French Wines and Dinner At The Buzz


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Another in a series of good wine dinners at the Buzz last night. Some very interesting wines, presented blind, and good food. Our friend Maggie, pictured here, came along with us and it was great to see that she was feeling chipper enough to join us. We always like to have her join us in these adventures. I
This was a good meal. Not particularly the best I have had at the Buzz, but very good. I am very salt conscious, and there were two dishes that could have had a little more salt and/or pepper. I will list those dishes below. All in all ….. a fun night with good friends and good food. Glad to hear and see that Bailey is doing OK after her bike fall. Enjoy these photos of the dinner and the commentary. Cheers! Left-Click any of these photos to see them larger.

Robin is studying the wines and the dinner menu.
Robin is studying the wines and the dinner menu.
Quiche Lorraine 2009 Baron de Hoer Alsase Riesling 12.5% alc. went well with this appetizer, but light. [15] $14.00

Quiche Lorraine
2009 Baron de Hoer Alsase Riesling
12.5% alc. went well with this appetizer, but light.
[15] $14.00

Salad Nicoise (Could have used a little cracked pepper and olives. But still good.) 2012 Sable d'Azure 12.5% alc blend of grenache, mouvedre and petite syrah this went well with the salad

Salad Nicoise
(Could have used a little cracked pepper and olives. But still good.)
2012 Sable d’Azure
12.5% alc blend of grenache, mouvedre and petite syrah. this went well with the salad
[17] $13.00

Vegetable Trimbale (Needs a very light sprinkle of Sea Salt) 2011 Chat du Pape Cote de Rhone 14.5% alc. big wine but went well with the trimbale. [15]

Vegetable Trimbale
(Needs a very light sprinkle of Sea Salt)
2011 Chat du Pape Cote de Rhone
14.5% alc. big wine but went well with the trimbale.
[15] $13.00

Beef Bourgogne (This was the best part of the dinner. Full of flavor and seasoned perfectly!) 2010 Gigondas 14.5% alc. a big red that went very well with the beef and onions. [17] $22.00

Beef Bourgogne
(This was the best part of the dinner. Full of flavor and seasoned perfectly!)
2010 Gigondas
14.5% alc. a big red that went very well with the beef and onions.
[17] $22.00

Cream Puff and Apple Crepe (Good job on the cream puffs, Cristi! Veuve du Vernay Sparkling Chardonnay 11.0% alc. a great choice to pair with this dessert. [18] $12.00

Cream Puff and Apple Crepe
(Good job on the cream puffs, Cristi!)
Veuve du Vernay Sparkling Chardonnay
11.0% alc. a great choice to pair with this dessert.
[18] $12.00

This review may sound harsh to some. It is not. Cristi and I talked about some of these comments and I think she accepted them as positive. Like I stated at the start, I really try to watch our salt intake, even if the food seems to need additional salt. And I know Cristi tries very hard to limit the amount of salt in her dishes. This was just one of those times when a little more would have enhanced the dishes. It was still a good dinner. Hope to see you at the next one. Cheers!!!

“We Inspire People” at The Buzz


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The first WHIP Night at the Buzz was a good success. There were about 15 people there with all types of camera questions. I hope they all got answered to their satisfaction. The pasta salad pictured here was part of the dinner menu with appetizers. (None are left on this plate – they were that good!) The WHIP program will be held the last Thursday of each month from 5:00pm – 8:00pm. Each program will have someone in to talk about or explain about a specific topic.

 

 

 

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For August and the first in the series, Cristi explains the event as, “Buzz Coffee and Wine is hosting our WHIP night each month on the last Thursday of the month. This is a time where We Help Inspire People (WHIP). This is a come and go event where each month we will have a guest that is very knowledgeable about a certain subject here at the Buzz to answer questions. This month we are pleased to have Bob Young coming to help us with our photography questions. Bob authors several blogs and has published a book with photographs of birds. Bring your questions and join us anytime between 5 and 8 on Thursday August 29. We will have flights of wine featuring women winemakers and food specials, no reservations required. Tell your friends and stop by.”

