Superb 36th Anniversary Party at Parma Ridge Winery and Bistro


It is not often that I rave about an eating place, but the Parma Ridge Winery and Bistro is one of our favorites and definitely a 5-Star eatery. Staff is awesome and Chef Storm and Stephanie Hodge, the owners, winemakers, artist and “chief cook and bottle washers”, sorta, are so humble, courteous and kind. Kudos to you both and to your superb staff! And Thank-You for such a great venue for our 36th wedding anniversary. The food was superb and the patio seating was great. Note: The winery and bistro are a great place to go Wednesday through Sunday. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, you had best call for reservations. Contact information is at the link above. Left Click any of these photos to see them enlarged.

Chef storm and Stephanie Hodge
The meal that they prepared for us was great. Here is some of what we had.

Cheese Board
Beecher’s Aged White Cheddar, Chefs Choice Assorted Cheeses, Blue Cheese Fondue, Sliced Salami, Grapes, Crackers and Sliced Baguette

Puff Pastry filled with Lobster
in a
Cream Cognac Reduction Sauce

This is not on the regular menu, but rather was specially made for us by Chef Storm. It would be great to have this on the appetizer menu!! Thank-You Chef Storm for this surprise. Delicious!

Rutherford Burger
All-Beef Patty with Smokey Mayo, Applewood Smoked Bacon, Rocket Greens, Cabernet Grilled Onions & Sliced Smoked Blue Cheese

Pear Salad
with
Grilled Chicken
Mixed Greens with Apple Cider Viniagrette, Blue Cheese Crumbles and Poached Pears

Char-Broiled Filet Mignon
with
Cabernet Beef Demi-Glacé, Roasted Garlic Truffle Mashed Potatoes and Grilled Broccolini

Char-Broiled Ribeye
with
Cabernet Beef Demi-Glacé, Roasted Garlic Truffle Mashed Potatoes and Grilled Broccolini

And then the desserts. Yes. That is plural! We passed them around so everyone got some.

Meyer Lemon Custard
with a
Blueberry Compote, Lemon Whipped Cream and Lemon Wafers

Tiramisu Bread Pudding
Croissant Bread Pudding with a Mascarpone whip Over a Kahlúa Chocolate Sauce

Wine Lover’s Chocolate Cake
A Red Wine Infused Dark Chocolate Sponge Cake Filled With a Joshua Storm Butter Cream and Finished With a Chocolate Ganache

And finally, thanks to all these delightful folks who joined us.

Chris and Anna
Myra
Marnie and Eric
A view of the patio

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.

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.

Great Valentines Wine Dinner!


09Feb2016_1_The-Buzz-Choco_Entrance-PlantsGreat to see so many people attending last night. Almost a sell-out crowd! And they all had a really super meal and some great wine p;arings and information. If you missed this one, you missed a great one!
As far as I am concerned, there were some terrific wines presented. High scoring. 3 – 17’s, 1 – 18 and 2 – 19’s. Actually, I think the wine that took over was the 2014 Dry Creek Heritage Zinfandel. But then, if you know me, you know that I am partial to a good Zin. And the entree that took First Place? Pork Medallions Crusted with Espresso and Chocolate. Served with Cauliflower and Pepper Medley with a Chocolate Drizzle. Oh Yum! There are photos below. Left-Click any of them to see enlarged. Cheers!

Chocolate Scallops White Chocolate Baba Ghanoesh 2013 Valley of the Moon Pinot Blanc 13.9 % alc. Not one of the best wines for the night.just OK. Balance and body light [17] $16.00

Chocolate Scallops and White Chocolate Baba Ghanoesh
2013 Valley of the Moon
Pinot Blanc
13.9 % alc. Not one of the best wines for the night.just OK. Balance and body light
[17] $16.00

Pumpkin Soup 2012 Tapiz Malbec 13.9% alc. a good malbec that went very well with the pumpkin. good body and finish [18] $22.00

Pumpkin Soup
2012 Tapiz
Malbec
13.9% alc. a good malbec that went very well with the pumpkin. good body and finish [18] $22.00

Pecan and Strawberry Salad with Chocolate Balsamic Vinaigrette 2014 Bila Haut Rose 13.0% alc another good wine but not outstanding. it had a hard time with the salad. [17] $15.00

Pecan and Strawberry Salad
with
Chocolate Balsamic Vinaigrette
2014 Bila Haut
Rose 13.0% alc another good wine but not outstanding. it had a hard time with the salad. [17] $15.00

