Yummy Brussels Sprouts

Brussels Sprouts with a Balsamic Vinegar Reduction. Awesome!

Especially if they are fresh from the Boise Farmers Market. Cut in half lengthwise. Steam until just soft. Reduce 1/4 cup good Balsamic Vinegar to about 3 Tablespoon. Put sprouts in reduction. Turn heat off. Mix to fully coat. Serve immediately. (Left-Click to see enlarged)

Farm to Table Feast

And it was a good feast! Held at Peaceful Belly Farm and the new event room and building – Grand Opening November 16–18, noon until 6 pm.
The Farm to Table Dinner Series, “Josie of Peaceful Belly, Scott from Snake River Winery, Clay from Stack Rock Cidery, Nate Whitley chef at the Modern Hotel and Chef Abby Carlson have teamed up to create an amazing 5-course meal held on our magical Sunny Slope farm. The plates are creative, unique, and 100% local and seasonal. These dinners will transport you to another time and place where fresh food is cooked with amazing brilliance and presented to the table in a picturesque farm setting.” Here are some photos from the evening. Enjoy and Left-Click to see any of these photos enlarged. All in all – A good dinner.

Sunset at the farm.
The menu for the dinner.
New event room and tasting room.
Appetizer –

Fingerling Potato, Lentils and Onion

Smoked Trout
Warm Fingerling Potatoes
2012 Arena Valley Riesling

Beef Tongue Carpaccio
Black Garlic Aioli
Roasted Chilis
Sunny Slope Cide

Roasted Winter Squash
Brown Butter Tamari Vinaigrette
2014 Blauer Zweigelt

Reflections at the Intermezzo

Pumpkin Pie Sorbet

Roasted Pork Loin
Onion Puree
Swiss Chard
2009 Reserve Bordeaux Blend

Tri of Ice Cream Sandwiches
2014 Orange Muscat

Idaho Wine Commission and the Idaho Wine Industry Holiday Events

Just in time for the Holiday Season. Great information from the Idaho Wine Commission on holiday wine events. “…Come on out and visit Idaho wineries Friday, November 23rd through Sunday, November 25th. Most wineries are offering special tastings, food pairings, holiday discounts and more! Each winery celebrates the festive weekend their own special way and provides a great experience for all! Can’t make it out for Thanksgiving? Wineries are hosting many special events throughout the upcoming holiday season. Check our event calendar to see all upcoming winery events.” Your Guide to Wine Country Thanksgiving!

Great Dinner at Richard’s in Boise

Yes it indeed was and this is why Richard’s, located at the INN at 500 Capitol, 500 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, Idaho (208) 472-1463, is a 5-Star restaurant in Boise. One of the top restaurants. (Richard’s Boise) And when you make your reservations, ask to be seated where David will be your Server. Superb!
Here is what we had for dinner on the special. Robin had one and I had the other. And then we sampled. It was fun and exciting! It is good to note that Chef Richard Langston, Chef-Owner of Richard’s, tries very hard to source his food products from Idaho or from within 200 miles of Boise.
“…Chef Langston and his team share a culinary philosophy that celebrates the integrity of seasonal ingredients, locally sourced when possible. Dining at Richard’s is further enhanced by impeccably mixed drinks, a noteworthy wine list of old favorites and new finds, and sophisticated service in a stylish setting.”
Left-Click any of these photos to see them enlarged.

The Menu
Robin and our Server, David.

Crostini with Butternut Squash Puree
fried sage and pecans


Tomato Basil Soup


Roasted Beet Salad
citrus, arugula, herbs, dressed with labneh horseradish sauce


Risotto with Smoked Chicken, Apples and Hazelnuts


Sweet Potato Gnocchi
hazelnut brown butter, Grana Padano and currents


Idaho Trout
pan-roasted, brown butter caper lemon sauce, seasonal vegetable


Grilled Sirloin Coulette Steak
sliced on a grape and spinach salad, fingerling potatoes, sweet onion soubise

Wines with dessert: Sticky and Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough, New Zealand and a rare Madeira.

