Williamson Vineyards Opens New Tasting Room


Williamson Orchards and Vineyards InformationCongratulations to Williamson Orchards and Vineyard on the opening of their new, and beautiful I might add, tasting room in Sunnyslope. They can be reached at (208) 459-7333 and the new tasting room is at 14807 Sunnyslope Rd. Robin and I had a great visit on their opening day. They are open for tastings Wednesday through Sunday, 12 noon to 5:00pm. Monday and Tuesday by appointment only.

Williamson Orchards and Vineyards is a family owned and operated business which aims to produce the highest quality product and provide honest and knowledgeable service to our clients. We feel it is important to practice good business while serving as stewards of the land. We strive to use natural and organic growing methods whenever possible. We offer fine wines for purchase in our tasting room. [willorch.com]

Here are some photos. Enjoy!

Bev Williamson Mack the Sales and Marketing Manager.
Bev Williamson Mack the Sales and Marketing Manager. I asked her if they were going to open a bistro or a BandB in the adjacent building to the tasting room, and she said not at the present time. The adjacent building, though, could be used as a meeting location. But its main purpose is for offices. Cheese and other cooler foods will be available in the tasting room.
Handy Williamson Wine Club application. Just print it out.
Handy Williamson Wine Club application. Just print it out.
The tasting room as seen from Sunnyslope Road.
The tasting room as seen from Sunnyslope Road.
The entrance.
The entrance.
Inside the tasting room.
Inside the tasting room.
Enjoying wine samples.
Enjoying wine samples.
Patrick Williamson, Orchardist, supplying a barrel tasting of Syrah and Petit Sirah. They're going to be super!
Patrick Williamson, Orchardist, supplying a barrel tasting of a wonderful Petit Sirah (probably another 2 years in the barrel) and a very good Syrah (Ready to be bottled). They’re going to be super!
Wine sample display.
Wine sample display.

Chilean Wines Served at TVWS


10Sept2014_1_TVWS-Basque-Wines_2012-Serres TempranilloMany, many thanks to Garry Scholz for putting on a great event, even though he was fighting laryngitis. Some really good wines were presented to almost 30 people who attended. It seems as though the pre-pay through Brown Paper Bag was a success. If you want to attend, you will need to buy tickets in advance of the event. The TVWS then informs Meadowlake of the number of people who have paid and will be attending. The fee is non-refundable! I had to find someone to take one of our tickets as Robin could not be there. If you want to be on the invitation list, please let someone on the Board and you will be sent an invitation. (Here is a link to the TVWS Board of Directors) Here is what we had tonight. Enjoy!

One of the better wines, in my opinion.
One of the better wines, in my opinion.
Some goodies on the appetizer table.
Some goodies on the appetizer table.
Cheese Platter
Cheese Platter
Some of the wines that were served.
Wines that were served.
Salad Fixings - Tomato, Onion and Carrots
Salad Fixings – Tomato, Onion and Carrots
Appetizer
Appetizer
Appetizer
Appetizer
Appetizer
Appetizer
Veggie Empanadas
Veggie Empanadas
Meat Empanadas
Meat Empanadas
Corn and Potato Pancakes
Corn and Potato Pancakes
Dulce de Leche
Dulce de Leche

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.

Ultimate Grilled Burgers


‘Tis the season for that infamous burger. Here are some suggestions that you may like. Have fun with these. Most of the ingredients for the recipes listed below, can be found locally in Boise – Desert Mountain Farms for beef products, Acme Bakeshop for superb burger buns, Purple Sage and True Roots for vegetable products. If in Boise, check out the Boise Farmers Market.
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From Burgers Outdoor Grilling, here is the carmelized onion recipe.

Red Wine Caramelized Onions

Recipe adapted from Angie Mar, The Beatrice Inn, New York, NY
Makes 1½ cups

Ingredients:
2 tbsp olive oil
1 lb (2 medium) yellow onions, thinly sliced
1 c Cabernet Sauvignon, divided
2 tbsp sugar, divided
sea salt and freshly ground black Tellicherry pepper

Directions:
In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the onions and cook until translucent and lightly caramelized, 20 minutes. Add half of the wine and half of the sugar, and cook until the wine has reduced and the onions have caramelized even further, 6 to 8 minutes. Stir in the remaining wine and sugar, and repeat the process until the wine has evaporated and the onions have caramelized even further, 6 to 8 minutes more. Season with salt and pepper.

