Two Superb Wine Dinners for Father’s Day


The first one was on June 4th and we pared wines from 3 Horse Ranch Vineyards, 5900 Pearl Rd, Eagle, ID 83616. The second wine dinner was paring Koenig Vineyards, 21452 Hoskins Rd, Caldwell, ID 83607. Both wine dinners were at Chandlers Prime Steaks and Fine Seafood, 981 W Grove St, Boise, ID 83702. We had superb wines and food. If you are in Boise and want a fantastic meal – steaks and seafood being their primary dishes – be sure to go to Chandlers. Check all of the posted links for more information and their hours of operation. Enjoy these photos of the dinners. Let’s start with 3 Horse Ranch Vineyards. You can follow along for the ingredients with the posted menu. Double click any of these photos to see them enlarged. Cheers!

Some of the crowd for appetizers.
Eagle Hills AVA Association President.
Robin relaxes before dinner!
The Menu and Wine List for the evening.
Appetizers
Frutti di Mare
Duck Two Ways
Intermezzo Sorbet
American Wagyu Flat Iron Steak
Fromage Blanc Cheesecake

And then on June 11th, we had a wine dinner featuring Koenig Vineyards wines. Here are some photos to enjoy!

Table setting and mood setter
The menu and wine list.
Appetizers
Opening dinner wine.
Moules Frites. The wine above went with this dish.

Baby Lamb Chops. The wine above was served with these delicious lamb chops.
Intermezzo Sorbet

Braised Short Ribs. The Private Reserve was an awesome paring.

Assorted House Made Truffles. The Ice Wine was a superb match!

Good Night at the Buzz


 

Just before the Ides of March, we had an awesome Wine Dinner at The Buzz in Boise, celebrating Italian wines. Superb appetizers, soup, salad, main dish and dessert. A good crowd was there to celebrate the feast. Thanks Cristi and Tommy and Peggy for a delightful evening. Left-Click any photo to see enlarged.

 

Tramezini Three Ways
2012 Montefalco Dango

14% alc paired very well with the salad [17] $26.00

Minestrone Alla Genovese
Another good paring.
2015 Avanti Pinot Noir
12% alc good with the soup. not over powering. [19] $14.00

Southern Italian Style Salad
Super good salad and paring!
2015 Malvasia del Salento
12.5% alc another super paring [17] $16.00

Pizzelle e Salsa Rossa
2013 Castelli di Abola
Chianti
13.0% alc good match for the main course [18] $21.00

Bonet
Absolutely delicious!
2016 Saracco Mascato Di Asti
super paring. [18] $20.00

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.

Parma Ridge Winery Weekend Specials


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Yes. Another weekend rolls around. And in Boise, there’s nothing to do. Right ………… Wrong! So after you do all the “neat” summertime activities available to everyone in Boise, you really must go to Parma Ridge Winery! Eat at Happy Hour, or Dinner or Sunday Brunch! And just look at what is going on this weekend!

“Are you ready for the weekend?
We are, with wonderful wine, fabulous food and an amazing view

It’s going to be a fun weekend! Join us on Friday from 5-9 to enjoy the Lucky Tongue Band on the Patio or come by on Saturday or Sunday for Lunch and Wine Tasting. We have Happy Hour on Friday evening from 4-7p.m. and Sunday Brunch Specials. Reservations are recommended if dining on the patio or in the tasting room. We are open Friday, 12-9 p.m., Saturday 12-5 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. with wine tasting and regular menu all weekend long.

The Lucky Tongue Band will be live at Parma Ridge on Friday, July 8 from 5-9 p.m. We had such a great time last time around, that we wanted to get them back on the calendar for a Friday evening. It is sure to be a fun night of great music, wine and food! We will also have a separate bar open outside for wine and beer purchases. Please note that due to high volumes, we could have 1-1.5 hour wait times on food orders. All food orders will be taken inside at the bar, and please be courteous if newcomers are arriving to help direct them to the inside bar to check in. Plan on making an evening of it and enjoying the atmosphere!