Goat Cheese Panna Cotta
cranberry compote, local honey drizzle


Apple Crostata
cinnamon crème anglaise



New (To Us) Bistros

Two new(er) bistros in Boise.

Boise Foodie Guild

Yes – New to Us. But not necessarily new to the area. The area being in Garden City in the vicinity of the Boise River. The first place we visited was Push & Pour at 214 E 34th St., Garden City, Idaho 83714 – they do not have a web page but they are on Facebook.
And if you know Luciano’s Restaurant on Overland, Caffe Luciano’s at 3588 N. Prospect Way, Garden City, Idaho 83714, phone (208) 577-6010‍‍‍, is a “…Companion restaurant to the original Luciano’s in Boise, ID…Caffe Luciano’s is developing a new riverside concept for our scratch made, classically inspired dishes based on old world recipes from Northern and Southern Italy…Our location right on the Boise River Greenbelt and beautiful patio are the best in the Treasure Valley, so come enjoy your friends & family as you all dine on our amazing food in a modern, open atmosphere…

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New Hours at Parma Ridge Winery and Bistro!

Join us this Weekend with Wonderful Wine, Fabulous Food and an Amazing View
This Weekend are open Friday 12-9 pm, Saturday 12-5 pm & Sunday 11 am-5 pm.
You can now text us at 208-946-5187 to make a reservation.

This Week!
We are open Wednesday & Thursday from 12-5 p.m. for Wine Tasting and Light Appetizers,
Friday & Saturday 12-9 pm and Sunday 11 am- 5 pm with our Full Bistro Menu and Wine Tasting.
Reservations Required for Dining from 5-9 p.m. Friday & Saturday.
You can now text us at 208-946-5187 to make a reservation.


Tomorrow! [Wednesday Oct 31, 2018] Trick or Treat at Parma Ridge – October 31, 12-5 p.m.
Enjoy Free Wine Tastings from 12-5 p.m. and Buy 2 get 1 Free Wine Bottles (equal or lesser value). Limited Appetizers available for purchase.

Appetizers available Wednesday & Thursday during Wine Tasting Hours:
Rosemary Garlic Truffle Fries With Mesquite Aioli – $5.95
Coconut Shrimp with Coconut Lime Rice with Korean Barbeque and Sweet Chili Dipping Sauces – $9.95
Mini Cheese Board with Beecher’s Aged White Cheddar, Chefs Choice Assorted Cheeses, Sliced Salami & Crackers – $7.95
Storm’s Famous Northwest Clam Chowder or Cream of Mushroom Soup with a slice of grilled Baguette – $5.95 cup, $7.95 bowl

Signs & Wines, Thursday, November 15, 6-8 p.m.
Create your own Hand-Painted Reclaimed Wood Sign!
Receive Instruction, Supplies, One Glass of Wine, Light Appetizer and a Finished Masterpiece
$50 per person, All proceeds Benefit the Parma Highschool Band
Register by Contacting Stephanie at 208-946-5187 or Lisa at 208-412-9359.
View the Flyer here!
Pre-Payment Required to confirm your registration

November 23-25 Thanksgiving Weekend Barrel Tasting and Art & Wine Sale
Stock up for the holidays! We are offering 50% off all original Stephanie Lindsey paintings in the Tasting Room and 20% off 6-Packs of Parma Ridge Wine (any combination).
Barrel Tasting by Winemaker Chef Storm Hodge from 2-4 pm Friday – Sunday.
Also, food specials all weekend long – come hungry!
Thanksgiving weekend hours: Fri. 12-9 pm, Sat. 12-9 pm, and Sun. 11 am-5 pm.
Limited Space Available, Reserve your spot today.

Have you enjoyed our New Desserts or New Appetizer yet? Come on by this weekend!

Pumpkin Cheesecake, $6.95
Creamy Pumpkin cheesecake on Graham Cracker Crust Topped with Sweet Sour Cream Spread

Try our Autumn Apple Galette ala Mode
Autumn Apple Galette ala Mode, $6.95
Apple and Golden Raisin Filled Pie Served with Ice Cream and a Rum Caramel Sauce




Pork Crustini

Pork Crustini, $8.95
House-Smoked Pulled Pork with Blue Cheese Fondue and Cherry Chipotle BBQ Sauce on a Toasted Baguette

Have you seen the latest articles on Parma Ridge? Parma Ridge was voted #1 Winery in Idaho By House Beautiful. See the line up Here!

