“Holidays in May” at The BUzz


10May2016_2b_Camino-de-Santiago_Spanish-Countryside_Painted-2As 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 Goatcheese with Oatcakes 2014 Cotes du Rhone 13.0% alc. Great paring with the goat cheese in the salad. [17] $16.00

Mushrooms and Goat Cheese with Oatcakes
2014 Cotes du Rhone

13.0% alc. Great paring with the goat cheese in the salad. [17] $16.00

Albondigas Soup (Mexican Meatball Soup)  2012 El Olividado Tempranillo 14.5% alc. Really brought out the spiciness of the soup. I preferred the soup without the wine, although both were very good. [18] $18.00

Albondigas Soup
(Mexican Meatball Soup)
2012 El Olividado Tempranillo
14.5% alc. Really brought out the spiciness of the soup. Although both were very good. [18] $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. [16] $13.00

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. [16] $13.00

Teriyaki Pina Colada Burger Zuchini Salad Baked Beans 2014 Durigutti 14.0% alc  Super great paring. Loved it! [18] $17.00

Teriyaki Pina Colada Burger
Zuchini Salad
Baked Beans
2014 Durigutti

14.0% alc Super great paring. Loved it! [18] $17.00

“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

Basque Country Wines at The Buzz


The "Orchard House", December EventsSuch a good treat at The Buzz last night.A visit to the Basque country through food and wine.Some interesting facts about the Basque in Idaho. Idaho has the highest population of Basque outside of the Basque country oof northern Spain. The Basque people are an ancient culture pre-dating the Roman Empire. Their language is Euskera and there is no common thread to languages still spoken. Their food focusses on fresh, local products that are in season.(The photo here of the sign is the Basque Market in downtown Boise.) These are some interesting facts that Cristi presented last night. We want tot thank Peggy, Joseph, Tommy and Austin for their help last night in presenting and preparing this program. Thank-You! Enjoy these photos of the night. Cheers!

Croquetas Small, lightly breaded and fried kind of fritter.  They are smooth and creamy inside. NV Anna Codorniu 12% alc. light and not much else. lacks body [15] $16.00

Croquetas
Small, lightly breaded and fried kind of fritter. They are smooth and creamy inside.
NV Anna Codorniu
12% alc. light and not much else. lacks body [15] $16.00

Paella It is made in every region of Spain and uses just about any kind of ingredient - seafood, chorizo, vegetables and rise as the main ingredient. The use of Saffron turns the rice a golden color and is an essential ingredient. 2012 Don Ranier one of the better wines of the night. went well with the paella. [18] $13.00

Paella
Paella is made in every region of Spain and uses just about any kind of ingredient – chicken, seafood, chorizo (Basque sausage), vegetables and rice is the main ingredient. The use of Saffron turns the rice a golden color and is an essential ingredient.
2012 Don Ranier
one of the better wines of the night. went well with the paella. [18] $13.00

Basque Salad Wonderful dressing! 2012 Fernandez Gomez  a14% alc. a very good wine that really pare well with the salad [18] $15.00

Basque Salad
Wonderful dressing!
2012 Fernandez Gomez
14% alc. a very good wine that really pared well with the salad [18] $15.00
Spicy Basque Style Chicken Beans Sheepherder's Bread 2012 Faustino 13% alc  superb match with the dinner. best wine of the night. [19] $15.00

Spicy Basque Style Chicken
Beans
Sheepherder’s Bread
Baked in large loaves to decrease the number of times to cook. Placed in a hole in the ground by a fire pit. Only 7 ingredients to decrease the amount of supplies to carry.
2012 Faustino
13% alc. superb match with the dinner. best wine of the night. [19] $15.00

Pantxineta A tart of puff-pastry and custard cream. May have been derived from the French dessert, Frangipane tart. 2008 Lan Rioja 13.5% alc. an OK wine, but not much more. did pair, though, with the tart.  light and not much body. [16] $17.00

Pantxineta
A tart of puff-pastry and custard cream. Yummy! May have been derived from the French dessert, Frangipane tart.
2008 Lan Rioja
13.5% alc. an OK wine, but not much more. did pair, though, with the tart. light and not much body. [16] $17.00

Robin and I have eaten at some pretty diverse and good Basque restaurants. Basque Market and the Basque Hotel here in Boise. Basque Hotel in San Francisco. Basque Hotel and the Basque Restaurant in Winnemucca, OR. Basque Restaurant in Jordan Valley, OR. Cristi did a good job of preparing these dishes, which some of them are not easy to do. If you visit a Basque restaurant in your area, be prepared for family style serving, huge portions and a huge variety of food. It is a super experience!

