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.

Northwest Wine Dinner at the Buzz in Boise.


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This was an interesting wine dinner. Differently good! One does not often get spinach at a wine dinner. Hard to pair with the wine. The roasted tomato salad was good. There was no Miner’s Lettuce in it. The Miner’s Lettuce pictured here in in our garden. Here are the photos of the dinner and you be the judge as to whether it was different from the norm of wine dinners. I will score the wine on a [20] point rating system. Left-Click on any of the photos to see them full screen. And please VOTE above. Thanks and Cheers!

 
 

Salmon Canapes Potato and Mushroom Apple Cake

Salmon Canapes
Potato and Mushroom Apple Cake

2011 Iris Pinot Grigio
12.5% alc. a good wine with a full taste and long finish. went well with the appetizer. [18] $15.00

Pea Soup (interesting and good!) 2011 G3 Chardonnay 13.7 alc. nice gold color but lacking in taste. went well, however, with the soup

Pea Soup
(Interesting and good!)

2011 G3 Chardonnay
13.7 alc. nice gold color but lacking in taste. went well, however, with the soup [17] $15.00

Roasted Tomato Salad

Roasted Tomato Salad

2010 Willamette Whole Cluster Pinot Noir
13.5% alc. sand and clay on the nose. not a big Pinot as some are. it did pair well with the salad and the dressing. [17] $23.00

Huckleberry Chicken Creamed Spinach Biscuits 2010 Willamette Whole Cluster Pinot Noir 13.5% alc. sand and clay on the nose. not a big Pinot as some are. it did pair with the chicken and especially the spinach. [17] $2.00

Huckleberry Chicken
Creamed Spinach
Biscuits

2010 Bryan Carter Abracadabra
13.8% alc. really went well with the chicken and especially the spinach. great body and taste and finish. [19] $19.00 2011

Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp 2010 Bryan Carter Abracadabra 13.8% alc. really went well with the rhubarb. great body and taste and finish. [19] $19.00 2011 Sawtooth Syrah 13.3% alc. Idaho's first 91+ nationally scored wine and I can see why. the aroma was a little lite but everything else was superb. congratulations to Sawtooth Winery. [19] $15.00 (Great buy!)

Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp

Sawtooth Syrah
13.3% alc. Idaho’s first 91+ nationally scored wine and I can see why. the aroma was a little lite but everything else was superb. congratulations to Sawtooth Winery. [19] $15.00 (Great buy!)


 
And just as a closer, here are some spring flowers that Robin likes that are planted in our garden. Enjoy.
 
Columbine
Columbine

Bleeding Hearts
Bleeding Hearts