Ice Wine from Buhl, Idaho


This is a very interesting article about making a great Ice Wine here in Idaho – Holesinsky Vineyards, Buhl, Id to be precise. The article comes from Magic Valley. [Robin received this article and sent the link to me.]

Ice in their vines: Holesinsky Winery pulls off tricky ice wine harvest
COLIN TIERNAN ctiernan@magicvalley.com

Dec 12, 2019

BUHL — He dipped his pipette into the barrel and pulled out a couple of ounces of liquid gold. “This wine is very, very, very, very, very, very special,” Holesinsky Winery owner and winemaker James Holesinsky said, carefully releasing the yellow-orange ice wine into his glass. Holesinksy has been making wine for 18 years. This is just the second time he’s had a chance to make ice wine. The conditions haven’t been right since 2006. The 2006 harvest was on Halloween; this year’s fell on Oct. 30.
“It’s hard to do,” he said. “The grapes have to be in the perfect condition. You can’t have an influx of an avian bird problem. … All of the stars have to align in order for this to be a reality.”

To make real ice wine, a winemaker has to let his grapes freeze on the vine, harvest them before sunrise while they’re still frozen and squeeze them without letting them thaw. Most of the world’s ice wines come from Germany and Canada. In Idaho, it’s a rarity. The process is risky, but it makes a complex, decadent wine. The winemaker’s harvesting the fruit when the nutrient content peaks. Also, because Holesinsky pressed the grapes while they were frozen, the water content in the wine is lower. It’s a more concentrated product.
“When we picked the grapes while they were frozen, all of the water was suspended as ice,” Holesinsky said. “So when you squeeze them, all you squeeze out is the sugar and the nectar, the flavoring.”

Normally, 2 acres of grapes make 12 barrels of wine. This precious barrel of ice wine — the lone ice wine barrel out of the 40 total barrels Holesinsky made this year — took 2 acres of white Riesling grapes, grown in Hagerman.
“The intensity of flavor is a thousand times a conventional wine,” Holesinsky said.
This ice wine has twice as much sugar as a conventional wine. Most wines are about 21% sugar. This ice wine checks in at 41%. Holesinsky’s ice wine tastes rich and juicy, especially compared to the lemonade-colored wines a few barrels down. Winemakers who can pull off an ice wine earn bragging rights, but the extra work can be lucrative, too. Ice wines are expensive.
This one barrel will sell as 600 half-size bottles and likely earn Holesinksy $30,000 compared to the $24,000 he’d fetch from 12 standard barrels.

Pain in the ice
An enologist has to have perfect weather conditions to make ice wine.
But special weather requirements aren’t the only reason the Gem State doesn’t dabble much in the dessert alcohol. Turning 2 acres of grapes into a barrel of ice wine is grueling.
“We were out picking ice wine at 4 o’clock in the morning at 5 degrees,” Holesinsky said.

It’s not easy to find people willing to wake up in the middle of the night, don headlamps and harvest frozen grapes by hand in Hagerman, Idaho. Labor for the ice wine harvest didn’t come cheap — Holesinsky had to pay his workers $20 an hour. It’s important to finish the harvest quickly — before the sun can start melting the ice in the fruit — so it takes a big crew.
After Holesinsky had the grapes off the vines, he had to press them in the cold.
Normally it takes about 45 minutes to squeeze enough grapes for a barrel of wine. But frozen grapes are tougher.
“You have to squeeze the living (heck) out of it for about four days,” Holesinsky said.
Because the fruit was so full of minerals, Holesinsky said the juice initially smelled like sawdust and dirt, almost like wet cardboard.
The challenge doesn’t end once the juice is in the barrel. Because the sugar content is so high, it’s more difficult to initiate the fermentation process, and it’s trickier to keep the yeast alive. This ice wine is 14% alcohol.
If Holesinsky had been unlucky, birds could have eaten up a large amount of his crop. If he’d waited too long, the grape plants could have taken up the water in the grapes, drawing it into their roots, leaving withered raisins on the vines. The fruit could have started rotting, too.
An ice wine harvest also taxes the plants in the vineyard. When a grape plant senses a freeze, it will pump nutrients into its grapes to provide nourishment for its seeds. That improves the wine, but it comes with a cost.
“They pull all of the resources out of that cane — extra sugar, extra amino acids, polysaccharides, you name it,” Holesinsky said.
That stress isn’t a big deal when you’re only doing an ice wine once every decade or so, Holesinsky said, but you wouldn’t want to weaken your plants with an ice wine harvest every year.

