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Close to 100 people, or more, in the new barrel room, which is awesome. And it looks like everyone found the winery ok with the new sign “pointing the way” on hiway 95 – pictured to the left. Look for it! And then being able to use the new barrel room to accommodate all of the people. Such a treat! Artist Stephanie Hodge was the perfect hostess. And Chef Storm Hodge produced some awesome treats to go with the wines being poured. Both Stephanie and Storm are doing a great job with the winery. Look at the following photos to see what Chef Storm made and we consumed. Left Click any of the photos to see them enlarged. And if you want to see what they are doing each week, follow them on the AVA Happenings blog at Parma Ridge Page. (This page changes weekly so follow the page. It’s free.)
We started with a Salmon Spread Bruchetta, but I failed to get a photo. It was too good!
Thank-You Storm and Stephanie Hodge, owners and winemaker of Parma Ridge Winery in Parma, Idaho for a great evening of food and wine!
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.
Yea! Great to see that the Williamson Orchards and Vineyards new and beautiful tasting room in the heart of the Snake River AVA will be opening soon. Real soon! Here is a link to Williamson Orchards and Vineyards where you can find more information.
“The farm was homesteaded in 1909 by Lillian (Williamson) and George Gammon. These pioneers set a precedent of hard work, ingenuity and perseverance. The Williamson’s were some of the first to plant fruit trees in the Sunnyslope valley. As the family grew, so did the business. Four generations of Williamson have worked the farm.
Today Williamson Orchards and Vineyards is operated by Michael, Beverly and Patrick Williamson [pictured here]. The original homestead of 80 acres expanded up to 700 acres at one time, and currently consists of 400 acres of vineyards, orchards and row crop.
We planted our first vineyards in 1998 and released our first vintage in 2001. The vineyard has more than doubled from the original 25 acres of Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Viognier. We now grow 8 grape varietals and produce 14 different labels of delicious and award winning wines.” [Williamson Orchards and Vineyards website]
Thanks to the Holiday Goddesses, Cheryl and Bridgette, the party was a huge success. Fun, some frolic, a great silent auction, good food and lots of cheer! Good selection of bubbly this year. And this is the time of year when new Board members are selected and that too, went smoothly. Glad to see some new faces join the Board, and some returnees too! It should be a good year with these new members. Next month I will post the new members, after they become “Official”. But for now, look at our party! Cheers and have a Happy and Safe Holiday Season. Drink responsibly please. You can still have fun. Let’s start with food.
It 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.
Yea! Parma Ridge Winery, 24509 Rudd Road, Parma, ID has re-opened! Under new owners Chef Storm and Stephanie Hodge, the venue has changed also. They are now serving a wonderful Sunday Brunch from 12 noon to 5:00pm. The space indoors is limited in the winter season to about 25 seats. The deck is open in season. Wonderful owners. Wonderful location. Wonderful food. The wine pictured is really a good Rosé of Merlot. Not too sweet and with a little spice to it. It was named after their daughter. You might want to call for reservations if you have 4 or more people. Or visit their website at Parma Ridge Wine and Spirits. From their website, “Tasting Room hours are 12-5 p.m., Friday – Sunday. Now open for Happy Hour Friday from 4-7 p.m. Join us for a glass of wine, a bite of food and take in the amazing view!” Enjoy the creations of Chef Storm and/or the artwork of Stephanie. Here is what we had and some photos of the area. Enjoy! Ranks very high for winery food – 5-Stars! It’s that good! I have also listed it on TripAdvisor.
On Saturday, December 13, we had a verticle wine tasting of some Chardonnay that Rich Ostrogorsky made. With that, Robin and I made Rabbit In Mustard (click for the recipe), or Lapin à la Moutarde (Pictured here cooking). Mac made a Carrot with Dill vegetable and Grilled Potatoes. He also brought some Acme Bake Shop bread. Rich and Sandy made some delicious shrimp and some bruschetta. This was an awesome dinner and tasting.
We tasted 8 different Chardonnays that Rich made ranging from 2004 to 2011 with some duplicate years; some old, some new. All were good and went well with the dinner. Thank-You Rich and Sandy for opening your home for this delightful event. Thank-You Chris Shaner, our Grandson, for taking some photos. Enjoy these photos and Left-Click to see any of them enlarged. Cheers!