The Buzz October Wine Dinner


Aero Vin at the Buzz

The Buzz is having a different kind of wine dinner this month. To celebrate Oktoberfest, they are including beer and wine to go with the dinner. This should really be a fun evening for everyone. Make sure,l though, that you make a reservation by calling The Buzz at (208) 344-4321. We usually go on Tuesday evening, so see you there!

 

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You’re invited!
Join us for our October Wine Dinner

We will be focusing on beer and wine for the dinner this month. Bring a friend on October 11 or 12 at 6:30 PM for a fun night of food, beer, and wine

Meal sample, not necessarily the one being served.
Meal sample, not necessarily the one being served.

We’ll have a four course dinner with beer and/or wine with each course.
Don’t miss the fun and festivities.
Cost is $20.00 per person
Reservations are sure to fill up fast!
Call us to book your table now at (208) 344-4321 or email at buzzwine@cableone.net
Make your reservation now!

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Cheers,
Cristi and Tommy
Buzz Coffee and Wine,
2999 N Lakeharbor Lane,
Boise, ID 83703
(208) 344-4321, buzzwine@cableone.net

New World Wines at the Buzz Wine Dinner


buzz_logo_cafe_building_bestBack online. Photos downloaded. ‘Puter is cleaned up for another year. Monitor went South – New monitor! Ok. Enough excuses for being late. This month at The Buzz was pretty good. Sorry that not more people attend this Tuesday night monthly event. Such a great way to spend $20 for dinner and some good wines. 2nd Tuesday and Wednesday of every month at 6:30pm. Dinner was differently good. Quinoa Milanesa for one. An awesome Sweet Potato, Carrot and Chickpea Soup.
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The wines were good – I bought one this month a South African 2011 Protea, a satisfying blend of Cab Sauvignon, Merlot and Shiraz. Wine ratings for this dinner, is based on a score of [20], which is a perfect, flawless wine. Very subjective. With that in mind, I rated this a [19] Here is what else we had and the wines that went with each entrée. Enjoy. See you next month!!!

 
 

Quinoa Milanese Actually I liked this. An interesting and enjoyable appetizer. 2014Arenal Cabernet Sauvignon alc. 13.5 good balance and body with a med long finish. great paring [18] $13.00

Quinoa Milanesa
Actually I liked this. An interesting and enjoyable appetizer.
2014 Arenal Cabertnet Sauvignon
alc. 13.5% good balance and body with a med long finish. great paring [18] $13.00

Sweet Potato, Carrot and Chick Pea Soup Superb! 2012 Renwood Zinfandel alc 14.5 good paring with the food, I'm just not impressed with the wine. Seems to be a little light in balance and finish [15] $23.00

Sweet Potato, Carrot and Chick Pea Soup
Superb!
2012 Renwood Zinfandel
alc 14.5 good paring with the food, I’m just not impressed with the wine. Seems to be a little light in balance and finish [15] $23.00

California Green Salad Enjoyed this. 2015 Bonny Doon Alc 13.5% good balance and finish. great pairing with the acid of the salad. [18] $17.00

California Green Salad
Enjoyed this.
2015 Bonny Doon
Alc 13.5% good balance and finish. great paing with the acid of the salad. [18] $17.00

Pork and Grilled Peach 2013 Blacksmith Merlot Alc. 14.2% great finish and acid balance. [17] $17.00

Pork and Grilled Peach
2013 Blacksmith Merlot

Alc. 14.2% great finish and acid balance. [17] $17.00

Chocolate Bread Pudding with Whiskey Cream (Robin asked for more of the whiskey cream!) This was a super great dessert. 2014 Morse Code Shiraz Alc. 14.0% one of the better wines for the evening, great paring [18] $15.00

Chocolate Bread Pudding with Whiskey Cream
(Robin asked for more of the whiskey cream!) This was a super great dessert.
2014 Morse Code Shiraz
Alc. 14.0% one of the better wines for the evening, great paring [18] $15.00

What did I like best? The South African 2011 Protea, pictured above, was superb. And then there was that wonderful soup. A little spicy that only added to the excitement of the soup. By far, the best of the evening was dessert. That was awesome! See what you missed if you didn’t attend? Next month is both beer and wine. It’s Oktoberfest! For the men, wear your Laderhosen. For the ladies, wear your Dirndl.

