Indian Creek Winery Visits the TVWS


Indian Creek Winery Opens Their Library of Pinot NoirsThank-You Mike and Tammy Stowe McClure and Bill and Mui Stowe for joining in on the festivities. Your wines are still some of the best in the AVA. The unlabeled 2014 Indian Creek Petit Verdot is superb! The very best and I am so glad you are not blending this. That, IMNSHO, would be a waste. When they presented this unlabeled, barrel wine, they did it blind and asked the tasting participants, “What do you think it is?” Yea! I got it! Fun! Fun! Fun! You gave us a great program and Mike it was super that you “roamed the crowd” and answered any questions that folks had. Here are some photos from the night. Enjoy! Left-Click any of these photos to see enlarged.

 Indian Creek Winery fact sheet for the winery and tonight's wines.
Indian Creek Winery fact sheet for the winery and tonight’s wines.
2014 Indian Creek Petit Verdot
2014 Indian Creek Petit Verdot
Indian Creek Winery Owners and Winemakers. Bill Stowe, Tammy Stowe McClure, Mui Stowe and Robin sitting with them. Mike McClure, winemaker, was busy on the floor.
Indian Creek Winery Owners and Winemakers. Bill Stowe, Tammy Stowe McClure, Mui Stowe and Robin sitting with them. Mike McClure, winemaker, was busy on the floor.
Winemaker Mike McClure, on the right sniffing some wine, "works the crowd" and gives some great information about the wines.
Winemaker Mike McClure, on the right sniffing some wine, “works the crowd” and gives some great information about the wines.
More of some of the 32 people who were there.
More of some of the 32 people who were there.
 Jo Papas checks folks in.
Jo Pappas checks folks in.
 Spinach Salad and Toppings and Dressings

Spinach Salad and Toppings and Dressings

Mac 'N Cheese

Mac ‘N Cheese

Fresh Peas

Fresh Peas

 Meatloaf

Meatloaf

Mashed Potatoes and Gravy

Mashed Potatoes and Gravy

Dinner Plated

Dinner Plated

Dessert - Fruit Pie

Dessert – Fruit Pie

Great New Year’s Eve Dinner!


November-2015_1_Robin-My-Phone-WalpaperAnd to say Good-Bye to 2015 and Hello 2016, how about a nice dinner consisting of Felzien Lamb Chops with Bearnaise Sauce, Poached Green Beans and a Spinach Salad with Micro Greens, Carrots and Tomatoes that was topped with a wonderful Champagne Pear Vinaigrette. And the perfect – and it was perfect – match of wine with dinner – 1997 Indian Creek Winery Pinot Noir. It paired better than some new 2013 Ravenswood Winery Old Vine Zinfandel. Now that’s saying something! And it has been said that Idaho can not make a good wine. Think again! Then for dessert, wonderful sliced Fresh Strawberries with Grand Marnier Whipped Cream (Sorry for the poor photo of the dessert). And the very perfect dinner partner, the love of my life, Robin! Love to make these dinners for her. Here’s to another great year, Honey! Cheers!

Braised Felzien Lamb Chops Poached Green Beans SApinach Salad with tomatoes, micro greens and carrots Champagne Pear Dressing

Braised Felzien Lamb Chops
Poached Green Beans
Spinach Salad

with
tomatoes, micro greens and carrots

Champagne Pear Dressing
1997 Indian Creek Winery
Pinot Noir

 

1997 Indian Creek Winery Pinot Noir

1997 Indian Creek Winery Pinot Noir

 

Fresh Strawberries with Grand Marnier Whipped Cream

Fresh Strawberries
with
Grand Marnier Whipped Cream

 

Happy New Year Everyone!
and
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Snake River AVA Day with Friends and Family