DELICIOUS FOOD SPECIALS (while supplies last):

Rib-Eye Steak
One-Inch Cut Char-Grilled Ribeye Steak

One-Inch Cut Char-Grilled Ribeye Steak with Bleu Cheese Butter, Rosemary Truffle Mashed Potatoes with Cabernet Beef Demi-Glace, Char-Grilled Broccolini and Storm’s Homemade Grilled Bread for $16.95

Storm’s Famous Salmon Brined
Storm’s Famous Salmon Brined

Storm’s Famous Salmon Brined, Lightly Smoked and Pan Fried with Rosemary Truffle Butter and Rosemary Truffle Mashed Potatoes accompanied by Char-Grilled Broccolini Storm’s Homemade Grilled Bread for $16.95
Happy Hour Specials Friday from 4-7 p.m. with purchase of glass of wine, mimosa or beer:

$7.50 – 2 Sliders with Rosemary Truffle Fries; Your choice of:
“Mesquite” Ground Beef with Smoked Provolone, Bacon & Mesquite Aioli
Triple B” Ground Beef with Bacon, Blue Cheese and BBQ
Deluxe” Ground Beef with American Cheese and Diner Sauce
Pulled Pork”Braised Pulled Pork with Black Cherry BBQ Sauce

$7.50 – Personal size Flatbread; Your choice of:
Grilled Chicken with Black Cherry BBQ sauce
The Patricia” Prosciutto and Arugula with a Balsamic Reduction
Smoked Pulled Pork with Black Cherry BBQ sauce
Fungi” Sauteed Mushrooms, Fresh Shaved Parmesean with Mozzerella and Garlic Oil
Italian Sausage, Pepperoni & Mushroom with Homemade Red Sauce
Pepperoni with Homemade Red sauce
The Kathleen” Vegetarian Mozzarella and Garlic Oil, Smoked blue cheese, Sautéed pears with Honey and Butter, Spicy Pecans topped with fresh Arugula and a Balsamic Reduction
$5 – Basket of Rosemary Garlic Truffle Fries with House-made aioli

Sunday Brunch Specials:
NEW! Brunch Burger – Quarter-Pound Black Angus Burger with Melted Double Cream Brie, Apple-wood Smoked Bacon, and Sunny-side up Egg with a lemon-tarragon aioli and Rosemary Garlic Truffle Fries for $9.95
Bacon, Egg and Cheddar Breakfast Sandwich with Cheesy Bacon Fries – $6.95
Best Ever Biscuits and Gravy with a Fried Egg – $7.95
We are sampling our new 2014 Parma Ridge Merlot Zinfandel Blend in the Tasting Room this weekend, not yet bottled so get a sneak peak of how it’s tasting!

In the News –
We’ve had another wonderful review! Check it out on the American Winery Guide online at Parma Ridge Winery Review. Thank you so much for coming out Sally and for the wonderful exposure on Parma Ridge!

Have you read the article in the Treasure Magazine yet? If not, here is the link to the online article: http://www.idahostatesman.com/living/treasure/article83104597.html. A great one on wine tasting in the Treasure Valley. The article begins on page 37.

Mark Your Calendar for these upcoming Events
Parma Ridge night at the Movies, Join us at the Parma Motor-Vu Drive-In Theater on Wednesday, July 13 at 8 p.m. for Wine tasting and the movie Bottle Shock. $5 entry fee gets you a tasting AND admission to the movie that will be starting at dusk. Wine will also be available to purchase by the glass and bottle that evening.
We look forward to seeing you this weekend!

29June2016_1c_Capitol-Cellars_Storm-And-Stephanie_Robin-BetterCheers,Steph & Storm
Parma Ridge Winery
208-946-5187
info@parmaridge.wine
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208-946-5187
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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.”