“The Buzz” Remodel and Italian Wines


20June2014_1_Buzz-New-Beer-Growler-Station_CristiYes! Yea! Hallelujah! (Cristi looks like she is ready for the completion!) The remodel at The Buzz is complete and it looks awesome! New floors! New seating arrangement! New wine area! And a brand new Growler station! Bring your growler ….. Fill it up! Bring in your favorite stein or mug and Tommy will keep it for you on a display shelf for your use when you come in. Novel idea for this area.
But before we look at the new Buzz through the camera lens, lets look at the July Wine Club, Italian Wines. These wine dinners are a full 5 course dinner and 5 or 6 wines. All for $20 a plate! Look at what you get for that, not counting of course, the awesome friends and company. Left-Click any of these photos to see them enlarged. Cheers!

The announcement!
The announcement!
Mushroom Parmesan Risotto Cakes ( I really enjoyed these, but a light sauce may have been a great addition.) 2010 Mandarossa Fiano 13.5% alc. good match with the cakes, but not my favorite for the evening. $12 [14]

Mushroom Parmesan Risotto Cakes
(I really enjoyed these, but a light sauce may have been a great addition.
2010 Mandrarossa Fiano

13.5% alc. good match with the cakes, but not my favorite for the evening. $12 [14]

Piedmont Autumn Soup (Super good!) 2011 Piemonte Barera 13.5% alc. general appeal was good. a strong Barbera. $15 [15]

Piedmont Autumn Soup
(Super good! A little dab of fresh pesto in the soup would be good.)
2011 Piemonte Barbera
13.5% alc. general appeal was good. a strong Barbera. $15 [15]

Abruzzo Salad 2011 Niro Pecorino 13% alc. good match with is delightful and refreshing salad. $19 [17]

Abruzzo Salad
2011 Niro
Pecorino
13% alc. good match with is delightful and refreshing salad. $19 [17]

Agnolotti Piemontesi Allo Stufato 2011 Badiola Toscana 13% alc. a wonderful paring with this entree. $18 [19]

Agnolotti Piemontesi Allo Stufato
2011 Badiola
Toscana
13% alc. a wonderful paring with this entree. a super Cab and Sangiovese blend $18 [19]

Pistachio Chocolate Cannoli 2012 Mandrarossa Nero D'avola 13.5% alc. super good Tuscan wine. loved it.  can't get a better score. $12 [20]

Pistachio Chocolate Cannoli
2012 Mandrarossa
Nero D’avola
13.5% alc. super good Tuscan wine. loved it. can’t get a better score. $12 [20]

Ed and Mary enjoying the new look at The Buzz.
Ed and Mary enjoying the new look at The Buzz.

Now look at the New Buzz! Great atmosphere. Love the new look.

The new sign on the building by the entrance. There is also a very bright red and green sign on State Street.
The new sign on the building by the entrance. There is also a very bright red and green sign on State Street.
The beer steins we have on "The Self".
The beer steins we have on “The Shelf”.
One of the beers on tap and ready for your growler or steim.
One of the beers on tap and ready for your growler or stein.
The new Growler Fill Station and location of the wines. Just inside the State Street door and to the right.
The new Growler Fill Station and location of the wines. Just inside the State Street door and to the right.
The new look just inside the State Street door. Wide open spaces! Great shiny floor. Bright and colorful. You did a great job, Cristi and Tommy. And I know Austin and Bailey helped.
The new look just inside the State Street door. Wide open spaces! Great shiny floor. Bright and colorful. You did a great job, Cristi and Tommy. And I know Austin and Bailey helped.

