Woody’s Whine

Call it a blog if you will, but my occasional whine will address most anything that I see or hear as it relates to food, wine, cooking, restaurants, food production and generally goofing around with that kind of stuff.

A lot of information comes across my screen, through my front door and literally into my hands from many different sources and often I’m inspired to respond to it and share those thoughts with you. I don’t claim everything I tell you will be the best or the worst but hopefully will inform and entertain. I’m not really looking for requests but will be happy to address issues that you might suggest and of course that I might be interested if you want to take a chance and of course – I could be wrong.
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Woody's Whine

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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The Brad and Jim Show, A Pork Apology, Wine Shipping and How a Bacon and Wine Tasting Went Wrong

Writing from the edge of the Russian River in Sonoma County I’ll be sharing a great new source of wine information and entertainment with you, offering my apology for some bad temp information; providing information on the cost of shipping wine and telling you how…

How Is Your Wine Store Laid Out? New Wendy’s Chicken Sandwich, Lord Snort Celebrates a Fourth Birthday, Pretzel Rolls, Irish Butter and More!

Writing from the edge of the Russian River in Sonoma County Greetings to everyone and hope you had a fine although probably limited Thanksgiving celebration. We are in the midst of beautiful fall weather in Sonoma with temperatures in the mid-60s and a bright, warm…

Of Hot Dogs, The Challenge to Restaurants, Best Sandwiches Some Time in Napa and Wine Smoke

Writing from the edge of the Russian River in Sonoma County Hope you all are hungry as a good portion of this month’s whine is centered on food assuming you call a Costco hotdog food. I’ll share what I’ve learned regards the challenges to the…

Smoke Gets in Your….Vines

Writing from the edge of the Russian River in Sonoma County It pains me to tell you that as of this writing in the first days of October, fires are raging across Napa and in portions of Sonoma County. Our area was threatened earlier in…

Notes Regarding a Cheese Exchange, A Wine Tasting and Hand Sanitizer: You’ll Get It

Writing from the edge of the Russian River in Sonoma County A Cheesy Exchange  It took some time searching for local grocery and wine sources after our move, places where I could buy for wholesale or at least somewhat less than standard grocery prices. We…

What Started Out Big is Better Small

Writing from the edge of the Russian River in Sonoma County So with all the big wine tasting events around here canceled due to the Covid thing I’ve been working to doing a more food centric feature article for the Whine. I see the Shake…

So What To Do When a PR Lady Offers to Send Three Bottles of Wine?

Writing from the edge of the Russian River in Sonoma County So I get an email from a woman with a public relations and marketing firm on the East Coast that represents a number of fairly big time wineries asking me if I would entertain…

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