Washington Apple Cup


Sunset at Parma Ridge Winery and Bistro
It was a really beautiful night and sunset. Tis is one of those “moments in time” photos that I captured.
Many, many thanks to Stephanie and Chef Storm Hodges for opening the winery and tasting room – and their beautiful house – for this 1st Annual Apple Cup Party. (It celebrates the football game between the Washington Huskies and the Washington State Cougars. Both teams were well represented!) Hopefully, Robin and I will be included next year. Bring more wine!
Chef Storm prepared some awesome Washington Beef! Also was Brocoli Rabe, Mushrooms in Marsala, Chicken Skewers and Potatoes and Gravy. (There are photos below) If you want to see any of these photos enlarged, Left-Click them. Enjoy these photos and the delicious meal we had. Cheers!

Sunset
Tables were set up in the new barrel room!
We offered these wines.
Chicken Skewers
Brocoli Rabe
Chef Storm prepared awesome steaks
The dinner plated. So yummy!

Wine Dinner at Grit – American Cuisine and 3 Horse Ranch Vineyards Wines


A very good dinner and some fine wines. Grit – American Cuisine, located at 360 S Eagle Rd, Eagle, ID 83616, Hours: 11AM–9PM, Phone: (208) 576-6666, presented a very good wine dinner showcasing 3 Horse Ranch Vineyards, 900 Pearl Rd, Eagle, ID 83616, Phone: (208) 863-6561. This was thee first time Robin and I have been to Grit – American Cuisine and it is worth a 4-Star rating, out of 5-Stars. Good food, especially the French Lentil Soup, pictured below. It was superb. The appetizers, Seared Beef Filet and Crab Cakes with Aioli were also superb. They are also pictured below. The wines with the appetizers, a Roussanne, were paired perfectly. The wine with the soup, Eagle Foothills Sangiovese was also a perfect pairing. Left-Click any photo to see enlarged.
Gary and Martha Cunningham, owners of 3 Horse Ranch Vineyards, did a fantastic job keeping us informed about the wines that were served and some of the specifics of the wines. The parings with our dinner were well received. 3 Horse Ranch Vineyards is in the Eagle Foothills AVA, Idaho’s newest AVA. Look at what we had. Hope to see you next time at an interesting Wine Dinner someplace.
 

Appetizer
Amuse Bouche of Bleu Cheese Crackers with Seared Beef Filet
Crab Cakes with Aioli
Roussanne

 

French Lentil Soup with Rye Croutons and House Cured Ham.
Sangiovese – Eagle Foothillsills

 


Frisee Salad with Lardons
Poached Egg
Champagne Vinargrette
Pinot Gris – Eagle Foothills

 

Sorry, but the photo I took of the next course was not good enough to post.
Mussels with Pernod
Fennel and Basil
Syrah – Eagle Foothills


 
 

Beef Wellington
with
Cognac Shitake Mushroom Duxelle
Glazed Carrots
Potato Puree
Sauce Bearnaise
Beau Geste – Eagle Foothills

 

Beef Wellington

 

Baba au Rhum
with
Cream and Vanilla Strawberry Jam
Riesling – Snake River Valley

 

Really a good night of fine food and delicious wines. Great to meet and make new friends.

Parma Ridge Winery and Restaurtant


6April216_1c_Parma-Ridge-Restaurant_HeaderI’m running just a little late in posting this. Sometimes it’s terrible to be away from ones desk for any period of time. I received this yesterday from Stephanie at Parma Ridge Winery and Restaurant. And I want to let everyone know that I have had several comments about the job both Stephanie and Chef Storm do in the kitchen and in the winery. Folks are very happily surprised. They also commented on the artwork on the walls! Here is the latest information from Stephanie. Enjoy!

Shrimp Scampi
Shrimp Scampi
A beautiful weekend of Wonderful Wine
Fabulous Food
and an
Amazing View
is coming up!

Come enjoy the wine and delicious cuisine on the patio and watch the sunset. We are open Friday, 12-9 p.m., Saturday 12-5 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. offering wine tasting and our regular menu all weekend long. Check out our Happy Hour Menu on Fridays from 4-7 p.m. and Sunday Brunch Specials. Reservations recommended for parties of 4 or more.

