June 14th is just around the corner. This month the TVWS will be featuring the wines of Clearwater Canyon Cellars in North Idaho. Here is the buffet menu that will be served. The Brown Paper Tickets will be available soon. Please note that there is a scan code on the menu. Use it with your smart phone to get to the TVWS blog (this site) at any time.
Ah yes! Texas has wine! Some good. Some very good! Garry Scholz did a fantastic job in securing the wines and then presenting them. Gail Parker did a super job in paring the wines with our Texas style dinner! Thank you both for this awesome job! The crowd was good, about 40 people were there. Just look at this menu. You can Left-Click any of these photos to see them enlarged. Sorry for the missed one and the poor quality of others.
A great start to the new year, 2017. Thank you Garry Scholz, the new President to TVWS, for an interesting and informative program. Six wines were presented plus one Cream Sherry, which has no cream in it! varietals presented were: Macabéo, Albariño, Garnacha, Monastrell, Rioja Rosso and Rioja Reserva. My favorites? Rioja Reserva, which spent at least 1 year in oak and 2 years in the bottle before release, and the Cream Sherry, which is Spain’s answer to Portugal’s Port.
The buffet was well-balanced to the wines and was interesting. Here is what was served on the buffet line. Left-Click any of these photos to see them enlarged. And before I forget, welcome to the Board, Doryne Wendel. It will be fun and exciting.
All-In-All a very good night. Food was good. Wine was good. Company was good. Even the streets were clear of ice and snow.
And at our table, Byron Minton and I were discussing a drink made from tequilla and St Germaine (Elderberry Flower liquor). Easy to make – drink it slow for it is creamy and smooth. 3 oz Jose Cuervo Tequila Gold, Blue Agave and 2 oz St Germaine. Mix in an 8oz glass. Add 1 ice-cube and stir to cool. Differently good. It’s sort of Spanish with the Tequila. Sort of.
Ahhh! The “Gibson Girls”, Bridgette and Cheryl. What a fantastic program you did last night in presenting Affordable Wines. And just in time for the summer season. Even the boxed St Chapele Wine was a real hit. And it sure did surprise the crowd when you announced that the Appetizer Wine was indeed a boxed wine. Good job! (There is a picture of the boxed wine below. Try some. Not bad!)
Besides the wine above, we had wines from Walla Walla, a Sawtooth Winery Merlot, wine from Crossings Winery in Glens Ferry, ID (one plece where the Oregon Trail crosses the Snake River) and a Velvet Devil. Really great wine selections. I for one really enjoyed them. And then the buffet. Here are some photos of the food. Enjoy!
Well another wine dinner for the TVWS has come and gone.
Some mix-up in the presenters, but the dinner did go on. The members of the TVWS are so great in “stepping up to the plate” and that is exactly what they did. They knew what the buffet was going to be, so they went out and purchased Idaho wines for the dinner. Thank-You all who “covered” for the mistake and made the evening a success for the 34 people who were there. Thank-You too, Kathy Johnson, of Winery Seekers, for doing your part in Hosting. It is appreciated. Here are some photos from the evening.
Patrick Williamson, of Williamson Orchards and Vineyard, did a super good job in presenting one of the few “blind” tastings the TVWS has had last night. These wines were all from the Snake River AVA and all were Cabernet Sauvignon, although some were blended. Sorry to say, some of us were stumped! Oh well, more to learn – the process never ends. But then, that’s the fun of this organization and these programs.
The food, prepared by Swiss trained Chef Jake, was an Italian theme that was well pared with the wines. And the vanilla ice cream at the end, topped with a port-like dessert wine was super.
And now, the buffet!
If you were not here for this event, you missed an excellent one, one of the best of the year!
Zhoo Zhoo Wines were the featured Idaho wine this month at the Treasure Valley Wine Society Wine and Buffet Dinner. Thank-You Hadley Robertson for doing a superb job on presenting the wines from the winery. I am making a Boeuf Bourguignon this Sunday for Robin on Valentines Day and we have a bottle of Zhoo Zhoo Model C10 Claret that will be a perfect paring with the beef. As stated on the label, “Zhoo Zhoo Claret, Model C10, is beautiful, natural and rare, only 4032 bottles were produced. 46% Cabernet Sauvignon, 43% Cabernet Franc and 11% Merlot.” Left-Click any of these photos to see them enlarged.