Wine Club Party at Parma Ridge Winery and Bistro


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!

The new barrel room.
Let the party begin!
Some of the many people who attended.
These are the wines that were in our package.
The Smyser’s pour some wine.
Yummy sliders!
Sliders
Storm’s Flatbread
with
chicken, house bbq sauce, cilantro and cheese
Bacon Wrapped Shrimp

 

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 Valentines Wine Dinner!


09Feb2016_1_The-Buzz-Choco_Entrance-PlantsGreat 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!

Chocolate Scallops White Chocolate Baba Ghanoesh 2013 Valley of the Moon Pinot Blanc 13.9 % alc. Not one of the best wines for the night.just OK. Balance and body light [17] $16.00

Chocolate Scallops and White Chocolate Baba Ghanoesh
2013 Valley of the Moon
Pinot Blanc
13.9 % alc. Not one of the best wines for the night.just OK. Balance and body light
[17] $16.00

Pumpkin Soup 2012 Tapiz Malbec 13.9% alc. a good malbec that went very well with the pumpkin. good body and finish [18] $22.00

Pumpkin Soup
2012 Tapiz
Malbec
13.9% alc. a good malbec that went very well with the pumpkin. good body and finish [18] $22.00

Pecan and Strawberry Salad with Chocolate Balsamic Vinaigrette 2014 Bila Haut Rose 13.0% alc another good wine but not outstanding. it had a hard time with the salad. [17] $15.00

Pecan and Strawberry Salad
with
Chocolate Balsamic Vinaigrette
2014 Bila Haut
Rose 13.0% alc another good wine but not outstanding. it had a hard time with the salad. [17] $15.00

Pork Medallions with Espresso and Chocolate Crust Cauliflower Pepper Medley with Chocolate Drizzle 2011 Basil Cellars Claret 13.6% aqlc. One of the better wines of the evening. great match with the pork and the cauliflower. [19] $23.00

Pork Medallions
with
Espresso and Chocolate Crust
Cauliflower Pepper Medley

with
Chocolate Drizzle
2011 Basil Cellars
Claret 13.6% aqlc. One of the better wines of the evening. great match with the pork and the cauliflower. [19] $23.00

Kahlua Bundt Cake 2014 Dry Creek Heritage Zinfandel 14.5% alc. A superb wine. great with the chocolate cake. Well worth buying some. [19] $23.00

Kahlua Bundt Cake
2014 Dry Creek
Heritage Zinfandel
14.5% alc. A superb wine. great with the chocolate cake. Well worth buying some.
[19] $23.00

Indian Creek Winery Visits the TVWS


Indian Creek Winery Opens Their Library of Pinot NoirsThank-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.

 Indian Creek Winery fact sheet for the winery and tonight's wines.
Indian Creek Winery fact sheet for the winery and tonight’s wines.
2014 Indian Creek Petit Verdot
2014 Indian Creek Petit Verdot
Indian Creek Winery Owners and Winemakers. Bill Stowe, Tammy Stowe McClure, Mui Stowe and Robin sitting with them. Mike McClure, winemaker, was busy on the floor.
Indian Creek Winery Owners and Winemakers. Bill Stowe, Tammy Stowe McClure, Mui Stowe and Robin sitting with them. Mike McClure, winemaker, was busy on the floor.
Winemaker Mike McClure, on the right sniffing some wine, "works the crowd" and gives some great information about the wines.
Winemaker Mike McClure, on the right sniffing some wine, “works the crowd” and gives some great information about the wines.
More of some of the 32 people who were there.
More of some of the 32 people who were there.
 Jo Papas checks folks in.
Jo Pappas checks folks in.
 Spinach Salad and Toppings and Dressings

Spinach Salad and Toppings and Dressings

Mac 'N Cheese

Mac ‘N Cheese

Fresh Peas

Fresh Peas

 Meatloaf

Meatloaf

Mashed Potatoes and Gravy

Mashed Potatoes and Gravy

Dinner Plated

Dinner Plated

Dessert - Fruit Pie

Dessert – Fruit Pie

“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

Fall at the TVWS Wine Dinner!


14Oct2015_1j_TVWS-BeerCiderTasting_Fall-LeavesAh 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.”
Longdrop-Cider-Card-Back
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.

Appetizer Plate of Cheeses and Fruit

Appetizer Plate of Cheeses and Fruit

Green Salad

Green Salad

German Potato Salad (This was delicious!)

German Potato Salad
(This was delicious!)

Red Cabbage (It was good but I missed caraway with the cabbage.)

Red Cabbage
(It was good but I missed caraway with the cabbage.)

Bratwurst This was yummy, but whole grain mustard to accompany it would have been great.

Brätwurst
(This was delicious, but whole grain mustard to accompany it would have been great.)

Sourbratten

Sauerbraten

Our plated meal.
Our plated meal.
Apple Strudel

Apple Strudel

Can't forget the Blue Label Chimay!
Can’t forget the Blue Label Chimay!
Some of the 32 people who were there.
Some of the 32 people who were there.
More of the people. Hope to see you there next time.
More of the people. Hope to see you there next time.

A Ghoulish Night At “The Buzz”!


13Oct2015_1_The-Buzz-Halloween_The-RavenEven 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!!!

Eerie Empanadas 2012 Flying Bear Red. went well with this appetizer. [17] $16.00

Eerie Empanadas
2012 Flying Bear Red

went well with this appetizer. [17] $16.00

Ghoulish Goulash NV Big Red Monster Sonoma Blend 13.5% alc. good color and body. long finish, good price[17] $15.00

Ghoulish Goulash
NV Big Red Monster Sonoma Blend

13.5% alc. good color and body. long finish, good price[17] $15.00

Eye Ball Salad with Blood Wine Vinaigrette  2013 Matchbook Chardonnay 14.3% alc.  great match and paring with this salad and the cheese. [17] $21.00

Eye Ball Salad with Blood Wine Vinaigrette
2013 Matchbook Chardonnay

14.3% alc. great match and paring with this salad and the cheese. [17] $21.00

I really liked this salad.

Stuffed Pumpkin 2012 Dry Creek Cabernet 14.5% alc body was light but finish was superb. paring with the pumpkin. [17]

Stuffed Pumpkin
2012 Dry Creek Cabernet

14.5% alc body was light but finish was superb. paring with the pumpkin. [16] $$24.00

I’m not a pumpkin fan, but this was good!

Candy Corn Cheesecake 2012 Asylum Zinfandel 14.6% alc. best match of the night, but then I'm a zin fan. good balance and finish good paring. [18] $16.00

Candy Corn Cheesecake
2012 Asylum Zinfandel

14.6% alc. best match of the night, but then I’m a zin fan. good balance and finish good paring. [18] $16.00

Even the raven liked this. Maybe that’s why,

“While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,
As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.
“’Tis some visitor,” I muttered, “tapping at my chamber door—
Only this and nothing more.” The Raven, Edgar Allen Poe

The raven wanted my cheesecake! Nothing more!