Pork Medallions with Espresso and Chocolate Crust Cauliflower Pepper Medley with Chocolate Drizzle 2011 Basil Cellars Claret 13.6% aqlc. One of the better wines of the evening. great match with the pork and the cauliflower. [19] $23.00

Pork Medallions
with
Espresso and Chocolate Crust
Cauliflower Pepper Medley

with
Chocolate Drizzle
2011 Basil Cellars
Claret 13.6% aqlc. One of the better wines of the evening. great match with the pork and the cauliflower. [19] $23.00

Kahlua Bundt Cake 2014 Dry Creek Heritage Zinfandel 14.5% alc. A superb wine. great with the chocolate cake. Well worth buying some. [19] $23.00

Kahlua Bundt Cake
2014 Dry Creek
Heritage Zinfandel
14.5% alc. A superb wine. great with the chocolate cake. Well worth buying some.
[19] $23.00

The Buzz – Picnic Fare Wine Dinner


buzz_logo_cafe_building_bestReally a good choice for this months Wine Dinner. Spring is in the air! Overall – Really a great paring of food and wine. The overall best wines, in my opinion, were the 2012 Lunatic Red. Great clarity and bouquet and a bng body. The finish was moderately long. It went very well with the Beef and Noodle Entree. It was a superb paring and my score was [18] out of [20], as was the 2013 Crisp Chardonnay. Here are some photos of the diner. Do enjoy them and hopefully, we will see you next month for Asian Fare on May 12 and 13. Mark your calendars and pick May 12! Cheers!

Prosciutto and Melon 2013 Luna Pinot Grigio 14.2% alc. good clarity but color was washed out. bouquet and balance was ok. finish good [15] $12.00

Prosciutto and Melon Appetizer
2013 Luna Pinot Grigio
14.2% alc. good clarity but color was washed out. bouquet and balance was ok. finish good
[15] $12.00

Mushroom Ceviche Salad 2012 Pinnacoli Primitivo 14% alc not my favorite wine, but this one was very good. great character and paring with the mushrooms. [17] $17.00

Mushroom Ceviche Salad
2012 Pinnacoli Primitivo
14% alc not my favorite wine, but this one was very good. great character and paring with the mushrooms.
[18] $17.00

Vichyssoise 2013 Crisp Chardonnay 14.6% alc good appeal and balance. good paring with the Vichyssoise.  [17] $16.00

Vichyssoise
2013 Crisp Chardonnay
14.6% alc good appeal and balance. good paring with the Vichyssoise.
[17] $16.00

Cold Beef and Noodles 2013 Lunatic Red one of the better wines and parings for the evening. great body and appeal. superb paring with the beef.  [18] $16.00

Cold Beef and Noodles
2013 Lunatic Red Blend
14.5% alc. one of the better wines, although hot, and parings for the evening. great body and appeal. superb paring with the beef. 29%v Sangiovese, 23% Syrah, 11% Malbec, 21% Alicante Bouchet and 20% Petit Sirah
[18] $16.00

White Chocolate Mousse (almost like whipped cream!) 2014 Alix Chardonnay not bad and a good match to the white chocolate. the mousse was so smooth it was like eating whipped cream. [17] $20.00

White Chocolate Mousse
(almost like whipped cream!)
2014 Alix Chardonnay
12.5% alc. not bad and a good match to the white chocolate. the mousse was so smooth it was like eating whipped cream.
[17] $20.00

The Buzz Wine Club – Different Format


buzz_logo_cafeA different, but fascinating format change. Last month, Cristi asked and assigned, different parts of the meal to different people, i.e., Robin and I had the appetizer, another had the salad, another the soup etc. Much like a Progressive Dinner but without traveling around. I liked it and I hope that Cristi does this again.
The wines that went with dinner were paired pretty well. At least my scores were pretty good, mostly [17] and [18] out of [20]. Take a look at what we had and enjoy. Can’t beat the price – $20 per plate with usually 7 wines. See you next month? Maybe? I hope. Enjoy these photos of the evening. Cheers! Left-Click any of these photos ton see them enlarged. Next month will be Picnic Food. That sounds like fun!

