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Spanish Wine at “The Buzz”


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 [19] from me! The next closest was a NV Vivanco Rioja, [17].
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
14% alc.
[15]

Salmorjo Cordobes
(One superb cold soup!)
2012 Ugarte Crianza
14% alc. definitely needs food [15]

Greens with Bean Salad
NV Vivanco Rioja
12% alc. Good pairing with the salad. [17]

Pork ala Madrid
Tortilla Espanola
2011 Faustino
Rioja
13.5% alc good with the pork and well balanced with the potato [17]

Torrijas with Vanilla Ice Cream
(Awesome!)
NV Anna Codorinu
12% alc. perfect balance with the dessert [17]

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Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc at “The Buzz”


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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.)

Stuffed Mushrooms

Green Minestrone

Green Salad
with
Spring Vegetables and Lemon Vinaigrette

Roasted Chicken
with
Vegetables and Rissoto

Chocolate Mousse Brownies


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Oktoberfest at The Buzz


10Nov2015_1e_The-Buzz-Monthly_Blind-Tasting_Buzz-InsideA good, adventuresome wine dinner at The Buzz celebrating Oktoberfest. Roulade. Beer. Wine. Carmel Beer Ice Cream. And the ice cream that Cristi made was rich and smooth and delicious!! Keep it on the menu, Cristi!!! We took a culinary tour, as well as a wine tour and beer tour, through some of Germany. For instance, “…Schnitzel can be made with different types of meat. Jäger-Schnitzel – with mushroom sauce; Zigeuner-Schnitzel is a sauce of red peppers,mushrooms, onions, tomato paste, red wine and chicken broth; Cordon Bleu came from Switzerland and is a schnitzel stuffed with ham and cheese.” These are just a few of the culinary discussions we had.

One of the better wines for the evening. [19] I know, it's not German.

One of the better wines for the evening. [19] I know, it’s not German.

Pretzels and Pork Schnitzel Meatballs 2014 Julia James Pinot Noir. a13% alc. an OK wine. the Snake River Pakitos IPA went better, though

Pretzels and Pork Schnitzel Meatballs
2014 Julia James Pinot Noir
13% alc. an OK wine.[16]
Snake River Pakitos IPA went better, though [18]

Greens with Radish and Cucumber Salad 2014 Urban Riesling 9.5% alc [15] Humboldt Low and Easy Lager was a better paring

Greens with Radish and Cucumber Salad
2014 Urban
Reisling
9.5% alc [15]
Humbolt Low and Easy Lager was a better paring [18]

Beef Roulade with Red Cabbage and Spatzel 2011 Serrata Alc 13.5% OK paring [17] Weihenstephaner Korbinian [18] great paring!

Beef Rouladen
with
Red Cabbage and Spatzel
2011 Serrata

Alc 13.5% Good paring [17]
Weihenstephaner Korbinian [18] great paring!
Here is but one of many recipes for Rouladen

Carmel Beer Ice Cream with Honey Cookie 2011 Montgras Carmenere alc 13.5%  not a good paring [18] Madison River Hopper Pale Ale [16] the wine pared better

Carmel Beer Ice Cream
with
Honey Cookie
2011 Montgras
Carmenere
alc 13.5% good paring, better than the beer [18]
Madison River Hopper Pale Ale [16] the wine pared better

One absolutely awesome ice cream that Cristi made. It really needs to go on the daily menu! Robin liked the ice cream, too!


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The Buzz October Wine Dinner


Aero Vin at the Buzz

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!

 

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You’re invited!
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.

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 buzzwine@cableone.net
Make your reservation now!

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Cheers,
Cristi and Tommy
Buzz Coffee and Wine,
2999 N Lakeharbor Lane,
Boise, ID 83703
(208) 344-4321, buzzwine@cableone.net


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New World Wines at the Buzz Wine Dinner


buzz_logo_cafe_building_bestBack online. Photos downloaded. ‘Puter is cleaned up for another year. Monitor went South – New monitor! Ok. Enough excuses for being late. This month at The Buzz was pretty good. Sorry that not more people attend this Tuesday night monthly event. Such a great way to spend $20 for dinner and some good wines. 2nd Tuesday and Wednesday of every month at 6:30pm. Dinner was differently good. Quinoa Milanesa for one. An awesome Sweet Potato, Carrot and Chickpea Soup.
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The wines were good – I bought one this month a South African 2011 Protea, a satisfying blend of Cab Sauvignon, Merlot and Shiraz. Wine ratings for this dinner, is based on a score of [20], which is a perfect, flawless wine. Very subjective. With that in mind, I rated this a [19] Here is what else we had and the wines that went with each entrée. Enjoy. See you next month!!!

 
 

Quinoa Milanese Actually I liked this. An interesting and enjoyable appetizer. 2014Arenal Cabernet Sauvignon alc. 13.5 good balance and body with a med long finish. great paring [18] $13.00

Quinoa Milanesa
Actually I liked this. An interesting and enjoyable appetizer.
2014 Arenal Cabertnet Sauvignon
alc. 13.5% good balance and body with a med long finish. great paring [18] $13.00

Sweet Potato, Carrot and Chick Pea Soup Superb! 2012 Renwood Zinfandel alc 14.5 good paring with the food, I'm just not impressed with the wine. Seems to be a little light in balance and finish [15] $23.00

Sweet Potato, Carrot and Chick Pea Soup
Superb!
2012 Renwood Zinfandel
alc 14.5 good paring with the food, I’m just not impressed with the wine. Seems to be a little light in balance and finish [15] $23.00

California Green Salad Enjoyed this. 2015 Bonny Doon Alc 13.5% good balance and finish. great pairing with the acid of the salad. [18] $17.00