Next week is our Winemaker Dinner at Capitol Cellars, Wednesday, June 29 at 6 p.m. This is a Three-course dinner paired with Parma Ridge Wines.The dinner is $80 per person plus tax and gratuity. This will be the last chance to enjoy our 2014 Reserve Merlot as we are sold out of it in the Tasting Room. If you would like to make a reservation, please do so by calling 208.344.WINE (9463) or e-mailing Logan Smyser at logansmyser33@capitolcellarsllc.com. We look forward to seeing you there!

DELICIOUS FOOD SPECIALS THIS WEEKEND
(while supplies lasts)
:

Grilled Chicken Pesto Sandwich with Swiss Cheese and Prosciutto on a Toasted Ciabatta Roll and Homemade Rosemary Garlic Truffle Fries for $9.95
One-Inch Cut Char-Grilled Ribeye Steak with Bleu Cheese Butter, Rosemary Truffle Mashed Potatoes with Cabernet Beef Demi-Glace, Grilled Asparagus and Storm’s Homemade Grilled Bread for $15.95
Shrimp Scampi with Linguine Pasta (Pictured above) – Sauteed Jumbo Prawns with White Wine Lemon Butter Sauce, Tossed with Shaved Parmesan and Fresh Parsley on a Bed of Linguine and Char-Grilled Broccolini with a Slice of Storm’s Homemade Grilled Bread for $14.95
NEW! Brunch Burger (SUNDAY ONLY) – Quarter-Pound Black Angus Burger with Melted Double Cream Brie, Apple-wood Smoked Bacon, and Sunny-side up Egg with a Lemon-Tarragon Aioli and Rosemary Garlic Truffle Fries for $9.95

Happy Hour Specials Friday from 4-7 p.m. with purchase of glass of wine, mimosa or beer:
2 Sliders with Rosemary Truffle Fries: Pork, Mesquite Ground Beef, “Triple B“ or “Deluxe” – $6.50
Personal size Flatbread: BBQ Pork, BBQ Grilled Chicken, “The Patricia,” “The Kathleen”, “Fungi”, Sausage/Pepperoni, or Pepperoni – $6.50

Ridge House Salad: Mixed greens with apple cider vinaigrette, Bleu Cheese and poached pear
Parma Ridge House Salad: Mixed greens with apple cider vinaigrette, Bleu Cheese and poached pear

Parma Ridge Grilled Romaine Salads: Bacon & Blue Cheese or Chicken Caesar – $6.50
Parma Ridge Pear Salad: Mixed greens with Apple Cider Vinaigrette, Bleu Cheese and Poached Pear – $6.50
Basket of Rosemary Garlic Truffle Fries with House-made aioli – $5

Sunday Brunch Specials:
NEW! Brunch Burger
– Quarter-Pound Black Angus Burger with Melted Double Cream Brie, Apple-wood Smoked Bacon, and Sunny-side up Egg with a lemon-tarragon aioli and Rosemary Garlic Truffle Fries for $9.95
Bacon, Egg and Cheddar Breakfast Sandwich with Cheesy Bacon Fries – $6.95
Best Ever Biscuits and Gravy with a Fried Egg – $7.95

Best Every Biscuits and Gravy
Best Ever Biscuits and Gravy

We are sampling our new 2014 Parma Ridge Merlot Zinfandel Blend in the Tasting Room this weekend, not yet bottled so get a sneak peak of how it’s tasting!

Mark Your Calendar for these upcoming Events
Parma Ridge night at the Movies, Join us at the Parma Motor-Vu Drive-In Theater on Wednesday, July 13 at 8 p.m. for Wine tasting and the movie Bottle Shock. $5 entry fee gets you a tasting AND admission to the movie that will be starting at dusk. Wine will also be available to purchase by the glass and bottle that evening.
The Lucky Tongue Band, Friday, July 8 from 5-9 p.m. on the Parma Ridge patio. We had such a great time last weekend, that we wanted to get them back on the calendar for a Friday evening. It is sure to be a fun night of great music, wine and food! (call ahead if you’d like to reserve a patio table)
We look forward to seeing you soon!