And here is one for Housemade Beet Chup, a sweeter condiment. Roasted beets are blended with apple cider vinegar for a sauce that gives the same sweetness as your typical bottle of ketchup but with a bit more tang. The beetchup – like the name variation? – sings when paired with a burger, cheddar cheese and good crunchy iceburg lettuce on a soft roll from Acme Bake Shop here in Boise. (They can be found on Facebook at Acme Bakeshop or at the Boise Farmers Market, every Saturday 9am – 1pm at 10th and Grove in Boise.)

Beetchup

Recipe adapted from Sandy Dee Hall, Black Tree, New York, NY
Makes 1½ cups

Ingredients:
1 lb (2 medium) beets
1 tbsp olive oil
sea salt and freshly ground black Tellicherry pepper
5 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1½ tbsp sugar

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 500º. Layer 2 large pieces of aluminum foil on a clean work surface and place the beets in the center. Rub with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Crimp the foil to seal and roast in the oven until tender, 1 hour. Let cool, then once cool enough to handle, peel and quarter. Transfer the roasted beets to a blender with the remaining ingredients and purée until smooth. Season with salt and pepper.

How about a tangy sunchoke sauce? Turmeric-stained sunchokes add a bright tartness to this creamy sauce, already with a zing from hot sauce. Slather the pickled sunchoke sauce on a white bun that envelopes a patty topped with American cheese, lettuce and tomato.

Pickled Sunchoke Relish

Recipe adapted from John Amato, Little Jack’s Tavern, New York, NY
Makes 1 cup

Ingredients:
½ c apple cider vinegar
1 tbsp sugar
½ tbsp sea salt
½ tsp coriander seeds
¼ tsp celery seeds
¼ tsp yellow mustard seeds
½ tsp ground turmeric
8 oz (4 large) sunchokes, peeled and roughly grated

Directions:
In a small saucepan, combine all the ingredients, except the sunchokes. Bring to a boil, then pour over the grated sunchokes. Let cool completely.

Pickled Sunchoke Burger Sauce

Recipe adapted from John Amato, Little Jack’s Tavern, New York, NY
Makes 1¾ cup

Ingredients:
1 c mayonnaise
⅓ c ketchup
⅓ c drained pickled sunchoke relish
2 tsp hot sauce
1 tsp sea salt
2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp lemon juice
1 garlic clove, finely grated

Directiions:
In a medium bowl, stir all the ingredients together.

And if you are really into the Burger World and need to only make your own, here is a recipe from The Tasting Table, Homemade Burger Blend. Have fun!

Beef Burger Patties

Recipe from the Tasting Table Test Kitchen
Yield: Six 6-ounce burgers Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 20 minutes Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:
1½ pounds beef chuck, cut into 1-inch pieces and chilled
½ pound beef brisket, cut into 1-inch pieces and chilled
6 ounces boneless beef short ribs, cut into 1-inch pieces and chilled
sea salt and freshly ground black Tellicherry pepper, to taste
Vegetable oil, for greasing
Buns (Acme Bakeshop in Boise) and toppings, for serving

Directions:
1. Using a meat grinder set up according to the manufacturer’s directions and with a medium die, grind the meats into a medium bowl. Using your hands, mix the meat until incorporated, then form into six 6-ounce patties. Season both sides liberally with salt and pepper.
2. Light a grill. Using tongs and paper towels, lightly grease the grill. Cook the burgers, flipping once, until charred and medium rare, 4 to 5 minutes per side. Transfer to a platter, assemble as desired with buns and toppings, and serve.

“Blind” Tasting at TVWS


28Nov2015_2a_Snake-River-AVA-Visit_Williamson_SignPatrick Williamson, of Williamson Orchards and Vineyard, did a super good job in presenting one of the few “blind” tastings the TVWS has had last night. These wines were all from the Snake River AVA and all were Cabernet Sauvignon, although some were blended. Sorry to say, some of us were stumped! Oh well, more to learn – the process never ends. But then, that’s the fun of this organization and these programs.
The food, prepared by Swiss trained Chef Jake, was an Italian theme that was well pared with the wines. And the vanilla ice cream at the end, topped with a port-like dessert wine was super.

