TVWS Goes to Northern Italy for Wine


A huge thank-you to Carl Abrahamson for a superb wine tasting. The information that was presented was well delivered and well thought out. The wines that Carl presented were well pared with the Italian themed buffet.
And just at my personal comment, I thought this was, with the exception of the roasted duck we had, one of the better buffets we have had. The kitchen really tried hard to offer good food and they succeed. Everything with very well with the wines. Below you will find the menu and the wines that were offered with the meal. Hope to see you at the next wine buffet, each 2nd Wednesday of the month except for August. Cheers! Left-Click any of these photos to see them enlarged.

Wines of Northern Italy
Italian Buffet Menu
Northern Italy Wine Area
Some of the 60+ folks who were there.
Crowded
Appetizer
Salad Bowl
Salad Plate
Steamed Sugar Snap Peas, Roasted Squash and Roasted Onions
Lasagna
Dinner Plated
Hazelnut Cake

TVWS Pinot Noirs


This was a super tasting and buffet for 50+ people! And as Garry Scholz, President of the TVWS, said, “I thought the food last night was great and Gail should let Aaron know (although the cheese platter ran out but we did have lots of salmon). The duck was awesome and paired really well with the Pinots. I also liked the room setup which provided more space for moving around. The servers were timely and efficient as well.” Yes, the duck was superb. Fork tender and delicious in the port sauce.
Garry led the discussion and presented 6 Pinot Noirs. There was one 2016, one 20115 and the rest were 2014. A really good 2016 Sanford Rosé from Santa Rosa Hills was served with the appetizers. And personally, I liked the 2014 DeLoach Pinot Noir from the Russian River Valley the best. If you look at TVWS Pinot Noir Menu, you will see what the menu was like. In the meantime, here are some photos to enjoy! Cheers!

Table centerpiece.

Appetizers – Smoked Salmon
with
Cream Cheese
on
Crostini

Appetizers Plated

Organic Green Salad
Water Chestnuts
Ginger/Sesame Vinaighrette

Roasted Carrots

Wild Rice

Duck
with
Fruit Sauce-Port Reduction
using fruit such as blackberry or cherry

Dinner Plated

Cheesecake
with
Berry Compote

Some of the 50+ people
The crowd

TVWS Had French Wines at Valentines


The Treasure Valley Wine Society (TVWS) held a French wine tasting on Valentines Day and it was well attended. Thank You Gail for getting these wonderful wines on your recent trip to France. Great PowerPoint program, too.
I would have preferred a variety of cheeses at the Appetizer Table – there was none. I would also have liked some butter for the bread. There was none. The green beans – haricots Verts – probably would have been better if the ends were trimmed. They were spiny and woody. But this is just IMNSHO. Here are some photos of the night. Enjoy!

Some of the crowd.
Sharon and Ray. Happy Valentines Day!
Appetizer table.
Green Salad with Bleu Cheese Dressing.
Green Salad with Vinaigrette.
Beef with Mushrooms and Noodles. Haricots Verts.
Creme Caramel with Cognac.

Why We Should Drink Wine


Robin found this article and I think it will be appreciated by the TVWS. Enjoy and thanks, Robin.

The Benefit: Promotes Longevity
The Evidence: Wine drinkers have a 34 percent lower mortality rate than beer or spirits drinkers. Source: a Finnish study of 2,468 men over a 29-year period, published in the Journals of Gerontology, 2007.

The Benefit: Reduces Heart-Attack Risk
The Evidence: Moderate drinkers suffering from high blood pressure are 30 percent less likely to have a heart attack than nondrinkers. Source: a 16-year Harvard School of Public Health study of 11,711 men, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, 2007.

The Benefit: Lowers Risk of Heart Disease
The Evidence: Red-wine tannins contain procyanidins, which protect against heart disease. Wines from Sardinia and southwest France have more procyanidins than other wines. Source: a study at Queen Mary University in London, published in Nature, 2006.