From the vineyard to the shelves
After aging the ice wine for about six months, Holesinsky will bottle it. He’ll filter it lightly before bottling, which will make it less cloudy, but he’ll leave some of the sediment in order to retain the complex flavors. He said a bottle will probably sell for roughly $71 in stores.

Holesinsky Winery last made ice wine 13 years ago. The 2006 Liquid Gold Ice Wine, seen Dec. 5, was an award winner.

DREW NASH, TIMES-NEWS
When Holesinsky made his first ice wine in 2006, it was good, but a bit syrupy. This one will be better, he said. He hopes people get a chance to taste the wine after all the hard work that went into it.
“It’s very unique,” Holesinsky said. “You don’t get to experience this every day.”

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to include that the ice wine was harvested at the end of October. In addition, due to an editing error, a previous version of this story misstated how many barrels of ice wine were produced. There was just one.

Superb 36th Anniversary Party at Parma Ridge Winery and Bistro


It is not often that I rave about an eating place, but the Parma Ridge Winery and Bistro is one of our favorites and definitely a 5-Star eatery. Staff is awesome and Chef Storm and Stephanie Hodge, the owners, winemakers, artist and “chief cook and bottle washers”, sorta, are so humble, courteous and kind. Kudos to you both and to your superb staff! And Thank-You for such a great venue for our 36th wedding anniversary. The food was superb and the patio seating was great. Note: The winery and bistro are a great place to go Wednesday through Sunday. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, you had best call for reservations. Contact information is at the link above. Left Click any of these photos to see them enlarged.

Chef storm and Stephanie Hodge
The meal that they prepared for us was great. Here is some of what we had.

Cheese Board
Beecher’s Aged White Cheddar, Chefs Choice Assorted Cheeses, Blue Cheese Fondue, Sliced Salami, Grapes, Crackers and Sliced Baguette

Puff Pastry filled with Lobster
in a
Cream Cognac Reduction Sauce

This is not on the regular menu, but rather was specially made for us by Chef Storm. It would be great to have this on the appetizer menu!! Thank-You Chef Storm for this surprise. Delicious!

Rutherford Burger
All-Beef Patty with Smokey Mayo, Applewood Smoked Bacon, Rocket Greens, Cabernet Grilled Onions & Sliced Smoked Blue Cheese

Pear Salad
with
Grilled Chicken
Mixed Greens with Apple Cider Viniagrette, Blue Cheese Crumbles and Poached Pears

Char-Broiled Filet Mignon
with
Cabernet Beef Demi-Glacé, Roasted Garlic Truffle Mashed Potatoes and Grilled Broccolini

Char-Broiled Ribeye
with
Cabernet Beef Demi-Glacé, Roasted Garlic Truffle Mashed Potatoes and Grilled Broccolini

And then the desserts. Yes. That is plural! We passed them around so everyone got some.

Meyer Lemon Custard
with a
Blueberry Compote, Lemon Whipped Cream and Lemon Wafers

Tiramisu Bread Pudding
Croissant Bread Pudding with a Mascarpone whip Over a Kahlúa Chocolate Sauce

Wine Lover’s Chocolate Cake
A Red Wine Infused Dark Chocolate Sponge Cake Filled With a Joshua Storm Butter Cream and Finished With a Chocolate Ganache

And finally, thanks to all these delightful folks who joined us.