Storm and Stephanie Hodge

 

Cheers,
Steph & Storm
Parma Ridge Winery
208-946-5187
info@parmaridge.wine

Hat Ranch/Vale Wines at Chandlers in Boise


Hat Ranch - Vale CollageChandlers Prime Steaks and Fine Seafood in Boise presented a wine dinner featuring Hat Ranch/Vale Wine Co Wineries. Great food and wines and we were privileged to be there. And I did find out that Hat Ranch Winery does have a Petit Verdot that is not blended with anything. It is 100%! One of the few and I do like a good Petit Verdot. We did start with a good Hors d’oeuvre of endive stuffed with Roquefort and walnut – which was very good – and a crostini with tapenade. Also served was puff pastry with fromage blanc. Whenever possible Chandlers uses all local, Idaho products.
But before we could start this fantastic wine dinner, we sat at the bar and asked the Bar Tender if he had a drink made with elderflower. In fact, he does – tow of them. One somewhat sweet and the other slightly tart. We got one of each to compare. I liked the somewhat tart one best. The drink is not on the bar menu, so you must ask for it.

Elderflower Cocktail
Elderflower Cocktail

The dinner bell was rung so we adjourned to the dining room. And this is what we had. Enjoy, we did!

The Menu
The Menu
Day Boat Scallop pan seared and set on a truffled potato cake with shiitake mushroom in a citru butter 2014 Vale Viornier

Day Boat Scallop
pan seared and set on a truffled potato cake

with
shiitake mushroom in a citrus butter

2014 Vale Viognier

Wine that was served with the duck.
Wine that was served with the duck.
Duck Two Ways  seared breast and leg confit on a red cabbage and apple slaw with port wine reduction and mascarpone polenta

Duck Two Ways
seared breast and leg confit on a red cabbage and apple slaw

with
port wine reduction and mascarpone polenta

Intermezzo Red Wine Sorbet

Intermezzo
Red Wine Sorbet

Braised Beef Cheeks with celery root and parsnip puree wilted frisee and sherry jus 2012 Vale Merlot

Braised Beef Cheeks
with
celery root and parsnip puree
wilted frisee and sherry jus

2012 Vale Merlot

Manchego accompanied with wild honeycomb candioed walnuts and fresh berries 2013 Hat Ranch Tempranillo

Manchego
accompanied with
wild honeycomb
candied walnuts and fresh berries

2013 Hat Ranch Tempranillo

An extra that we ordered - Escargo that went very, very well with the Tempranillo. We shared the escargo with our table.
An extra that we ordered –

Escargo

The escargo went very, very well with the Tempranillo. We shared the escargo with our table.

There is our wine dinner. Delicious! And the wines were superb.

Blind Tasting at The Buzz


10Nov2015_1e_The-Buzz-Monthly_Blind-Tasting_Buzz-InsideNow here is a different program for a Wine Dinner. Serve the wines, but don’t tell anyone what they are. Can you identify the varietals? Good test! I failed! Robin won! Figures. But really a great and fun night. And the food Cristi served for dinner. I want the recipe for two of the dishes – the salad and the soup. They both were terrific! Delicious. We started off with two wines for Cristi’s Choice – she selects the wines that may, or may not, correspond to the wines and the food we are having. The white wine that she served was a White Pinot Noir from Oregon. I scored it a [18]. It had a great nose and was surprisingly good. The second wine she presented as a Cristi’s Choice was a Red Petit Verdot from Washington. It had to get a [19] and was, in my not so humble opinion, the best of the night. Petit Verdot is by far one of my favorite wines and to me, again IMNSHO, should NEVER be blended.

Brie Tarts and Stuffed Mushrooms 2014 St UrbansHoff White Riesling went very well with the sharpness of the brie and the earthiness of the mushrooms

Brie Tarts and Stuffed Mushrooms
2014 St UrbansHoff White Riesling
went very well with the sharpness of the brie and the earthiness of the mushrooms
[18]

Apple Mushroom Soup (This was delicious! I want the recipe.) 2013 Carol Shelton Zinfandel not may favorite even though I do like Zin. Somewhat light and not full bodied [16]

Apple Mushroom Soup
(This was delicious! I want the recipe.)
2013 Carol Shelton Zinfandel
not my favorite tonight, even though I do like Zin. Somewhat light and not full bodied. Good though, with the soup.
[16]

Mexican Potato Salad - Ensaladilla Rusa (Delicious! Loved the mixture of ingredients. I want this recipe, too!) 2012 Clarksburg Merlot just didn't go too well with the salad [16]