24-5July2014_1_Maria-Maria-Victor_Visiting_At-AirBnB_BestThis was really a great weekend! Robin had her cousin Maria Allen and Maria’s sister Maria de Fatima Donato and Fatima’s son Victor here. They had a long 28 hour plane trip from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and were glad to stop and rest for a while. Fatima spoke some English and Victor did an excellent job with the language. Maria did a lot of translation from English to Portuguese and vice versa. Marnie opened her AirBNB to them for a couple of days and we thank her for that. The photo above is of Victor, Fatima and Maria. Here are some more photos of the Snake River AVA and wine country tour that we took, thanks to Winery Seekers, Dan and Kathy Johnson. We did stop for a good meal at The Orchard House in the Snake River AVA at Marsing. A great tour and I know that everyone enjoyed it. Enjoy these photos and remember you can Left-Click any of them to see them larger. Cheers and Happy Trails. It was great to meet Fatima and Victor and to see Maria again.

Victor, Fatima and Maria.
Victor, Fatima and Maria.
Fatima and Maria, sisters and Maria is Robin's cousin by marriage.
Fatima and Maria, sisters and Maria is Robin’s cousin by marriage.
Maria, Robin's cousin.
Maria Allen, Robin’s cousin.

Off on the Snake River AVA winery tour. Here we go!

First stop - Indian Creek Winery in Kuna, ID
First stop – Indian Creek Winery in Kuna, ID
A Dragonfly met us on the way to the winery.
A Dragonfly met us on the way to the winery.
Tammy Stowe McClure, wife of the winemaker Mike McClure at Indian Creek, and Victor try arm wrestling. Tammy is a very accomplished rock climber. Need I say more?
Tammy Stowe McClure, wife of the winemaker Mike McClure at Indian Creek, and Victor try arm wrestling. Tammy is a very accomplished rock climber. Need I say more?
Fatima and Maria discuss the winemaking process while Victor listens.
Fatima and Maria discuss the winemaking process while Victor listens.
The tasting room at Indian Creek Winery.
The tasting room at Indian Creek Winery.
A fantastic Reserve Pinot Noir from Indian Creek. Lay this one down for a while.
A fantastic Reserve Pinot Noir from Indian Creek. Lay this one down for a while.
Next stop is Sawtooth Winery. Here are just some of the 500 acres of vines that they have.
Next stop is Sawtooth Winery. Here are just some of the 500 acres of vines that they have.
Fatima, Victor and Maria all list to what Brit is telling them about the wines.
Fatima, Victor and Maria all listen to what Brit is telling them about the wines.
In the barrel room at the winery. Kathy Johnson, tour guide, leads a discussion.
In the barrel room at the winery. Kathy Johnson, tour guide, leads a discussion.
On the way to Koenig Distillery and Winery, we passed this Horseshoed Horse. Interesting.
On the way to Koenig Distillery and Winery, we passed this Horseshoed Horse. Interesting.
Koenig Distillery and Winery. They have an excellent Potato Vodka and they have justed started a line of Idaho Bourbon.
Koenig Distillery and Winery. They have an excellent Potato Vodka and they have justed started a line of Idaho Bourbon.
Victor and Fatima enjoy the tasting room.
Victor and Fatima enjoy the tasting room.
Maria and Fatima compare notes.
Maria and Fatima compare notes.
Vodka and Bourbon at Koenig.
Vodka and Bourbon at Koenig.
Bitner Vineyards is next. We did stop for lunch and some very good food at The Orchard House. Thank-You Kris and Staff for a great experience, again!
Bitner Vineyards is next. We did stop for lunch and some very good food at The Orchard House. Thank-You Kris and Staff for a great experience, again!
The Snake River Valley from the Bitner Winery veranda.
The Snake River Valley from the Bitner Winery veranda.
Fatima and Mria enjoy the wine.
Fatima and Maria enjoy the wine.
Kathy Johnson, Fatima, Maria, Robin and Victor on the veranda.
Kathy Johnson, Fatima, Maria, Robin and Victor on the veranda.
And our last stop was at Williamson Orchards and Winery.
And our last stop was at Williamson Orchards and Vineyard.
Headed to the orchard shed and the tasting room.
Headed to the orchard shed and the tasting room.
Patrick Williamson, orchardist, has us try some of their wines.
Patrick Williamson, vineyardist, has us try some of their wines.
Peaches from the orchard.
Peaches from the orchard.
Apricots
Apricots
Potatoes and Onions
Potatoes and Onions

Just a super good day! Thank-You everyone for making this a success. We all enjoyed it immensely. Cheers! Kathy Johnson submitted the following photos for your enjoyment. Thank-You Kathy for the photos.

