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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
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!
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!
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.
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 email@example.com
Make your reservation now!
Cristi and Tommy
Buzz Coffee and Wine,
2999 N Lakeharbor Lane,
Boise, ID 83703
(208) 344-4321, firstname.lastname@example.org
Back 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.
The wines were good – I bought one this month a , a satisfying blend of Cab Sauvignon, Merlot and Shiraz. Wine ratings for this dinner, is based on a score of , which is a perfect, flawless wine. Very subjective. With that in mind, I rated this a  Here is what else we had and the wines that went with each entrée. Enjoy. See you next month!!! South African 2011 Protea
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  $13.00
Sweet Potato, Carrot and Chick Pea Soup
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  $23.00
California Green Salad
2015 Bonny Doon
Alc 13.5% good balance and finish. great paing with the acid of the salad.  $17.00
Pork and Grilled Peach
2013 Blacksmith Merlot
Alc. 14.2% great finish and acid balance.  $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  $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.
And a great tour it was! Cristi and her daughter took a cruise through parts of Europe, touching the shores of France, Italy, Spain and Gibraltar. And Cristi brought to the table some different, and some very good, wine and entrée treats. Here is what we had. Enjoy! It really was an exciting evening with all these different foods. Hope you can make the next one. $20 a plate plus five or six wines. Sorry that I did not post the Buzz last month, but the photos I took were terrible. Hopefully, this month, the photos are better.
Antipasti (Italy) and Croquettes (Spain)  $20.00
Traditional French Salad  $15.00
2012 Eguren Temprenillo
A perfect match between the wine and the salad.
Potaje (Gibraltar)  $24.00
2013 Chateau Pilet
Pork (Portugal)  $24.00
Grilled Vegetables (Portugal)
2007 Lan Rioja
Tiramisu (Italy)  $14.00
NV Marguis dela Tour
As our Son-In-Law Mac and his daughter Sophia slowly make their way along Camino de Santiago in northern Spain and pass by these wonderful “country” homes, we are at The Buzz eating some delightful food and drinking some special wines at the May Wine Dinner, “Holidays in May”. Cristie and her staff, Tommy and Peggy, did another great job. And thank-you Bailey for explaining Lacross to me. One of the best offerings tonight, although I don’t this it paired well with the selected wine, was the Albondiagas Soup – a Mexican meatball soup. And the Teruiyaki Pina Colada Burger with Zuchini Salad and Baked Beans was superb. Wonderful flavors. Here are soime photos from the evening. As a note, I did not get a good photo of the dessert, so yopu won’t see the Cookies and Strawberries. Oops!
Mushrooms and Goat Cheese with Oatcakes
2014 Cotes du Rhone
13.0% alc. Great paring with the goat cheese in the salad.  $16.00
( Mexican Meatball Soup)
2012 El Olividado Tempranillo
14.5% alc. Really brought out the spiciness of the soup. Although both were very good.  $18.00
Morocan Carrot Chicpea Salad
2015 La Playa Viognier
13.5% alc. The wine tended to go “sour” with the salad. I found it better to eat the salad without the wine. Both good as separate items. There were people there that thoroughly enjoyed the paring.  $13.00
Teriyaki Pina Colada Burger
14.0% alc Super great paring. Loved it!  $17.00