Paring Grilled Foods with Wine


TheBuzzApril_2Another interesting night and wine dinner at the Buzz in Boise. And just in time for the summer season – Grilled foods and selecting the right wine to go with the food. Cristi also let everyone know that they are putting a a beer tap system for local beers and she wants our suggestions. My suggestion is (1) Cloud 9 Nano Brewery in the Albertson’s Shopping Center on State Street and (2) 10 Barrel Brewery in downtown Boise. Here are some photos from tonight’s dinner and my wine ratings. A perfect score is [20]. Enjoy and Cheers!

Peggy is grilling skewers for dinner.
Peggy is grilling skewers for dinner.
Wines prior to dinner. I did not particularly like the white one [11] and the red was just a little better [12]. I have had much better wines from both these wineries.
Wines prior to dinner. I did not particularly like the white one [11] and the red was just a little better [12]. I have had much better wines from both these wineries.
The best wine of the night was this one. I scored it a perfect [20]. Full bodied and went extremely well with the beef and chicken skewers and the corn on the cob.
The best wine of the night was this one. I scored it a perfect [20]. Full bodied and went extremely well with the beef and chicken skewers and the corn on the cob. 2011 If You See Kay
Pulled Pork Sliders 2010 Renwood Clarion a blend of Syrah and Zin [17]

Pulled Pork Sliders
2010 Renwood
Clarion
a blend of Syrah and Zin [19]

Peggy made the sauce for these and it was good. Almost a Carolina style with a hint of vinegar.

Grilled Romaine Salad 2012 Basal Cellars Estate Semillion  [17]

Grilled Romaine Salad
2012 Basal Cellars
Estate Semillion [17]

Roasted Vegetable Soup 2009 MontGras Antu Ninquen Syrah [18]

Roasted Vegetable Soup
2009 MontGras Antu Ninquen
Syrah [18]

This wine went very well with the soup. A good paring.

Chicken and Beef Skewers with Corn On-The-Cob 2011 If You See Kay [20]

Chicken and Beef Skewers with Corn On-The-Cob
2011 If You See Kay
Blend [20]

A superb wine offering tonight and a great paring with the skewers and corn.

S'mores Cake Fratelli Casa Rosa [18]

S’mores Cake
NV Fratelli Casa
Rosa [18]

Crooked Fence Brewery Releases “Little Bitch Otter” Nut Brown Ale


27May2014_1a_Little-Bitch-Otter-Release_SignCrooked Fence Brewery just released their 2014 Little Bitch Otter India Nut Brown Ale! There were probably 1000 people at PreFunk Beer, 1100 Front Street location for this release party. There was an interesting article printed in the Idaho Statesman in late March about the new location for Crooked Fence Brewery. In the article, it was stated that,

Garden City-based Crooked Fence Brewing Co. plans to relocate from 5242 W. Chinden Blvd. to Woodriver Cellars winery, 3705 Idaho 16 in Eagle.

The brewery is in the process of purchasing the 5-acre property and will begin the transition by opening a new brewpub-style restaurant there March 29.

The Woodriver Cellars space has been renamed Crooked Flats.

“From the beginning, Crooked Fence has wanted and worked towards owning a destination-style brewery,” the company says in a press release. “This will be the place to further grow the Crooked Fence brand and culture. Along with the special event structures and park-like atmosphere, there will also be a tasting room and restaurant serving great food, craft brews and Idaho wines.”

Read more here: http://www.idahostatesman.com/2014/03/16/3084070/garden-city-brewer-purchasing.html#storylink=cpy

Here are some photos from the release party. Enjoy!
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Some of the crowd that was lined up almost 1 1/2 blocks to get into the release.
Some of the crowd that was lined up almost 1 1/2 blocks to get into the release.
Getting closer. Actually, the party was scheduled to start at 6:00pm, but at 5:45 there were already many people in the Pre Funk getting a sample.
Getting closer. Actually, the party was scheduled to start at 6:00pm, but at 5:45 there were already many people in PreFunk getting a sample.
A great parting shot. Although the lines were long, it still only took about 15 minutes to get a brew.
A great parting shot. Although the lines were long, it still only took about 15 minutes to get a brew.