Mexican Potato Salad – Ensaladilla Rusa
(Delicious! Loved the mixture of ingredients. I want this recipe, too!)
2012 Clarksburg Merlot
the wine was good, but just didn’t go well with the salad
[16]

Tommy  T Meatloaf Root Vegetables Mac 'N Cheese 2012 True Myth Paso Dobles Cabernhet Sauvignon good wine that went with the entree, especially the root vegetables [17]

Tommy T Meatloaf
Root Vegetables
Mac ‘N Cheese
2012 True Myth Paso Dobles
Cabernet Sauvignon
good wine that went with the entree, especially the root vegetables
[17]

Inside Out Apple Pie 2014 Zaganen Pinot Grigio good wine that went well with the apple. [17]

Inside Out Apple Pie
2014 Zaganen
Pinot Grigio
good wine that went well with the apple.
[17]

Local Food at the Buzz Wine Dinner


buzz_logo_cafe_building_bestAnother good wine dinner at the Buzz in Boise. This time, Cristi pared wines from the NW, and Idaho, with Idaho farm products. Some interesting information that Cristi presented. (This is a great food, wine and educational affair every month!) 99% of the mint used in the USA comes from Idaho. 90% of the trout sold in the USA, either for private use or to restaurants, comes from Idaho. 95% of the lentils produced in the USA come from Idaho. Cristi used a new spice to me, Grains of Paradise, in the soup. Grains of what?

Aframomum melegueta is a species in the ginger family, Zingiberaceae. This spice, commonly known as grains of paradise, Melegueta pepper, alligator pepper, Guinea grains, fom wisa, or Guinea pepper, is obtained from the ground seeds; it imparts a pungent, peppery flavour with hints of citrus. Although it is native to West Africa, it is also an important cash crop in the Basketo district (Basketo special woreda) of southern Ethiopia. The Pepper Coast (or Grain Coast) is a historical coastal region named after this commodity.
Melegueta pepper is commonly used in the cuisines of West and North Africa, where it has been traditionally imported by caravan routes through the Sahara desert, and whence they were distributed to Sicily and the rest of Italy. Mentioned by Pliny as “African pepper” but subsequently forgotten in Europe, they were renamed “grains of paradise” and became a popular substitute for black pepper in Europe in the 14th and 15th centuries. The Ménagier de Paris recommends it for improving wine that “smells stale”. Through the Middle Ages and into the early modern period, the theory of the four humours governed theorizing about nourishment on the part of doctors, herbalists and druggists: in this context, John Russell characterized grains of paradise, in The Boke of Nurture as hot and moist.
The importance of the spice is shown by the designation of the area from the St. Johns River (present day Buchanan) to Harper in Liberia as the “Grain Coast” in honor of the availability of grains of paradise. Later, the craze for the spice waned, and its uses were reduced to a flavoring for sausages and beer. In the 18th century, its importation to Great Britain collapsed after a Parliamentary act of George III forbade its use in malt liquor, aqua vita, and cordials. In 1855, England imported about 15,000 to 19,000 lbs per year legally (duty paid). By 1880, the Encyclopaedia Britannica (9th edition) was reporting, “Grains of paradise are to some extent used in veterinary practice, but for the most part illegally to give a fictitious strength to malt liquors, gin, and cordials”.
Today, it is sometimes used in gourmet cuisine as a replacement for pepper, and to give unique flavors in some craft beers, gins, and Norwegian akvavit. In America, grains of paradise are starting to enjoy a slight resurgence in popularity due to their use by some well-known chefs. Alton Brown is a fan of its use, and he uses it in okra stew and his apple pie recipe on an episode of the TV cooking show Good Eats. They are also used by people on certain diets, such as a raw food diet, because they are less irritating to digestion than black pepper. [Wikipedia]

Here is what we had for dinner and the wines that went with dinner. Enjoy!