Chris and Anna
Myra
Marnie and Eric
A view of the patio

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.

Great Feasts Coming to Parma Ridge Winery Bistro!


Join us this Weekend with Wonderful Wine, Fabulous Food and an Amazing View
We are open Wednesday & Thursday from 12-5 p.m. for Wine Tasting, Beer and our Small Bites Menu, Friday & Saturday 12-9pm and Sunday 11 am- 5 pm with our Full Bistro Menu, Wine Tasting & Beer.
Reservations Required for Dining from 5-9 p.m. Friday & Saturday.
You can now text us at 208-946-5187 to make a reservation.
[The Pork Chops and the Brisket pictured below are AWESOME! So is the Omelet. Left-Click the photos to see them enlarged.]

SAVE THE DATE! WINE CLUB RELEASE THURSDAY, APRIL 18 from 4-8 p.m.
2018 Avielle, Rosé of Merlot, $17 Retail, $14.45 Wine Club
2018 Tre Bianchi, Gewurztraminer, Riesling & Viognier, $18 Retail, $15.30 Wine Club
2016 The Last Zin, Merlot & Zinfandel, $28 Retail, $23.80 Wine Club
2016 Tempranillo, $34 Retail, $28.90 Wine Club
PLEASE RSVP via text at 208-946-5187 or email at info@parmaridge.wine with the time you will be coming. Cards will be charged beginning this week so please let us know asap if you have changes to your club or your card on file. Menu and prizes will be announced in the Wine Club email this week.

Easter Brunch and Special Menu, Sunday, April 21 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Limited Reservations remaining — Make yours today!

Featured Specials:
Omlete a la Mason – $12.95
Folded Omelet with Eggs from Relk Farms, a Groves Country Mushroom Melange and Beecher’s Aged White Cheddar. Served with a Roasted Potato Medley of Peruvian, Baby Red and Yukon Gold with Crumbled Bacon

Braised Short Ribs – $24.95
Slow Braised Short Ribs with a Roasted Potato Medley of Peruvian, Baby Red and Yukon Gold with Sauteed Carrots and Fennel

Pork Chop au Poivre – $24.95
A Smoked and Seared Double Cut Pork Chop with a Brandy Peppercorn Creole Mustard Sauce, Fried Artichoke Hearts and a Roasted Potato Medley of Peruvian, Baby Red and Yukon Gold

We will be offering our regular menu and the new featured Spring items this weekend, Storm might also be adding a few specials of his own to practice for Easter Sunday!

Mediterranean Chicken Salad $10.95
Mixed Greens with Sun-Ripened Tomatoes, Currants, Golden Raisins, Thyme Roasted Artichokes, Beecher’s Aged White Cheddar and Marinated Chicken with a Zesty White-Balsamic Basil Dressing

Pear Salad – $9.95, with Grilled Chicken $12.95
Mixed Greens with Apple Cider Vinaigrette, Blue Cheese Crumbles and Poached Pear with a Slice of Grilled Baguette

Caprese Bite Appetizer $6.95
Lightly Toasted Baguette with Roma Tomatoes, Italian Basil, Buffalo Mozzarella and a Balsamic Reduction

Our Bacon Wrapped Prawns are back! Come try them this weekend
Jumbo Bacon Wrapped Prawn Appetizer $13.95
Char-Broiled Bacon Wrapped Jumbo Prawns with Cherry Chipotle BBQ sauce on a Bed of Spring Greens, 4 Prawns per order

Loaded Bowls $14.95
Choose between Rosemary Truffle Fries, Tater Tots or Fresh Fried Potato Chips

Poutine Bowl – House Made Demi-Glace, Local Fresh Cheese Curds, Sautéed Button Mushrooms & Applewood Smoked Bacon

