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

Our Last Winemaker

Writing from the edge of the Russian River in Sonoma County Wine maker David Cohen and his wife Priscilla produce award-winning, limited production Cabernet, Merlot, Pinot Noir and Zinfandel handcrafted from the grapes of Sonoma and Napa, the Russian River and the Dry Creek Valley…

Tasting Out of Town Wine in Town and Bad Biscuits

Writing from the edge of the Russian River in Sonoma It was our pleasure to have toured down the Oregon’s Willamette Valley some eight years ago where we enjoyed the casualness of the area and found the wines to be very good so I was…

You May be Jarred by My Tomato Sauce Review

Writing from the edge of the Russian River in Sonoma County I realize this statement may cause shock and turned up noses when I suggest that I often use a jared tomato sauce when a recipe only calls for a cup or two as a…

Wine, Wine Everywhere – But Not So Great Chicken Sandwich News

Writing from the edge of the Russian River in Sonoma County Yes I know the title says there’s too much wine and the picture is McDonald’s Chicken Sandwiches but… I’ve had “boots on the ground in Knoxville TN where they were testing the new sandwiches…

Bubbles and Bubbles and Bubbles 2019

Writing from the edge of the Russian River in Sonoma There’s an old saying in Champagne: ‘A magnum is the perfect size for two people, especially when one of them isn’t drinking.’ In the wine world, it’s widely accepted that wine ages differently in magnum…

A Fowl Report – “Now That’s a Piece of Chicken”

Writing from the edge of the Russian River in Sonoma County If you were living in a cave on the top of a mountain you might have missed the dust up late this past summer when fast food restaurant Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen busted into the…

My Evening with Two Notable and Opinionated Sonoma Wine Legends

Writing from the edge of the Russian River in Sonoma County It was my good fortune to have recently attended a forum that featured five great Sonoma County winemaking pioneers and it was also my pleasure to have had a few moments with two of…

“Whose Bubbles are These?”

Writing from the edge of the Russian River in Sonoma County It has come to my tasting attention over the last year or so that a number of wineries known for their big reds and luscious whites are now featuring a sparkling wine when in…

“Mother Nature is a Winemaker” or How I learned to Love Wine from “Humid” and Hot Years

Writing from the edge of the Russian River in Sonoma County Loyal readers will recall that I featured Ms. Montse Reece, the head winemaker at Pedroncelli several months ago (WW- Wine by Land and Water- March 2019) and the gist of the conversation was all…

What if You Had Nine Brands but Nobody Knew Your Name?

Writing from the edge of the Russian River in Sonoma County Oak Ridge Winery patriarch Rudy Maggio is the classic immigrant success story; family emigrated from Italy and eventually to Lodi; at age 11 he joined his father in the packaged fruit business; in 1980…

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