Patrick Williamson
Patrick Williamson
Good idea using the white board. You can see some of the comments and where the wines were from.
Good idea using the white board. You can see some of the comments and where the wines were from.

And now, the buffet!

Antipasta

Antipasta

Cheese Plate

Cheese Plate

Enjoying the Antipasta and Cheese Plate and some super Williamson Viognier, and Late Harvest Viognier
Enjoying the Antipasta and Cheese Plate and some super Williamson Viognier and Williamson Late Harvest Viognier
The Italian Buffet Table prepared by Chef Jake
The Italian Buffet Table prepared by Chef Jake
Salad Makings

Salad Makings

Lasagna

Lasagna

Vegetable Medley

Vegetable Medley

Garlic Bread

Garlic Bread

Dinner Plated

Dinner Plated

If you were not here for this event, you missed an excellent one, one of the best of the year!

Blind Tasting at The Buzz


10Nov2015_1e_The-Buzz-Monthly_Blind-Tasting_Buzz-InsideNow here is a different program for a Wine Dinner. Serve the wines, but don’t tell anyone what they are. Can you identify the varietals? Good test! I failed! Robin won! Figures. But really a great and fun night. And the food Cristi served for dinner. I want the recipe for two of the dishes – the salad and the soup. They both were terrific! Delicious. We started off with two wines for Cristi’s Choice – she selects the wines that may, or may not, correspond to the wines and the food we are having. The white wine that she served was a White Pinot Noir from Oregon. I scored it a [18]. It had a great nose and was surprisingly good. The second wine she presented as a Cristi’s Choice was a Red Petit Verdot from Washington. It had to get a [19] and was, in my not so humble opinion, the best of the night. Petit Verdot is by far one of my favorite wines and to me, again IMNSHO, should NEVER be blended.

Brie Tarts and Stuffed Mushrooms 2014 St UrbansHoff White Riesling went very well with the sharpness of the brie and the earthiness of the mushrooms

Brie Tarts and Stuffed Mushrooms
2014 St UrbansHoff White Riesling
went very well with the sharpness of the brie and the earthiness of the mushrooms
[18]

Apple Mushroom Soup (This was delicious! I want the recipe.) 2013 Carol Shelton Zinfandel not may favorite even though I do like Zin. Somewhat light and not full bodied [16]

Apple Mushroom Soup
(This was delicious! I want the recipe.)
2013 Carol Shelton Zinfandel
not my favorite tonight, even though I do like Zin. Somewhat light and not full bodied. Good though, with the soup.
[16]

Mexican Potato Salad - Ensaladilla Rusa (Delicious! Loved the mixture of ingredients. I want this recipe, too!) 2012 Clarksburg Merlot just didn't go too well with the salad [16]

Mexican Potato Salad – Ensaladilla Rusa
(Delicious! Loved the mixture of ingredients. I want this recipe, too!)
2012 Clarksburg Merlot
the wine was good, but just didn’t go well with the salad
[16]

Tommy  T Meatloaf Root Vegetables Mac 'N Cheese 2012 True Myth Paso Dobles Cabernhet Sauvignon good wine that went with the entree, especially the root vegetables [17]

Tommy T Meatloaf
Root Vegetables
Mac ‘N Cheese
2012 True Myth Paso Dobles
Cabernet Sauvignon
good wine that went with the entree, especially the root vegetables
[17]

Inside Out Apple Pie 2014 Zaganen Pinot Grigio good wine that went well with the apple. [17]

Inside Out Apple Pie
2014 Zaganen
Pinot Grigio
good wine that went well with the apple.
[17]

Local Food at the Buzz Wine Dinner


buzz_logo_cafe_building_bestAnother good wine dinner at the Buzz in Boise. This time, Cristi pared wines from the NW, and Idaho, with Idaho farm products. Some interesting information that Cristi presented. (This is a great food, wine and educational affair every month!) 99% of the mint used in the USA comes from Idaho. 90% of the trout sold in the USA, either for private use or to restaurants, comes from Idaho. 95% of the lentils produced in the USA come from Idaho. Cristi used a new spice to me, Grains of Paradise, in the soup. Grains of what?

