Older Idaho Wines Presented At Tasting

The flowers in the photo to the left, signify that Spring has started. On April 13, the Treasure Valley Wine Society, Boise, held another fantastic Wine Tasting and Dinner. This was their Spring program offering.The theme this month was Wines From Hidden Treasures with Carl Abrahamson doing the presenting. Carl’s first attempt at presenting the program was an outstanding job! (Applause) The buffet was again presented by Chef James Grimes with two dishes prepared by Robin and Bob Young – two salmon dips. Below are some photographs of the evening and some recipes. Enjoy and hope to see you at the next event. The wines listed on the photos of the buffet are not necessarily the ones that went with that dish. They are, however, listed in the order of presentation.

Carl Abrahamson arranges the wines.

Wines that were served.


Carl is into his program.

Cheese Variety Plate
2006 Snake River Winery White Riesling Arena Valley Vineyards
Hand crafted in small lots with a unique complexity and balance. German style, petrol, light and fruity

Smoked Salmon Dip
2006 Indian Creek Winery Star Garnet Wood River Vineyards
Hints of dark berries, mint and eucalyptus. Smooth and mellow mouth feel with soft tannins. 33% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Malbec, 20% Merlot, 7% Syrah and 7% Petit Verdot (and the kitchen sink) Really improved since 2006. Drink it now and don’t save for too many years to come. One of the better wines for the evening.

Smoked Salmon and Dill Dip
2008 3 Horse Ranch Estate Chardonnay
Complex yet well balanced with a touch of oak. Mid palate creamy blend of honey, pear and apple. Honey and spices on the nose. A good chardonnay.

Shrimp Salad
2003 Carmela Pinot Noir Wood River Vineyards
Delicate chocolate and tobacco nose; swampy nose. Rich color and long finish with hints of oak.

Noodles and Asparagus
2004 Parma Ridge Merlot
Wines are hand crafted and the grapes are hand harvested and selected to produce the finest wines possible. Aged in American and French oak for 13 months.

Beef Stroganoff
2004 The Winery at Eagle Knoll Cabernet Sauvignon
Unique volcanic ash soils nurture the vines to yield exceptional fruit. I liked this one best.
Compared to
2006 Wood River Cellars Cabernet Malbec Blend
60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Malbec
Rich tannins with cherry and black pepper flavors with a long finish.
These are the same winery but different owners and winemakers.

2005 Bitner Vineyards Shiraz
60% Shiraz and 34% Cabernet Sauvignon
Crisp ripe fruit flavors with hints of French oak. Smooth and chocolate hints.

2008 St Regulus Riesling
Lovely golden color, intense fruit, velvety tannins and full palate. Hints of metallic tastes.

So there you have a re-cap of the evening. If you have not already Subscribed to this blog, please do so and then you can get these updates as they occur. The Subscription is free! Cheers!

One thought on “Older Idaho Wines Presented At Tasting

  1. You guys made some outstanding smoked salmon and trout for last nights TVWS. Yummy. Great night, tons of fun, we learned and the food from Chef James was of course outstanding. See you soon.


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