Parma Ridge Winery and Restaurtant


6April216_1c_Parma-Ridge-Restaurant_HeaderI’m running just a little late in posting this. Sometimes it’s terrible to be away from ones desk for any period of time. I received this yesterday from Stephanie at Parma Ridge Winery and Restaurant. And I want to let everyone know that I have had several comments about the job both Stephanie and Chef Storm do in the kitchen and in the winery. Folks are very happily surprised. They also commented on the artwork on the walls! Here is the latest information from Stephanie. Enjoy!

Shrimp Scampi
Shrimp Scampi
A beautiful weekend of Wonderful Wine
Fabulous Food
and an
Amazing View
is coming up!

Come enjoy the wine and delicious cuisine on the patio and watch the sunset. We are open Friday, 12-9 p.m., Saturday 12-5 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. offering wine tasting and our regular menu all weekend long. Check out our Happy Hour Menu on Fridays from 4-7 p.m. and Sunday Brunch Specials. Reservations recommended for parties of 4 or more.

Next week is our Winemaker Dinner at Capitol Cellars, Wednesday, June 29 at 6 p.m. This is a Three-course dinner paired with Parma Ridge Wines.The dinner is $80 per person plus tax and gratuity. This will be the last chance to enjoy our 2014 Reserve Merlot as we are sold out of it in the Tasting Room. If you would like to make a reservation, please do so by calling 208.344.WINE (9463) or e-mailing Logan Smyser at logansmyser33@capitolcellarsllc.com. We look forward to seeing you there!

DELICIOUS FOOD SPECIALS THIS WEEKEND
(while supplies lasts)
:

Grilled Chicken Pesto Sandwich with Swiss Cheese and Prosciutto on a Toasted Ciabatta Roll and Homemade Rosemary Garlic Truffle Fries for $9.95
One-Inch Cut Char-Grilled Ribeye Steak with Bleu Cheese Butter, Rosemary Truffle Mashed Potatoes with Cabernet Beef Demi-Glace, Grilled Asparagus and Storm’s Homemade Grilled Bread for $15.95
Shrimp Scampi with Linguine Pasta (Pictured above) – Sauteed Jumbo Prawns with White Wine Lemon Butter Sauce, Tossed with Shaved Parmesan and Fresh Parsley on a Bed of Linguine and Char-Grilled Broccolini with a Slice of Storm’s Homemade Grilled Bread for $14.95
NEW! Brunch Burger (SUNDAY ONLY) – Quarter-Pound Black Angus Burger with Melted Double Cream Brie, Apple-wood Smoked Bacon, and Sunny-side up Egg with a Lemon-Tarragon Aioli and Rosemary Garlic Truffle Fries for $9.95

Happy Hour Specials Friday from 4-7 p.m. with purchase of glass of wine, mimosa or beer:
2 Sliders with Rosemary Truffle Fries: Pork, Mesquite Ground Beef, “Triple B“ or “Deluxe” – $6.50
Personal size Flatbread: BBQ Pork, BBQ Grilled Chicken, “The Patricia,” “The Kathleen”, “Fungi”, Sausage/Pepperoni, or Pepperoni – $6.50

Ridge House Salad: Mixed greens with apple cider vinaigrette, Bleu Cheese and poached pear
Parma Ridge House Salad: Mixed greens with apple cider vinaigrette, Bleu Cheese and poached pear

Parma Ridge Grilled Romaine Salads: Bacon & Blue Cheese or Chicken Caesar – $6.50
Parma Ridge Pear Salad: Mixed greens with Apple Cider Vinaigrette, Bleu Cheese and Poached Pear – $6.50
Basket of Rosemary Garlic Truffle Fries with House-made aioli – $5

Sunday Brunch Specials:
NEW! Brunch Burger
– Quarter-Pound Black Angus Burger with Melted Double Cream Brie, Apple-wood Smoked Bacon, and Sunny-side up Egg with a lemon-tarragon aioli and Rosemary Garlic Truffle Fries for $9.95
Bacon, Egg and Cheddar Breakfast Sandwich with Cheesy Bacon Fries – $6.95
Best Ever Biscuits and Gravy with a Fried Egg – $7.95

Best Every Biscuits and Gravy
Best Ever Biscuits and Gravy

We are sampling our new 2014 Parma Ridge Merlot Zinfandel Blend in the Tasting Room this weekend, not yet bottled so get a sneak peak of how it’s tasting!

