Sunday Brunch at Parma Ridge Winery and Bistro


These are some fantastic Sunday Brunches! But call ahead to make reservations. They do get full and Busy! But then, that’s why they are a 5-Star Restaurant!! And we were lucky enough to receive and try some of their latest releases! Well worth joining their Wine Club. They do make an awesome Reserve Merlot, pictured here. And the Pinot Gris passes the test and goes well with asparagus!
Awesome wines and superbly awesome food. Here are some photos of what Robin and I indulged in. To bad there were no “left overs”. We had to get our daughter Marnie her own Wine Lovers Chocolate Cake. We had ours with vanilla ice cream. Here are the photos! Enjoy and Left-Click any of the photos to see enlarged. Cheers!

L-R 2016 Reserve Merlot (Superb!), 2016 Carmenere (Needs time. 5 years?), 2017 Pinot Gris (Goes with asparagus. Good with salmon) and 2017 LaRae Dolce Gewurztraminer (Superb with chocolate, as in Wine Lovers Chocolate Cake!)
Robin enjoys some wine.
Parma Ridge Pear Salad – with Grilled Chicken. Mixed Greens with Apple Cider Vinaigrette, Bleu Cheese and Poached Pear with Grilled Bread
The Phil Burger – All-Beef Patty with Bacon, Cheddar Cheese and Black Cherry BBQ Sauce and Rosemary Truffle Fries
Boy was it good!
The prize! Wine Lovers Chocolate Cake with Vanilla Ice Cream.

Brunch at Parma Ridge Bistro!


26oct2016_1_parma-ridge_dusk-viewIt was great to get back to Parma Ridge Winery and Bistro. It’s been a while. And this time, we sat at a large table and others, who we did not know, joined us. What fun meeting some new folks. And Chef Storm still does a great job in the kitchen, as does his crew. Thanks for a great brunch! We also had some un-labeled wine, 2015 Parma Ridge Carmenere and a 2016 Parma Ridge Chardonnay – unoaked! I am not a Carmenere fan, but this was superb and will go good in any cellar. Very fruity and smooth. Went very well with the chowder and thee Brunch Burger. The 2016 Chardonnay has also a superb wine. Unoaked helped! How good were these wines? We bought some of each. Look at their site: Parma Ridge Winery and Bistro Here’s what we had for our brunch. See you there sometime? Hope so. And keep this in mind – All entrees and sides are made fresh and on site! (Left-Click any photo to see it enlarged)

Cream of Mushroom Soup (Awesome)

Cream of Mushroom Soup
(Awesome)

Best Every Biscuits and Gravy(And they are!)

Best Ever Biscuits and Gravy
(And they are!)

NW Clam Chowder(Differently delicious!)

NW Clam Chowder
(Differently delicious!)

Brunch Burger(Awesome Brunch burger!)

Brunch Burger
(Awesome Brunch burger!)

Oktoberfest at The Buzz


10Nov2015_1e_The-Buzz-Monthly_Blind-Tasting_Buzz-InsideA 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. [19] I know, it's not German.
One of the better wines for the evening. [19] I know, it’s not German.
Pretzels and Pork Schnitzel Meatballs 2014 Julia James Pinot Noir. a13% alc. an OK wine. the Snake River Pakitos IPA went better, though

Pretzels and Pork Schnitzel Meatballs
2014 Julia James Pinot Noir
13% alc. an OK wine.[16]
Snake River Pakitos IPA went better, though [18]

Greens with Radish and Cucumber Salad 2014 Urban Riesling 9.5% alc [15] Humboldt Low and Easy Lager was a better paring

Greens with Radish and Cucumber Salad
2014 Urban
Reisling
9.5% alc [15]
Humbolt Low and Easy Lager was a better paring [18]

Beef Roulade with Red Cabbage and Spatzel 2011 Serrata Alc 13.5% OK paring [17] Weihenstephaner Korbinian [18] great paring!

Beef Rouladen
with
Red Cabbage and Spatzel
2011 Serrata

Alc 13.5% Good paring [17]
Weihenstephaner Korbinian [18] great paring!
Here is but one of many recipes for Rouladen

Carmel Beer Ice Cream with Honey Cookie 2011 Montgras Carmenere alc 13.5%  not a good paring [18] Madison River Hopper Pale Ale [16] the wine pared better

Carmel Beer Ice Cream
with
Honey Cookie
2011 Montgras
Carmenere
alc 13.5% good paring, better than the beer [18]
Madison River Hopper Pale Ale [16] 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!

