Appetizers

June 14th Wine Dinner


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.

A printable menu is available Here

TVWS and Texas Wines


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.

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Here are some of the wines Garry brought.

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Appetizer. Loaded Potato Skins
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Southwestern Green Salad

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Cowboy Baked Beans

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Roasted Vegetables with Napales

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Plated dinner with the Smoked Brisket

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Caramel Flan

TVWS Presents Spanish Wines!


TVWS LogoA 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.

Some of the wines that were served. We also had some sparkling, Cava, wines.

Some of the wines that were served. We also had some sparkling, Cava, wines.

Cream Sherry that was served.

Cream Sherry that was served.

Some of the folks that were there.

Some of the folks that were there.

The appetizer table.

The appetizer table.

An appetizer plate.

An appetizer plate.

Spanish Salad that was very good.

Spanish Salad that was very good.

Roasted Vegetable Medley

Roasted Vegetable Medley

 Spanish Potato Fritata

Spanish Potato Fritata

 Spanish Meatballs

Spanish Meatballs

 Spanish Gypsy Arms (Bravo de Gitano)

Spanish Gypsy Arms
(Bravo de Gitano)

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.

Treasure Valley Wine Society – Affordable Wines


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!)11May2016_1_TVWS-Gibson-Girls_The-Gibson-Girls

St Chapelle Winemakers Blend

St Chapelle Winemakers Blend

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!

Enjoying the appetuizers with the St Chapelle "Surprise" wine.

Enjoying the appetuizers with the St Chapelle “Surprise” wine.

Salad fixings!

Salad fixings!

Wonderrful roasted Snap Peas.

Wonderrful roasted Snap Peas.

Chicken Pasta

Chicken Pasta

Plated dinner

Plated dinner

One awesome, rich and smooth chiocolate dessert.

One awesome, rich and smooth chiocolate dessert.

Some of the people who enjoyed the program.

Some of the people who enjoyed the program.

TVWS April Wine Dinner


TVWS LogoWell 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.

Three wines that were use for the appetizer table.

Three wines that were use for the appetizer table.

The Appetizer Table.

The Appetizer Table.

Robert Parker pours some appetizer wine.

Robert Parker pours some appetizer wine.

Salad Makings

Salad Makings

Pork Chops

Pork Chops

Scalloped Potatoes

Scalloped Potatoes

Broccoli and Reed Peppers

Broccoli and Reed Peppers

Dinner is plated

Dinner is plated

Rhubarb and Strawberry Dessert

Rhubarb and Strawberry Dessert

Blind Tasting at TVWS


28Nov2015_2a_Snake-River-AVA-Visit_Williamson_SignPatrick 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.

Patrick Williamson

Patrick Williamson

Good idea using the white board. You can see some of the comments and where the wines were from.

Good idea using the white board. You can see some of the comments and where the wines were from.

And now, the buffet!

Antipasta

Antipasta

Cheese Plate

Cheese Plate

Enjoying the Antipasta and Cheese Plate and some super Williamson Viognier, and Late Harvest Viognier

Enjoying the Antipasta and Cheese Plate and some super Williamson Viognier and Williamson Late Harvest Viognier

The Italian Buffet Table prepared by Chef Jake

The Italian Buffet Table prepared by Chef Jake

Salad Makings

Salad Makings

Lasagna

Lasagna

Vegetable Medley

Vegetable Medley

Garlic Bread

Garlic Bread

Dinner Plated

Dinner Plated

If you were not here for this event, you missed an excellent one, one of the best of the year!

Zhoo Zhoo Wines Presented at TVWS


10F eb2016_2_TVWS-Zhoo-Zhoo_LogoZhoo 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.

The full list of Zhoo Zhoo wines presented at the dinner.

The full list of Zhoo Zhoo wines presented at the dinner.

Zhoo Zhoo wines for tonight.

Zhoo Zhoo wines for tonight.

TVWS VP Kyle Felzien and Wine Maker Hadley Robertson before the programn started.

TVWS VP Kyle Felzien and Wine Maker Hadley Robertson before the programn started.

Cheese and Fruit Tray

Cheese and Fruit Tray

Individual Chicken Pot Pie for an appetizer.

Individual Chicken Pot Pie
for an appetizer

Chicken Pot Pie

Chicken Pot Pie

Make Your Own Salad

Make Your Own Salad

Buttered Noodles

Buttered Noodles

Raisin Meatballs with Sauce Robert

Raisin Infused Beef Meatballs
with
Sauce Robert

Dinner plated

Dinner plated

Valentine Panna Cotta

Valentine Panna Cotta
with
Coconut Whipped Cream
(Recipe: Valentine Panna Cotta)

Some of the 28 people who were there.

Some of the 28 people who were there.

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