Fried Olives Chardonnay and Pinot Blend. Not the best of the night; I just didn't like it that much. [15]

Fried Olives
Cruzant Chardonnay and Pinot Blend
Not the best of the night; I just didn’t like it that much. [15] $19.00

Wild Rice Soup Jack Syrah A good match for the soup. Great color and balance. [17] $16.00

Wild Rice Soup
Jack Syrah
A good match for the soup. Great color and balance. [17] $16.00

White Balsamic Salad(Really a good salad) Pepi Chenin Blanc Viognier One of the better wines. Went very well with the acid of the salad. [18] $12.00

White Balsamic Salad
(Really a good salad)
Pepi Chenin Blanc Viognier Blend
One of the better wines. Went very well with the acid of the salad. [18] $12.00

Wild Caught Stuffed Baked Halibut Mossback Chardonnay  The best of the night. Extremely good body and finish. [19] $16.00

Wild Caught Stuffed Baked Halibut
Mossback Chardonnay
The best wine of the night. Extremely good body and finish. [19] $16.00

We were shown photos of the halibut as it was caught. It was huge. Caught in Alaska, I think. Delicious!

Triple Chocolate Bundt Cake Dry Creek Petit Syrah  Not bad with the chocolate. In fact, great!  Good paring. [18] $21.00

Triple Chocolate Bundt Cake
(Great ending to this meal!)
Dry Creek Petit Syrah
Not bad with the chocolate. In fact, great! Good paring. [18] $21.00

Chocolate at The Buzz


buzz_logo_cafe_building_bestEverything, except the wine, had chocolate in it tonight! Chocolate may not have been the main ingredient in the food, but it was there in some amount. “Chocolate is made from plants – which means it contains many of the health benefits of dark vegetables as part of an anti-aging diet. Flavonoids … act as antioxidants.” Cristi Takeda, owner of the Buzz and an RN, went on to say that, “Dark chocolate contains a large number of antioxidants – nearly 8 times the number found in strawberries … Lowers blood pressure – small bar each day – and lowers cholesterol – reduces LDL up to 10%.” Interesting information. There is always something to learn at these Wine Dinners. Remember, “Stressed spelled backwards is Desserts. So, to reverse being “stressed” … CHOCOLATE!!!!” Here is what we had for dinner and the wines that went with each dish. Rated the wines on a [20] point scale. Enjoy!

Garlic Eggplant Dip 2013 Mossback Chardonnay 14.2% alc. Not really the best wine of the night. Light on bouquet and body. [16] $18.00

Garlic Eggplant Dip
2013 Mossback Chardonnay
14.2% alc. Not really the best wine of the night. Light on bouquet and body. The paring, though, was good. [16] $18.00

Spicy Tomato Chocolate Soup 2012 Koenig Riesling 13.6% alc. Again, light on the bouquet and balance. But a good finish. [17] $17 .00 The soup was differently good.

Spicy Tomato Chocolate Soup
2012 Koenig Riesling
13.6% alc. Again, light on the bouquet and body. But a good finish. [17] $17.00
The soup was differently good. The paring was OK.

Strawberry Mozzarella Salad NV Prosecco 11.0% alc. Really a great finish and body. Overall appeal was good. It The salad tended to over power the wine. [18] $15.00

Strawberry Mozzarella Salad
NV Prosecco

11.0% alc. Really a great finish and body. Overall appeal was good. Even though the salad was good, it did tend to over power the wine. The salad dressing was a Balsamic and Chocolate reduction. [18] $15.00

Chicken Mole Grilled Vegetables with Chocolate Port Sauce 2012 Valley of the Moon Zinfandel 15.1% alc. Best wine of the night. Great with the spiciness of the mole. Superb body and finish. Good paring. [19] $15.00

Chicken Mole
Grilled Vegetables with Chocolate Port Sauce
2012 Valley of the Moon
Zinfandel
15.1% alc. Best wine of the night. Great with the spiciness of the mole. Superb body and finish. Good paring. [19] $15.00

Salted Carmel Lava Cake 2012 La Madrid Cab Franc 14.0% alc. Not my pick for the night. Lacked bouquet, balance and finish. [14] $23.00

Salted Carmel Lava Cake
2012 La Madrid
Cab Franc
14.0% alc. Not my pick for the night. Lacked bouquet, balance and finish. [14] $23.00

And here is some interesting information. If you like an Ice Wine, just know that 1 year in 5 conditions will be right to make this wine. The grapes must freeze on the vines and then they are picked by hand frozen. An Ice Wine is very labor intensive.
Also, on February 28th, the Buzz is sponsoring a Fund Raiser for the orchestral group, Serenata. This is really one fantastic group. Please come out and support them! The next Wine Club Dinner is March 10th and again on the 11th. Hope to see you there! Cheers.