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

Cheese Fest Returns and Brings Italian Buffalos, Marketing Wine to a Younger Generation that Doesn’t Seem Interested, CA Sparkling Wine Continues to Sparkle and 2019 Strong for Zinfandel and More!

Writing from the edge of the Russian River in Sonoma County Got to try my first sample of true Mozzarella di Bufala at the restarted California Artisan Cheese Festival and found it tasty and also found that the California wine industry is not doing its…

Is Napa’s Main Crop Cash, Not Grapes? The Lady is a Wine Legend but You’ve Never Heard of Her, Clean Wine – Not So Much and More!

Writing from the edge of the Russian River in Sonoma County The wine writer for the Wall Street Journal recently shared her thoughts regards the high prices in Napa wine and tourism drawing a response from the San Francisco Chronicle that shared where you can…

Reports on Thieving, Tendering, Millennials, Illinois Wine Wants More Space, My Shipments Bigger than Yours and of Course More

Writing from the edge of the Russian River in Sonoma County So the tasting panel took another mouthful of the fast food chicken conflict when we sampled chicken tender offerings from four of the chicken sandwich competitors that we tried some months ago. We thiefed…

We Taste A Top Ten Value Wine, Wine Drinkers Aren’t Getting Any Younger, The Cost of Wine Hasn’t Gone up But The Price of The Bottle Has, Sort of, Coca-Cola Remakes Fresca Into An Adult Beverage & More

Writing from the edge of the Russian River in Sonoma County Greetings, In this month’s edition I’ll share our tasting of a top rated wine, the problems facing the wine industry with an aging market place, problems with the supply of wine bottles and the…

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…

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