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!

Basque Wines at TVWS


10Sept2014_1_TVWS-Basque-Wines_2012-Serres TempranilloSuch a great evening – one of the best this year. Chef Jake out did himself tonight with the menu. He and his Staff are to be commended. Everything went so very well with the wines that were presented by Tara and Tony Eiguren, Owners of the The Basque Market in downtown Boise. All around super job by everyone and good work by Craig Luttig who organized this tasting. The wine pictured here was one of the best for the evening, a 2012 Serres Tempranillo. “… Aromas of fresh, red and black fruit, liquorice and floral notes with a taste that is fresh, fruity with a bit of intensity.” [The Basque Market] This was a good party and I think all 28 people who were there enjoyed themselves and learned something new. Enjoy these photos and Left-Click any of them to see the photo enlarged. Cheers!

The Basque Market in Boise. Go in and visit the market. Have some tapas and some wine. Take a cooking class. Did you know that Boise has one of the highest concentrations of Basque outside of Spain?
The Basque Market in Boise. Go in and visit the market. Have some tapas and some wine. Take a cooking class. Did you know that Boise has one of the highest concentrations of Basque outside of Spain?
Tony and Tara Eiguren, Owners of The Basque Market and our presenters tonight.
Tony and Tara McElhose-Eiguren, Owners of The Basque Market and our presenters tonight.
The list of wines that were presented.
The list of wines that were presented.
Map of the Basque country and more wine that was presented.
Map of the Basque country and more wine that was presented.
Some of the people who were there.
Some of the people who were there.
More of the crowd.
More of the crowd.
Bridgette Gibson, our VP, tries some appetizers.
Bridgette Gibson, our VP, tries some appetizers.
Chef Jake and Gail McClellan Parker, our President.
Chef Jake and Gail McClellan Parker, our President.
Some of the wine we had.
Some of the wine we had.
More wine to go with some great food.
More wine to go with some great food. Notice the white Rioja, the 2012 Serres Viura.
Cucumber and Onion Salad with Red and Green Peppers

Cucumber and Onion Salad with Red and Green Peppers

Meatballs with Rice in Tomato Sauce

Meatballs with Rice in Tomato Sauce

Chirizo

Chorizo

Potato Casserole

Potato Casserole

Sauteed Red and Green Pepper, Onion and Mushrooms

Sautéed Red and Green Pepper, Onion and Mushrooms

Tira Misu

Tiramisu