Telaya Wines Featured at the TVWS Wine Buffet


It was really a super night. Fine food and wine. Great friends! Telaya Wines, Carrie Sullivan presenting, were paired quite well with the buffet! The Chef and all of his Staff, did a superb job in presenting the buffet courses at the correct time and in the suggested order. Gail McClellan Parker does a super job in working the kitchen in suggesting the meal and paring the wines. Here is the menu for the evening and the wines. Please look at the winery link above and read their history. It’s interesting!

“Through Telaya–a blend of their two favorite places, the Tetons and la playa–they could establish a home base from which they could take others on a journey.”

Enjoy these photos and Left-Click any of them to see the photos enlarged. Cheers!

Some of the 38 people who enjoyed the evening.
Telaya Wines served tonight.
Two special wines. Check with the winery for availability.
Carrie Sullivan, co-owner does a great job in explaining about their wines.

Chef Choice Salad
with
Chopped Romaine Hearts, Pears, Feta Cheese, Candied Walnuts and Herb Vinaigrette

Smithfield Farms Pork Tenderloin
with
Telaya Turas and Caper Demi Glace

Wild Rice Pilaf
(I certainly did like this. Especially with some of the demi glace on it!)

“Pilaf is a dish in which rice is cooked in a seasoned broth. In some cases, the rice may attain its brown or golden colour by first being sautéed lightly in oil before the addition of broth. Cooked onion, other vegetables as well as a mix of spices may be added. Depending on the local cuisine, it may also contain meat, fish, vegetables, pasta, and dried fruits.
Pilaf and similar dishes are common to Balkan, Middle Eastern, Caucasian, Central and South Asian, East African, Latin American and Caribbean cuisines. It is a staple food and a national dish in Afghan, Armenian, Azerbaijani, Bangladeshi, Balochi, Bukharan Jewish, Cretan, Indian, Iranian, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Kurdish, Pakistani, Swahili (Kenyan, and Tanzanian-Zanzibari), Uyghur, Uzbek, Tajik and Turkish cuisines.” [Wikipedia}

Buttered Carrots and Green Beans

Chocolate Espresso Torte

Hope I made you drool and be hungry! ‘Cause you’ll have to join us next month for Wines of Texas, presented by Garry Scholz. Yah Hoo!

Williamson Orchards and Vineyards New Tasting Room


Yea! Great to see that the Williamson Orchards and Vineyards new and beautiful tasting room in the heart of the Snake River AVA will be opening soon. Real soon! Here is a link to Williamson Orchards and Vineyards where you can find more information.

08oct2016_1a_tvws_williamson-group“The farm was homesteaded in 1909 by Lillian (Williamson) and George Gammon. These pioneers set a precedent of hard work, ingenuity and perseverance. The Williamson’s were some of the first to plant fruit trees in the Sunnyslope valley. As the family grew, so did the business. Four generations of Williamson have worked the farm.
Today Williamson Orchards and Vineyards is operated by Michael, Beverly and Patrick Williamson [pictured here]. The original homestead of 80 acres expanded up to 700 acres at one time, and currently consists of 400 acres of vineyards, orchards and row crop.
We planted our first vineyards in 1998 and released our first vintage in 2001. The vineyard has more than doubled from the original 25 acres of Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Viognier. We now grow 8 grape varietals and produce 14 different labels of delicious and award winning wines.” [Williamson Orchards and Vineyards website]
 

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“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

TVWS Wine Buffet


TVWS LogoWell another wine dinner for the TVWS has come and gone.
Some mix-up in the presenters, but the dinner did go on. The members of the TVWS are so great in “stepping up to the plate” and that is exactly what they did. They knew what the buffet was going to be, so they went out and purchased Idaho wines for the dinner. Thank-You all who “covered” for the mistake and made the evening a success for the 34 people who were there. Thank-You too, Kathy Johnson, of Winery Seekers, for doing your part in Hosting. It is appreciated. Here are some photos from the evening.

Three wines that were use for the appetizer table.
Three wines that were use for the appetizer table.
The Appetizer Table.
The Appetizer Table.
Robert Parker pours some appetizer wine.
Robert Parker pours some appetizer wine.
Salad Makings
Salad Makings
Pork Chops
Pork Chops
Scalloped Potatoes
Scalloped Potatoes
Broccoli and Reed Peppers
Broccoli and Reed Peppers
Dinner is plated
Dinner is plated
Rhubarb and Strawberry Dessert
Rhubarb and Strawberry Dessert

Capitol Cellars Releases 2C Label


02Dec2015_2_Capitol-Cellars-Release_Veltex-Sign_DetailIt was a grand release party! And now the 2C label is official. The wines are good, I liked the blend the best, but they had to use Yakima Valley grapes. Hope they start using Idaho grapes in the next release. It was fun seeing all the folks last night – it was really full! Lots of people. Here are some photos from the evening. Enjoy and visit them at Capitol Cellars web page. Left-Click any of these photos to see them enlarged.
As a note, the photo to the above is across Main Street from Capitol Cellars at 5th and Main Streets. The Veltex sign has a long history in Boise, and I always wanted a photo of it.