The September schedule of events at the Buzz is as follows.
“Buzz Coffee and Wine
September Events
Contact Us
2999 N Lakeharbor Lane
Boise, Idaho 83703

Whip Night
Bring your friends and your photography questions down to the Buzz August 29 from 5-8 (drop in anytime); and meet Bob Young and ask him questions about photography. We will have wine flights featuring women wine makers and food specials throughout the evening. Come any time, no reservations required.
We Help Inspire People.

Wine Club
We are focusing on France this month. Wine club is September 10 or 11 at 6:30 PM. Reservations required. Cost is $15.00 per person, includes dinner and wine tasting. Featured wines are 10% off after dinner. Please let us know of food allergies or intolerance with your reservation; buzzwine@cableone.net or 344-4321.

Bounty of the Harvest
On September 29 at 6:30 we will have our quarterly wine dinner. This quarters theme is the bounty of the harvest. This is a five course dinner with two different wines chosen to go with each course. The cost is only $30.00 per person and includes dinner and wine. All wines will be on sale 10% off after dinner. Reservations are required. Please let us know of food allergies or intolerance with your reservation; buzzwine@cableone.net or 344-4321.

Music in September
Music on Fridays from 7-9. Wine tasting and dinner specials each night.

8/30 Wendy Matson
9/6 Blaze and Kelly
9/13 Pat Foulkner
9/20 Wayne White
9/27 John Cazaan

No reservations required just come and enjoy.

Thank you for your patronage and we hope to see you soon

Sincerely,
Cristi and Tommy Takeda
Buzz Coffee and Wine

(Coupon)
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Save 20% Order a case of wine (12 bottles) can be a mixed case, and get 20% off our regular shelf price. Case orders can be picked up the next evening.

Offer Expires: September 30, 2013
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TVWS Holds Their Annual Picnic


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On July 10th, the Treasure Valley Wine Society (TVWS) held their Annual Picnic at the Indian Creek Winery in Kuna, Idaho. Our thanks go out to the winery for hosting us again this year, as they have done so graciously for the past several years. This year, the TVWS donated to the winery a new gas BBQ grill in appreciation for their kindness to the group. The photo to the left found on a tree on the winery grounds, is interesting. Wonder who carved it? We may never know.

The event was well attended for a summer outing. Event attendance usually drops in the summer in Boise. Not only with the TVWS, but with other organizations too. People here in Boise have so much to do in the summer. But those 25 or so people who attended, enjoyed themselves in the 102 degree heat under the shade of the trees and with a cool glass of Indian Creek Winery wine. And then too, it was great that Garry and Donna Schulz had the time to stop in and say hello while they were on their whirlwind trip to the Northwest from Virginia. Garry is a Past President of the TVWS. It was good to see them again. Here are some photos from the event. Remember that in August there is no tasting and in September, we are raising the event costs to $25.00 per member and $35.00 per guest. Left-Click any of these photos to see enlarged. Cheers!

 
 

Donna and Garry Schultz are talking to Robin and Dan Johnson. Thanks for visiting us, Garry and Donna. Happy Trails!
Donna and Garry Schulz are talking to Robin and Dan Johnson. Thanks for visiting us, Garry and Donna. Happy Trails!