Aframomum melegueta is a species in the ginger family, Zingiberaceae. This spice, commonly known as grains of paradise, Melegueta pepper, alligator pepper, Guinea grains, fom wisa, or Guinea pepper, is obtained from the ground seeds; it imparts a pungent, peppery flavour with hints of citrus. Although it is native to West Africa, it is also an important cash crop in the Basketo district (Basketo special woreda) of southern Ethiopia. The Pepper Coast (or Grain Coast) is a historical coastal region named after this commodity.
Melegueta pepper is commonly used in the cuisines of West and North Africa, where it has been traditionally imported by caravan routes through the Sahara desert, and whence they were distributed to Sicily and the rest of Italy. Mentioned by Pliny as “African pepper” but subsequently forgotten in Europe, they were renamed “grains of paradise” and became a popular substitute for black pepper in Europe in the 14th and 15th centuries. The Ménagier de Paris recommends it for improving wine that “smells stale”. Through the Middle Ages and into the early modern period, the theory of the four humours governed theorizing about nourishment on the part of doctors, herbalists and druggists: in this context, John Russell characterized grains of paradise, in The Boke of Nurture as hot and moist.
The importance of the spice is shown by the designation of the area from the St. Johns River (present day Buchanan) to Harper in Liberia as the “Grain Coast” in honor of the availability of grains of paradise. Later, the craze for the spice waned, and its uses were reduced to a flavoring for sausages and beer. In the 18th century, its importation to Great Britain collapsed after a Parliamentary act of George III forbade its use in malt liquor, aqua vita, and cordials. In 1855, England imported about 15,000 to 19,000 lbs per year legally (duty paid). By 1880, the Encyclopaedia Britannica (9th edition) was reporting, “Grains of paradise are to some extent used in veterinary practice, but for the most part illegally to give a fictitious strength to malt liquors, gin, and cordials”.
Today, it is sometimes used in gourmet cuisine as a replacement for pepper, and to give unique flavors in some craft beers, gins, and Norwegian akvavit. In America, grains of paradise are starting to enjoy a slight resurgence in popularity due to their use by some well-known chefs. Alton Brown is a fan of its use, and he uses it in okra stew and his apple pie recipe on an episode of the TV cooking show Good Eats. They are also used by people on certain diets, such as a raw food diet, because they are less irritating to digestion than black pepper. [Wikipedia]

Here is what we had for dinner and the wines that went with dinner. Enjoy!

Zucchini Cakes with Smoked Trout 2013 Basel Cellars Sauvignon Blanc 14% alc. not bad, but not a favorite wine varietal for me. went really good with the zucchini cakes. [17] $21.00

Zucchini Cakes with Smoked Trout
2013 Basel Cellars Sauvignon Blanc

14% alc. not bad, but not a favorite wine varietal for me. went really good with the zucchini cakes. [17] $21.00
Lentil Soup (This is where Cristi used the Grains of Paradise) 2013 Revelry Merlot 13.6% alc. good match with the soup and the spices. I enjoyed the texture of the soup. [18] $16.00

Lentil Soup
(This is where Cristi used the Grains of Paradise)
2013 Revelry Merlot
13.6% alc. good match with the soup and the spices. I enjoyed the texture of the soup and the Grains of Paradise. [18] $16.00

Pork and Quinoa Salad 2010 Snake River GSM 13.9% alc. good match with the salad. buy a couple of bottles. [18] $19.00

Pork and Quinoa Salad
2010 Snake River GSM

13.9% alc. good match with the salad. I did like the quinoa. buy a couple of bottles. [18] $19.00

Wild West Beef and Gouda Potatoes Beets and Carrots Pinto Bean Bread 2013 Koenig Cabernet Sauvignon 15.2% alc absolutely a spectacular wine and went extremely well with this entree. [19] $20.00

Wild West Beef and Gouda Potatoes
Beets and Carrots
Pinto Bean Bread
2013 Koenig
Cabernet Sauvignon
15.2% alc absolutely a spectacular wine and went extremely well with this entrée. [19] $20.00

Apple Tart with Cinnamon Cream (I want this recipe!) 2014 Rose Tranche 12.8% alc. good wine that pared well with the apple tart. well worth buying some. [18] $18.00

Apple Tart with Cinnamon Cream
(I want this recipe!)
2014 Rose Tranche
12.8% alc. good wine that pared well with the apple tart. well worth buying some. [18] $18.00