“The Buzz” – Enoteria – Land of Wine


12Jan2016_1c_Buzz-Italian-wine_The-BuzzNo. Enoteria does not necessarily refer to The Buzz. However, there are many win es to be found at The Buzz. Enoteria, in this case, refers to Italy, or “the land of wine”. “… Because of its rich diversity of grape varieties and many acres dedicated to cultivated vines … In more ways than one, Italy became a gigantic nursery and a commercial hub positioned at the heart of the Mediterrean for what would become western civilation’s first ‘globally’ traded product – wine.” [wine lecture, The Buzz] As the vintners of Italy, primarily in the Tuscan region, became aggressively determined to enter the world stage as a major producer of wine, some of the best wines ever produced included the varietals Amarone, Barolo, Brunello di Montalcino and Passito de Pantelleria. Another true Italian wine is a Pinot Grigio – Pinot Gris is a copy, albeit sometimes a good copy.
My ratings of the wines tonight were comparatively high. There was nothing lower than [17] out of [20]. Look what we had and enjoy! We did. Such a great start to the new year. February Chocolate and Wine will be featured with some awesome chocolate dishes and in March look for Wines of France.

 Frittatine di Pasta 2013 Villadoria Barbera d'alba 13.0% alc. good clarity but lacking some color. great balance and finish. superb match with the pasta. [19] $15.00

Frittatine di Pasta
2013 Villadoria Barbera d’alba

13.0% alc. good clarity but lacking some color. great balance and finish. superb match with the pasta.
[18] $15.00

Oops! One bite gone! Really good.
Oops! One bite gone! Really good.
Italian Wedding Soup 2013 Avanti Pinot Noir 12% alc. great match with the soup. good deep red color with black cherry nose. [19] $12.00

Italian Wedding Soup
(The soup was good, but I missed some traditional Italian spices in it. Like some oregano.)
2013 Avanti Pinot Noir
12.0% alc. great match with the soup. good deep red color with black cherry nose.
[19] $12.00

Antipasto Chopped Salad (Absolutely a superb salad! Red wine vinegar, paprika, grape seed oil and garlic were in the dressing. Super!) 2014 Principi di Butera Insolia 13.0% alc. superb match with the salad. great balance and fruit. [19] $20.00

Antipasto Chopped Salad
(Absolutely a superb salad! Red wine vinegar, paprika, grape seed oil and garlic were in the dressing. Super!)
2014 Principi di Butera Insolia
13.0% alc. superb match with the salad. great balance and fruit. [19] $20.00

Chicken Marsala with Pea and Carrot Flan (Great flan! I want this again.) 2014 Rocca di Montemassi Le Focaie 13.0% alc. superb paring with the Marsala, which comes from Sicily. great appeal. [19] $25.00

Chicken Marsala
with
Pea and Carrot Flan
(Great flan! I want this again.)
2014 Rocca di Montemassi Le Focaie
13.0% alc. superb paring with the Marsala, which comes from Sicily. great appeal.
[19] $25.00

Cassata Cake NV Fratelli Casa Rossa 4.5% alc. yes, a sweet dessert wine that went well with the cake. light on the nose but very appealing with the dessert. [18] $15.00

Cassata Cake
NV Fratelli Casa Rossa
4.5% alc. yes, a sweet dessert wine that went well with the cake. light on the nose but very appealing with the dessert.
[18] $15.00

Da Vinci’s Italian in Eagle, ID


05Feb2015_1a_DaVincis-Eagle_SignOverall, a good visit and meal at da Vinci’s Italian in Eagle, ID last night. Overall good flavors in the food and good wines. My only negative comment is that there seemed to be an overuse of salt. Things were salty. But the layers of flavors – after you got by the salt – were very good. Had it not been for the overuse of salt, we would have rated da Vinci’s a 4-Star restaurant. Instead, we rate this as a 3-Star (out of 5-Stars) restaurant. You can see their menu at Yelp. From their website, “All Full Size Entrees Include Our Bottomless House Salad Bowl With Da Vinci’s Homemade Italian Dressing And Freshly Baked Tuscan Bread, Or Substitute A Caesar Salad For An Additional $2.95.all Chicken And Veal Dishes Are Complemented With A Side Of Angel Hair Pasta With Aglio Olio Or Tuscan Tomato Sauce. Add Extra Chicken $2.50 Add Extra Veal $4.50” Here are some photos from the evening. Enjoy!

The "party" area.
The “party” area.
Art on the walls.
Art on the walls.
Table ambiance.
Table ambiance.
Robin had
Robin had,

Veal Piccata
Veal scaloppini sauteed with lemon, white wine, capers and garlic

Bob had -
Bob had –

Veal Marsala
Veal scaloppini sauteed with sweet marsala wine and mushrooms

The 2010 Terra Nativa Cabernet Sauvignon went very well with this veal. The wine was light enough that it did not overpower the subtlety of the veal and the marsala sauce did not interfere with the wine. Good paring.