Chipotle Cheddar Bowl – Tillamook Chipotle Cheddar Cheese Fondue with Filet Bites, Basque Chorizo, Crispy Bacon, Sautéed Jalapenos & Cilantro

Join us for Happy Hour Friday from 4-6 p.m.
$1 off Mimosas
$1 off Brock Lager
$7.50 Mesquite or Deluxe Sliders with beer, mimosa or wine purchase
$7.50 Personal Pepperoni, Sausage Mushroom or Fungi Flatbreads with beer, mimosa or wine purchase

Mother’s Day Brunch and Special Menu, Sunday, May 12 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Make your reservation today
Special Weekend In April Ladies Luncheon & Crafting Event April 6th

Buy 2 Bottles get 1 Free on Wednesday & Thursday at Parma Ridge! Mention this ad to take advantage of this offer in our tasting room.

Ladies Luncheon & Crafting Event April 6th at Parma Ridge
Please join us for a Ladies Luncheon & Crafting Event with @therustyboard!
When: Saturday, April 6th 11:30 am.- 1:30 p.m.
Where: Parma Ridge Winery
So many 9×12 choices! Pick a Pallet Sign to make for $26, Box Frame for $30 or Framed Chalkboard for $35. Pick what you want it to say and then RSVP with Payment by March 23rd. Instant Message Amy Watts at (208) 921-7616 or wattsfamilyof6@gmail.com for google form & option to pay via a link to square account.
Parma Ridge will offer their full menu and wine, wine tasting and drinks so come hungry & thirsty!
Space is limited so register today.

LIVE MUSIC ON THE PATIO THIS SUMMER
These evenings are filled with fun! Enjoy excellent music, wine & beer and our fabulous cuisine. Our kitchen will remain open until 9 p.m. on nights we have live music. Reserve your spot today as space fills up fast!

Cunningham and Moss, Saturday June 1 & Saturday September 14 from 5:30-9:30 p.m.
Don Cunningham and David Moss team up for this dynamic acoustic Duo. A little Rock a little Roll and a whole lotta Soul. Two Guys Two Guitars. Read more about Cunningham and Moss Here.

The James Gang, Saturday, June 15th from 6-9 pm
James Barrett- Vocals, Rhythm Guitar
Rochelle Barrett-Lead Vocals
Ken Lynde- Lead Guita
Read More about The James Gang Here.

The RockIts, Saturday, June 29th from 6-9 pm
Our one and only Nikki Barrett is the lead singer of this band. This Rockabilly/Hillbilly Band is sure to entertain the crowd! Read more about the RockIts Here.

More Live Music Nights coming soon!

LIMITED QUANTITIES – STOCK UP NOW
2016 Reserve Syrah, Retail $34, Wine Club $28.90, less than 1 Case Left
2017 Reinhart Riesling, Retail $20, Wine Club $17.00, 17 Cases Left
2016 Reserve Merlot, Retail $35, Wine Club $29.75, 25 Cases Left
2017 LaRea Dolce, Late Harvest, Retail $28, Wine Club $23.80, 25 Cases Left
2016 Storm Red, Retail $35, Wine Club $29.75, 27 Cases Left
2016 Joshua Storm, Retail $32, Wine Club $27.20, 30 Cases Left
2016 Kenneth Storm, Retail $32, Wine Club $27.20, 37 Cases Left

Breakfast Sandwich

Sunday Brunch Specials
Breakfast Sandwich – $7.95
Bacon, Egg and Cheddar Breakfast Sandwich with Cheesy Bacon Fries
Best Ever Biscuits and Gravy – $7.95
Sausage Gravy over a Fresh Bacon Cheddar Biscuit topped with a Sunny Side Up Egg
Brunch Burger – $9.95
Quarter-Pound Burger with Melted Double Cream Brie, Applewood Smoked Bacon, and Sunny Side Up Egg with a Lemon-Tarragon Aioli and Rosemary Garlic Truffle Fries

We Bottled our 2018 Tre Bianchi, 2018 Avielle, Rosé of Merlot, 2018 Rhubarb Wine, and 2016 “The Bomb” – a blend of Cabernet, Malbec & Merlot last weekend. Watch the videos on our Facebook Page!