The Buzz – Picnic Fare Wine Dinner


buzz_logo_cafe_building_bestReally a good choice for this months Wine Dinner. Spring is in the air! Overall – Really a great paring of food and wine. The overall best wines, in my opinion, were the 2012 Lunatic Red. Great clarity and bouquet and a bng body. The finish was moderately long. It went very well with the Beef and Noodle Entree. It was a superb paring and my score was [18] out of [20], as was the 2013 Crisp Chardonnay. Here are some photos of the diner. Do enjoy them and hopefully, we will see you next month for Asian Fare on May 12 and 13. Mark your calendars and pick May 12! Cheers!

Prosciutto and Melon 2013 Luna Pinot Grigio 14.2% alc. good clarity but color was washed out. bouquet and balance was ok. finish good [15] $12.00

Prosciutto and Melon Appetizer
2013 Luna Pinot Grigio
14.2% alc. good clarity but color was washed out. bouquet and balance was ok. finish good
[15] $12.00

Mushroom Ceviche Salad 2012 Pinnacoli Primitivo 14% alc not my favorite wine, but this one was very good. great character and paring with the mushrooms. [17] $17.00

Mushroom Ceviche Salad
2012 Pinnacoli Primitivo
14% alc not my favorite wine, but this one was very good. great character and paring with the mushrooms.
[18] $17.00

Vichyssoise 2013 Crisp Chardonnay 14.6% alc good appeal and balance. good paring with the Vichyssoise.  [17] $16.00

Vichyssoise
2013 Crisp Chardonnay
14.6% alc good appeal and balance. good paring with the Vichyssoise.
[17] $16.00

Cold Beef and Noodles 2013 Lunatic Red one of the better wines and parings for the evening. great body and appeal. superb paring with the beef.  [18] $16.00

Cold Beef and Noodles
2013 Lunatic Red Blend
14.5% alc. one of the better wines, although hot, and parings for the evening. great body and appeal. superb paring with the beef. 29%v Sangiovese, 23% Syrah, 11% Malbec, 21% Alicante Bouchet and 20% Petit Sirah
[18] $16.00

White Chocolate Mousse (almost like whipped cream!) 2014 Alix Chardonnay not bad and a good match to the white chocolate. the mousse was so smooth it was like eating whipped cream. [17] $20.00

White Chocolate Mousse
(almost like whipped cream!)
2014 Alix Chardonnay
12.5% alc. not bad and a good match to the white chocolate. the mousse was so smooth it was like eating whipped cream.
[17] $20.00

Century Club Tasting Sequence at “The Buzz”


13Jan2015_1d_The-Buzz-Century-Club_Oops This is going to be an exciting year at the Buzz in Boise, inspite of the spills! They are going to present 100 different varietals this year so, as a participant, you will be able to get your Century Award. The Wine Dinner format will stay the same – 7 wines, two of which are Cristi’s Choice, and a 5-Course Dinner. The price will still be $20 a plate and that includes all of the wine! They are located at 2999 N Lakeharbor Ln., Boise and their phone for reservations is (208) 344-4321. You will find a link in the sidebar.
Here is a “run down” on what we had tonight. And as a note, I will use the [20] point rating; [20] is a superb and flawless wine that pairs well with the food. Anything less than a [15] should be avoided. Enjoy the photos and hope to see you at the next tasting in February. Cheers! Left-Click any of these photos to see them enlarged.

