Washington Apple Cup


Sunset at Parma Ridge Winery and Bistro
It was a really beautiful night and sunset. Tis is one of those “moments in time” photos that I captured.
Many, many thanks to Stephanie and Chef Storm Hodges for opening the winery and tasting room – and their beautiful house – for this 1st Annual Apple Cup Party. (It celebrates the football game between the Washington Huskies and the Washington State Cougars. Both teams were well represented!) Hopefully, Robin and I will be included next year. Bring more wine!
Chef Storm prepared some awesome Washington Beef! Also was Brocoli Rabe, Mushrooms in Marsala, Chicken Skewers and Potatoes and Gravy. (There are photos below) If you want to see any of these photos enlarged, Left-Click them. Enjoy these photos and the delicious meal we had. Cheers!

Sunset
Tables were set up in the new barrel room!
We offered these wines.
Chicken Skewers
Brocoli Rabe
Chef Storm prepared awesome steaks
The dinner plated. So yummy!

Valentine’s Day Dinner and Wine


Oh, it was really soooooooo good! Robin and I really liked it. The recipe for the Chicken Marsala and the Pasta (I used semolina instead oif white flour) can be found by clicking the respectrive links.

Chicken Marsala with Mushrooms Housemade Angel Hair Pasta Steamed Green Beans 2008 Frescobaldi Chianti Rufina

Chicken Marsala with Mushrooms
on a bed of
housemade angel hair pasta

Steamed Green Beans

dinner was served with a
2008 Frescobaldi Chianti Rufina

Strawberry Boston Chocolate Cake

Strawberry Boston Chocolate Cake

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