonoma Caterer Make’s it Through Covid, Another Tough Wine Harvest and “Duking” it Out, Wendy’s “Refries”

Writing from the edge of the Russian River in Sonoma County It was some 14 years ago or so when I was invited to attend a luncheon hosted by the Sonoma Vintners Association in Chicago at a boutique a hotel up on N. Michigan Ave….

Three Wine Lists, Two Chicken Sandwiches, Some Wine Notes and Fun Facts

Writing from the edge of the Russian River in Sonoma County  So I’m sure you’ve seen them – the little fake leatherette bound booklets with the very predictable and limited wine selections that are common place in small mom-and-pop Italian restaurants and little Chinese or…

Two Big Wins, Wine $$ Set to Take Off, Not So Fast for Gallo in S.C. & Lots More Fun Stuff & of Course Chicken Sandwich News

Writing from the edge of the Russian River in Sonoma County Greetings all and hope you’re “shot up” so to speak, good news is we both will be when you read this, bad news is that major wine and food events are still being postponed…

Tasting Libraries Along the Wine Road, Winner, Winner Chicken Yes! and Fish Really Not So Good, Dinner, Gallo Heads East and Yes There’s More

Writing from the edge of the Russian River in Sonoma County With conditions improving early in the month California wineries are able to offer outdoor tastings and we took advantage of an opportunity to visit some and sample wines from their vintage libraries, a sort…

Winner, Winner Fish and Chicken Dinner – HMMM, Not So Much, The Birth of Bombastic Butter Bombs, Some Reasonable Reds

Writing from the edge of the Russian River in Sonoma County It amazes me that two fast food companies with all of the same equipment and product in front of them can’t just out right copy a process and make the product their own; in…

Gallo Gets Really Big, New Spicy Chicken, a Moment in Time for Wine at the Governor’s Mansion and Matching Wine with Chocolate

Writing from the edge of the Russian River in Sonoma County Happy New Year from a now damp Northern California and by the way if the snow you’re getting has a faint smell of Cabernet that’s our fault, it’s the same storm front we had…

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