Zucchini Cakes with Smoked Trout 2013 Basel Cellars Sauvignon Blanc 14% alc. not bad, but not a favorite wine varietal for me. went really good with the zucchini cakes. [17] $21.00

Zucchini Cakes with Smoked Trout
2013 Basel Cellars Sauvignon Blanc

14% alc. not bad, but not a favorite wine varietal for me. went really good with the zucchini cakes. [17] $21.00
Lentil Soup (This is where Cristi used the Grains of Paradise) 2013 Revelry Merlot 13.6% alc. good match with the soup and the spices. I enjoyed the texture of the soup. [18] $16.00

Lentil Soup
(This is where Cristi used the Grains of Paradise)
2013 Revelry Merlot
13.6% alc. good match with the soup and the spices. I enjoyed the texture of the soup and the Grains of Paradise. [18] $16.00

Pork and Quinoa Salad 2010 Snake River GSM 13.9% alc. good match with the salad. buy a couple of bottles. [18] $19.00

Pork and Quinoa Salad
2010 Snake River GSM

13.9% alc. good match with the salad. I did like the quinoa. buy a couple of bottles. [18] $19.00

Wild West Beef and Gouda Potatoes Beets and Carrots Pinto Bean Bread 2013 Koenig Cabernet Sauvignon 15.2% alc absolutely a spectacular wine and went extremely well with this entree. [19] $20.00

Wild West Beef and Gouda Potatoes
Beets and Carrots
Pinto Bean Bread
2013 Koenig
Cabernet Sauvignon
15.2% alc absolutely a spectacular wine and went extremely well with this entrée. [19] $20.00

Apple Tart with Cinnamon Cream (I want this recipe!) 2014 Rose Tranche 12.8% alc. good wine that pared well with the apple tart. well worth buying some. [18] $18.00

Apple Tart with Cinnamon Cream
(I want this recipe!)
2014 Rose Tranche
12.8% alc. good wine that pared well with the apple tart. well worth buying some. [18] $18.00

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!

Asian Fusion at the Buzz Wine Dinner


buzz_logo_cafeThis is the second year that Cristi has had an Asian food theme for one of the monthly Wine Dinners. I love the change! And then she also shares the recipes, if you ask. Or, if you joined us at the Wine Dinner last night, you already have the recipe for the Asian Salad. But I want the recipe for – Asian Nachos! These were delicious and interesting. And the way I scored the wines was interesting. Still using the [20] point scale, most came in at [17] – 5 of them! One [18] and one [12]. These monthly events are really interesting and one always comes away with at least one thing they learned. Join us for this fun evening and a scrumptious Wine Dinner. Cheers! (Cristi! buzzbeans.com needs renewal! Buzzwine on WordPress needs updating.)

Asian Nachos (these were delicious!)2012 Zocker Gruner Veltliner 13.5% alc. great color and clarity. balance and body were good. finish was awesome [17] $20.00

Asian Nachos
(these were delicious! I want this recipe!)
2012 Zocker Gruner Veltliner
13.5% alc. great color and clarity. balance and body were good. finish was awesome. wonderful paring with the nachos. [17] $20.00

Asian Salad (surprisingly good. loved the jicama) 2013 Sun Garden Gewurztraminer 11.5% alc super finish - long - and appeal. best wine of the night. [18] $13.00

Asian Salad
(surprisingly good. loved the jicama replacing the daikon radish)
2013 Sun Garden Gewurztraminer
11.5% alc super finish – long – and appeal. best wine of the night. wonderful paring with the salad. [18] $13.00

Yam Soup (spicy hot) 2012 Baileyana Pinot Noir 13.5% alc. good finish and generally appealing. [17] $22.00

Yam Soup
(spicy hot)
2012 Baileyana Pinot Noir
13.5% alc. good finish and generally appealing. this wine enhanced the spiciness of the soup. [17] $22.00

Chicken Thighs with Spicy Green Beans Rice 2012 Calcu Cabernet Sauvignon 13.5% alc. little light on the body, but good finish and appeal. [17] $15.00

Chicken Thighs
with
Spicy Green Beans
Steamed Rice

2012 Calcu Cabernet Sauvignon
13.5% alc. little light on the body, but good finish and appeal. [17] $15.00

Poached Pear with Crystallized Ginger 2013 Rancho Sisquoc 14.4% alc. another higher scoring wine. just a good match with the pears. [17] $18.00

Poached Pears
with
Crystallized Ginger
2013 Rancho Sisquoc

14.4% alc. another higher scoring wine. just a good match with the pears. [17] $18.00

The Buzz Wine Club – Different Format


buzz_logo_cafeA different, but fascinating format change. Last month, Cristi asked and assigned, different parts of the meal to different people, i.e., Robin and I had the appetizer, another had the salad, another the soup etc. Much like a Progressive Dinner but without traveling around. I liked it and I hope that Cristi does this again.
The wines that went with dinner were paired pretty well. At least my scores were pretty good, mostly [17] and [18] out of [20]. Take a look at what we had and enjoy. Can’t beat the price – $20 per plate with usually 7 wines. See you next month? Maybe? I hope. Enjoy these photos of the evening. Cheers! Left-Click any of these photos ton see them enlarged. Next month will be Picnic Food. That sounds like fun!

