Sunday Brunch at Parma Ridge Winery and Bistro


These are some fantastic Sunday Brunches! But call ahead to make reservations. They do get full and Busy! But then, that’s why they are a 5-Star Restaurant!! And we were lucky enough to receive and try some of their latest releases! Well worth joining their Wine Club. They do make an awesome Reserve Merlot, pictured here. And the Pinot Gris passes the test and goes well with asparagus!
Awesome wines and superbly awesome food. Here are some photos of what Robin and I indulged in. To bad there were no “left overs”. We had to get our daughter Marnie her own Wine Lovers Chocolate Cake. We had ours with vanilla ice cream. Here are the photos! Enjoy and Left-Click any of the photos to see enlarged. Cheers!

L-R 2016 Reserve Merlot (Superb!), 2016 Carmenere (Needs time. 5 years?), 2017 Pinot Gris (Goes with asparagus. Good with salmon) and 2017 LaRae Dolce Gewurztraminer (Superb with chocolate, as in Wine Lovers Chocolate Cake!)
Robin enjoys some wine.
Parma Ridge Pear Salad – with Grilled Chicken. Mixed Greens with Apple Cider Vinaigrette, Bleu Cheese and Poached Pear with Grilled Bread
The Phil Burger – All-Beef Patty with Bacon, Cheddar Cheese and Black Cherry BBQ Sauce and Rosemary Truffle Fries
Boy was it good!
The prize! Wine Lovers Chocolate Cake with Vanilla Ice Cream.

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.

“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

Blind Tasting at The Buzz


10Nov2015_1e_The-Buzz-Monthly_Blind-Tasting_Buzz-InsideNow here is a different program for a Wine Dinner. Serve the wines, but don’t tell anyone what they are. Can you identify the varietals? Good test! I failed! Robin won! Figures. But really a great and fun night. And the food Cristi served for dinner. I want the recipe for two of the dishes – the salad and the soup. They both were terrific! Delicious. We started off with two wines for Cristi’s Choice – she selects the wines that may, or may not, correspond to the wines and the food we are having. The white wine that she served was a White Pinot Noir from Oregon. I scored it a [18]. It had a great nose and was surprisingly good. The second wine she presented as a Cristi’s Choice was a Red Petit Verdot from Washington. It had to get a [19] and was, in my not so humble opinion, the best of the night. Petit Verdot is by far one of my favorite wines and to me, again IMNSHO, should NEVER be blended.

Brie Tarts and Stuffed Mushrooms 2014 St UrbansHoff White Riesling went very well with the sharpness of the brie and the earthiness of the mushrooms

Brie Tarts and Stuffed Mushrooms
2014 St UrbansHoff White Riesling
went very well with the sharpness of the brie and the earthiness of the mushrooms
[18]

Apple Mushroom Soup (This was delicious! I want the recipe.) 2013 Carol Shelton Zinfandel not may favorite even though I do like Zin. Somewhat light and not full bodied [16]

Apple Mushroom Soup
(This was delicious! I want the recipe.)
2013 Carol Shelton Zinfandel
not my favorite tonight, even though I do like Zin. Somewhat light and not full bodied. Good though, with the soup.
[16]

Mexican Potato Salad - Ensaladilla Rusa (Delicious! Loved the mixture of ingredients. I want this recipe, too!) 2012 Clarksburg Merlot just didn't go too well with the salad [16]

Mexican Potato Salad – Ensaladilla Rusa
(Delicious! Loved the mixture of ingredients. I want this recipe, too!)
2012 Clarksburg Merlot
the wine was good, but just didn’t go well with the salad
[16]

Tommy  T Meatloaf Root Vegetables Mac 'N Cheese 2012 True Myth Paso Dobles Cabernhet Sauvignon good wine that went with the entree, especially the root vegetables [17]

Tommy T Meatloaf
Root Vegetables
Mac ‘N Cheese
2012 True Myth Paso Dobles
Cabernet Sauvignon
good wine that went with the entree, especially the root vegetables
[17]

Inside Out Apple Pie 2014 Zaganen Pinot Grigio good wine that went well with the apple. [17]

Inside Out Apple Pie
2014 Zaganen
Pinot Grigio
good wine that went well with the apple.
[17]

The Buzz – Picnic Fare Wine Dinner


buzz_logo_cafe_building_bestReally a good choice for this months Wine Dinner. Spring is in the air! Overall – Really a great paring of food and wine. The overall best wines, in my opinion, were the 2012 Lunatic Red. Great clarity and bouquet and a bng body. The finish was moderately long. It went very well with the Beef and Noodle Entree. It was a superb paring and my score was [18] out of [20], as was the 2013 Crisp Chardonnay. Here are some photos of the diner. Do enjoy them and hopefully, we will see you next month for Asian Fare on May 12 and 13. Mark your calendars and pick May 12! Cheers!