Have you seen the recent articles on Parma Ridge?

Parma Ridge was featured in the AAA Magazine, thank you Nathan Leigh for the write-up on our location!

“Settle in at Parma Ridge Winery, just southeast of Parma, Idaho, and on a clear day you might be able to see nearly 60 miles from east to west—a panoramic view of the whole lower Boise River Valley.” —Nathan Leigh

Have you seen the recent articles on Parma Ridge?
Parma Ridge was featured in the AAA Magazine, thank you Nathan Leigh for the write-up on our location!
“Settle in at Parma Ridge Winery, just southeast of Parma, Idaho, and on a clear day you might be able to see nearly 60 miles from east to west—a panoramic view of the whole lower Boise River Valley.” —Nathan Leigh

Parma Ridge was voted #1 Winery in Idaho By House Beautiful. See the line up here!

Have you seen the recent articles on Parma Ridge? Parma Ridge was voted #1 Winery in Idaho By House Beautiful. See the line up here!

Great article by By Andy Purdue and Eric Degerman of Great Northwest Wine on the Idaho Wine Industry. Parma Ridge made the list with our 2016 Dry Rose of Merlot – Read it here!
See you this weekend on the Ridge!
Cheers,

Steph and Chef Storm
Sous Chef and Assist Winemaker Megan Hartman

Parma Ridge Winery
24509 Rudd Road, Parma ID, 83660
208-946-5187
http://www.parmaridge.wine

 

 

Save the date for our Easter Special Menu — Make your Reservation today!
Try our new Mediterranean Salad with one of our Featured Specials

Weekend of March 7 at Parma Ridge Winery and Bistro


Join us this Weekend with Wonderful Wine, Fabulous Food and an Amazing View
We are open Wednesday & Thursday from 12-5 p.m. for Wine Tasting, Beer and our Small Bites Menu, Friday & Saturday 12-9pm and Sunday 11 am- 5 pm with our Full Bistro Menu, Wine Tasting & Beer.
Reservations Required for Dining from 5-9 p.m. Friday & Saturday.
You can now text us at 208-946-5187 to make a reservation.

Parma Ridge was featured in the AAA Magazine, thank you Nathan Leigh for the write-up on our location!

“Settle in at Parma Ridge Winery, just southeast of Parma, Idaho, and on a clear day you might be able to see nearly 60 miles from east to west—a panoramic view of the whole lower Boise River Valley.” —Nathan Leigh

Join us for Happy Hour Friday from 4-6 p.m.
$1 off Mimosas
$3 Cans of Payette Beer
$7.50 Mesquite or Deluxe Sliders with beer, mimosa or wine purchase
$7.50 Personal Pepperoni, Sausage Mushroom or Fungi Flatbreads with beer, mimosa or wine purchase

Save the Date for these Upcoming Events

St. Patrick’s Day Weekend, March 15-17th
Featured Special – Corned Beef Sandwich (pictured above)
The perfect pairing of Corned beef, Melted Swiss cheese, Sauerkraut and Thousand Island dressing on a Ciabatta Roll with Fresh Cut Rosemary Garlic Truffle Fries for $10.95 –while supplies last!
Enjoy our Full Bistro Menu and Wine Tasting all Weekend

Spring Equinox Weekend, March 22-24th
Friday & Saturday 12-9 p.m. & Sunday 11a.m. – 5 p.m.
Preview Tasting of our 2018 Avielle, Rosé of Merlot, Enjoy a glass for $6
Roll-out of New Spring Menu
March Madness FINAL 4, Buy 4 Bottles of Wine, Get 2 Free of equal or lesser value, no other discounts will be applied
Enjoy our Full Bistro Menu and Wine Tasting all Weekend

