Parma Ridge Winery is 1 Year OId This Weekend!


Parma Ridge 1st BDay 25 Aug 2016Such a wonderful and exciting year! Such a pleasure to know and meet Chef Storm and Artist Stephanie Hodge. They are doing a terrific job at the winery and in the restaurant. If you have not been there on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday for some wine and an awesome meal, you need to do so. Stephanie has been sending me these articles on a regular basis and it is a good way for our readers to find out what is happening in the wine country of Idaho, especially at Parma Ridge. Happy Birthday to the Winery! Keep up the great work Chef Storm and Stephanie!

Come Celebrate One Year at Parma Ridge Winery and Bistro this weekend!

It’s our 1st Birthday and we want you to be here to help us celebrate! This weekend we are offering up some extra special items — Try Our Fresh Parma Ridge Peach Sangria, Storm’s Famous Ribs and enter to win a Parma Ridge Gift Basket! We are open Friday, 12-9 p.m., Saturday 12-5 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. with our regular menu all weekend long. We are offering both our Happy Hour menu on Friday evening from 4-7p.m. and Sunday Brunch Specials. Reservations are recommended for parties of 4 or more if dining on the patio or in the tasting room on Friday Evening.

Delicious Weekend Specials

Peach Sangria – Made with Fresh Parma Ridge Peaches, LaRea Dolce Sweet Riesling, Tre Bianchi and San Pellegrino Orange Italian Soda for only $7.00. Sure to quench anyone’s thirst!
Storm’s Famous Smoked Baby-back Competition Ribs with Bacon Truffle Macaroni and Cheese and Fresh Coleslaw for $11.95…my mouth is already watering!

Parma Ridge 1st BDay Basket 25 Aug 2016For Each Bottle of Parma Ridge Wine Purchased this weekend, customers can enter to win our Giveaway of our Parma Ridge Gift Basket! This is a one-of-a-kind basket Featuring one Bottle of 2014 Parma Ridge Merlot Zinfandel, One Bottle of 2015 Parma Ridge Dry Riesling, Two Logo Parma Ridge Wine Glasses, One Custom Embroidered Parma Ridge Jacket (available in both Mens and Womens Sizes S-L), and One Custom Embroidered Parma Ridge Fitted Hat (available in 3 sizes). Retail Value:$127.50 Drawing will be held on Sunday at 4:30 p.m., participants do not need to be present to win.

In the News:
We had a fabulous turnout at the Sunnyslope Wine Trail Festival Last Weekend! Thank you to all of our customers who joined us there. Be sure to read the follow-up article that the Idaho Press Tribune Published: http://www.idahopress.com/nampa/sunnyslope-wine-trail-festival-celebrates-seven-years/article_9c7f5e68-f5a6-5fe0-ad58-a327e17d5a0d.html.

Mark your Calendar for these upcoming Events:
Live Music on the Patio with The Lucky Tongue Band Friday, September 16 from 5-9 p.m.
Join us for one final show before the end of Summer with The Lucky Tongue Band! It’s sure to be a fun night.

Stay Tuned for another show with Bad Dog Lou on the Parma Ridge Patio in October!

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We look forward to seeing you this weekend to celebrate!
Cheers,
Steph & Storm
Parma Ridge Winery
208-946-5187
info@parmaridge.wine

Parma Ridge 1st BDay Basket 25 Aug 2016

 

 

For Each Bottle of Wine you purchase this weekend, you can enter to win this Custom Parma Ridge Gift Basket!

Vitaculture Terms


Viticulture Terms
and a few
Enology Terms

by Patrick Williamson

Viticulture – practice of growing grapes
Viticulturist – person who grows grapes
Enology – the study/ practice of making wine
Enologist/Vintner – Person who makes wine (AKA Winemaker)

