Spanish Wines at the Buzz


12April2016_1e_The-Buzz-Spain_Faustino-2008Some 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 [18] out of [20]. The onluy better one was a NV Destello Cava that was served with the Brazo Gitanoin 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 Pasiegais 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!

Mushroom Croquettes and Tortillo Espanola 2010 Vivanco Crianza 13.5% alc. not bad but a little light on the bouquet. but then so were most of the other wines [18] $20.00

Mushroom Croquettes
and
Tortillo Espanola
2010 Vivanco
Crianza
13.5% alc. not bad but a little light on the bouquet. but then so were most of the other wines [18] $20.00

Valencia Salad 2014 Piquitos Moscato 11.0% alc Good fruity nose and flavor profile./ I am not a big fan of Moscato [17] $12.00

Valencia Salad
2014 Piquitos
Moscato
11.0% alc Good fruity nose and flavor profile. I am not a big fan of Moscato [17] $12.00

Avocado Soup (This was a very good cold soup) 2013 Picos Garnacha 14.0% alc. a good paring with the soup [18] $14.00

Avocado Soup
(This was a very good cold soup)
2013 Picos Garnacha
14.0% alc. a good paring with the soup [18] $14.00

Fabada and Pisto 2008 Faustino Rioja 13.5% alc. this wine was explained above [18] $24.00

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 [18] $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.

Brazo Gitano Quesada NV Destello Cava 11.4% alc. strangely, I rated it the highest of the night. Superb paring [19] $15.00

Brazo Gitano
Quesada Pasiega
NV Destello
Cava
11.4% alc. strangely, I rated it the highest of the night. Superb paring. It is discussed above. [19] $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

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

Chocolate at The Buzz


buzz_logo_cafe_building_bestEverything, except the wine, had chocolate in it tonight! Chocolate may not have been the main ingredient in the food, but it was there in some amount. “Chocolate is made from plants – which means it contains many of the health benefits of dark vegetables as part of an anti-aging diet. Flavonoids … act as antioxidants.” Cristi Takeda, owner of the Buzz and an RN, went on to say that, “Dark chocolate contains a large number of antioxidants – nearly 8 times the number found in strawberries … Lowers blood pressure – small bar each day – and lowers cholesterol – reduces LDL up to 10%.” Interesting information. There is always something to learn at these Wine Dinners. Remember, “Stressed spelled backwards is Desserts. So, to reverse being “stressed” … CHOCOLATE!!!!” Here is what we had for dinner and the wines that went with each dish. Rated the wines on a [20] point scale. Enjoy!

Garlic Eggplant Dip 2013 Mossback Chardonnay 14.2% alc. Not really the best wine of the night. Light on bouquet and body. [16] $18.00

Garlic Eggplant Dip
2013 Mossback Chardonnay
14.2% alc. Not really the best wine of the night. Light on bouquet and body. The paring, though, was good. [16] $18.00

Spicy Tomato Chocolate Soup 2012 Koenig Riesling 13.6% alc. Again, light on the bouquet and balance. But a good finish. [17] $17 .00 The soup was differently good.

Spicy Tomato Chocolate Soup
2012 Koenig Riesling
13.6% alc. Again, light on the bouquet and body. But a good finish. [17] $17.00
The soup was differently good. The paring was OK.

Strawberry Mozzarella Salad NV Prosecco 11.0% alc. Really a great finish and body. Overall appeal was good. It The salad tended to over power the wine. [18] $15.00

Strawberry Mozzarella Salad
NV Prosecco

11.0% alc. Really a great finish and body. Overall appeal was good. Even though the salad was good, it did tend to over power the wine. The salad dressing was a Balsamic and Chocolate reduction. [18] $15.00

Chicken Mole Grilled Vegetables with Chocolate Port Sauce 2012 Valley of the Moon Zinfandel 15.1% alc. Best wine of the night. Great with the spiciness of the mole. Superb body and finish. Good paring. [19] $15.00

