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
Cream Cheese

Appetizers Plated

Organic Green Salad
Water Chestnuts
Ginger/Sesame Vinaighrette

Roasted Carrots

Wild Rice

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

Dinner Plated

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. []

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.

Tuna Fish Puffs
2015 Dry Riesling

Stuffed Mushrooms

Plated Appetizers

Caesar Salad
2015 Chardonnay

Roasted Brussels Sprouts
2014 Mourvedre

Roasted Red Potatoes

Buffalo Roast

Dinner Plated
2014 Cabernet Sauvignon

Chocolate Pie

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.
And the food! Well done, Chef!
Deviled Eggs with Caviar
Chicken Salad
Tuna Salad
Ham Wraps Stuffed with Pickle and Cream Cheese
Appetizers plated
Petifore Tree

TVWS Goes to Argentina

And such a great trip! Almost 56 people joined us in the festivities. Carl Abrahamson was a great “tour guide” with a lot of great information.
The menu was superb, although I would have prefered some nutmeg in the creamed spinach. The beef was good s was the baked polenta. And that dessert — Superb! You’ll see it below in the photos.
Here is the menu, wine list and some graphics that shows the wine districts in Argentina. Enjoy and hope to see you at the HUGE Christmas bash in December. It is well attended so get your reservations as soon as they are available. Cheers! Left-Click any of these photos to see them enlarged.

The menu!

The wine list.

Wine areas of Argentina

Some of the 56 people who were there.

Appetizer offering

Appetizer plated

Wonderful salad

Creamed Spinach

Baked Polenta

Marinated Flank Steak with Chimichurri Sauce

Cinnamon Crepes with Raspberry Preserves and Raspberry Coulis