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Spanish Wine at “The Buzz”


A very interesting night of some fantastic foods and wines from Spain. Once again, Cristi, Tommy and Peggy came up with great service, adequate amounts of wine, super service and great smiles! For me, I liked the Cristi’s Choice, a 2015 Chateau De La Roche Sauvignon Blanc stole the show! It pulled [19] from me! The next closest was a NV Vivanco Rioja, [17].
The food. Two items stood out – Salmorjo Cordobes. According to Cristi and her sources, “It’s like gazpacho, only thicker. It is more a dip than a soup and in Cordoba is generally eaten by dipping bread or dry bread sticks in it.”
The other real treat was the dessert – Torrijas with Vanilla Ice Cream. “In the convents torrijas were often made with leftover bread – the perfect sweetmeat to lighten Lent. Since then they have been prepared in a number of variants, such as soaked in milk, syrup, honey or wine, sprinkled with sugar or cinnamon, etc. Sometimes they are made using orange juice which gives them a fruity taste and makes them suitable for those with a lactose intolerance.” [Spanish-Food] Here re some photos of the event. Enjoy and hope to see you at the next Buzz Wine Dinner. Left-Click any of these photos to see them enlarged.

Cristi’s Choice wines.

Croquettes and Albondigas
2013 Picos Garnacha
14% alc.
[15]

Salmorjo Cordobes
(One superb cold soup!)
2012 Ugarte Crianza
14% alc. definitely needs food [15]

Greens with Bean Salad
NV Vivanco Rioja
12% alc. Good pairing with the salad. [17]

Pork ala Madrid
Tortilla Espanola
2011 Faustino
Rioja
13.5% alc good with the pork and well balanced with the potato [17]

Torrijas with Vanilla Ice Cream
(Awesome!)
NV Anna Codorinu
12% alc. perfect balance with the dessert [17]


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Wine Dinner at Grit – American Cuisine and 3 Horse Ranch Vineyards Wines


A very good dinner and some fine wines. Grit – American Cuisine, located at 360 S Eagle Rd, Eagle, ID 83616, Hours: 11AM–9PM, Phone: (208) 576-6666, presented a very good wine dinner showcasing 3 Horse Ranch Vineyards, 900 Pearl Rd, Eagle, ID 83616, Phone: (208) 863-6561. This was thee first time Robin and I have been to Grit – American Cuisine and it is worth a 4-Star rating, out of 5-Stars. Good food, especially the French Lentil Soup, pictured below. It was superb. The appetizers, Seared Beef Filet and Crab Cakes with Aioli were also superb. They are also pictured below. The wines with the appetizers, a Roussanne, were paired perfectly. The wine with the soup, Eagle Foothills Sangiovese was also a perfect pairing. Left-Click any photo to see enlarged.
Gary and Martha Cunningham, owners of 3 Horse Ranch Vineyards, did a fantastic job keeping us informed about the wines that were served and some of the specifics of the wines. The parings with our dinner were well received. 3 Horse Ranch Vineyards is in the Eagle Foothills AVA, Idaho’s newest AVA. Look at what we had. Hope to see you next time at an interesting Wine Dinner someplace.
 

Appetizer
Amuse Bouche of Bleu Cheese Crackers with Seared Beef Filet
Crab Cakes with Aioli
Roussanne

 

French Lentil Soup with Rye Croutons and House Cured Ham.
Sangiovese – Eagle Foothillsills

 


Frisee Salad with Lardons
Poached Egg
Champagne Vinargrette
Pinot Gris – Eagle Foothills

 

Sorry, but the photo I took of the next course was not good enough to post.
Mussels with Pernod
Fennel and Basil
Syrah – Eagle Foothills


 
 

Beef Wellington
with
Cognac Shitake Mushroom Duxelle
Glazed Carrots
Potato Puree
Sauce Bearnaise
Beau Geste – Eagle Foothills

 

Beef Wellington

 

Baba au Rhum
with
Cream and Vanilla Strawberry Jam
Riesling – Snake River Valley

 

Really a good night of fine food and delicious wines. Great to meet and make new friends.


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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


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Wine and Chocolate – The Buzz


10feb2017_1_the-buzz_front-counterSuch a great evening of fine wines and some really good food, especially the Spicy Chocolate Soup! A nice crowd was there and it was good to see 30 people! All of the wines that we had, as it turns out, were all rated at a [17]. There was only one that rated below [17]. Cristi’s birthday party at The Buzz, will be on February 24, even though her “real” birthday is February 29th. The next Wine Dinner is March 14th and 15th. The dinner is repeated on each evening. The theme will be “Italian Wines”. See you there! Here is what we had tonight. Left-Click any of these photos to see them enlarged. Cheers.