Chicken Mole
Grilled Vegetables with Chocolate Port Sauce
2012 Valley of the Moon
Zinfandel
15.1% alc. Best wine of the night. Great with the spiciness of the mole. Superb body and finish. Good paring. [19] $15.00

Salted Carmel Lava Cake 2012 La Madrid Cab Franc 14.0% alc. Not my pick for the night. Lacked bouquet, balance and finish. [14] $23.00

Salted Carmel Lava Cake
2012 La Madrid
Cab Franc
14.0% alc. Not my pick for the night. Lacked bouquet, balance and finish. [14] $23.00

And here is some interesting information. If you like an Ice Wine, just know that 1 year in 5 conditions will be right to make this wine. The grapes must freeze on the vines and then they are picked by hand frozen. An Ice Wine is very labor intensive.
Also, on February 28th, the Buzz is sponsoring a Fund Raiser for the orchestral group, Serenata. This is really one fantastic group. Please come out and support them! The next Wine Club Dinner is March 10th and again on the 11th. Hope to see you there! Cheers.

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.

June Events at “the Buzz” in Boise


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This month at the Buzz really sounds interesting.This is probably the best and most affordable complete 5 course dinner and 5 or six wines that you will find in Boise. Just a mere $20 per person! But do make reservations – (208) 344-4321. Here is the latest from Cristi.

Just a quick reminder of some of the fun at the Buzz this June. We continue with live music and wine tasting on Friday Nights. This month featured artists will be:

6/6 Pat Foulkner
6/13 Carter Freeman
6/20 Wayne White
6/27 Johnny Shoes

Starting 6/13 we will have some wines to go along with the world cup events.
Our wine club this month is 6/10 and 6/11. We will be talking about cooking outside. Make your reservations, buzzwine@cableone.net or (208) 344-4321. It will be a fun event. The cost is only $20 a person including food and wine.

Keep on the lookout for updates about some new things coming to the Buzz. Hope to see everyone soon.

Sincerely,
Cristi and Tom Takeda
Buzz Coffee and Wine

Really ….. I do think you will enjoy this. Bring your friends and have a relaxing, fun and educational evening. Learn about wine. Learn about the paring of wine and food. And this month, learn about what wine to serve over the hot summer months. Cheers and hope to see you there. Here is a little information about the Buzz from their website.

Buzz Coffee and Cafe has been owned and operated by Cristi and Tom Takeda since 2007 and is one the finest coffee houses and wine bars in the Treasure Valley. Buzz prides itself on presenting a “family friendly” atmosphere for all it’s patrons and is always happy to adjust to the needs of whoever walks thru the door. Our menu features great breakfast items to start your day along with the finest coffee and beverage choices. Lunch or dinner is always available, or a quick snack after visiting the Idaho Athletic Club right next door. Almost all our food is made to order when you order it, so changes are not a problem. Great sandwiches and wraps as well as very tasty healthy salads are all on the menu, and if you don’t see something just ask and we can try and make something to your liking.

Buzz uses Full Circle Exchange coffee roasted locally in Eagle.

In the mood for a glass of fine wine or a beer after work or workout? Cristi holds her level I Sommelier certification and is always on the lookout for new and exciting wines to stock the shelves with. She has personally selected all the wines on our shelves and is always ready and willing to answer any questions one may have about wines. Need to find a great wine to go with your dinner or just to drink? Cristi can help you pair a great wine to whatever you may be fixing for dinner, or help you find the perfect wine to just relax and enjoy with friends. Her schedule can be a bit varied and you may not always catch her here at Buzz, but Tom can always help out as well. Be assured that no matter who is here to help you, Cristi has tasted all of the wines we stock and as she likes to say, “All the wines we carry are wines I would share with friends.”

Here at Buzz we want everyone to feel as comfortable and relaxed as they would in their own living room. Music is always kept to a comfortable level so you almost don’t even notice that its playing. Our big screen TV is most often set to a 24 hour news channel, but for special events such as BSU football game we always try to watch our Broncos as they march up and down the gridiron. If asked, we will always turn the TV off to make your stay more enjoyable.