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Close to 100 people, or more, in the new barrel room, which is awesome. And it looks like everyone found the winery ok with the new sign “pointing the way” on hiway 95 – pictured to the left. Look for it! And then being able to use the new barrel room to accommodate all of the people. Such a treat! Artist Stephanie Hodge was the perfect hostess. And Chef Storm Hodge produced some awesome treats to go with the wines being poured. Both Stephanie and Storm are doing a great job with the winery. Look at the following photos to see what Chef Storm made and we consumed. Left Click any of the photos to see them enlarged. And if you want to see what they are doing each week, follow them on the AVA Happenings blog at Parma Ridge Page. (This page changes weekly so follow the page. It’s free.)
We started with a Salmon Spread Bruchetta, but I failed to get a photo. It was too good!
Thank-You Storm and Stephanie Hodge, owners and winemaker of Parma Ridge Winery in Parma, Idaho for a great evening of food and wine!
Great to see so many people attending last night. Almost a sell-out crowd! And they all had a really super meal and some great wine p;arings and information. If you missed this one, you missed a great one!
As far as I am concerned, there were some terrific wines presented. High scoring. 3 – 17’s, 1 – 18 and 2 – 19’s. Actually, I think the wine that took over was the 2014 Dry Creek Heritage Zinfandel. But then, if you know me, you know that I am partial to a good Zin. And the entree that took First Place? Pork Medallions Crusted with Espresso and Chocolate. Served with Cauliflower and Pepper Medley with a Chocolate Drizzle. Oh Yum! There are photos below. Left-Click any of them to see enlarged. Cheers!
Thank-You Mike and Tammy Stowe McClure and Bill and Mui Stowe for joining in on the festivities. Your wines are still some of the best in the AVA. The unlabeled 2014 Indian Creek Petit Verdot is superb! The very best and I am so glad you are not blending this. That, IMNSHO, would be a waste. When they presented this unlabeled, barrel wine, they did it blind and asked the tasting participants, “What do you think it is?” Yea! I got it! Fun! Fun! Fun! You gave us a great program and Mike it was super that you “roamed the crowd” and answered any questions that folks had. Here are some photos from the night. Enjoy! Left-Click any of these photos to see enlarged.
No. 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  out of . 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.
Wow! If you missed this one, you missed an awesome and very full Wine Dinner. Almost 66 people were there! Robin did such a great job in selecting the wines, suggesting the menu to Chef Jake and presenting the program. Some little known facts about her wine education and background. Eight wines were donated from our wine cellar. All a range of reds from the 2007 Cinder Rosé of Syrah – which was wonderful – to the awesomely bold and big 2008 Saviah Petit Verdot. Here are the wines that were presented, and if you liked the Cheese Ball that we made, a link to the recipe is below.
Appetizer Wine with Cheese Balls (Sweet Potato Cream Cheese Dip) and Assorted Berries
2007 Cinder Rosé of Syrah SRAVA, ID
2005 Buena Vista Pinot Noir Carneros, CA
2004 Don Miguel Gascon, Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina
2005 Concha Y Toro Casillero del Diablo Carmenere Maipo, Chile
Full Bodied –
2006 Parma Ridge Reserve Merlot ID
2004 Bitner Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon ID
2004 Ridge Buchiqnani Ranch Sonoma Carignane CA
2008 Saviah Petite Verdot WallaWalla, WA
But what about the scrumptious dinner that Chef Jake prepared for us? Here ’tis! And for Members, first time Guests and Wine Industry people? Just $25.00 per plate. Non-Members? $35.00 per plate. Such a deal!
Ah yes! It is the season of Fall colors and Fall flavors. And the TVWS had a wonderful Fall Tasting last night and a superb dinner to accompany it.
They opened the evening a Chimay Yellow that is generally brewed to 8% alcohol. This Belgian Tripel was created in 1966. It pours a cloudy gold color with some centered bubbles and one finger of foam. The aroma is clove, sweet pears, banana, herbs and hints of caramel. Also served was a Chimay Reserve, Blue Label. 9% alcohol. “The copper-brown Trappist Belgian Strong Dark Ale, has a creamy head and a fragrance of fresh yeast and roasted malt. Considered to be the ‘classic’ Chimay ale, it exhibits a considerable depth of fruity, peppery character.”
It being Fall and the season of some delicious apples, it was fitting to pour two Hard Ciders from Longdrop Cider, from Eagle, Idaho. One of the ciders, was absolutely delicious and full of herbs and spices. The best cider was a Vanilla Honey Cider. “Longdrop Vanilla Honey, Offered: Year round in 12oz cans, draught. ABV: 6.0%, SG: 1.015. Apples: Fuji, Gala, Golden Delicious, Red Delicious, Granny Smith.”
The other cider was a “Longdrop Semi Sweet. Offered: Year round in 12oz cans, draught. ABV: 5.5%, SG: 1.015. Apples: Fuji, Gala, Golden Delicious, Red Delicious, Granny Smith.”
Then came 4 German wines. A 2014 Villa Wolf Gewurztraminer, a light, clean and fruity wine and a delicate hint of spice and a finish of fresh roses. Then there was a 2013 Dr H Riesling. From the Mosel River region with depth and a concentration of spicy aromas and tropical fruit flavors. That was followed by a 2011 Rietburg Dornfelder Trocken. This was a dry wine, as signified by the word “Trocken” in the name. Blackberry and blueberry flavors with some red cherry on the finish. The last wine served was a 2012 Cuvee Noir Pfluger. Intense granite tones lend elegance and complexity to this plump, cherried blend of Merlot, Dornfelder and Lemberger.
That was it for the beer/ale, cider and wines. But wait! If you read on, you will see the delicious meal that Chef Jake prepared for us. Enjoy! And please understand, this is a buffet, so help yourself. Left-Click any of these photos to see them enlarged.
Even the Ravens were there enjoying some Candy Corn Cheesecake!
“Then this ebony bird beguiling my sad fancy into smiling,
By the grave and stern decorum of the countenance it wore,
“Though thy crest be shorn and shaven, thou,” I said, “art sure no craven,
Ghastly grim and ancient Raven wandering from the Nightly shore—
Tell me what thy lordly name is on the Night’s Plutonian shore!”
Quoth the Raven “Nevermore.”
For we cannot help agreeing that no living human being
Ever yet was blessed with seeing bird above his chamber door—
Bird or beast upon the sculptured bust above his chamber door,
With such name as “Nevermore.”” – Edgar Allen Poe, The Raven
Oh well, you get the idea! It was a fun night, although the attendance was low. We are happy that Marnie and Mac got to join us. The dinner was good, although I have had better at The Buzz. It is still the best bargain for a Wine Dinner in Boise, $20 per plate and 6+ wines. Here is what we had. See you next month!!!