 

Opening wines were from South Africa.

Opening wines were from South Africa.

Brie and Chocolate Tart Chorizo Chocolate Toast

Brie and Chocolate Tart
Chorizo Chocolate Toast

2015 Revelry Merlot

 Spicy Chocolate Soup (Awesome) 2011 Ammunition Pinot Noir (Awesome paring! Best paring of the night.)

Spicy Chocolate Soup
(Awesome!)
2011 Ammunition Pinot Noir
(Awesome paring! Best paring of the night.)

Spinach and Pear Salad Chocolate Vinaigrette 2015 Tranche Rose [15]

Spinach and Pear Salad
Chocolate Vinaigrette
2015 Tranche Rose [15]

Chocolate Rubbed Pork Cocoa Vegetables 2013 Arsonist Red

Chocolate Rubbed Pork
Cocoa Vegetables
2013 Arsonist Red

 Trio Chocolate Truffle 2014 Decoy Zinfandel

Trio Chocolate Truffle
2014 Decoy Zinfandel

Cristi presented The Legend of St Valentines Day. Interesting.
It may be based on the Roman pagan festival of Lupercalis which was a fertility celebration on February 15th. In 496 Pope Gelasius changed the celebration to St Valentine’s Day. According to the Catholic encyclopedia, there were at least three early Christian saints by the name of Valentine. One was a priest in Rome, one a bishop in Terni and nothing is known about the third St Valentine except that he met his end in Africa. Surprisingly, all three of them are said to have been martyred on the 14th of February.
Pope Gelasius intended to honor the first of these three men: This St Valentine was a priest who lived around 270 AD in Rome and attracted the disfavor of Roman Emperor Claudius II who ruled during this time. St Valentine held secret marriage ceremonies of soldiers in opposition to Claudius II who had prohibited marriage of young men. Claudius II believed that if men were married they were more loyal to their families than the state. Therefore, not good soldiers. St Valentine was against this and would marry young couples secretly. Claudius II found out and had him imprisoned.

It was during the 14th century that St Valentine’s Day became securely associated to love. Chaucer had a lot to do with this day. In France and England it was believe that birds mated on February 14th. Chaucer used this image of birds as a symbol of lovers. “For this was on St Valentine’s Day. When every fowl cometh there to choose a mate.”


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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.”


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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.


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“Holidays in May” at The BUzz


10May2016_2b_Camino-de-Santiago_Spanish-Countryside_Painted-2As our Son-In-Law Mac and his daughter Sophia slowly make their way along Camino de Santiago in northern Spain and pass by these wonderful “country” homes, we are at The Buzz eating some delightful food and drinking some special wines at the May Wine Dinner, “Holidays in May”. Cristie and her staff, Tommy and Peggy, did another great job. And thank-you Bailey for explaining Lacross to me. One of the best offerings tonight, although I don’t this it paired well with the selected wine, was the Albondiagas Soup – a Mexican meatball soup. And the Teruiyaki Pina Colada Burger with Zuchini Salad and Baked Beans was superb. Wonderful flavors. Here are soime photos from the evening. As a note, I did not get a good photo of the dessert, so yopu won’t see the Cookies and Strawberries. Oops!

Mushrooms and Goatcheese with Oatcakes 2014 Cotes du Rhone 13.0% alc. Great paring with the goat cheese in the salad. [17] $16.00

Mushrooms and Goat Cheese with Oatcakes
2014 Cotes du Rhone

13.0% alc. Great paring with the goat cheese in the salad. [17] $16.00

Albondigas Soup (Mexican Meatball Soup)  2012 El Olividado Tempranillo 14.5% alc. Really brought out the spiciness of the soup. I preferred the soup without the wine, although both were very good. [18] $18.00

Albondigas Soup
(Mexican Meatball Soup)
2012 El Olividado Tempranillo
14.5% alc. Really brought out the spiciness of the soup. Although both were very good. [18] $18.00

Morocan Carrot Chicpea Salad 2015 La Playa Viognier 13.5% alc. The wine tended to go "sour" with the salad. I found it better to eat the salad without the wine. Both good as separate items. [16] $13.00

Morocan Carrot Chicpea Salad
2015 La Playa
Viognier
13.5% alc. The wine tended to go “sour” with the salad. I found it better to eat the salad without the wine. Both good as separate items. There were people there that thoroughly enjoyed the paring. [16] $13.00

Teriyaki Pina Colada Burger Zuchini Salad Baked Beans 2014 Durigutti 14.0% alc  Super great paring. Loved it! [18] $17.00

Teriyaki Pina Colada Burger
Zuchini Salad
Baked Beans
2014 Durigutti

14.0% alc Super great paring. Loved it! [18] $17.00