Logan Smyser, General Manager,  passes some appetizers.
Logan Smyser, General Manager, passes some appetizers.
White wine released.
White 2C wine released.
Red Blend released. I liked this best.
Red 2C Blend released. I liked this best.
Cabernet Sauvignon released.
2C Cabernet Sauvignon released.
Just some of the available appetizers. The kitchen staff did a wonderful job. Thank-You!
Just some of the available appetizers. The kitchen staff did a wonderful job. Thank-You!
Some of the crowd.
Some of the crowd.

Shrimp and Wine at Sawtooth Winery


21Mar2015_1_Sawtooth-Winery-Verticle_SignHad not really thought of this combination, but this was a real treat. Superb shrimp prepared by Reel Foods Fish Market here in Boise on Capital Blvd. And the wine selection, not all theirs, selected by Sawtooth Winery were a really good match for most, not all, of the shrimp dishes. But that is to be expected. Left Click any of these photographs to see them enlarged.
Out of 8 chardonnay wines presented, and it was a blind horizontal tasting, so far as I was concerned the best was the 2013 Sawtooth Reserve Chardonnay. OK. But what is a horizontal wine tasting, you ask. From Blue Sky Winery in Anna, ILL., here are the differences between a verticle tasting and a horizontal tasting.

In a verticle wine tasting, different vintages (years) of the same wine types from the same wine type from the same winery are tasted. This emphasizes the differences between various vintages.

In a horizontal wine tasting, the wines are all from the same vintage (year) but are from different wineries. When doing a horizontal tasting, keeping the same wine type and wine region will help to emphasize the differences in winery and vintner styles.

Some of the wines that were presented.
Some of the wines that were presented. The Sawtooth Winery Chardonnay was not available for purchase.
(L-R) Chef Marcus, Chef Mark and Chef Dave made this a delightful afternoon. Thank-You Reel  Foods for sharing their talents!
(L-R) Chef Marcus, Chef Mark and Chef Dave made this a delightful afternoon. Thank-You Reel Foods for sharing their talents!
Gourmet Shrimp Selections by Chef Mark Ballen

Gourmet Shrimp Selections
by
Chef Mark Ballen

This is how they prepared the shrimp.
This is how they prepared the shrimp.
Pacific Islanders Sugar Cane Shrimp A balance between sweet and spicy with a lemony finish.

Pacific Islanders Sugar Cane Shrimp
a balance between sweet and spicy with a lemony finish

Pacific Ilanders Sugar Cane Shrimp we liked these the best of all the shrimp, then you chew on the sugar cane

Pacific Islanders Sugar Cane Shrimp
we liked these the best of all the shrimp; then you chew on the sugar cane

Pacific Islanders Sugar Cane Shrimp

Pacific Islanders Sugar Cane Shrimp

Pickled Vegetables

Pickled Vegetables
artichoke, broccoli, carrot, asparagus on lettuce leaf

Honey Adobe Poppin' Shrimp a savory, smoky profile with a drizzle of key lime creme fraiche

Honey Adobe Poppin’ Shrimp
a savory, smoky profile with a drizzle of key lime crème fraîche

Shrimp Campechana de Mariscoc the classic South American shrimp cocktail with an earthy and clean air finish

Shrimp Campechana de Mariscos
the classic South American shrimp cocktail with an earthy and clean air finish

Vertical Tasting at Sawtooth Winery


21Mar2015_1_Sawtooth-Winery-Verticle_SignIt was a balmy 72 degree day at the winery! Great vertical tasting of Cabernet Sauvignon at Sawtooth Winery in the Snake River AVA. They presented an array of wines ranging from 2008 – 2014 and all cabs. Some were absolutely wonderful, 2008 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon- full of black cherry, smoke, cinnamon, cedar and cardamom, 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon – rich in dark fruit, blackberry and spice and may go well with BBQ’d chicken, 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon – clove, coriander and lingering fruit, and a 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon – floral, light and not big (it needs time), bing cherry and which needs some time. Actually there was a total of 7 wines presented. The ones I listed here are my favorites.
Enjoy these photos of the event. Look for Sawtooth Winery at your local wine store. Enjoy! Cheers! Left-Click any of these photos to see them enlarged.

Fresh cut flowers for the table decorations. Yup! It's Springtime in the Rockies!
Fresh cut flowers for the table decorations. Yup! It’s Springtime in the Rockies!
Centerpiece
Centerpiece
Table setting in the winery.
Table setting in the winery.
Justina explains to the group about the wines. Good job!
Justina explains to the group about the wines. Good job!
Cheese Plater
Cheese Plater
Soft cheese.
Soft cheese.
Some of the available wines.
Some of the available wines.
Trout Trilogy collection.
Trout Trilogy collection.