And indeed, it is good to see that the Crooked Fence Brewing has opened at the old Eagle Knoll Winery site, north on Hiway 16 – the road to Emmett. You will see the sign off on the west side of the highway. A large parking lot. Ample space. Here are some photos. Cheers!

The sign that is at the entrance to Crooked Flats.
The sign that is at the entrance to Crooked Flats.
The times of operation are posted on the front doors. I wonder if the brewery is actually located here.
The times of operation are posted on the front doors. I wonder if the brewery is actually located here? And why didn’t they hold the release party here? So much more room and better parking.

Cloud 9 Nano Brewery Opens


17March2014_2_Cloud-9-Opening_FrontThe Cloud 9 nano brewery opend on March 17th in the Albertsons Shopping Center at 18th and State Streets, 1750 W. State St. It was a full house! In the following quote from their website – link above – we see that they are trying very hard to use locally produced products, both in their beer production and their food preparation. I know their hamburger rolls come from Gaston Bakery here in Boise.

We are Boise’s first nanobrewery, and the only certified organic brewery in the state, producing only four barrels per hand-crafted batch. We are focused on sustainable, local, and organic beers and our brewery also houses an amazing restaurant with a similar focus.
By keeping batches to only four barrels in size, we are able to vary our beers to match seasonal ingredients and provide a wealth of variety for craft beer lovers.
Expected Hours:
Monday – Closed
Tuesday – 11:00am to 10:00pm
Wednesday – 11:00am to 10:00pm
Thursday – 11:00am to 10:00pm
Friday – 10:00am to Midnight
Saturday – 10:00am to Midnight
Sunday – 10:00am to 9:00pm
Happy Hour from 4-6 with $1 off pints and a limited Happy Hour Menu is coming soon.

Their seasonal menu includes such items as Classic Burger – $9.50 and photo below, Chicken Pesto – $9.50, Roasted Veggie – $9.50, Shepard’s Pie – $10.50, Vegetarian Shepard’s Pie – $10.50, Corned Beef and Cabbage – $10.50 and Corned Beets and Cabbage – $8.50. I had the burger and it was very good. They use Gaston Bakery buns and 3/1 burgers (3 burgers to the pound).They also serve a wide variety of appetizers ranging from $5.00 – $7.00. Some of the folks there were getting their salads and they looked good. $2.50 – $8.95. They serve beer, of course, and their own made root beer which I had earlier and it was very good.
Good to see that they serve Idaho wines, Indian Creek Winery and 3 Horse Ranch Winery. Seating is limited, about 35 seats at tables and at the bar. They hope to have outside seating when the weather changes. Enjoy these photos and hope to see you there!

The bar area and menus.
The bar area and menus.
The menus and an empty Irish Dark Lager - good lager!
The menus and an empty Irish Dark Lager – good lager!
Irish Dark Lager
Irish Dark Lager
The beer menu. They do have samples and from what I saw, three different sizes of servings. Great idea.
The beer menu. They do have samples and from what I saw, three different sizes of servings. Great idea.
Classic Burger. Very good!
Classic Burger. Very good! I think I would rate this a 4-Star pub. Remember the size. It is small and not near the size of 10 Barrel Pub downtown or Kilted Dragon or Sockeye. The beer is good. The food is delightful and the service is good. Don’t be in a rush. They are just getting started and give them time. Enjoy!!

TVWS Oktoberfest Celebration


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Happy Oktoberfest and Halloween everyone! On October 9, the Treasure Valley Wine Society (TVWS) broke from tradition and held a beer tasting for Oktoberfest. There were about 26 people who enjoyed the beers that were presented by Dave and Cody from the HomeBrewStuff here in Boise. They carry over 600 beers in stock for our enjoyment. You can see a link to the shop in the sidebar. We owe them a great big Thank-You for helping this event to be a success in such short notice. (Other breweries here in Boise backed out in the last minute and the folks at the HomeBrewStuff came to the rescue!) Here are some photos from the event. Enjoy!