Great article by By Andy Purdue and Eric Degerman of Great Northwest Wine on the Idaho Wine Industry. Parma Ridge made the list with our 2016 Dry Rose of Merlot – Read it here! Only 5 Cases left for you to enjoy.

Limited Quantities Left! Stock up this weekend before they are SOLD OUT
Quattro White Wine Blend – SOLD OUT
2016 Isaac Storm Red Blend – SOLD OUT
2016 Carmenere SOLD OUT
2016 Viognier – less than 1 case
2016 Dry Rose of Merlot – less than 1 case
2016 Estate Grown Merlot – 1 Case
2017 Reinhart Dry Riesling 20 Cases
2016 Chardonnay 30+ Cases
2016 Storm Red 30+ Cases
2016 Joshua Storm 30+ Cases

If you didn’t have a chance to come to the Wine Club party on September 22nd, your wine is available for pick-up in the tasting room during business hours. If you have not been charged and are a wine club member, we need an updated credit card for you– please call or stop by at your convenience.

Idaho Wine Competition 2018 Results!
Parma Ridge Winery brought in 5 Silver Medals and 1 Bronze for the following wines:
Parma Ridge Winery 2016 Dry Rosé of Merlot, Snake River Valley $16.95
Parma Ridge Winery 2016 Joshua Storm Red Wine, Snake River Valley $32.00
Parma Ridge Winery 2016 Parma Ridge Vineyards Estate Viognier, Snake River Valley $16.50
Parma Ridge Winery 2016 Parma Ridge Vineyards Merlot, Snake River Valley $28.00
Parma Ridge Winery 2016 Storm Red, American $35.00
Parma Ridge Winery NV Quattro White Wine, Snake River Valley $17.95

Did you see the amazing write-up about Parma Ridge? Read it here: http://www.onlyinyourstate.com/idaho/restaurant-wine-country-id/
We have Wine tasting and our New Fall Menu all weekend long! See you this weekend on the Ridge!


Steph and Chef Storm
Sous Chef and Assist Winemaker Megan Hartman

Parma Ridge Winery
24509 Rudd Road, Parma ID, 83660



Try our new Pork Crustini with the 2017 Pinot Gris
Enjoy your Favorite Wines in a Beautiful setting

What’s In A Wine Glass?

Besides wine? Shape and form. An interesting article from SevenFifty Daily “In 1958 the Austrian glassmaker Claus Josef Riedel added a new wineglass to his catalog. With a large bowl and a gently flared lip, the Burgundy Grand Cru was specifically intended to hold Burgundy wines. At that time, a glass made for a particular wine was a first. According to Maximilian Riedel, a grandson of Claus and the current CEO of Riedel, until then nobody else had recognized that the “taste, bouquet, balance, and finish of a wine [could be] affected by the shape of a glass.” His grandfather, he says, “took notice [whenever] a slight change in his glassware made a change in what he was drinking.”

The Burgundy Grand Cru was followed by a line of 10 more wine-specific shapes: Alsace, Bordeaux Grand Cru, Chardonnay, Hermitage, Loire, Montrachet, Riesling Grand Cru, Rosé, Sauternes, and Zinfandel. Today, Riedel makes dozens of specialized glasses; the company’s 2018 catalog specifies which of dozens of shapes are appropriate for some 200 different wines, which include familiar grapes like Malbec and Sauvignon Blanc (in oaked and unoaked expressions); less familiar grapes, such as Bacchus and Zierfandler; appellations, like Hermitage; and styles, like rosé.

The idea that particular shapes are appropriate for particular wines has become so accepted that other makers of high-end glassware, such as Zalto and Gabriel-Glas, now differentiate themselves by explicitly offering “universal” glasses—wineglasses that are suited for drinking any kind of wine.”

There’s a lot more information from Examining the Science of Wineglass Shapes. This is really an interesting article that Robin found. Enjoy!