On 10 January 2018, the Treasure Valley Wine Society hosted Scoria Vineyards, one of Idaho’s newest winery and vineyard. They ran out of wine this year, so they are planning to “up their production” in 2018. It takes time!
The buffet was superbly paired to the wines. And a surprise menu it was, as you will see by the photos below. We even had Idaho Beef, aka buffalo! It was delicious. The wines that were served, there is a list below, was the last that they had, and, thanks to Garry Scholz for buying some late last year, we had a delightful evening. Let’s look at the food that was on the buffet and I have also posted a map to the winery. Enjoy! Hope to see you next month when we do a Bordeaux tasting and a French menu for the buffet. Cheers! (Left-Click any of these photos to see them enlarged.)
Now that was a good meal! One of the better ones we’ve had. Our hats are off to Gail Parker and Doryne Wendel for a great evening. The wines were awesome. Interesting tasting – a blind tasting comparing Shiraz and Cab Sauvignon. Our challenge was to identify the regions they were from, either Barosa or Maclaren Vale. Fun time! Here is the dinner that was served. The Chef did a great job.
Appetizer Australian-style Shrimp Cocktail and Crackers
Salad Pea Salad with Water Chestnuts
Entrée and Sides Beef Meat Pie with Pastry Crust
Mashed Potatoes and Gravy
Variety of In-Season Grilled Squash
Dessert Lamington Cake sponge cake with jam filling, chocolate frosting and sprinkled with coconut
It was really a super night. Fine food and wine. Great friends! Telaya Wines, Carrie Sullivan presenting, were paired quite well with the buffet! The Chef and all of his Staff, did a superb job in presenting the buffet courses at the correct time and in the suggested order. Gail McClellan Parker does a super job in working the kitchen in suggesting the meal and paring the wines. Here is the menu for the evening and the wines. Please look at the winery link above and read their history. It’s interesting!
“Through Telaya–a blend of their two favorite places, the Tetons and la playa–they could establish a home base from which they could take others on a journey.”
Enjoy these photos and Left-Click any of them to see the photos enlarged. Cheers!
Hope I made you drool and be hungry! ‘Cause you’ll have to join us next month for Wines of Texas, presented by Garry Scholz. Yah Hoo!
Many, many thanks to Garry Scholz for putting on a great event, even though he was fighting laryngitis. Some really good wines were presented to almost 30 people who attended. It seems as though the pre-pay through Brown Paper Bag was a success. If you want to attend, you will need to buy tickets in advance of the event. The TVWS then informs Meadowlake of the number of people who have paid and will be attending. The fee is non-refundable! I had to find someone to take one of our tickets as Robin could not be there. If you want to be on the invitation list, please let someone on the Board – they are listed on this site – and you will be sent an invitation. Here is what we had tonight. Enjoy!
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!
Wow! If you missed this one, you missed an awesome and very full Wine Dinner. Almost 66 people were there! Robin did such a great job in selecting the wines, suggesting the menu to Chef Jake and presenting the program. Some little known facts about her wine education and background. Eight wines were donated from our wine cellar. All a range of reds from the 2007 Cinder Rosé of Syrah – which was wonderful – to the awesomely bold and big 2008 Saviah Petit Verdot. Here are the wines that were presented, and if you liked the Cheese Ball that we made, a link to the recipe is below.
Appetizer Wine with Cheese Balls (Sweet Potato Cream Cheese Dip) and Assorted Berries
2007 Cinder Rosé of Syrah SRAVA, ID
2005 Buena Vista Pinot Noir Carneros, CA
2004 Don Miguel Gascon, Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina
2005 Concha Y Toro Casillero del Diablo Carmenere Maipo, Chile
Full Bodied –
2006 Parma Ridge Reserve Merlot ID
2004 Bitner Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon ID
2004 Ridge Buchiqnani Ranch Sonoma Carignane CA
2008 Saviah Petite Verdot WallaWalla, WA
But what about the scrumptious dinner that Chef Jake prepared for us? Here ’tis! And for Members, first time Guests and Wine Industry people? Just $25.00 per plate. Non-Members? $35.00 per plate. Such a deal!
Such a great way to start 2015 – Williamson Vineyards wines! Superb wines presented by Vineyardist Patrick Williamson. And it was his birthday! Happy Birthday, Patrick. Patrick offered a wide range of wines – Viognier and an awesome Port style dessert wine to name a few. Really great paring with the buffet by Chef Jake.
Chef Jake offered a really good Mixed Green Salad, a Cheese and Fruit Appetizer plate, Scalloped Potatoes, Vegetable Fritters, Roast Beef and wonderful Caramel Toffees. And too, the TVWS presented Patrick with an awesome Chocolate Cake that went extremely well with the Dessert Wine that he brought. We really did try to prepare the meal with Idaho products – potatoes, vegetables and beef – since the wines were from Idaho, the Snake River AVA. Enjoy these photos of the evening. Cheers! Left-Click any of these photos to see them enlarged.