Buzz Coffee and Wine It is with very heavy hearts that Tommy, Cristi, Austin, and Bailey announce the closing of the Buzz. We have truly enjoyed our time and will treasure the memories, lifelong friends, and relationships we have had the pleasure of forming. Our last wine tasting and music night will be Friday May 26 from 7-9 featuring Dr Todd Palmer. We will be having a “drain the keg” event on May 30 from 5-8. We will have appetizers and beer and wine specials to empty the kegs. Between now and May 31 our hours will vary but look forward to seeing our friends just to say hello and get information to stay in contact. Our future plans at this time are vague, at best, but we want everyone to know that we are truly heartbroken and will miss our Buzz family. Thanks for doing business with us and blessing our family with the gift of you. Sincerely, Cristi, Tom, Austin, and Bailey Buzz Coffee and Wine 208-344-4321 Buzz Coffee and Wine 2999 N Lakeharbor Lane Boise ID 83703
We wish Cristie, Tommy, Austin and Bailey the very best in their future endeavors and challenges. We will miss their true friendship as we have been with them since the start. We will also miss our monthly Tuesday night Wine Club Dinner. Happy Trails, wherever they lead!
A very interesting night of some fantastic foods and wines from Spain. Once again, Cristi, Tommy and Peggy came up with great service, adequate amounts of wine, super service and great smiles! For me, I liked the Cristi’s Choice, a 2015 Chateau De La Roche Sauvignon Blanc stole the show! It pulled  from me! The next closest was a NV Vivanco Rioja, .
The food. Two items stood out – Salmorjo Cordobes. According to Cristi and her sources, “It’s like gazpacho, only thicker. It is more a dip than a soup and in Cordoba is generally eaten by dipping bread or dry bread sticks in it.”
The other real treat was the dessert – Torrijas with Vanilla Ice Cream. “In the convents torrijas were often made with leftover bread – the perfect sweetmeat to lighten Lent. Since then they have been prepared in a number of variants, such as soaked in milk, syrup, honey or wine, sprinkled with sugar or cinnamon, etc. Sometimes they are made using orange juice which gives them a fruity taste and makes them suitable for those with a lactose intolerance.” [Spanish-Food] Here re some photos of the event. Enjoy and hope to see you at the next Buzz Wine Dinner. Left-Click any of these photos to see them enlarged.
Cristi’s Choice wines.
Croquettes and Albondigas
2013 Picos Garnacha 
( One superb cold soup!)
2012 Ugarte Crianza
14% alc. definitely needs food 
Greens with Bean Salad
NV Vivanco Rioja
12% alc. Good pairing with the salad. 
Pork ala Madrid
2011 Faustino Rioja
13.5% alc good with the pork and well balanced with the potato 
Torrijas with Vanilla Ice Cream
NV Anna Codorinu
12% alc. perfect balance with the dessert 
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An interesting night, and the wines were so good! As was the food. Good to see Ed and his friend Ruth (see photo) there and good to have the sitting at our table. Also good to see Baily – it’s been a while.
The wines were different and my high scoring wine was a surprise. The Stuffed Mushrooms were excellent and they paired well with the 2014 Ezyaguirre Merlot (17). Here is the rest of our dinner and the wine parings. Enjoy! Left-Click any of these photos to see them enlarged.)
Green Salad with Spring Vegetables and Lemon Vinaigrette
Roasted Chicken with Vegetables and Rissoto
Chocolate Mousse Brownies
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Just before the Ides of March, we had an awesome Wine Dinner at The Buzz in Boise, celebrating Italian wines. Superb appetizers, soup, salad, main dish and dessert. A good crowd was there to celebrate the feast. Thanks Cristi and Tommy and Peggy for a delightful evening. Left-Click any photo to see enlarged.
