Spring Release at Parma Ridge Winery


 
A really good release party at Parma Ridge Winery on April 18. Warm temperatures. Clear skies. Great food. Great wines. Here are the wines that were released and the Tapas we had. Left-Click any photo to see enlarged.

 

 

2018 Avielle. 100% Merlot. This Rosé is maned after Avielle, our fiery daughter with Strawberry Blonde hair. Enjoy notes of sweet honey and ripened strawberries with a crisp finish. [Blog Note: Don’t miss this one. It is superb!]
Paring: Crostini with Borsin, Crispy Prosciutto and Blackberry Compote.

 

 

2018 Tre Bianchi. 63% Gewürztraminer, 20% Riesling and 17% Viognier. Meaning “Three Whites” in Italian, this full-bodied white features pronounced citrus and melon notes.
Paring: Tempura Halibut Bites with Unagi Sauce.

 

2016 The Last Zin. 75% Merlot and 26% Zinfandel. “The Last Zin” is a final hurrah to our Zinfandel that perished in the hard-freeze of 2016. This estate-grown red is balanced with notes of wild blackberry, smooth tannins and a touch of charred caramel.
Paring:“The Rochester” – A Korean Chicken Slider with Arugula, Grilled local sweet Onions and Sriracha Aioli. [Superb!]

 
2016 Tempranillo. 100% Tempranillo. This Spanish Varietal features subtle spices, roasted red pepper and dried cranberry with a smooth oak finish.
Paring: Fresh Fried Chips and Chipotle Cheddar Dip wwith Smoked Chorizo and Filet Mignon Bites.

Shrimp and Wine at Sawtooth Winery


21Mar2015_1_Sawtooth-Winery-Verticle_SignHad not really thought of this combination, but this was a real treat. Superb shrimp prepared by Reel Foods Fish Market here in Boise on Capital Blvd. And the wine selection, not all theirs, selected by Sawtooth Winery were a really good match for most, not all, of the shrimp dishes. But that is to be expected. Left Click any of these photographs to see them enlarged.
Out of 8 chardonnay wines presented, and it was a blind horizontal tasting, so far as I was concerned the best was the 2013 Sawtooth Reserve Chardonnay. OK. But what is a horizontal wine tasting, you ask. From Blue Sky Winery in Anna, ILL., here are the differences between a verticle tasting and a horizontal tasting.

In a verticle wine tasting, different vintages (years) of the same wine types from the same wine type from the same winery are tasted. This emphasizes the differences between various vintages.

In a horizontal wine tasting, the wines are all from the same vintage (year) but are from different wineries. When doing a horizontal tasting, keeping the same wine type and wine region will help to emphasize the differences in winery and vintner styles.

Some of the wines that were presented.
Some of the wines that were presented. The Sawtooth Winery Chardonnay was not available for purchase.
(L-R) Chef Marcus, Chef Mark and Chef Dave made this a delightful afternoon. Thank-You Reel  Foods for sharing their talents!
(L-R) Chef Marcus, Chef Mark and Chef Dave made this a delightful afternoon. Thank-You Reel Foods for sharing their talents!
Gourmet Shrimp Selections by Chef Mark Ballen

Gourmet Shrimp Selections
by
Chef Mark Ballen

This is how they prepared the shrimp.
This is how they prepared the shrimp.
Pacific Islanders Sugar Cane Shrimp A balance between sweet and spicy with a lemony finish.

Pacific Islanders Sugar Cane Shrimp
a balance between sweet and spicy with a lemony finish

Pacific Ilanders Sugar Cane Shrimp we liked these the best of all the shrimp, then you chew on the sugar cane

Pacific Islanders Sugar Cane Shrimp
we liked these the best of all the shrimp; then you chew on the sugar cane

Pacific Islanders Sugar Cane Shrimp

Pacific Islanders Sugar Cane Shrimp

Pickled Vegetables

Pickled Vegetables
artichoke, broccoli, carrot, asparagus on lettuce leaf

Honey Adobe Poppin' Shrimp a savory, smoky profile with a drizzle of key lime creme fraiche

Honey Adobe Poppin’ Shrimp
a savory, smoky profile with a drizzle of key lime crème fraîche

Shrimp Campechana de Mariscoc the classic South American shrimp cocktail with an earthy and clean air finish

Shrimp Campechana de Mariscos
the classic South American shrimp cocktail with an earthy and clean air finish

Tailgating!


03Jan2015_1d__Captains-Shack_Robin-Bronco-HatRobin has made some awesome “tailgate” food in the past several days. Here is the Tiramisu recipe from Giada De Laurentiis on the Food Network. Raspberry Tiramisu. The photo here is Robin wearing her new BSU Bronco hat! You can Left-Click any of these photos to see them enlarged. Enjoy!

Robin constructing the tiramisu.
Robin constructing the tiramisu.
Completed tiramisu.
Completed tiramisu.
Want a slice? Left-Click to enlarge.
Want a slice? Left-Click to enlarge.
Black Bean, Corn and Avocado Salad. Another yum offering.
Black Bean, Corn, Chicken and Avocado Salad. Another yum offering.
Egg Salad on Sourdough with Water Cress. Corn, Chicken, Avocado and Black Bean Salad.
Egg Salad on Sourdough with Water Cress. Corn, Chicken, Avocado and Black Bean Salad. The Acme Bake Shop Sourdough was not available at the COOP when I went there, so I tried the Bigwood Bread Sourdough out of Sun Valley. This sourdough was a lot denser than the Acme sourdough. Not bad, but I prefer Acme Bake Shop. Hard to overcome that bias! Just a personal preference.