Mac and Cheese Bites 2013 Franco Sera Barbera 13.0% alc. surprising that the Mac and Cheese went well with this wine. The appetizer did, though, try to overpower the wine. [17] $12.00

Mac and Cheese Bites
2013 Franco Sera
Barbera
13.0% alc. surprising that the Mac and Cheese went well with this wine. The appetizer did, though, try to overpower the wine. [17] $12.00

Roasted Tomato Basil Soup (This was a superb soup!) 2012 Luna Sangiovese 14.5% alc. superb match with the soup. wonderful balance and aromas. [18] $21.00

Roasted Tomato Basil Soup
(This was a superb soup! Recipe – Roasted Tomato Basil Soup – Ina Garten)
2012 Luna Sangiovese
14.5% alc. superb match with the soup. wonderful balance and aromas. [18] $21.00

Iceberg Wedge with Bacon and Bleu Cheese (I don't like bleu cheese! But this was superb! I'd have it again. Recipe -  2013 Cotes du Rhone 13.0% alc great balance and paring with the salad and the bleu cheese [17] $$15.00

Iceberg Wedge with Warm Bacon and Bleu Cheese Dressing
(I don’t like bleu cheese! But this was superb! I’d have it again. Recipe – Iceberg Wedge with Warm Bacon and Bleu Cheese Dressing, Epicurious)
2013 Cotes du Rhone
13.0% alc great balance and paring with the salad and the bleu cheese [17] $$15.00

 Rosemary Roasted Chicken New Potatoes Asparagus and Garlic 2010 Lamadrid Bonarda 14% alc another great paring with the asparagus and the chicken. went very well with the rosemary and especially the asparagus. [18] $22.00

Rosemary Roasted Chicken
New Potatoes
Asparagus and Garlic
2010 Lamadrid
Bonarda
14% alc another great paring with the asparagus and the chicken. went very well with the rosemary and especially the asparagus. [18] $22.00

Flourless Chocolate Espresso Cake 2012 Revelry Merlot 13.6% alc. as with the rest of the dinner, this wine was an excellent paring. {17} $17.00

Flourless Chocolate Espresso Cake
2012 Revelry
Merlot
13.6% alc. as with the rest of the dinner, this wine was an excellent paring. {17} $17.00

So, you might ask what is the Wine Century Club and how can I participate? From their website – use the link – we see that,

What is The Wine Century Club?
The Wine Century Club is for adventurous wine lovers worldwide. If you’ve tasted at least 100 different grape varieties, you’re qualified to become a member (click here for more information). If you haven’t tried 100 different grape varieties, but are interested in the concept, you’re welcome to all of our events. Please join us in promoting the awareness of uncommon wine grape varieties. We currently have 1,378 members worldwide.

Uncommon Grape Varieties?
The common grape varieties are typically considered the “big six”: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling. Does that mean Chenin Blanc, Sangiovese and Syrah are considered exotic? No, but when you really get down to it, every wine grape variety is considered ordinary or typical in some part of the world, which makes trying “uncommon” wine grape varieties all the more fun: you can be transported to a faraway place with just a sip!

To Become a Member:
Wine Century Club ApplicationSimply download an application form here, in either Adobe Acrobat or Microsoft Excel format, check off at least 100 different grape varieties that you have tried, and return it to us via email or the dedicated: Century Club Application.”

Enjoy and have fun with this!

January at the “Buzz”


buzz_logo_cafe_building_bestThis just in from Cristi and Tom at the “Buzz” in Boise. Exceptional program and wine dinner. Hope to see you there. See their link in the sidebar for more information.

“Wishing you every happiness in 2015!

We are looking forward to continuing and growing our relationship in this new year. our music for January has changed slightly, due to a scheduling conflict with our classical music friends we will have to wait a while longer to enjoy their amazing gift of music, we will definitely keep everyone updated on when they will be able to join us again for Classical Music Jam night.

Our music calendar for January is:

  1. 9th John Cazaan
  2. 16th Dave McClellan
  3. 23rd Nancy Kelly
  4. 30th Jean Cardena

We will continue with wine tasting, food specials, and great company on Fridays starting at 5PM and music from 7-9.