Fried Olives Chardonnay and Pinot Blend. Not the best of the night; I just didn't like it that much. [15]

Fried Olives
Cruzant Chardonnay and Pinot Blend
Not the best of the night; I just didn’t like it that much. [15] $19.00

Wild Rice Soup Jack Syrah A good match for the soup. Great color and balance. [17] $16.00

Wild Rice Soup
Jack Syrah
A good match for the soup. Great color and balance. [17] $16.00

White Balsamic Salad(Really a good salad) Pepi Chenin Blanc Viognier One of the better wines. Went very well with the acid of the salad. [18] $12.00

White Balsamic Salad
(Really a good salad)
Pepi Chenin Blanc Viognier Blend
One of the better wines. Went very well with the acid of the salad. [18] $12.00

Wild Caught Stuffed Baked Halibut Mossback Chardonnay  The best of the night. Extremely good body and finish. [19] $16.00

Wild Caught Stuffed Baked Halibut
Mossback Chardonnay
The best wine of the night. Extremely good body and finish. [19] $16.00

We were shown photos of the halibut as it was caught. It was huge. Caught in Alaska, I think. Delicious!

Triple Chocolate Bundt Cake Dry Creek Petit Syrah  Not bad with the chocolate. In fact, great!  Good paring. [18] $21.00

Triple Chocolate Bundt Cake
(Great ending to this meal!)
Dry Creek Petit Syrah
Not bad with the chocolate. In fact, great! Good paring. [18] $21.00

The Orchard House and Williamson Wines For Dinner


06 Mar2015_1_Orchard-House_SignWhat a great time last night at The Orchard House for dinner and Williamson Vineyard and Orchards serving their wines. The Orchard House is a favorite of ours when we are in the Snake River wine area. And Williamson Vineyards have some fantastic wines and their fruit in season is awesome! We highly recommend these two businesses. Here are some photos from the evening. Truly a Homestyle meal! Enjoy.

Patrick Williamson, Orchardist, explains to the Orchard House customer about the Williamson wines.
Patrick Williamson, Orchardist, explains to the Orchard House customers about the Williamson wines.

06 Mar2015_1c_Orchard-House_Williamson-Flyer

(L-R) 201o Williamson Viognier and a 2012 Williamson Blossom. Both are delightful wines.
(L-R) 2010 Williamson Viognier and a 2012 Williamson Blossom, a rosé of Sangiovese. Both are delightful wines.
More wine offerings.
More wine offerings.
A flight of Williamson wines.
A flight of Williamson wines.
Chicken Nugget Appetizer. Breading was a little heavy and they are spicy.
Chicken Nugget Appetizer. Breading was a little heavy and they are spicy.
Some really good Onion Rings.
Some really good Onion Rings.
Some of the best Idaho Trout in the state!
Some of the best Idaho Trout in the state!
I know. No one makes a Meatloaf like your Mother. And you can not find a good meatloaf when traveling. Until now. Outside of my kitchen, and my Mother's kitchen, this has got to be the best anywhere. And if you are here for lunch, try the Meatloaf Sandwich!
I know. No one makes a Meatloaf like your Mother. And you can not find a good meatloaf when traveling. Until now. Outside of my kitchen, and my Mother’s kitchen, this has got to be the best anywhere. And if you are here for lunch, try the Meatloaf Sandwich!

What else can I say? The meal was a Plus 4-Star dinner (out of 5-Stars) and the wines went extremely well with the dinner. If you are in the area, stop in at both places. You may need reservations at The Orchard House – they get very busy for dinner. And try their breakfast or lunch. And don’t forget the appropriate wine with dinner. Say Hi to Kris for us! Cheers!