Mediterranean Cruise Night!

What a super way to start the new season! Awesome program, food and wines from around the Mediterranean. Robin spent many, many hours on this program and it showed. Super job, Rob!

Thanks must also go to Bonnie Pedlow, Project Manager U.S., Sud de France Développement, Maison de la Région Languedoc-Roussillon, 10 East 53rd Street, New York, NY 10022 Branch who sent Robin a box of brochures, wine pouring disks and cork screws.

The map shown here is one Robin made with our ports-of-call for the evening. The program for the evening incorporated all of the new Board Members who presented at least one wine. Here is Robin’s report and her program.

TVWS Mediterranean Cruise : Ports of Call
Welcome with Idaho Wines – Meet the New Board

Fly from Boise to NYC to Sevilla, Spain. Bus to Jerez. Board Ship
1. Jerez de Frontera, Spain Gerald and Pamela [past pres.] C0-0P $ 12.00
17% Alc.Varietals: Palomino, Xarel-Lo Toasted Almonds
Pass thru Straits of Gibraltar Salad, Shrimp, Bread, Cheeses and Fruit
Cruise up the East Coast of Spain; optional visits to Barcelona & Ibizia.
Overland optional excursion from Perpignan to the Camargue and Carcassone. 

2. Sud de France Bridgette G.Hull [V.P] and Cheryl Gibson [ AL] $13.99
2010 L’Oustal Blanc K10 St.-Chinian Propietary Blend* Boise Co-op Wine Shop
15 % Alc. Varietals: Cinsault, Syrah, Grenache, Bourboulanc, Roussane, Counoise, Picpoul Noir, Picpoul de Pinet, Muscardin, Picardin, Vaccarese. * 

3. Languedoc, Sud de France Robin [Cruise Director/Menu] K&L Wines $17.99
2009 Prestige from Chateau Puech-Haut, Saint Drezery Coteaux du Languedoc
15 % Alc. Varietals: Syrah, Alicante Bouchet, Carignan, Clairette, Pelut, Lladoner. *
Side excursion re-board at Marseille and visit Count de Monte Cristo’s prison island. Visit the Plage at Bandol [suntan or swim] Riviera Native Dress Code fashion show. (Robin and Bridgette did a great job modelling the fashions!) 

4. Provence Carl Abrahamson [Treasurer] $13.95
2009 Mas De Gourgonnier from Les Baux de Provence
14 % Alc. Varietals: Carignan, Cinsault, Grenache, Mourvedre, Syrah
Organic and Biodynamic Wines and Vineyards Boise Co-op Wine Shop
Side excursions to Grasse Perfumeries and Monaco Casinos and SHOPPING ! 

5. Sicily Tom [President-elect] and Karen [AtLarge] Birch $15.99
Cantina Colosi Nero d’Avola – grown in a 10 Hectare VY in Salina; bottled in Messina
14 % Alc. Nero d’ Avola Bueno Cheapo Vino
Disembark at Tirana, Albania for overland bus tour to Budapest,then Eger, Hungary 

6. Eger, Hungary2008 Eszterbauer “Tuke” Szekszardi Bikaver (Bull’s Blood)
Bob Young, [Captain, Century Club List] K&L Wines $21.99
14 % Alc. Varietals: 26% Kekfrankos, 24% Kadarka, 22% Merlot, 10% Pinot Noir,
8% Cabernet Franc. Hungarian Goulash with noodles, cooked celery & carrots
Load up on the bus after Hungarian Goulash – thank you Jake!
NE towards the Carpathian Mountains for dessert. Blonde Caramel Bars 

7. Tokay, Tokai, Tokaj 5P Toni Smith [AL] Boise Co-op Wine Shop $36.50 / 500ml
10%Alc. V: 60% Furmint, Birsalmás grapes, which are mainly Harslevelü, Yellow Muscat Lunel, Zeta [previously called Oremus) , Koverszolo, Kabar. .
King of Wines; Wine of Kings & Queens +Thomas Jefferson: “Once in a lifetime you should experience Tokay” 1-6 Puttonyos – 25 kg baskets ->fermenting cask of 136L.
Oxidative aging with deliberate air contact for 3 up to 8 years; stable for decades.
After Cruise Photos ….. Fly home safely.

(L-R) Karen and Tom Birch, Carl Abrahamson, Howard Reid, Bridgette Hull, Gail McClellan Parker

The Cruise Chef, Jake, and Crew.

Some of the wines we had.

Cheese and Fruit Plate

Salad Bar – Make your own!

Hot Vegies: Carrots and Celery

Fresh Noodles and Hungarian Goulash

Our ship!

Next Month: Zinfandel and Chocolate with Kathy Johnston. This will be another great event so we hope to see you there. It should be a lot of fun, a lot of Zin and a whole lot of chocolate in many different forms. Cooking a main dish with chocolate can be a real treat and lots of fun. Cheers!

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