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

Top Two Wines of the Year From California, Not as Many Wine Drinkers and That’s a Problem, Failed Turkey Recipe From the Wall Street Journal and More in This Edition of Woody’s Whine

Writing from the edge of the Russian River in Sonoma County  Two of the world’s most respected wine publications have chosen Cabernets from NorCal as their “Wine of the Year” and it cost one winery $700,000 to make it happen. You wine drinkers out there…

He’s Referred to as The Godfather, All You Need to Know About Lodi Zin, Believe It or Not Burger King is Making a Decent Chicken Sandwich and More in Half a Glass

Writing from the edge of the Russian River in Sonoma County The Godfather of Zinfandel Winemaker Joel Peterson discovered vines in Sonoma County that had been planted in 1888 and were going to be removed and replanted with Cabernet Sauvignon. He purchased the 152 acres…

One of The Best Wines, Alexander Valley Pour’s it On, Not Such a Good Deal, Wine Tasting in Napa is Pricey and More!

Writing from the edge of the Russian River in Sonoma County Sangiovese is the most widely planted grape in Italy, with roughly 150,000 acres mostly in Tuscany. We were fortunate to have visited the region oh maybe 15 years ago and what I learned then…

The Birthday Wine Tour, Gallo Going Long, KFC Nugget Update, Drinking Rose’ and More!

Writing from the edge of the Russian River in Sonoma County August is my birthday month on the 31st and as fate would have it opportunities developed in June and July that allowed us to create a months’ worth of wine tasting adventures. It turns…

40 Years of Food and Wine Matching, The Egg & I, Pink Wine, Bubbles at The Grand Prix, KFC Tries Real Chicken Nuggets and More!

Writing from the edge of the Russian River in Sonoma County You’d better get a glass because we’re going to cover a lot of ground in the next 2,ooo words or so, from a new way to match wine and food to wine in an…

North Coast Wine Challenge Returns to Great Success, What’s Better Over in Lodi – East or West? Matching Cheese Gifts with Red Wine, Gallo Goes Off Right Tackle and More!

Writing from the edge of the Russian River in Sonoma County It was good to be out and about again tasting the “Best of the Best” in Santa Rosa as well as visiting another of our favorite places over in Lodi. I admit to taking…

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…

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