Spring Release at Parma Ridge Winery

A really good release party at Parma Ridge Winery on April 18. Warm temperatures. Clear skies. Great food. Great wines. Here are the wines that were released and the Tapas we had. Left-Click any photo to see enlarged.



2018 Avielle. 100% Merlot. This Rosé is maned after Avielle, our fiery daughter with Strawberry Blonde hair. Enjoy notes of sweet honey and ripened strawberries with a crisp finish. [Blog Note: Don’t miss this one. It is superb!]
Paring: Crostini with Borsin, Crispy Prosciutto and Blackberry Compote.



2018 Tre Bianchi. 63% Gewürztraminer, 20% Riesling and 17% Viognier. Meaning “Three Whites” in Italian, this full-bodied white features pronounced citrus and melon notes.
Paring: Tempura Halibut Bites with Unagi Sauce.


2016 The Last Zin. 75% Merlot and 26% Zinfandel. “The Last Zin” is a final hurrah to our Zinfandel that perished in the hard-freeze of 2016. This estate-grown red is balanced with notes of wild blackberry, smooth tannins and a touch of charred caramel.
Paring:“The Rochester” – A Korean Chicken Slider with Arugula, Grilled local sweet Onions and Sriracha Aioli. [Superb!]

2016 Tempranillo. 100% Tempranillo. This Spanish Varietal features subtle spices, roasted red pepper and dried cranberry with a smooth oak finish.
Paring: Fresh Fried Chips and Chipotle Cheddar Dip wwith Smoked Chorizo and Filet Mignon Bites.

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

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Tasting Room Opens For Cellar 616

Cellar-616-Tasting-RoomI had a great time at the grand opening of the Cellar 616 Winery tasting room on the Basque Block in Boise and next to Bar Gernika. There is a permanent link in the side bar to Cellar 616. Here, though, is a Link to their website. Ken Rufe and his wife are friendly and ready to answer any of your questions about their wines and their winery. One of their wines, a 2011 Viognier, is a Bronze Award winner from the 2012 Idaho Wine Competition and, after trying some, I can see why. It is surprisingly different, with a hint of cinnamon on the nose. Well worth a purchase. Here is a brief commentary directly from their web site.

Cellar 616 goals and commitment are to produce an approachable well balanced quality wine with the personal attention to detail using a traditional winemaking approach to ensure that the grapes will produce a consistent wine. We enjoy the winemaking life style and friendships from meeting new people and the support from many local winemakers in Idaho. The winemaking industry in Idaho is a close family who are always willing to help one another. I especially want to thank Martin Fujishin (Fujishin Family Cellars) and John Danielson (Vale Wine Company) for their camaraderie and encouragement in helping make our dream become a reality.

Here are some more photos from today. I bought these two wines and am anxious for Robin to try them. I think they are very good. Cheers and congratulations to Cellar 616!


Two very good wines. Well worth the purchase.
Two very good wines. The Viognier is the award winner. Both are well worth the purchase.

Doug Frost: The Wines of Portugal

Wines_Of_Portugal_Logo_JPGRobin found this great article on the Wines of Portugal by Doug Frost. He was here as a judge at one of the last Idaho Wine Festivals and he was a delight. The Full link to the article and a great video is at Wines of Portugal. Be sure to watch the video as it is chock full of information. In the meantime, here is a list of the Top 10 Best Values for Portuguese Wines from the website. There are no prices listed.

Top 10 Best Values
2008 Adega de Borba Montes Claros Garrafeira, Borba
2011 Armindo Fernandes Vianna Loureiro, Vinho Verde
2009 Bacalhôa Vinhos de Portugal Moscatel de Setúbal, Península de Setúbal
2009 Casa Santos Lima CSL Sousão Tinto, Lisboa
2009 ManzWine Contador de Estórias Tinto, Península de Setúbal
2008 Marcolino Sebo Visconde de Borba Reserva Tinto, Alentejo
2009 Quinta do Casal Monteiro Forma de Arte Reserva Red, Tejo
2008 Quinta do Escudial Reserva Vinhas Velhas, Dão
2008 Quinta do Quetzal Reserva Tinto, Alentejo
2009 Terras de Alter Fado Reserva Tinto, Alentejo

And from the same article and website, here is a list of the 10 Top of the Top wines. Enjoy and Cheers!

10 Top of the Top
2005 Adega Cooperativa de Palmela Adega de Palmela Moscatel, Península de Setúbal
NV Adriano Ramos Pinto 20 Years Quinta do Bom Retiro, Douro
NV Casa Agricola Horacio Simões Excellent Moscatel Roxo, Península de Setúbal
2008 Fontes da Cunha Munda Touriga Nacional, Dão
2009 Luis Pato Vinha Pan, Bairrada
2005 Murganheira Vintage Bruto Espumante, Távora-Varosa
2009 Quinta do Crasto Reserva Old Vines, Douro
2009 Quinta do Poeira Poeira, Douro
2010 Quinta Dos Roques Touriga Nacional, Dão
1969 Symington Family Estates W. & J. Graham’s Single Harvest Tawny Port, Douro

Indian Creek Winery (ID) Fall Schedule of Events

I just received this from Tammy and Mike at Indian Creek Winery about their Fall Schedule of events. Enjoy!

Events in November
There’s a lot going on this month that we’d like to share with you! We have our annual After Thanksgiving Open House with plenty of fun lined up each day. Visit our Facebook Event page.

Tomorrow night (November 9) is November’s Food Truck Rally at the new Whole Foods Market in Boise. There will be several food trucks, Payette Brewing, music and we’ll be there with the wine AND warm spiced wine.

We’re offering a special Wino Arts and Crafts Thanksgiving Class on Saturday, November 17. We’ll be crafting a 3-piece wine-themed Thanksgiving centerpiece. Be sure to sign up!

Out-of-state? Take advantage of our free shipping on a case and we’ll get it to you by Thanksgiving.

After Thanksgiving Open House:
November 23, 24, 25.
Extended hours: 11 AM – 6 PM each day.
More info on our website. Click Here

Join us for our Wino Arts and Crafts Class Thanksgiving Edition!

Don’t miss out on the Food Truck Rally Friday night!
Cheers to family, friends and a beautiful fall season!

A Little Info On Champagne

We all can use some additional information on Champagne. Especially me! In the latest issue of Snooth, there is an article titled What We’ve Been Reading. The article starts out by saying, “It’s harvest season all over the Northern Hemisphere and I am frankly surprised that we’re not seeing more harvest-themed blogs all over the net. It’s a great way to cut out the middle man (hey, wait a minute that’s me) and bring information directly to the consumer. And unlike much of the rest of the year, most wine producers have something new to share every day this season. What a perfect opportunity to strengthen their relationship with their fans.”
The article lists a blog site called My Man In Champagne and the videos are well worth looking at. The blog writer, Jiles Halling , states that he will report on “… My Man In Champagne’s coverage of the 2011 Harvest in Champagne. We’ll be updating our Harvest blog everyday so be sure to click here to see the latest posts and add the RSS feed to your bookmarks!”
A timely article because the TVWS is preparing an awesome Sparkling wine and Champagne tasting for their December event. The information listed here may help in understanding these types of wines. I will also put a link to the My Man In Champagne blog in the sidebar. Enjoy and Cheers!