Tramezini Three Ways 2012 Montefalco Dango 14% alc paired very well with the salad  $26.00
Minestrone Alla Genovese Another good paring. 2015 Avanti Pinot Noir 12% alc good with the soup. not over powering.  $14.00
Southern Italian Style Salad Super good salad and paring! 2015 Malvasia del Salento 12.5% alc another super paring  $16.00
Pizzelle e Salsa Rossa 2013 Castelli di Abola Chianti 13.0% alc good match for the main course  $21.00
Bonet Absolutely delicious! 2016 Saracco Mascato Di Asti super paring.  $20.00
Such a great evening of fine wines and some really good food, especially the Spicy Chocolate Soup! A nice crowd was there and it was good to see 30 people! All of the wines that we had, as it turns out, were all rated at a . There was only one that rated below . Cristi’s birthday party at The Buzz, will be on February 24, even though her “real” birthday is February 29th. The next Wine Dinner is March 14th and 15th. The dinner is repeated on each evening. The theme will be “Italian Wines”. See you there! Here is what we had tonight. Left-Click any of these photos to see them enlarged. Cheers.
Opening wines were from South Africa.
Brie and Chocolate Tart Chorizo Chocolate Toast
2015 Revelry Merlot
Spicy Chocolate Soup (Awesome!) 2011 Ammunition Pinot Noir (Awesome paring! Best paring of the night.)
Spinach and Pear Salad Chocolate Vinaigrette 2015 Tranche Rose 
Chocolate Rubbed Pork Cocoa Vegetables 2013 Arsonist Red
Trio Chocolate Truffle 2014 Decoy Zinfandel
The Legend of St Valentines Day. Interesting.
It may be based on the Roman pagan festival of Lupercalis which was a fertility celebration on February 15th. In 496 Pope Gelasius changed the celebration to St Valentine’s Day. According to the Catholic encyclopedia, there were at least three early Christian saints by the name of Valentine. One was a priest in Rome, one a bishop in Terni and nothing is known about the third St Valentine except that he met his end in Africa. Surprisingly, all three of them are said to have been martyred on the 14th of February.
Pope Gelasius intended to honor the first of these three men: This St Valentine was a priest who lived around 270 AD in Rome and attracted the disfavor of Roman Emperor Claudius II who ruled during this time. St Valentine held secret marriage ceremonies of soldiers in opposition to Claudius II who had prohibited marriage of young men. Claudius II believed that if men were married they were more loyal to their families than the state. Therefore, not good soldiers. St Valentine was against this and would marry young couples secretly. Claudius II found out and had him imprisoned.
It was during the 14th century that St Valentine’s Day became securely associated to love. Chaucer had a lot to do with this day. In France and England it was believe that birds mated on February 14th. Chaucer used this image of birds as a symbol of lovers. “For this was on St Valentine’s Day. When every fowl cometh there to choose a mate.”
A good, adventuresome wine dinner at The Buzz celebrating Oktoberfest. Roulade. Beer. Wine. Carmel Beer Ice Cream. And the ice cream that Cristi made was rich and smooth and delicious!! Keep it on the menu, Cristi!!! We took a culinary tour, as well as a wine tour and beer tour, through some of Germany. For instance, “…Schnitzel can be made with different types of meat. Jäger-Schnitzel – with mushroom sauce; Zigeuner-Schnitzel is a sauce of red peppers,mushrooms, onions, tomato paste, red wine and chicken broth; Cordon Bleu came from Switzerland and is a schnitzel stuffed with ham and cheese.” These are just a few of the culinary discussions we had.
One of the better wines for the evening.  I know, it’s not German.
Pretzels and Pork Schnitzel Meatballs
2014 Julia James Pinot Noir
13% alc. an OK wine.
Snake River Pakitos IPA went better, though 
Greens with Radish and Cucumber Salad
2014 Urban Reisling
9.5% alc 
Humbolt Low and Easy Lager was a better paring 
Red Cabbage and Spatzel
Alc 13.5% Good paring 
 great paring!
Here is but one of many recipes for
Carmel Beer Ice Cream
2011 Montgras Carmenere
alc 13.5% good paring, better than the beer 
Madison River Hopper Pale Ale  the wine pared better
One absolutely awesome ice cream that Cristi made. It really needs to go on the daily menu! Robin liked the ice cream, too!