A very interesting night of some fantastic foods and wines from Spain. Once again, Cristi, Tommy and Peggy came up with great service, adequate amounts of wine, super service and great smiles! For me, I liked the Cristi’s Choice, a 2015 Chateau De La Roche Sauvignon Blanc stole the show! It pulled  from me! The next closest was a NV Vivanco Rioja, .
The food. Two items stood out – Salmorjo Cordobes. According to Cristi and her sources, “It’s like gazpacho, only thicker. It is more a dip than a soup and in Cordoba is generally eaten by dipping bread or dry bread sticks in it.”
The other real treat was the dessert – Torrijas with Vanilla Ice Cream. “In the convents torrijas were often made with leftover bread – the perfect sweetmeat to lighten Lent. Since then they have been prepared in a number of variants, such as soaked in milk, syrup, honey or wine, sprinkled with sugar or cinnamon, etc. Sometimes they are made using orange juice which gives them a fruity taste and makes them suitable for those with a lactose intolerance.” [Spanish-Food] Here re some photos of the event. Enjoy and hope to see you at the next Buzz Wine Dinner. Left-Click any of these photos to see them enlarged.
Cristi’s Choice wines.
Croquettes and Albondigas
2013 Picos Garnacha 
( One superb cold soup!)
2012 Ugarte Crianza
14% alc. definitely needs food 
Greens with Bean Salad
NV Vivanco Rioja
12% alc. Good pairing with the salad. 
Pork ala Madrid
2011 Faustino Rioja
13.5% alc good with the pork and well balanced with the potato 
Torrijas with Vanilla Ice Cream
NV Anna Codorinu
12% alc. perfect balance with the dessert 
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An interesting night, and the wines were so good! As was the food. Good to see Ed and his friend Ruth (see photo) there and good to have the sitting at our table. Also good to see Baily – it’s been a while.
The wines were different and my high scoring wine was a surprise. The Stuffed Mushrooms were excellent and they paired well with the 2014 Ezyaguirre Merlot (17). Here is the rest of our dinner and the wine parings. Enjoy! Left-Click any of these photos to see them enlarged.)
Green Salad with Spring Vegetables and Lemon Vinaigrette
Roasted Chicken with Vegetables and Rissoto
Chocolate Mousse Brownies
Just before the Ides of March, we had an awesome Wine Dinner at The Buzz in Boise, celebrating Italian wines. Superb appetizers, soup, salad, main dish and dessert. A good crowd was there to celebrate the feast. Thanks Cristi and Tommy and Peggy for a delightful evening. Left-Click any photo to see enlarged.
Tramezini Three Ways 2012 Montefalco Dango 14% alc paired very well with the salad  $26.00
Minestrone Alla Genovese Another good paring. 2015 Avanti Pinot Noir 12% alc good with the soup. not over powering.  $14.00
Southern Italian Style Salad Super good salad and paring! 2015 Malvasia del Salento 12.5% alc another super paring  $16.00
Pizzelle e Salsa Rossa 2013 Castelli di Abola Chianti 13.0% alc good match for the main course  $21.00
Bonet Absolutely delicious! 2016 Saracco Mascato Di Asti super paring.  $20.00
The Buzz is having a different kind of wine dinner this month. To celebrate Oktoberfest, they are including beer and wine to go with the dinner. This should really be a fun evening for everyone. Make sure,l though, that you make a reservation by calling The Buzz at (208) 344-4321. We usually go on Tuesday evening, so see you there!
Join us for our October Wine Dinner
We will be focusing on beer and wine for the dinner this month. Bring a friend on October 11 or 12 at 6:30 PM for a fun night of food, beer, and wine
Meal sample, not necessarily the one being served.
We’ll have a four course dinner with beer and/or wine with each course.
Don’t miss the fun and festivities.
Cost is $20.00 per person
Reservations are sure to fill up fast!
Call us to book your table now at (208) 344-4321 or email at email@example.com
Make your reservation now!
Cristi and Tommy
Buzz Coffee and Wine,
2999 N Lakeharbor Lane,
Boise, ID 83703
(208) 344-4321, firstname.lastname@example.org
And a great tour it was! Cristi and her daughter took a cruise through parts of Europe, touching the shores of France, Italy, Spain and Gibraltar. And Cristi brought to the table some different, and some very good, wine and entrée treats. Here is what we had. Enjoy! It really was an exciting evening with all these different foods. Hope you can make the next one. $20 a plate plus five or six wines. Sorry that I did not post the Buzz last month, but the photos I took were terrible. Hopefully, this month, the photos are better.