Great Friday Night Dinner at Parma Ridge Bistro


And yes it was a great time! Thank you Robin, Gail and Bob Parker and Marnie and Mac for this delightful dinner party. Look at what we had plus some wonderful Blood Orange Mimosas. Yum! Thanks, too, to Chef Storm and Stephanie Hodge, Chef and Owners of Parma Ridge Winery and Bistro, and their Staff for making this visit such a joy! And now it is the season to be sure to call for reservations because it gets very full and busy. There is a link in the sidebar. And if the weather is nice, plan to sit on the patio. Cheers and Thank-You everyone!

Rib-Eye Steak

Rib-eye Steak
with
Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Asparagus, Demi-glace, Garlic Bread

Wine List
2013 Bartholomew Reciprocity (50/50 blend of Cabernet Sauvignon/Carménère)
Chocolate Cake and Ice Cream
An Empty Plate

And before dinner we had a selection of sliders and truffle fries. Oh how good was that?

Slide rs
Sliders

Oh yes. And some great mimosas, too! Stephanie makes and awesome mimosa. And while you are sipping your mimosa, check out Stephanie’s artwork on the walls! Yup! She did them all. Such talent.

Blood Orange Mimosa
Blood Orange Mimosa
Two Mimosas
Two Mimosas
Rib-Eye Steak with Demi-glase Garlic Mashed Potatoes Asparagus

Rib-Eye Steak
with
Demi-glace

Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Asparagus
Garlic Bread

Wine
Wine with steak dinners. Yum!! Great job, Chef Storm.
Chocolate Birthday Cake with Ice Cream and Chocolate

Chocolate Birthday Cake
with
Ice Cream and Chocolate

The patio is open! Wonderful sunny and warm day.
The patio is open! Wonderful sunny and warm day.
Part of the vineyard from the patio.
Part of the vineyard from the patio.
The vineyard from our dinning room seats.
The vineyard from our dinning room seats.

Happy Holidays from “The Buzz”!


buzz_logo_cafe_building_bestThe Buzz Wine Dinner definitely had that Caribbean flare to it. Fun tacos. A super good Coconut Seafood Soup and pretty good Jerk Chicken – it’s all in the jerk sauce. If you are on a diet and counting your carbs, there was a total of 82.5g carbs tonight. My target is 60-64g of carbs per day. Oops! The best dish for the night, in my opinion, was the Coconut Seafood Soup, which also came in at 25.5g of carbs. It was soooooo good! Cristi and Tommy just got back from a Caribbean cruise, so the night was rushed. Thanks Peggy, for helping out again! Left-Click any of these photos to see them enlarged.

Fish Taco with Cilantro Creama 2014 Garzon Albarino 12.5% alc. this white wine went well with sharpness of the cilantro and lime. [17] $17.00

Fish Taco with Cilantro Creama
2014 Garzon
Albarino
12.5% alc. this white wine went well with sharpness of the cilantro and lime. [17] $17.00

Coconut Seafood Soup (One awesome soup!) 2010 Snake River Winery Sangiovese 13.3% alc another good wine that pared well with the soup [17] $22.00

Coconut Seafood Soup
(One awesome soup!)
2010 Snake River Winery Sangiovese
13.3% alc another good wine that pared well with the soup [17] $22.00

Mango Slaw Salad 2014 Kumzu Village Chardonnay (NZ) 13.5% alc this was one of the better wines for the night. superb paring with the salad. [18] $22.00

Mango Slaw Salad
2014 Kumzu Village
Chardonnay (NZ)
13.5% alc this was one of the better wines for the night. superb paring with the salad. [18] $22.00
Jerk Chicken Steamed Calloloo (like Kale) Festival 2014 Durigotti Bonarda Carmenere 14.0% alc. not one of my favorites tonight. to me lacked in balance. [15] $17.00

Jerk Chicken
Steamed Calloloo (like Kale) Festival
2014 Durigotti Bonarda
(Argentina)
14.0% alc. not one of my favorites tonight. to me lacked in balance. [15] $17.00

Note: Any Jerk product is a style of cooking with a very specific blend of spices. It does not have tgo be spicy hot, but it definitely can be. The herb and spice blend can, and usually does, vary from home to home.

Pound Cake with Tequila Drizzle Banana Fritter 2013 Montgras Carmenere (Chile)  good paring with the pound cake. [17] $13.00

Pound Cake
with
Tequila Drizzle
Banana Fritter
2013 Montgras
Carmenere (Chile)
good paring with the pound cake. [17] $13.00

The next Wine Dinner at The Buzz, will be an Italian treat! Look for a lot of good Italian reds and some super good Italian food. 2nd Tuesday in January. Mark your calendars!