Bob and Robin
Bob and Robin
Dan and Bob
Dan and Bob
Checking wine for clarity at Sawtooth Winery.
Checking wine for clarity at Sawtooth Winery.
Bob, Maria, Dan and Fatima in the barrel room doing a barrel tasting. It's gonna be a good Chardonnay.
Bob, Maria, Dan and Fatima in the barrel room doing a barrel tasting. It’s gonna be a good Chardonnay.
Ron Bitner pours some wine at Bitner Vineyards.
Ron Bitner pours some wine at Bitner Vineyards.
Thank-You Fatima, Victor and Maria for be3ing here on the beautiful Boise weekend. Happy Trails!
Thank-You Fatima, Victor and Maria for being here on the beautiful Boise weekend. Happy Trails!

Treasure Valley Wine Society Holds Annual Picnic


09July2014_1_TVWS-Annual-Picnic_Red-Tailed-HawkOn the evening of July 9th, the Treasure Valley Wine Society held their annual picnic on the beautiful grounds of the Indian Creek Winery in Kuna, ID. The summer thunderstorms held off and the skies eventually cleared. Even the Red-Tailed hawk, who was flying high overhead, seemed to love the evening thermals and cool air.
The folks who joined in on this event all had a great time visiting with everyone. Eating some great food. Drinking some great wine from the winery. There was an interesting array of appetizers all the way from Octopus in Ink, Smoked Clams and other delightful treats that you probably will not get in to many places. And Carl made his infamous Caviar treats. Well here, look at the photos and enjoy! Cheers!

Robin and Bill Stowe talk wine.
Robin and Bill Stowe talk wine.
Cheryl and Gail make one of the visitors feel welcome.
Cheryl and Gail make one of the visitors feel welcome.
Carl's Caviar. A treat every year.
Carl’s Caviar. A treat every year.
Fish Treats, Salsa and Avocado and Garlic Bruschetta.
Seafood Treats, Salsa and Avocado and Garlic Bruschetta.
An awesome 2010 Indian Creek Reserve Pinot Noir. This went very well with our grilled Homestead Farms Bone-In Pork Chops.
An awesome 2010 Indian Creek Reserve Pinot Noir. This went very well with our grilled Homestead Farms Bone-In Pork Chops.
Tom seasons his steaks on the grill.
Tom seasons his steaks on the grill.
Our Marinated Bone-In Homestead Farms Pork Chops. Marinated in Olive Oil, Fresh Sage, Fresh Garlic and Salt and Pepper for several hours before grilling. Delicious!
Our Marinated Bone-In Homestead Farms Pork Chops. Marinated in Olive Oil, Fresh Sage, Fresh Garlic and Salt and Pepper for several hours before grilling. Delicious! We also grilled some fresh peaches and they were beautiful. Sweet. Juicey.

Treasure Valley Wine Society Annual Picnic Info, and more!


10July2013_1g_Picnic-Indian-Creek_Gerry-Riemer_New-GrillA really good Board meeting. The first we have attended in a while. Officially, Robin and I are no longer on the Board. But, remember, the Board meetings are always open to TVWS members.
This month, the main emphasis was on the annual picnic in July at the Indian Creek Winery in Kuna. This is always such a great time and the winery location is super. Are you going to be in the Boise area in July? Here is a great wine picnic. As Robin posted on the FB page, Treasure Valley Food and Wine Society, “Planning the Annual Pot Luck Picnic at Indian Creek Winery on July 9th at 6pm. Surnames A-H bring side dish, I – P bring dessert, Q-Z bring appetizers. Something to grill for your dinner, chairs, table service, $10 – We will purchase a case of wine from Indian Creek Winery, glassware optional.” Do Not Bring Your Own Wine!!!
And please keep your Society in mind this Fall. There will be several openings on the Board and Your Help is always appreciated! Think about putting your name on the ballot and joining the Board. Lots of fun! Good food! Different wines! Good company!. Here are some photos from the last Board meeting. The photo above shows the grill at the 2013 Annual Picnic at Indian Creek Winery. See you at the picnic and on the Board! Cheers!