Antipasti (Italy) and Croquettes (Spain)  $20.00
Traditional French Salad  $15.00
2012 Eguren Temprenillo
A perfect match between the wine and the salad.
Potaje (Gibraltar)  $24.00
2013 Chateau Pilet
Pork (Portugal)  $24.00
Grilled Vegetables (Portugal)
2007 Lan Rioja
Tiramisu (Italy)  $14.00
NV Marguis dela Tour
As our Son-In-Law Mac and his daughter Sophia slowly make their way along Camino de Santiago in northern Spain and pass by these wonderful “country” homes, we are at The Buzz eating some delightful food and drinking some special wines at the May Wine Dinner, “Holidays in May”. Cristie and her staff, Tommy and Peggy, did another great job. And thank-you Bailey for explaining Lacross to me. One of the best offerings tonight, although I don’t this it paired well with the selected wine, was the Albondiagas Soup – a Mexican meatball soup. And the Teruiyaki Pina Colada Burger with Zuchini Salad and Baked Beans was superb. Wonderful flavors. Here are soime photos from the evening. As a note, I did not get a good photo of the dessert, so yopu won’t see the Cookies and Strawberries. Oops!
Mushrooms and Goat Cheese with Oatcakes
2014 Cotes du Rhone
13.0% alc. Great paring with the goat cheese in the salad.  $16.00
( Mexican Meatball Soup)
2012 El Olividado Tempranillo
14.5% alc. Really brought out the spiciness of the soup. Although both were very good.  $18.00
Morocan Carrot Chicpea Salad
2015 La Playa Viognier
13.5% alc. The wine tended to go “sour” with the salad. I found it better to eat the salad without the wine. Both good as separate items. There were people there that thoroughly enjoyed the paring.  $13.00
Teriyaki Pina Colada Burger
14.0% alc Super great paring. Loved it!  $17.00
Some really good Spanish wines last night at the Buzz. One of the better ones is pictured here. The food paring with the wines was also spectacular. I think I should tell you right up front that I am not an avocado fan. But Cristi made a wonderful Avocado Soup that was served cold. “Mikey liked it!” The only criticism that I have is, it was a little salty. I asked Cristi about that and she told me that she used chicken stock in the soup. That is probably where the salt came from because she did not add any.
The 2008 Faustino Rioja pictured here was one of the better wines of the night receiving from me a score of  out of . The onluy better one was a NV Destello Cava that was served with the Brazo Gitano – in Spain, the dessert is called brazo de gitano (literally translated as gypsy’s arm) and is commonly filled with cream or chocolate truffle – and Quesada Pasiega – is a dessert typical of the region of Cantabria, Spain. It is one of Cantabria’s most recognizable dishes. It has the consistency of a dense pudding and is made from milk, sugar, butter, wheat flour, and egg, and flavored with lemon zest and cinnamon. It can be served hot or cold. A photo of this dessert is posted below. Here is the rest of the story. Enjoy!
2010 Vivanco Crianza
13.5% alc. not bad but a little light on the bouquet. but then so were most of the other wines  $20.00
2014 Piquitos Moscato
11.0% alc Good fruity nose and flavor profile. I am not a big fan of Moscato  $12.00
( This was a very good cold soup)
2013 Picos Garnacha
14.0% alc. a good paring with the soup  $14.00
Fabada and Pisto
2008 Faustino Rioja
13.5% alc. this wine was explained above. some labels numbered – the lower the number the higher the quality of the wine  $24.00
Fabada – Fabada asturiana, often simply known as fabada, is a rich Spanish bean stew, originally from and most commonly found in the autonomous community of Principality of Asturias, but widely available throughout the whole of Spain and in Spanish restaurants worldwide. ..Fabada is a hot and heavy dish and for that reason is most commonly eaten during winter and at the largest meal of the day, lunch. It is usually served as a starter, but may also be the main course of the meal. It is typically served with crusty bread, and with Asturian cider or a red wine. Pisto – is the name of a Spanish dish typical from the Region of Murcia and La Mancha. It is made of tomatoes, onions, eggplant or courgettes, green and red peppers and olive oil. It is similar to ratatouille and is usually served warm to accompany a dish or with a fried egg and bread. It is also used as the filling for empanadas and empanadillas…The dish is sometimes formally named Pisto manchego, from its origin in La Mancha. Pisto a la Bilbaína, from Bilbao in the Basque Country, usually has just courgettes and green peppers in tomato sauce, sometimes lightly scrambled with eggs.
NV Destello Cava
11.4% alc. strangely, I rated it the highest of the night. Superb paring. It is discussed above.  $15.00