Viticulture Terms

Patrick Williamson

Patrick Williamson

Crown – the point where the vine comes out just above the ground
Trunk – the main structure of the vine leading up to the cordon
Cordon – using in several different trellis systems is the arm or “branch” that lays on a wire about 3 feet above the ground where the spurs and shoots are located
Spur – the remains of shoots that have been pruned back for new bud positions during the current growing season
Shoot – new plant growth and where the fruit comes from
Clone – is a cutting from a mother plant that happens to have a trait that is desirable to growers or winemakers. For example a clone that is earlier ripening or resistant to powdery mild-dew, or other fungi, or yields smaller berries, or if a clone has a higher tolerance to cold.
Growing degree days – (as defined by WSU) the progression of in-season grapevine development is strongly influenced by air temperature. As such, average heat accumulation is often used to compare regions and vine growing condition. This average heat accumulation is often referred to as Growing Degree Days (GDD also called heat units). The summation of daily GDD units can be used for a variety of things: comparing one region to another, comparing one season to another, and predicting important stages in vine development (bloom, veraison, and maturity). GDD units can be calculated in °F or °C; however, they result in different numbers so make sure that when you are comparing GDD units, you are comparing units with the same temperature scale. Washington State University calculates all GDD in °F, with a base temperature for grapes at 50 °F. Values in °C (with a base of 10°C) can be obtained as follows: GDD[°C]=5/9 x GDD[°F]. Cumulative GDD is a running total of GDD from April 1 through October 31.
Véraison – In viticulture (grape-growing), véraison is the onset of ripening. The term is originally French (véraison), but has been adopted into English use. The official definition of véraison is “change of color of the grape berries”.
Lag-phase – slow growth period where the berry starts getting ready to enter véraison.

TVWS Annual Picnic


2014-Indian-Creek_LogoIt was a great picnic this year! No rain! Fun sun! Temps in the 80’s. Shady. Yummy food and awesome wines! Look at some of these photos from the event! Here are some of the people who attended. Thank-You once again, Indian Creek Winery for allowing us to use the beautiful grounds for our event. Petit Verdot is awesome!!!!

Setting up the area

Setting up the area

Sharon and Gail

Sharon and Gail

Cheryl and Bridgette

Cheryl and Bridgette

Robin

Robin

Bob Parker (back to us), Garry, Dan and Robin trying the Petit Verdot!

Bob Parker (back to us), Garry, Dan and Robin trying the Petit Verdot!

Carl makes caviar!

Carl makes caviar!

Food line is being setup.

Food line is being setup.

Cheese plate

Cheese plate

Awesome pies.

Awesome pies.

Everyone brought something to share and there were some super dishes – salads desserts and the like. Then everyone brought their own meat to grill. The grill was supplied by Indian Creek Winery. It was a great evening.

Interesting Source of Winery Related Info


Here is some interesting information about wineries in the USA. Good travel to wineries information, too!

Info here

From their website, “The Internet’s most comprehensive and up-to-date free source of information about American wineries. Our goal: Happy wine drinkers and happy wineries! AmericanWineryGuide.com is designed to help wine drinkers discover America’s best wineries, wine tasting events, and wine tourism-related businesses. Use the Winery Search Tool to search through thousands of American wineries to find those that provide exactly the things that you think are important. Read winery visitor reviews and AmericanWineryGuide.com staff reviews, compare winery ratings and add wineries to your favorites. Use the Itinerary Planner to create your own custom wine tasting itinerary.”

Here is a link to American Winery Guide. There is a permanent link to their site in the sidebar. Enjoy!

Parma Ridge Winery and Restaurtant


Great weekend and next week events coming to Parma Ridge Winery!

Treasure Valley Food and Wine Blog

6April216_1c_Parma-Ridge-Restaurant_HeaderI’m running just a little late in posting this. Sometimes it’s terrible to be away from ones desk for any period of time. I received this yesterday from Stephanie at Parma Ridge Winery and Restaurant. And I want to let everyone know that I have had several comments about the job both Stephanie and Chef Storm do in the kitchen and in the winery. Folks are very happily surprised. They also commented on the artwork on the walls! Here is the latest information from Stephanie. Enjoy!

A beautiful weekend of Wonderful Wine
Fabulous Food
and an
Amazing View
is coming up!

Come enjoy the wine and delicious cuisine on the patio and watch the sunset. We are open Friday, 12-9 p.m., Saturday 12-5 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. offering wine tasting and our regular menu all weekend long. Check out our Happy Hour Menu on Fridays from…

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North Idaho AVA’a At the TVWS Wine Dinner


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And a good evening. It was great to have a Board Member present one of the wines. Fun! Good wines! Good buffet – we don’t often have Lamb Kabobs. Here is some information on the newest of the three Idaho AVA’s, Lewis and Clark AVA.

