New World vs Old World Wines

The wines were super. And the presenters did an oputstanding job. They did their homework. Robin did chardonnay – 2014 Grgich Hills Chardonnay (Remember “Bottle Shock”? This was the same varietal!) and 2014 Meursault Chardonnay. At our table 4 people like the French better than the California, but everyone knew the old world wine! Stanley did a good job with the Riesling with the appetizer, as did Rob with his Pinot Noir. Marvin and Ron did a co-presentation on Cabernet Sauvignon. This was really a superb program. Everyone is to be congratulated!

As for the buffet. The appetizer plate and salad, pictured below, were good as was the dessert – chocolate cake.


Snake River AVA in PureWow

Robin found this article at PureWow (PureWow Link) this morning. What they fail to mention are that some of the wineries have bistros and there are BnB’s available. Here, though, is the article. Cheers!

We’re calling it: This region is the next must-visit wine destination in the U.S. Spanning Idaho and Oregon, the bucolic plain is home to some super cool, young winemakers. The varied soil and microclimates allow growers to experiment with everything from Cab Sauvignon to classic Rhone varietals like Syrah and Grenache. Some wineries have even gone urban, clustering a few minutes from downtown Boise. Brb, we’re checking flights.

Old World vs New World Wines

Coming to the TVWS Wine Buffet on May 9th, Old World vs New World Wines.

NOTICE: The board of directors has unnamioulsy passed a resolution that there be no outside alcohol brought in by Members [or Guests] at this and future tasting events. This is both for insurance liability purposes and to pay proper respect to the presenters and the wines being presented.

Our theme this month is an intriguing one: comparing differences between the same varietals made in the Old World (Europe) as opposed to the New World (in this case, the US). Differences in soil, climate, vineyard management, and winemaking styles often result in noticable differences in the wines.

Select members of the board will lead us in side by side comparisons of Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Cabernet Sauvignon. The results should be very interesting: differences in many nose and palate elements should be evident. Call this the new ‘Judgement of Paris’, the famous 1970s wine competition between California and French wines.

This should be a fun event where you and your table mates can debate the differences and merits of the wines. For our dinner, we have requested a mixed French/American menu to pair with the wines.

Reserve your seats today for our May tasting event. Tickets can be purchased through May 2 at which time sales will end. You must be a paid member or a first time guest to attend this event.

As usual, please bring two wine glasses if you would like to do comparisons between wines. We hope to see you at this very special event. Cheers!
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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.
Salad Bowl
Salad Plate
Steamed Sugar Snap Peas, Roasted Squash and Roasted Onions
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
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.