California Green Salad
Enjoyed this.
2015 Bonny Doon
Alc 13.5% good balance and finish. great paing with the acid of the salad. [18] $17.00

Pork and Grilled Peach 2013 Blacksmith Merlot Alc. 14.2% great finish and acid balance. [17] $17.00

Pork and Grilled Peach
2013 Blacksmith Merlot

Alc. 14.2% great finish and acid balance. [17] $17.00

Chocolate Bread Pudding with Whiskey Cream (Robin asked for more of the whiskey cream!) This was a super great dessert. 2014 Morse Code Shiraz Alc. 14.0% one of the better wines for the evening, great paring [18] $15.00

Chocolate Bread Pudding with Whiskey Cream
(Robin asked for more of the whiskey cream!) This was a super great dessert.
2014 Morse Code Shiraz
Alc. 14.0% one of the better wines for the evening, great paring [18] $15.00

What did I like best? The South African 2011 Protea, pictured above, was superb. And then there was that wonderful soup. A little spicy that only added to the excitement of the soup. By far, the best of the evening was dessert. That was awesome! See what you missed if you didn’t attend? Next month is both beer and wine. It’s Oktoberfest! For the men, wear your Laderhosen. For the ladies, wear your Dirndl.


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C’est Francois! At “The Buzz”


21Mar2015_1a_Sawtooth-Winery-Verticle_Center-Piece-3Such a good night last night at The Buzz in Boise! A short, but fun, visit to France. French wines. French foods. No Moulin Rouge dancers, though. “… Moulin Rouge is best known as the spiritual birthplace of the modern form of the can-can dance. Originally introduced as a seductive dance by the courtesans who operated from the site, the can-can dance revue evolved into a form of entertainment of its own and led to the introduction of cabarets across Europe. Today, the Moulin Rouge is a tourist attraction, offering musical dance entertainment for visitors from around the world. The club’s decor still contains much of the romance of fin de siècle France.” [Wikipedia]
And Cristie’s Choice wine, a 2013 Heritages Cotes du Rhone, was among the high score wines for the night with a score of [18] out of [20]. It was that good! Here are some photos of the dinner that Cristie made for all of us. Cheers!

Quiche Lorraine 2013 Nicolas Potel Bourgogne Pinot 12.0% alc. lacking in body and color. [16] $2.00

Quiche Lorraine
2013 Nicolas Potel Bourgogne
Pinot

12.0% alc. lacking in body and color. [16] $20.00

Roquerfort Salad 2012 Clos Troteligotte Malbec 14.0% alc. a superb wine. good color and finish. musty on the nose [19] $14.00

Roquefort Salad
(superb salad!)
2012 Clos Troteligotte Malbec

14.0% alc. a superb wine. good color and finish. musty on the nose [19] $14.00

Pistou Soup (French version of pesto) 2014 Sables Azur Rose 13.0% alc. really a good paring with the soup. matched very well. [18] $17.00

Pistou Soup
(French version of pesto)
2014 Sables Azur Rose

13.0% alc. really a good paring with the soup. matched very well. [18] $17.00

Pistou is “…A traditional Provençal dish of artichokes braised with onions, garlic and carrots in a seasoned broth of wine and water. Originally the term barigoule referred to artichokes stuffed with barigoules, wild mushrooms also known as saffron milk cap or Lactarius deliciosus. Modern adaptations don’t typically employ mushrooms, and the versions that do don’t always include them as a filling. Then again, some “barigoule” preparations stuff the braised artichokes with other ingredients, such as spinach, carrots and cheese.” [Wikipedia]

Coq au Vin with Barigoule 2014 Bila Haut Roussillion Blanc 13.0% alc. pretty good wine that pared well with the chicken.balance was off though [17]  $17.00

Coq au Vin with Barigoule
(I would have preferred that the woody stems of the asparagus be removed. Super chicken!)
2014 Bila Haut Roussillion Blanc

13.0% alc. pretty good wine that pared well with the chicken.balance was off though [17] $17.00

Barigoule is “… A traditional Provençal dish of artichokes braised with onions, garlic and carrots in a seasoned broth of wine and water. Originally the term barigoule referred to artichokes stuffed with barigoules, wild mushrooms also known as saffron milk cap or Lactarius deliciosus. Modern adaptations don’t typically employ mushrooms, and the versions that do don’t always include them as a filling. Then again, some “barigoule” preparations stuff the braised artichokes with other ingredients, such as spinach, carrots and cheese.” [Foodnetwork Encyclopedia]

Baba au Rhum 2012 Caves Des Papes Heritage Rouge 13.5% alc good body and finish. light bhut fruity. great paring [18] %21.00

Baba au Rhum
2012 Caves Des Papes
Heritage Rouge

13.5% alc good body and finish. light bhut fruity. great paring [18] $21.00

Baba du Rhum is “… A rum baba or baba au rhum is a small yeast cake saturated in hard liquor, usually rum, and sometimes filled with whipped cream or pastry cream. It is most typically made in individual servings (about a two-inch-tall, slightly tapered cylinder) but sometimes can be made in larger forms similar to those used for Bundt cakes. The batter for baba is even richer than brioche batter, and includes eggs, milk and butter…The original form of the baba was similar to the babka, a tall, cylindrical yeast cake (babka is still cooked in Poland and in Polish communities over the world). The name means “old woman” or “grandmother” in the Slavic languages; babka is a diminutive of baba…The modern baba au rhum (rum baba), with dried fruit and soaking in rum, was invented in the rue Montorgueil in Paris, France, in 1835 or before. Today, the word “baba” in France and almost everywhere else outside eastern Europe usually refers specifically to the rum baba.” [Wikipedia]


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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