Our wine club this year will be all about tasting new varietals, join us the 13th or 14th at 6:30 (reservations required) January will be about the classics. Our goal this year is to taste 100 different grapes through out the year. Dinner is $20 a person and starts at 6:30 each night. If you could let us know about food allergies or intolerance with your reservation we would appreciate it. For reservations Call (208) 344-4321 or email at Buzzwine@cableone.net Thanks.

All the best to you and your family,
Cristi and Tommy Takeda
Buzz Coffee and Wine

Save
We will have the yearly coupons for the wine dinners available at wine dinners this month. $100.00 plus tax for 6 dinners through the year. Each coupon is good for 2 months. For more information just ask at the dinner on January 13 or 14. ” [This is an exceptional offer and one that Robin and I get every year. It saves you some money!]

Healthy Wine Dinner at The buzz in Boise!


10Dec2014_1a_Buzz-WineClub_Christmas_Cristi-CrownCristi, in her Queen of Wine Crown, led us through a wonderfully different Wine Club Dinner last night at The Buzz here in Boise. (Her recipes for these dinners can be found at Buzz Wine Blog.) Several interesting points that she made. (1) “Superfood is a marketing term used to describe foods with supposed health benefits. [The term ‘superfood’ is] not commonly used by dieticians.” She also pointed out that there is no evidence to support that 8 – 8oz glasses of water a day is beneficial. However, soaking in water relaxes us; cleanses us; sounds of running water are soothing and swimming is good exercise to name a few. Best rule of thumb for water consumption is thirst! The amount of water intake varies on size and activity and general overall health.
As for wine: There is a 16 year Harvard study showing that drinking wine reduces heart attack. That does not mean a gallon a day of wine – 2 oz a day would be a better target. A French study showed that wine reduces the risk of heart disease. A 12 year study in Amsterdam shows that limited amounts of wine reduces the risk of Type 2 diabetes.
And to balance out the wine, here is what we had for dinner. Enjoy the photos; check out the link above for recipes from some of the wine dinners and Left-Click any of the photos to see them larger. Cheers!

Some of the 7 wines we had.
Some of the 7 wines we had.
Chicken Satay with Kale Chips 2011 Tapiz Chardonnay 13.9% alc. well rounded and went very well with the kale and the yogurt sauce. [18] $20.00

Chicken Satay with Kale Chips and Yogurt and Honey Mustard Sauce
2011 Tapiz Chardonnay
13.9% alc. well rounded and went very well with the kale and the yogurt sauce. [18] $20.00

Ginger Lentil Soup (delicious!)  2012 Revelry Merlot 13.6% alc. this was a superb match with the spiciness of the ginger in the soup. perfect paring! [18] $17.00

Ginger Lentil Soup
(delicious! Robin enjoyed this.)
2012 Revelry Merlot
13.6% alc. this was a superb match with the spiciness of the ginger in the soup. perfect paring! [18] $17.00

Spinach Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing (Delicious!) 2012 Tangent Albarino 13.5% alc super paring. went especially well with the dressing and the oxalic acid of the spinach. another great paring! [19] $16.00

Spinach Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing
(Delicious!)
2012 Tangent Albarino
13.5% alc super paring. went especially well with the dressing and the oxalic acid of the spinach. another great paring! [19] $16.00

Beef Stroganoff Dill Carrots Cauliflower with Peas 2012 Vistalba 14.0% alc it was surprising how well this plate went with the wine. even the fresh dill pared well. [18] $22.00

Beef Stroganoff and Noodles
Dill Carrots
Cauliflower with Peas
2012 Vistalba
14.0% alc it was surprising how well this plate went with the wine. even the fresh dill pared well. [18] $22.00

Chess Pie with Raspberries Henkell Brut 11.5% alc. good paring with the pie, even for this non-sparkling wine enthusiast. it did go well with the berries.  (We did purchase 2 bottles though.)  [17] $16.00

Chess Pie with Raspberries
Henkell Brut
11.5% alc. good paring with the pie, even for this non-sparkling wine enthusiast. it did go well with the berries. (We purchased 2 bottles.) [17] $16.00

A good – great healthy meal! Great wine parings. Overall a great food preparation. Cheers and hope to see you at the Wine Dinner in January.