Sharon Oelrich, Garry Schultz and Ray Oelrich.
Sharon Oelrich, Garry Schulz and Ray Oelrich.
Melissa Delaney and Pamela Riemer enjoying the wine and the cool breezes.
Melissa Delaney and Pamela Riemer enjoying the wine and the cool breezes.
Kathy Johnson, Sharon, Oelrich, Bob and Robin Young and Donna Scholz. Kathy did a fantastic job in organizing this event. Thank-You Katny! Thank you too, Kathy, for this photo via FB.
Kathy Johnson, Sharon, Oelrich, Bob and Robin Young and Donna Schulz. Kathy did a fantastic job in organizing this event. Thank-You Kathy! Thank you too, Kathy, for this photo via FB.
Carl Abrahamson and Robert Parker. Gail Parker came later.
Carl Abrahamson and Robert Parker. Gail Parker came later.
Deb and Robin enjoying the event.
Deb and Robin enjoying the event.
Some of the food on the table. We asked that everyone bring a side dish and the meat of your choice to grill. This type of Pot-Luck always works out well for us. The TVWS then buys a case of wine for the party.
Some of the food on the table. We asked that everyone bring a side dish and the meat of your choice to grill. This type of Pot-Luck always works out well for us. The TVWS then buys a case of wine for the party.
Ham Roll-Ups and Carprese Salads. Both of these appetizers were on Acme Bread Company bread - Rye and Ciabatta.
Ham Roll-Ups and Caprese Salads. Both of these appetizers were on Acme Bread Company bread – toasted Rye for the Roll-Ups and toasted Ciabatta for the Caprese.
Gerry Riemer, Past President of the TVWS, tries out the new grill that the TVWS donated to the Indian Creek Winery. Look at those lamb chops and the steaks. Yum-O!
Gerry Riemer, Past President of the TVWS, tries out the new grill that the TVWS donated to the Indian Creek Winery. Look at those lamb chops and the steaks. Yum-O!
Close up of the grilling on the new grill.
Close up of the grilling on the new grill.

Another great event by the Treasure Valley Wine Society. This one was less formal and very relaxing. Thanks to everyone who helped to make this such a success. Your work is greatly appreciated. See you at the September tasting. Remember the price change for the tastings. Cheers.

Koenig Vineyards Wine Dinner at Cottonwood Grille


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On Monday, June 10, we attended a wine dinner at the Cottonwood Grille featuring the wines of Idaho’s Koenig Vineyards. Chef Jesus did a good job with the paring of the food with the wines. My only comment about the food is it tended to be salty. Maybe I am becoming very aware of the salt amounts in cooking. Nonetheless, some of the entrees were salty. The dinner was well attended and it was interesting to talk to the people at our table. The photo to the left is the menu along with a glass of 2011 Koenig VineyardsMerlot. Below are some other photos from the evening. Do enjoy the presentations and please VOTE. Left-Click any photo to see enlarged. Thanks!

 

 

 

Chef Jesus of the Cottonwood Grille, Boise
Chef Jesus of the Cottonwood Grille, Boise
Winemaker Greg Koenig and his wife Kristen.
Winemaker Greg Koenig and his wife Kristen.
Wild Mushrooms in Puff Pastry 2012 Koenig Vineyards Rose
Wild Mushrooms in Puff Pastry
2011 Koenig Vineyards Merlot

This dish was very good, but salty. The merlot probably would have been better with the sauce had the entree not been so salty.
Fresh Mixed Greens with Figs and Berries 2012 Koenig Vineyards Rose
Fresh Mixed Greens with Figs and Berries
2012 Koenig Vineyards Rose

A good and refreshing salad. Well paired with the wine.
Fresh Sockeye Salmon with a Lemon Beurre Blanc 2011 Koenig Vineyards Viognier
Fresh Sockeye Salmon with a Lemon Beurre Blanc
2011 Koenig Vineyards Viognier

One of the better wines of the night. Went extremely well with the salmon. One of Idaho’s favorite wines.
Pork Tenderloin with Apple Brandy Cream Sauce 2010 Koenig Vineyards Syrah
Pork Tenderloin with Apple Brandy Cream Sauce
2010 Koenig Vineyards Syrah

The Syrah was a good paring – or would have been. This entree was way to salty and both Robin and I could not finish the dish because of the extreme saltiness. Too bad.
Peach Cobbler 2011 Riesling Ice Wine
Peach Cobbler 2011 Riesling Ice Wine

Sorry to have to pan this dinner, but we have had much better dinners at the Cottonwood Grille. This just did not measure up to their standards because of the over use of salt in the dishes. A little salt will enhance the dish and should not overpower it. If I did not know better and know the quality of their dinners, I would not return. And that’s too bad, because the wines were overall very good.

Springtime at “The Buzz”


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This is just in from the Buzz in Boise. Hope to see you at one of these events. Cheers!

