Woody’s Whine

Woody's Whine

Close to The Edge

“…Down by the end, close to the corner, close to the edge, close to the river, seasons will pass you by.” – Yes, “Close to the Edge” The words from this jazz influenced, progressive rock bands’ 1972 release immediately popped into my head as I…

Whose Notes Are They?

Robert Parker is the most influential wine reviewer/writer in the world. His well known publication, The Wine Advocate (erobertparker.com) can make or break a wine or winery with one simple sentence, really, he has that much power. Parker seems like a regular guy and has…

They’re Going to Need a Bigger Hall

It was my good fortune to have recently attended two spectacular wine tasting events;  the Grands Crus de Bordeaux 2010 Vintage Tasting Tour stop in Chicago held at the Drake Hotel in the Grand Ballroom and the Tre Bicchieri Awards “Vini d’ Italia” tasting in…

Valentines Day

SEX is for Sale in River Forest It’s not often you get to use such a headline in a family publication but I can because it’s true and you will enjoy it especially around 2/14/13, read on. My wine and food thoughts for this edition…

Thanksgiving

What Goes with What for T-Day There is only one reason for the month of November – to host Thanksgiving Day. When we remember our forefathers, give thanks for all kinds of things, a day of cornucopia – oh hell it’s a day of gluttony….

Let’s Talk Turkey

Let’s Talk Turkey There’s good news on the turkey cooking front and it goes to the heart of the matter about overcooking which is the main reason most turkey is dry and tasteless. Last year the feds announced that turkey was actually safely cooked at…

Xmas and New Year’s Eve

Woody’s Whine on Xmas and New Year’s Eve I am by nature a rather honest and forthright person and I believe people respect me for that and I appreciate it. Why is it when someone asks me what I want for Xmas and I say…

Are You List Challenged? Seek Help

I’m sad to say that millions of people are suffering from an avoidable and curable disease brought on by their own lack of knowledge and may I say a lack of guts. Yes it’s the heart break of “second-cheapest wine syndrome”, an effort to cover…

A Class Project with Some Beef

Woody’s Whine – A Class Project with Some Beef As most of you know I’ve hosted, taught seems so over the top, classes on wine and wine and food matching at a community college, in our state’s capitol city and in the kitchen facility of…

Champagne & Sparkling Wine for 2011

Woody the Wine Guy’s Champagne & Sparkling Wines for 2012 Just so we are all on the same page let’s review my perspective for suggesting wines of any kind – it is fairly simple and has a logical direction to it. First, most of us do…

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