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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.
Had 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.
Robin 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!
On Saturday, December 13, we had a verticle wine tasting of some Chardonnay that Rich Ostrogorsky made. With that, Robin and I made Rabbit In Mustard (click for the recipe), or Lapin à la Moutarde (Pictured here cooking). Mac made a Carrot with Dill vegetable and Grilled Potatoes. He also brought some Acme Bake Shop bread. Rich and Sandy made some delicious shrimp and some bruschetta. This was an awesome dinner and tasting.
We tasted 8 different Chardonnays that Rich made ranging from 2004 to 2011 with some duplicate years; some old, some new. All were good and went well with the dinner. Thank-You Rich and Sandy for opening your home for this delightful event. Thank-You Chris Shaner, our Grandson, for taking some photos. Enjoy these photos and Left-Click to see any of them enlarged. Cheers!
Thanks 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.
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.)
Saturday, 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.
On 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!!