May at the Buzz
Music and Wine
We at the Buzz, hope that everyone is doing well. We will be having a few fun and interesting events at the Buzz during May. We will be featuring music on May 10 Nancy Kelly, May 11 Carter Freeman, May 17 Todd Palmer, May 24 John Cazan, May 31 Johnny Shoes. Music starts each night at 7 PM and continues until 9 PM. Each Friday and Saturday Night we will have winetasting, dinner specials, dessert specials, and appetizer specials. Come join us for some great food, wine, music and company.

May Wine Club
Wines of the Pacific Northwest
We will continue our journey through the world of wine by learning about the wines of the Pacific Northwest. Wine club this month is May 14 and May 15 at 6:30. The cost is $15.00 per person including dinner and wine tasting. All wines will be on sale 10% off after dinner. Reservations are required. Buzzwine@cableone.net or 344-4321.

Mother’s Day
Don’t forget Moms Day
Make reservations for our brunch buffet on May 12 from 10:30 until 2:30. All moms get complimentary champagne with their brunch. $9.95 for adults $6.95 for children 4-12. Reservations at buzzwine@cableone.net or 344-4321.

WHIPWe’re Helping Inspire People
Join us for our first WHIP night. This is a night for our friends and customers to inspire each other. This will be the last Thursday of each month (Thursday May 30), bring a project you are working on or questions you may have and join the group. May will feature digital photography. We will have “small bite” specials and flights of wine. No reservations required. Hope to see you there.

BBQ and Wine


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Here is a great and timely article from Epicurious – The Daily Sip about what wine should I drink with BBQ? If you would like to read the entire article, with hot links to great recipes for the BBQ, then Click Here. This is really a good article. Here is an excerpt. Cheers!

 

You Don’t Have to Forgo Wine When Enjoying BBQ
Smoke, sauce, and slaw? We’re up for the challenge.
A pork shoulder cooked low and slow over hickory? Sounds delicious, but what wines can you pair with this BBQ classic? We’re not opposed to a cold beer while tending the smoker, but love the challenge of pairing wines with whatever dish lands on your table.”

First Visit To 10 Barrel Brewery in Boise


23Apr2013_1_10-Barrel-Opening_Building-FrontFinally. After all this waiting, 10 Barrel Brewery in Boise opened! The photo here is of the front of the pub on Bannock Street at 9th, across from the Chinese restaurant, Yen Ching.
The restaurant space inside iss large and open. The noise level is tolerable. It is busy noise, not loud music or TV. That will work for us. And when the weather changes, they will probably open some very large doors and have an area where one can site on the sidewalk, but be served inside. Left-Click the photo on the left to enlarge and look at the right side of the photo. You will be able to see the stools.
And yes, they serve Apocalypse IPA. In my not so humble opinion (IMNSHO) one of the best, if not The Best, Ipa’s made. We had a Caesar Salad and a 10 Barrel Burger and the IPA went very well with both. Good beer, like good wine, is meant to be consumed with food. It might be made with barley and other grains, but it still needs food. Enjoy the photos posted here that I took on our First Visit. There will be a Second Visit and probably more. Hope to see you there. Well worth the trip. The food is good and the beer is …………. well ………. Super! Cheers and Enjoy!

Inside the brewery in a portion of the dining area. The chairs are very heavy, so be careful moving them.
Inside the brewery in a portion of the dining area. The chairs are very heavy, so be careful moving them.
The "Brewing  Center".
The “Brewing Center”.
"Reflections"
“Reflections”
Caesar Salad
Caesar Salad
romaine, Siberian kale, cherry tomato, shaved Parmesean cheese, croutons $6.00
10 Barrel Burger
10 Barrel Burger
custom ground beef patty, lettuce, tomato, red onion, pickle, mayo, bacon. Served on Beer Bun by Acme Bakery, Boise $11.00
A really super burger and a great bun. The French Fries, though, were a little salty and came close to over powering the burger. I let the Wait Staff know. The beer in the background is an Apocalypse IPA $4.50

Overall, a good experience. Out of 5 Stars, probably one of the better pubs in Boise so I rate it a 4 Star pub. Great job, 10 Barrel! They have a complete menu of appetizers, salads, sandwiches, pizza and sweets. Stop in and say Hello for us and let them know you saw this article here. Thanks and please VOTE above. Cheers.