Mark Your Calendar for these upcoming Events
Parma Ridge night at the Movies, Join us at the Parma Motor-Vu Drive-In Theater on Wednesday, July 13 at 8 p.m. for Wine tasting and the movie Bottle Shock. $5 entry fee gets you a tasting AND admission to the movie that will be starting at dusk. Wine will also be available to purchase by the glass and bottle that evening.
The Lucky Tongue Band, Friday, July 8 from 5-9 p.m. on the Parma Ridge patio. We had such a great time last weekend, that we wanted to get them back on the calendar for a Friday evening. It is sure to be a fun night of great music, wine and food! (call ahead if you’d like to reserve a patio table)
We look forward to seeing you soon!

Storm and Stephanie Hodge

 

Cheers,
Steph & Storm
Parma Ridge Winery
208-946-5187
info@parmaridge.wine

Hat Ranch/Vale Wines at Chandlers in Boise


Hat Ranch - Vale CollageChandlers Prime Steaks and Fine Seafood in Boise presented a wine dinner featuring Hat Ranch/Vale Wine Co Wineries. Great food and wines and we were privileged to be there. And I did find out that Hat Ranch Winery does have a Petit Verdot that is not blended with anything. It is 100%! One of the few and I do like a good Petit Verdot. We did start with a good Hors d’oeuvre of endive stuffed with Roquefort and walnut – which was very good – and a crostini with tapenade. Also served was puff pastry with fromage blanc. Whenever possible Chandlers uses all local, Idaho products.
But before we could start this fantastic wine dinner, we sat at the bar and asked the Bar Tender if he had a drink made with elderflower. In fact, he does – tow of them. One somewhat sweet and the other slightly tart. We got one of each to compare. I liked the somewhat tart one best. The drink is not on the bar menu, so you must ask for it.

Elderflower Cocktail
Elderflower Cocktail

The dinner bell was rung so we adjourned to the dining room. And this is what we had. Enjoy, we did!

The Menu
The Menu
Day Boat Scallop pan seared and set on a truffled potato cake with shiitake mushroom in a citru butter 2014 Vale Viornier

Day Boat Scallop
pan seared and set on a truffled potato cake

with
shiitake mushroom in a citrus butter

2014 Vale Viognier

Wine that was served with the duck.
Wine that was served with the duck.
Duck Two Ways  seared breast and leg confit on a red cabbage and apple slaw with port wine reduction and mascarpone polenta

Duck Two Ways
seared breast and leg confit on a red cabbage and apple slaw

with
port wine reduction and mascarpone polenta

Intermezzo Red Wine Sorbet

Intermezzo
Red Wine Sorbet

Braised Beef Cheeks with celery root and parsnip puree wilted frisee and sherry jus 2012 Vale Merlot

Braised Beef Cheeks
with
celery root and parsnip puree
wilted frisee and sherry jus

2012 Vale Merlot

Manchego accompanied with wild honeycomb candioed walnuts and fresh berries 2013 Hat Ranch Tempranillo

Manchego
accompanied with
wild honeycomb
candied walnuts and fresh berries

2013 Hat Ranch Tempranillo

An extra that we ordered - Escargo that went very, very well with the Tempranillo. We shared the escargo with our table.
An extra that we ordered –

Escargo

The escargo went very, very well with the Tempranillo. We shared the escargo with our table.

There is our wine dinner. Delicious! And the wines were superb.