We shared -
We shared –

Homemade Tiramisu
Coffee and rum-soaked chocolate sponge cake layered with mascarpone cream, dusted with cocoa, and garnished with chocolate pieces

Italian Night at Cafe Vicino in Boise


CafeVicinoLogo_2_Wine_ColorWow! Such a great evening having some outstanding wines and an outstanding dinner prepared by Chef Richard Langston, a James Beard Award Nominee! A total of 7 courses and 7 wines. This superb restaurant is located at 808 W Fort St, Boise, ID 83702, (208) 472-1463. It might be a good idea to call for reservations. We had a Dover Sole dish that was absolutely wonderful. So I asked the question, “What is the difference between Dover Sole and Flounder?” The answer is here from Chef Richard and from E-How.

Sole and flounder are both types of flatfish, and because the texture is similar, they are considered interchangeable in recipes. However, they are two separate species with slightly different looks and tastes.
Species
Sole is a type of flatfish. Dover sole, the most common type, is a member of the Soleidae family. Flounder is also a type of flatfish categorized under Heterosomata.
Features
Both fish are flat, with both eyes on one side of their face so they can hide on the ocean floor and watch for prey. While both are oval in shape, flounder is more rounded.

Here is what we had and the wines that went with each course. Thanks to Cafe Vicino for such a great evening and to Chef Richard and his Staff for great service. It was good to see “old” friends again. Enjoy these photos! Left-Click any of the photos to see them enlarged.

This is what we had to eat and drink over the next  4 1/2 hours!
This is what we had to eat and drink over the next 4 1/2 hours!
Robin getting ready to sample some superb wines from Italy.
Robin getting ready to sample some superb wines from Italy.
James Beard Award Nominee and  super Chef, Chef Richard Langston, our Host.
James Beard Award Nominee and super Chef, Chef Richard Langston, our Host.
Chris Zimmerman, the Wine Host and great Commentator.
Chris Zimmerman, the Wine Host and great Commentator.
The opener - Frico (parmesan crisps) served with Bisol Jeip Prosecco
The opener –

Frico
(parmesan crisps)
served with
Bisol Jeip Prosecco

Salumi e Focaccia sliced prosciutto, mortadella, spec, soppressata, rosemary-sea slat focaccia

Salumi e Focaccia
sliced prosciutto, mortadella, spec, soppressata, rosemary-sea salt focaccia

Pederzana Lambrusco served with the plate above.

Pederzana Lambrusco
served with the plate above.

Fruity and bone dry. Goes great and calls out for salami.

Sfogl in Saor sole in sweet and sour sauce

Sfogli in Saor
sole in sweet and sour sauce
Suavia Soave Classico The wine served with the sole.

Suavia Soave Classico
The wine served with the sole.

In Italy, no wine is served without food. These vines are located 1000 feet above sea level in volcanic soils; oyster shell. We asked for a little parmesan and this seemed to help the wine. This will go great with asparagus.

Insalata Mista local greens, tomatoes, carrots in a vinaigrette Raisins and onions. Very good salad.

Insalata Mista
local greens, tomatoes, carrots in a vinaigrette Raisins and onions
Very good salad.

Bruni Plinio Vermentino A good Tuscan from the west central coast.

Bruni Plinio Vermentino
A good Tuscan from the west central coast. Went very well with vinegar in the salad.

Quaglia e Risotto all'Amarone stuffed quail, Amarone riotto This was superb!

Quaglia e Risotto all’Amarone
stuffed quail, Amarone riotto
This was superb! The risotto was cooked in red wine.

Le Salette Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Went superbly with the quail and risotto. From Verona, "Valley of many Cellars". Superb, full bodied red wine at 15% alcohol.

Le Salette Amarone della Valpolicella Classico
Went superbly with the quail and risotto. From Verona, “Valley of many Cellars”. Superb, full bodied red wine at 15% alcohol.

Cinghiale Arrosto Con Rosmarino e Ginepro wild boar with rosemary and juniper, currant sauce, zucchini. Great pairing with the Montalcino wine.

Cinghiale Arrosto Con Rosmarino e Ginepro
wild boar with rosemary and juniper, currant sauce, zucchini
Great pairing with the Montalcino wine.

Fossacolle Rosso di Montalcino Great paring with the boar. Great Tuscan wine. Produced on 6 acres and 1000 bottles a year. We bought a bottle. (We'll worry about our meds next month!)

Fossacolle Rosso di Montalcino
Great paring with the boar. Great Tuscan wine. Produced on 6 acres and 1000 bottles a year. We bought a bottle. (We’ll worry about our meds next month!)

Bonet alla Piemontese chocolate-coffee Amaretti terrine, fresh local strawberries. The best I can say about this is, "Is there any more? I want more!"

Bonet alla Piemontese
chocolate-coffee Amaretti terrine, fresh local strawberries
The best I can say about this is, “Is there any more? I want more!”

Marenco Scrapona Moscato d'Asti From the Piedmont region. This is described as "A rainbow in your mouth." Yes, it is well worth getting some. We did.

Marenco Scrapona Moscato d’Asti
From the Piedmont region. This is described as “A rainbow in your mouth.” Yes, it is well worth getting some. We did.

