Capitol Cellars Hosts Parma Ridge Winery


The entrance at 5th and Main in the Belgrade Building.Such a great Wine Dinner hosted by Capitol Cellars in Boise. The featured wines were from Parma Ridge Winery. And if I may so bold as to say, if you need something to do on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday, give the Parma Ridge Winery Restaurant a try. Chef Storm Hodges does an awesome job in the kitchen while Stephanie serves some great wines.
The wine dinner served consisted 1 appetizer and 3 entrees and Parma Ridge wines that were perfectly matched. The 2014 Merlot that was served with the Pork Ballontine is in short supply – they have mostly sold out. A wonderful Idaho Merlot and we were lucky enough to get 2 bottles! Yea! Here is how the dinner went. Delicious!

Stephanie and Chef Storm Hodges. Ownrs/Winemakers of Parma Ridge Winery.
Stephanie and Chef Storm Hodges. Owners/Winemakers of Parma Ridge Winery.
The Menu
The Menu

I did not get a photo of the appetizer, Amuse Bouche, an apricot-prosecco sorbet served with a 2015 Parma Ridge Winery Chardonnay. This was a super good chardonnay.

Bacon Wrapped Pork Ballontine goat cheese polenta cherry reduction sauce micro red cabbage sprouts 2014 Parma Ridge Winery Merlot

Bacon Wrapped Pork Ballontine
goat cheese polenta, cherry reduction sauce, micro red cabbage sprouts

2014 Parma Ridge Winery Merlot
such a perfect paring between the wine and the entree


Moroccan Chicken garbanzo beans, tomato, zucchini served over jasmine rice, cumin yogurt, cilantro 2014 Parma Ridge Winery Syrah another super good wine/food paring. wine went extremely well with the spiciness of the entrée

Moroccan Chicken
garbanzo beans, tomato, zucchini served over jasmine rice, cumin yogurt, cilantro

2014 Parma Ridge Winery Syrah
another super good wine/food paring. wine went extremely well with the spiciness of the entree

Italian Zabaglione fresh apricots and cherries 2015 Parma Ridge Winery LaRea Dolce Riesling you really do need to get some of this wine. superb!

Italian Zabaglione
fresh apriots and cherries

2015 Parma Ridge Winery LaRea Dolce Riesling
you really do need to get some of this wine. superb!

Exec Chef
Exec Chef Dave Shipley, “… As for the food, chef Dave Shipley, who worked with Dustan Bristol at Brick 29, was motioned to run the kitchen. He has a penchant for sourcing local and regional foodstuffs, like farmstead cheese from Ballard Family Dairy, greens from Purple Sage Farms and beef from Double R Ranch.”

Capitol Cellars did a fantastic job in preparing these entrees. Our hats are off to Exec Chef Dave Shipley. Wonderful job and it is great to see your using mostly local, Idaho products in your menu. From their website, “Our History – located in Boise’s historical Belgravia Building, Capitol Cellars opened its’ door in March 2015. Capitol Cellars takes pride in serving local cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner with a full coffee bar and an extensive wine list.”

Capitol Cellars Releases 2C Label


02Dec2015_2_Capitol-Cellars-Release_Veltex-Sign_DetailIt was a grand release party! And now the 2C label is official. The wines are good, I liked the blend the best, but they had to use Yakima Valley grapes. Hope they start using Idaho grapes in the next release. It was fun seeing all the folks last night – it was really full! Lots of people. Here are some photos from the evening. Enjoy and visit them at Capitol Cellars web page. Left-Click any of these photos to see them enlarged.
As a note, the photo to the above is across Main Street from Capitol Cellars at 5th and Main Streets. The Veltex sign has a long history in Boise, and I always wanted a photo of it.

Logan Smyser, General Manager,  passes some appetizers.
Logan Smyser, General Manager, passes some appetizers.
White wine released.
White 2C wine released.
Red Blend released. I liked this best.
Red 2C Blend released. I liked this best.
Cabernet Sauvignon released.
2C Cabernet Sauvignon released.
Just some of the available appetizers. The kitchen staff did a wonderful job. Thank-You!
Just some of the available appetizers. The kitchen staff did a wonderful job. Thank-You!
Some of the crowd.
Some of the crowd.

New Wines to Taste at Capitol Cellars


Capitol-Cellars-Logan-Smyser_Card

This just came in from Logan Smyser of Capitol Cellars. Tasting of the new Capitol Cellars label. Should be fun!

“I wanted to remind you all that we are having our 2C Wines Release party this evening from 4-6 p.m.

We’ll be pouring the following wines paired with yummy bites from the kitchen:

2C Wines, “White House,” 2014
2C Wines, “The Senator,” 2013
2C Wines, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2013

We hope you will join the Smyser family and the Capitol Cellars team in celebration this evening!

Cheers!

Logan A. Smyser
Director of Operations
Capitol Cellars
208-344-WINE (9463)
110 S. 5th St., Boise, ID 83702
http://www.capitolcellarsllc.com

Great Visit to Capitol Cellars


Capitol-Cellars-Logan-Smyser_CardReally a good visit tonight to the newly opened – March 2015 – of Capitol Cellars at 5th and Main Streets in Boise in the Belgravia Building. (There is also an AirBNB in the building, Belgravia AirBNB.). The ambiance is like entering a “wine cave”. Dim lights; cool air and wonderful Waite Staff. In certain sections of the restaurant, it is like sitting in a wine cellar – because you really are! I have placed a permanent link in the sidebar of this blog so you can contact them, make reservations or check their manu. Definitely a 4-Star (out of 5-Stars) restaurant. My only comments about the food is that the risotto seemed to be a little gummy – undercooked. The crispy fries were not really as crispy as I had expected. I expected more of a twice fried Belgium style potato. Here are some photos from our visit. Enjoy! It is great to see that they use Idaho products and produce as much as possible. This would be a great Date Night restaurant or Special Occasion.

The entrance at 5th and Main in the Belgrade Building.
The entrance at 5th and Main in the Belgravia Building.
Part of the main dining room.
Part of the main dining room.
The wine cellar.
The wine cellar.
Wine cellar ambiance.
Wine cellar ambiance.
Shoup Pernod Shrimp - garlic, shallot, basil, Pernod cream sauce

Shoup Pernod Shrimp
garlic, shallot, basil, Pernod cream sauce

heese plate- specialty artisan and local cheeses, fruit, spiced nuts, port-fig jam, imported olives, baguette & crackers

Cheese plate
specialty artisan and local cheeses, fruit, spiced nuts, port-fig jam, imported olives, baguette & crackers

Borah Burger - Idaho Kobe beef, fresh mozzarella, basil, tomato, balsamic reduction, roasted garlic aioli, brioche bun

Borah Burger
Idaho Kobe beef, fresh mozzarella, basil, tomato, balsamic reduction, roasted garlic aioli, brioche bun

Risotto

Risotto

Rib-Eye

The Senator’s Prime Rib
Idaho-northwest raised beef, Idaho bake potato, warm horseradish sauce, au jus

Lamb

Pete’s Idaho Lamb Shank
Lava Lake Lamb. goat cheese polenta, seasonal vegetable, natural jus

Logan Smyser
Logan Smyser, Director of Operations, shows us how to use a sabre to remove the top of a champagne bottle.