Robin made this delicious Lemon Tart with Berries to share.
Robin made this delicious Lemon Tart with Berries to share.
We both put together this Tomato and Cheese and Fig Appetizer Plate.
We both put together this Tomato and Cheese and Fig Appetizer Plate.
When you join the Board, you just may get to try an older, this is a 1988, wine like this Weston Pinot Noir!
When you join the Board, you just may get to try an older, this is a 1988, wine like this Weston Pinot Noir!
Or you might even get to try a 2009 Weston Pinot Gris. Bring whatever wine you like to the Board meetings and share.
Or you might even get to try a 2009 Weston Pinot Gris. Bring whatever wine you like to the Board meetings and share. Good wine always needs good food!

Cloud 9 Nano Brewery Opens


17March2014_2_Cloud-9-Opening_FrontThe Cloud 9 nano brewery opend on March 17th in the Albertsons Shopping Center at 18th and State Streets, 1750 W. State St. It was a full house! In the following quote from their website – link above – we see that they are trying very hard to use locally produced products, both in their beer production and their food preparation. I know their hamburger rolls come from Gaston Bakery here in Boise.

We are Boise’s first nanobrewery, and the only certified organic brewery in the state, producing only four barrels per hand-crafted batch. We are focused on sustainable, local, and organic beers and our brewery also houses an amazing restaurant with a similar focus.
By keeping batches to only four barrels in size, we are able to vary our beers to match seasonal ingredients and provide a wealth of variety for craft beer lovers.
Expected Hours:
Monday – Closed
Tuesday – 11:00am to 10:00pm
Wednesday – 11:00am to 10:00pm
Thursday – 11:00am to 10:00pm
Friday – 10:00am to Midnight
Saturday – 10:00am to Midnight
Sunday – 10:00am to 9:00pm
Happy Hour from 4-6 with $1 off pints and a limited Happy Hour Menu is coming soon.

Their seasonal menu includes such items as Classic Burger – $9.50 and photo below, Chicken Pesto – $9.50, Roasted Veggie – $9.50, Shepard’s Pie – $10.50, Vegetarian Shepard’s Pie – $10.50, Corned Beef and Cabbage – $10.50 and Corned Beets and Cabbage – $8.50. I had the burger and it was very good. They use Gaston Bakery buns and 3/1 burgers (3 burgers to the pound).They also serve a wide variety of appetizers ranging from $5.00 – $7.00. Some of the folks there were getting their salads and they looked good. $2.50 – $8.95. They serve beer, of course, and their own made root beer which I had earlier and it was very good.
Good to see that they serve Idaho wines, Indian Creek Winery and 3 Horse Ranch Winery. Seating is limited, about 35 seats at tables and at the bar. They hope to have outside seating when the weather changes. Enjoy these photos and hope to see you there!

The bar area and menus.
The bar area and menus.
The menus and an empty Irish Dark Lager - good lager!
The menus and an empty Irish Dark Lager – good lager!
Irish Dark Lager
Irish Dark Lager
The beer menu. They do have samples and from what I saw, three different sizes of servings. Great idea.
The beer menu. They do have samples and from what I saw, three different sizes of servings. Great idea.
Classic Burger. Very good!
Classic Burger. Very good! I think I would rate this a 4-Star pub. Remember the size. It is small and not near the size of 10 Barrel Pub downtown or Kilted Dragon or Sockeye. The beer is good. The food is delightful and the service is good. Don’t be in a rush. They are just getting started and give them time. Enjoy!!