Easter Brunch and Special Menu, Sunday, April 21 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Menu to Follow
Make your reservation today

Mother’s Day Brunch and Special Menu, Sunday, May 12 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Menu to Follow
Make your reservation today

Eat, Drink and Be Merry!
LIMITED QUANTITIES – STOCK UP NOW
2016 Reserve Syrah, Retail $34, Wine Club $28.90, 5 Cases Left
2017 Reinhart Riesling, Retail $20, Wine Club $17.00, 18 Cases Left
2016 Reserve Merlot, Retail $35, Wine Club $29.75, 27 Cases Left
2017 LaRea Dolce, Late Harvest, Retail $28, Wine Club $23.80, 27 Cases Left
2016 Storm Red, Retail $35, Wine Club $29.75, 28 Cases Left
2016 Joshua Storm, Retail $32, Wine Club $27.20, 32 Cases Left
2016 Kenneth Storm, Retail $32, Wine Club $27.20, 39 Cases Left

Best Ever Biscuits and Gravy
Sunday Brunch Specials
Breakfast Sandwich – $7.95
Bacon, Egg and Cheddar Breakfast Sandwich with Cheesy Bacon Fries
Best Ever Biscuits and Gravy – $7.95
Sausage Gravy over a Fresh Bacon Cheddar Biscuit topped with a Sunny Side Up Egg
Brunch Burger – $9.95
Quarter-Pound Burger with Melted Double Cream Brie, Applewood Smoked Bacon, and Sunny Side Up Egg with a Lemon-Tarragon Aioli and Rosemary Garlic Truffle Fries

Have you seen the recent articles on Parma Ridge? Parma Ridge was voted #1 Winery in Idaho By House Beautiful. See the line up here!

Great article by By Andy Purdue and Eric Degerman of Great Northwest Wine on the Idaho Wine Industry. Parma Ridge made the list with our 2016 Dry Rose of Merlot – Read it here!
See you this weekend on the Ridge!
Cheers,

Steph and Chef Storm
Sous Chef and Assist Winemaker Megan Hartman

Parma Ridge Winery
24509 Rudd Road, Parma ID, 83660
208-946-5187
http://www.parmaridge.wine

 

 

Soups will only be on the menu for two more weekends — Come out and enjoy them while they are here!
Stay Tuned for our Next Wine Release Mid-April

Farm to Table Feast


And it was a good feast! Held at Peaceful Belly Farm and the new event room and building – Grand Opening November 16–18, noon until 6 pm.
The Farm to Table Dinner Series, “Josie of Peaceful Belly, Scott from Snake River Winery, Clay from Stack Rock Cidery, Nate Whitley chef at the Modern Hotel and Chef Abby Carlson have teamed up to create an amazing 5-course meal held on our magical Sunny Slope farm. The plates are creative, unique, and 100% local and seasonal. These dinners will transport you to another time and place where fresh food is cooked with amazing brilliance and presented to the table in a picturesque farm setting.” Here are some photos from the evening. Enjoy and Left-Click to see any of these photos enlarged. All in all – A good dinner.

Sunset at the farm.
The menu for the dinner.
New event room and tasting room.
Appetizer –

Fingerling Potato, Lentils and Onion

Smoked Trout
Warm Fingerling Potatoes
Buttermilk
Shallots
Arugula
2012 Arena Valley Riesling

Beef Tongue Carpaccio
Black Garlic Aioli
Roasted Chilis
Sunny Slope Cide
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Roasted Winter Squash
Leeks
Kale
Brown Butter Tamari Vinaigrette
2014 Blauer Zweigelt

Reflections at the Intermezzo

Intermezzo
Pumpkin Pie Sorbet

Roasted Pork Loin
Onion Puree
Lentils
Tomato
Swiss Chard
2009 Reserve Bordeaux Blend

Tri of Ice Cream Sandwiches
2014 Orange Muscat