Such a grand night! Such a grand meal and wines. If you are in Boise, be sure to try this superb restaurant. One of the better ones in Boise and deserves the 5-Star rating I gave it. Superb! It would give the now defunct Andrae’s a run for their money. Cheers!

Boise Foodie Meet-Up at Bodovino


28Dec2013_1_Foodie-MeetUp-Bonovino_Card-FrontOn December 28, the Boise Foodie Meet-Up group – check out the hot link – visited Bodovino Wine Bar (an excellent website!) and the experience was a good one. Good food, really good service and a unique venue. You purchase a “card” with some dollar amount, and then you can visit up to 144 different wines (see photos below) and get whatever wine you desire and whatever amount you wish, 1oz, 3oz or 5oz. Each wine and each amount has a different price and they range from $1.00 to $12.00 (the highest I found).
The tapas that we had was very good. A nice selection of cheese, pasta (pizza) and antipasti. They have a full selection of menu items, including salads and sliders, and all seem to be reasonably priced. Overall – a good experience. I will rate them 4-Stars out of 5-Stars. The room that we were in, there are several, was very noisy and loud. Otherwise, good. We will probably return. Please enjoy these photos. You will get some idea of the ambiance and of the tapas. Cheers!!

"Still Life"
“Still Life”
Wine Bar overview.
Wine Bar overview.
Some of the 144 available wines. A unique idea for dispensing the wine.
Some of the 144 available wines. A unique idea for dispensing the wine.
French Cheese Selection
French Cheese Flight
Charcuterie Plate
Charcuterie Plate
"Baguette and Cheese"
“Baguette and Cheese”
Northend Pizza
North End Flatbread

“The Buzz” Has An Italian Wine Dinner


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Another great wine dinner at the Buzz on March 12, Tuesday, and then repeated on March 13, Wednesday. Italian Wine Dinner and some scrumptious entrees along with the wines. The wine pictured here, 2010 Montepulciano Cantina was but one of the selections for the event. This wine went very well with the light spice of the Italian Sausage Soup. It countered, without over powering, the soup. Great paring! I score this an [18] out of [20]. And Paul presented one awesome Merlot before the party started. A 2010 Luna Merlot from the North Coast. 14.1% alcohol. [19] $16.00. I went back for more! Here are the other entrees and the wines. Enjoy!! (Left-Click to see an enlarged view.)

 

 

 

 

Antipasto Platter
NV Zonin Proseco

11% alc. not my favorite wine. [16] $16.00

Italian Sausage Soup
(delicious!)
2010 Montepulciano Cantina
13.0% alc. one of the best for the night [18] $16.00
Skillet Braised Chicken Bundle
2008 Monrosso Chianti
13.5% alc. really good with this entree [18] $17.00
Caesar Salad
2011 Altanuta Pinot Grigo
12.5% alc. I missed the anchovy in the salad dressing. wine went well with the salad [17] $20.00
Canolli
(Yum!)
NV Moscato Primo Amore
7.0% alc. super with this chocolate dessert. [18] $11.00

“The Buzz” March Events


March is quickly moving into Boise and with the March winds, comes some fantastic programs from Cristi and Tommy at The Buzz. Here is the March schedule. Call for reservations because these events sell out quickly!! There is a link in the sidebar. See you there. Cheers!

Hope everyone is enjoying this wonderful time of the year, as we get ready to try to move from winter to spring and all the excitement that mother nature has in store for us. We have some awesome activities planned at the Buzz so join us, reservations may be made at 344-4321 or buzzwine@cableone.net. Please let us know of any diet restrictions with your reservation. Hope everyone has a great March, lets hope it comes and goes like a lamb and we avoid the whole lion thing this year.

Quarterly Dinner
March 3 at 6:30 PM $30.00 per person
An amazing 5 course meal; each course paired with 2 wines. This is your chance to determine which wine goes better with the food. Reservations required.

Wine Club
We will feature Italy at this month’s wine club. March 12 or 13 at 6:30. $15.00 per person. Reservations required.

Music for March

Join us for music from 7-9. No Reservations required.
Wine tasting each night.
Feb 22 Wendy Mattson
March 1 Blaze and Kelly
March 2 Classical Jam Night
March 8 Johnny Shoes
15th Tomorrow Never Knows
March 16 Leta Neustaedter
March 22 John Cazaan
March 29 Pat Folkner

Grabyourgroceries.com is up and going; grab an extra hour or two a week by letting us do the shopping for you, feel free to email with any questions about this service.
We look forward to seeing everyone this month. February 22 and 23 we will have an Oscar contest pair the wine with the movie and receive a small prize both nights beginning at 5 PM.

Thanks for your patronage and we will see you soon. Stay safe.

Sincerely,
Cristi and Tom Takeda
Buzz Coffee and Wine

Save 25% – Order any case of wine now through the end of March and we will take 25% off the case order. This can be a full case of wine or mix and match. Most orders take 24 hours to fill. Let us know what you are in the mood for and we will help you find it.

Offer Expires: March 31, 2013