Prosciutto and Melon 2013 Luna Pinot Grigio 14.2% alc. good clarity but color was washed out. bouquet and balance was ok. finish good [15] $12.00

Prosciutto and Melon Appetizer
2013 Luna Pinot Grigio
14.2% alc. good clarity but color was washed out. bouquet and balance was ok. finish good
[15] $12.00

Mushroom Ceviche Salad 2012 Pinnacoli Primitivo 14% alc not my favorite wine, but this one was very good. great character and paring with the mushrooms. [17] $17.00

Mushroom Ceviche Salad
2012 Pinnacoli Primitivo
14% alc not my favorite wine, but this one was very good. great character and paring with the mushrooms.
[18] $17.00

Vichyssoise 2013 Crisp Chardonnay 14.6% alc good appeal and balance. good paring with the Vichyssoise.  [17] $16.00

Vichyssoise
2013 Crisp Chardonnay
14.6% alc good appeal and balance. good paring with the Vichyssoise.
[17] $16.00

Cold Beef and Noodles 2013 Lunatic Red one of the better wines and parings for the evening. great body and appeal. superb paring with the beef.  [18] $16.00

Cold Beef and Noodles
2013 Lunatic Red Blend
14.5% alc. one of the better wines, although hot, and parings for the evening. great body and appeal. superb paring with the beef. 29%v Sangiovese, 23% Syrah, 11% Malbec, 21% Alicante Bouchet and 20% Petit Sirah
[18] $16.00

White Chocolate Mousse (almost like whipped cream!) 2014 Alix Chardonnay not bad and a good match to the white chocolate. the mousse was so smooth it was like eating whipped cream. [17] $20.00

White Chocolate Mousse
(almost like whipped cream!)
2014 Alix Chardonnay
12.5% alc. not bad and a good match to the white chocolate. the mousse was so smooth it was like eating whipped cream.
[17] $20.00

Good Event at “Tastings” in Boise


05Sept22014_1_Tastings_WindowGood wine tasting last night, September 5, at Tastings Wine Bar in Boise with Winemakers Bill Murray from the Canoe Ridge Vineyard in Washington and Meredith Smith from Sawtooth Winery in Idaho.
So now, I guess, you’re going to ask which winery was better. Well, it’s like this. The 2012 Sawtooth Classic Fly Series Reserve Chardonnay, $19.25, scored a [19] , out of [20]. Really a wonderful brown sugar and buttery chardonnay. We bought a bottle. And Meredith brought a bottle of their soon be released maybe in December, 2012 Petit Syrah. There is nothing small about this one. Be sure to get some. Maybe a case. Put some down. It will keep. This wine easily rates a [19] or maybe even a [20].
On the other hand, the 2011 Canoe Ridge Horse Haven Cabernet, $19.50, also scored a [19] out of [20]. A great blend of Cab, Merlot and Malbec. Black cherry and floral flavors will go very well with lamb. Oh yum! Great to have these two wines, and Winemakers together. Great talking to them. That’s what makes these kind of events so much fun. But also, the food we had to go with the wines was good.

Tastings Wine Bar, Boise.
Tastings Wine Bar, Boise. Left-Click any of these photos to see them enlarged.
The wines for tonight's tasting.
The wines for tonight’s tasting.
Bill Murray, Winemaker at Canoe Ridge Vineyards, Walla Walla, Washington.
Bill Murray, Winemaker at Canoe Ridge Vineyards, Walla Walla, Washington.
Meredith Smith, Winemaker at Sawtooth Winery, Idaho.
Meredith Smith, Winemaker at Sawtooth Winery, Idaho.
Pre tasting wine.
Pre tasting wine.
Pre tasting wine.
Pre tasting wine.
Bread and Olive Oil/ Balsamic Dip

Bread and Olive Oil/ Balsamic Dip

Mac 'N Cheese

Mac ‘N Cheese

This is always a good selection!

Crab Cakes Definitely not a Blue Crab or Maryland crab cake, but still good for Boise.

Crab Cakes

Definitely not a Blue Crab or Maryland crab cake, but still good for Boise.

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!