Oscar Party Night!


01Mar2014_4a_Captains-Shack_Brisket_Oscars_People_Hostess-Michelle-3Thanks to Michelle (pictured here) and Lyle for opening their home and supplying the BINGO “cards” and Ballot Sheets for tonight’s festivities. I think there were close to 30 people there and everyone seemed to really enjoy themselves. There was plenty of wine and “other” liquids for everyone to enjoy. Here are some photos of the evening – the people and the food. Both were fantastic!! Enjoy these photos and Left-Click to see them enlarged. Cheers! Let’s start with an appetizer, then a main dish and finally a dessert.

Robin is assembling her Lox Canapes. (Lox, Tomato, Caper, Red Onion all on an Artichoke Leaf.)  Another  "Yummer".
Robin is assembling her Lox Canapes. (Lox, Tomato, Caper, Red Onion all on an Artichoke Leaf.)
“Yummer”.
Here the dish is assembled.
Here the dish is assembled.
Robin and I made this Texas Style Smoked Brisket and I took home two pieces. Someone liked it! That's good! That's why we do it.
Robin and I made this Texas Style Smoked Brisket and I took home two pieces. Someone liked it! That’s good! That’s why we do it.
In the Crock-Pot to keep it warm.
In the Crock-Pot to keep it warm.
Brisket Sandwich on an Acme Bake Shop Bun. Add a little onion and tomato and some BBQ sauce, and you've got a "Yummer"!
Brisket Sandwich on an Acme Bake Shop Bun. Add a little onion and tomato and some BBQ sauce, and you’ve got a “Yummer”!
I don't recall who made these Strawberry Cheesecakes, but they were awesome! Thank-You.
I don’t recall who made these Strawberry Cheesecakes, but they were awesome! Thank-You.
And here is what happens after a meal. I have heard it called "Fallen Stomach". One usually gets it after a Thanksgiving dinner. Drowsey.
And here is what happens after a meal. I have heard it called “Fallen Stomach”. One usually gets it after a Thanksgiving dinner. Drowsey.
Here are some of the crowd enjoying the treats and the Oscars.
Here are some of the crowd enjoying the treats and the Oscars.
Peggy and Jan in another world watching the Oscars.
Peggy and Jan in another world watching the Oscars.

It really was a great evening. Good friends! Good food! Good wine, and such a variety! And great Hosts! Thank You everyone for participating. Cheers and until next year ………… Bis wir uns wieder treffen! (Until we meet again.)

Boise Foodies at Fresh Off The Hook


05Jan2014_2_Foodie-MeetUp_Fresh-Off-Hook-Bodo_SignSaturday, January 4, was a busy, food and wine filled day. What else could one ask for? We started with the Boise Foodie Meet-Up group at Fresh Off The Hook in Bodo, Boise downtown. There is another location in West Boise, but this one was chose for the group. It is somewhat larger. But the food is the same – superb seafood!!! I do believe that they get their seafood fresh from Reel Foods in Boise.There was a good sized group that met. About 18. And we all enjoyed a meal together. Enjoy these photos of Fresh Off The Hook and if you visit them – and I hope you will – let them know you saw this blog post. Left-Click any of these photos to see them enlarged. Cheers! It was a really good experience and the food was terrific. As you will see, they have a large selection of different seafoods and chips.

Then, in the late afternoon, we went to Grow Local on State Street in Boise and looked through the 12 volumes of the books that Luther Burbank gave to Robin’s G-Grandfather Ira B. Perrine (Twin Falls, Idaho), Luther Burbank – His Methods and Discoveries and Their Practical Application. The books were published in 1914 and still have some great quality photographs in them that were hand placed. It was good to look at these writings. Thank-You Mary and Claire for allowing an event of this type in your shop. It is appreciated.

Wall decoration
Wall decoration
Seafood Sampler
Seafood Sampler
Fish and Chips
Fish and Chips
Shrimp and Chips
Clam Strips and Chips
Shrimp and Chips
Shrimp and Chips
Tacos A La Carte
Tacos A La Carte
Salmon Plate
Salmon Plate
Shrimp and Sweet Potato Fries
Shrimp and Sweet Potato Fries
Hot and Cold Seafood Salad
Hot and Cold Seafood Salad
Orange Sorbet
Orange Sorbet
Double Dutch Chocolate Cheesecake
Double Dutch Chocolate Cheesecake
Then we aere off to Grow Local in the River View Shopping Center on State Street in Boise.
Then we were off to Grow Local in the River View Shopping Center on State Street in Boise.
Robin and Mary go through the books by Luther Burbank. Yup! The Burbank Potato!
Robin and Mary go through the books by Luther Burbank. Yup! The Burbank Potato!
Claire and Robin
Claire and Mary
Robin, Mary and Patrick, who is the Orchardist/Vineyard Manager at the Williamson Fruit Ranch and Winery in the Snake River AVA.
Robin, Mary and Patrick, who is the Orchardist/Vineyard Manager at the Williamson Fruit Ranch and Winery at the Sunny Slope, Snake River AVA.
Parma Ridge wines. Drink these slow. The winery is no longer operating and is for sale.
Parma Ridge wines. Drink these slow. The winery is no longer operating and is for sale.
Look at the color differences.
Look at the color differences.

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