Idaho AVA’s

Idaho’s wine industry had a big year with the addition of two new American Viticultural Area’s (AVA’s). The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) and the U.S. Department of the Treasury defines AVAs as their own geographical location with unique topography, climate, and soil. Petitions for new AVA’s is a rigorous progress that can sometimes take years. The importance is definitive however. Defining great growing regions and allowing wineries to depict exact locations on their bottles gives consumers more concise information on exactly where the wine they are drinking came from.
With Idaho now having three approved AVA’s, the Idaho Wine Commission is kicking off Idaho Wine Month with some education on the differences each region brings to Idaho. We hope you find the time to try some wine from each AVA and Thank You for Supporting Idaho Wines!

Snake River Valley AVA – Approved in April 2007
The Snake River Valley AVA makes up the first of Idaho’s three AVA’s and is Idaho’s largest spanning over 8,000 square miles and encompassing the majority of the states vineyards. Located in Southeastern Idaho, it overlays ancient Lake Idaho, running straight through Idaho’s largest cities, Boise, Meridian, Caldwell and Nampa. Climate conditions are similar to its neighboring AVA in Washington State, the Columbia Valley AVA, and its elevations are comparable to the famed Rioja region in Spain. Daytime temperatures in the 90s and nighttime temperatures in the 50s lend this AVA a prime-growing season for several varieties. Proximity to water and well draining soils give this AVA potential to have sustainable vineyards for generations to come. With a little over 1,100 acres currently planted in this 8,263 square mile AVA, some say the best growing site is yet to be discovered.

Eagle Foothills AVA – Approved in November 2015
The Eagle Foothills AVA is Idaho’s second AVA. With an average elevation of 2,912 feet, this AVA currently holds 67 vineyard acres and is home to one Idaho winery. Cool temperatures, a shorter growing season and low growing-degree days lends a hand to ripening of early to mid-season grape varietals. Located directly below the Snake River aquifer allows for easy access to water and soils consisting of sand, silt and clay are rich in mineral grains and well-draining. The Eagle Foothills AVA is a sub-AVA of the larger Snake River Valley AVA and the first to be solely located within the State boundaries.

Lewis-Clark Valley AVA – Approved in April 2016
The Lewis-Clark Valley AVA makes up Idaho’s third AVA at 479 square miles and named for the explorers Lewis and Clark who passed thru here in 1805. Located in Central Idaho with 80 vineyard acres planted and home to three Idaho wineries, it overlaps into Washington State. Home to the lowest elevation vineyards in the state at 950 ft, its steep river canyons and plateaus allow for a successful ripening of a wide variety of grapes. Watersheds of the Palouse and Camas Prairies give easy access to water and soils are compromised of decomposed perennial grasses and grass roots with high water holding capacity. This AVA has the longest history in the State, with the first known growing region flourishing here, planted in 1872.

And from these AVA’s, they following wines were served. Idaho Wines at the TVWS. Enjoy! And here is the buffet we had.

Salad Bar

Salad Bar

Kabob Toppings

Kabob Toppings

Beef Kabobs, Chicken Kabobs, Lamb Kabobs

Beef Kabobs, Chicken Kabobs, Lamb Kabobs

Rice Pilaf and Fresh Peas, Tomatoes and radish

Rice Pilaf
Fresh Peas, Tomatoes and Raddish

Salad Plated

Salad Plated

Dinner is plated

Dinner is plated

Huckleberry Ice Cream with Huckleberry Vodka

Huckleberry Ice Cream
with
Huckleberry Vodka

Bridgette and Anne explain to the crowd the wines that are being poured.

Bridgette and Anne explain to the crowd the wines that are being poured.

Some of the people who attended.

Some of the people who attended.

Larry, Gerry and Ray at the appetizer table.

Larry, Gerry and Ray at the appetizer table.

Wines for the June TVWS Wine Dinner


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On Wednesday, June 8, 2016 the Treasure Valley Wine Society is going to present wines from the new Idaho AVA’s in Northern Idaho. Here is a link to the wines that will be presented. The list is in PDF format and it is printable. Enjoy! North Idaho Wines. The wine pictured here is one of the ones being presented and it is a 2013 Pend d’Orielle Bistro Rouge from Sandpoint, Idaho. Here is a link to their website. Pend d’Orielle Winery. “Réve ta Vie, Vis tes Réves – Dream your life, Live your Dreams”