Dave and Cody who presented the beers. They are from HomeBrewStuff in Boise.
Dave and Cody who presented the beers. They are from HomeBrewStuff in Boise.
The beers that were presented. 3-5 oz pours were supplied.
The beers that were presented. 3-5 oz pours were supplied.
Some people brought their own steins. Here are some of them. These happened to be ours.
Some people brought their own steins. Here are some of them. These happened to be ours.
Some were really decorated!
Some were really decorated!
Beautiful metal stein.
Beautiful metal stein.

Here are the beers that were presented.They are listed in order of presentation. And as the saying goes, “In Heaven there is no beer, That’s why we drink it here ………..” Awesome!

TVWS Oktoberfest Beers
October 9, 2013

Hofbrau German lager.
More than any other, Hofbräu Original embodies Munich’s character as a city of beer, spreading its fame throughout the world. Full-bodied with an alcoholic content of approximately 5.1% by volume, and offering a truly fine hops aroma, it is a superbly well-balanced lager.

Hofbrau Oktoberfest.
The Munich Beer Festival, or Oktoberfest, is an event of superlatives – it’s the largest popular festival in the world, held in the beer metropolis of Munich. Millions of visitors from all over the world come every year to enjoy its very special atmosphere. For this occasion, Hofbräu brews a rich, full-bodied beer which goes down ideally with traditional Bavarian cuisine. It is an absolutely natural product; brewed from pure water, the best quality malt and exquisite hops. Offering 6.3% alcohol by volume and a clean, crisp edge, it is a vital part of the Oktoberfest experience. As unique as the Oktoberfest itself! Hofbräu imports the same beer, from the same batches that are made for its own tent at the Oktoberfest.

Hofbrau Dunkel.
Dark beer existed in Bavaria long before light beer. This was the first type of beer to be brewed at Hofbräuhaus when it was founded. Today, when beer-lovers all over the world talk about dark beer, they usually mean a Munich style dark beer. Today, Hofbräu Dunkel – the archetypal Bavarian beer – is still as popular as ever. With an alcohol content of around 5.5% by volume and a subtle spicy and rich flavor, this is a refreshing beer that suits all kinds of occasions. A beer in the traditional Munich style!

Hofbrau Maibock.
By tradition, the first barrel of Maibock is tapped at the Hofbräuhaus in the last week of April, in time for the merry month of May. The success story of Munich’s oldest bock beer goes back as far as 1614. Hofbräu Maibock has the longest pedigree of all Munich’s Bocks. Its aromatic flavor and alcoholic content of approximately 7.2% by volume makes it one of the best creations from Hofbräu’s brewing kettles. Hofbräu Maibock marks one of the high points in the beer-lover’s calendar!

Spaten Opimator (dopplebock)
Deep and dark colored, rich and malty taste and full-bodied, Spaten’s strongest beer is considered by many beer connoisseurs as the world’s finest dark beer. Shelf life up to 12 months. In the dark and cold times Spaten Optimator brings a warm light. Spaten Optimator is the classic German bottom-fermented dark beer “Doppel-Bock.”

Petrus aged red.
Categorized as a Wild/Sour Ale, Petrus Aged Red Ale is loaded with cherries and drinks more in the style of a Lambic than a Sour. Only the sweet tartness will give you any indication of the very respectable 8.5% abv so be careful with this one.

Thanks, Dave Griffin
HBSbeerguy@gmail.com
Cell (208) 371-9247

Like wine, you can’t have beer without food, or at least one should not. Here is what we had for dinner.

Cheese and Fruit Plate

Cheese and Fruit Plate

German Potato Salad

German Potato Salad

Red Cabbage

Red Cabbage

Sauerbraten

Sauerbraten

German Potato Salad Red Cabbage Acme Bake Shop German Rye Sauerbraten

German Potato Salad
Red Cabbage
Acme Bake Shop German Rye
Sauerbraten

Some of the people who attended the event. Thank You all for being there!
Some of the people who attended the event. Thank You all for being there!

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President Gail McClellan Parker. Maybe we can make this an annual October event? It would be nice.
President Gail McClellan Parker. Maybe we can make this an annual October event? It would be nice.