The Benefit: Reduces Risk of Type 2 Diabetes
The Evidence: Moderate drinkers have 30 percent less risk than nondrinkers of developing type 2 diabetes. Source: research on 369,862 individuals studied over an average of 12 years each, at Amsterdam’s VU University Medical Center, published in Diabetes Care, 2005.

The Benefit: Lowers Risk of Stroke
The Evidence: The possibility of suffering a blood clot–related stroke drops by about 50 percent in people who consume moderate amounts of alcohol. Source: a Columbia University study of 3,176 individuals over an eight-year period, published in Stroke, 2006.

The Benefit: Cuts Risk of Cataracts
The Evidence: Moderate drinkers are 32 percent less likely to get cataracts than nondrinkers; those who consume wine are 43 percent less likely to develop cataracts than those drinking mainly beer. Source: a study of 1,379 individuals in Iceland, published in Nature, 2003.

The Benefit: Cuts Risk of Colon Cancer
The Evidence: Moderate consumption of wine (especially red) cuts the risk of colon cancer by 45 percent. Source: a Stony Brook University study of 2,291 individuals over a four-year period, published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology, 2005.

The Benefit: Slows Brain Decline
The Evidence: Brain function declines at a markedly faster rate in nondrinkers than in moderate drinkers. Source: a Columbia University study of 1,416 people, published in Neuroepidemiology, 2006. [FoodandWine.com]

TVWS Hosts Scoria Vineyards


On 10 January 2018, the Treasure Valley Wine Society hosted Scoria Vineyards, one of Idaho’s newest winery and vineyard. They ran out of wine this year, so they are planning to “up their production” in 2018. It takes time!
The buffet was superbly paired to the wines. And a surprise menu it was, as you will see by the photos below. We even had Idaho Beef, aka buffalo! It was delicious. The wines that were served, there is a list below, was the last that they had, and, thanks to Garry Scholz for buying some late last year, we had a delightful evening. Let’s look at the food that was on the buffet and I have also posted a map to the winery. Enjoy! Hope to see you next month when we do a Bordeaux tasting and a French menu for the buffet. Cheers! (Left-Click any of these photos to see them enlarged.)

Table centerpiece
Map to Scoria Vineyards.
Wines served at the buffet.

Appetizer
Tuna Fish Puffs
2015 Dry Riesling

Appetizer
Stuffed Mushrooms

Plated Appetizers

Caesar Salad
2015 Chardonnay

Dinner
Roasted Brussels Sprouts
2014 Mourvedre

Dinner
Roasted Red Potatoes

Dinner
Buffalo Roast

Dinner Plated
2014 Cabernet Sauvignon

Dessert
Chocolate Pie

with
raspberry sauce
2014 Petit Verdot and Syrah Blend

Happy Holiday Sparkling Wine Buffet


And a superb buffet and party it was for 60+ people! Great to see Karen Burch again – it’s been a while. Please come back. And a big Thank-You goes out to Garry Scholz, Carl Abrahamson, Marvin Rogers, Rob Gibson, Ron Cheek and Stanley Mitchell for leading us on the Board. To the new folks, welcome to this awesome group!
The buffet was a finger food buffet modeled after the Orient Express movie where every scene someone had a glass of “bubbly” and the appetizers were a great variety. The photos of the food below is copied after that movie. And to the folks who donated those wonderful Silent Auction baskets, another big Thank-You. They were well thought out and different. That makes it fun! Enjoy these photos and Left-Click any of them to see them enlarged. Cheers!

Tonight’s Wine List
Some of the 60+ crowd!
Some more of the 60+ crowd!
Mari, John and John’s Mother. Welcome.
Karen Burch and friends.
Larry Kornze
And some of the Silent Auction Baskets
Foodie basket.
James Bond Basket.
More foodie items. And wine, of course.
Yum!
And the food! Well done, Chef!
Deviled Eggs with Caviar
Chicken Salad
Tuna Salad
Ham Wraps Stuffed with Pickle and Cream Cheese
Shrimp
Appetizers plated
Petifore Tree