Cabernet Sauvignon

Australian Wines at TVWS


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.

 

Dinner Menu
Appetizer
Australian-style Shrimp Cocktail and Crackers
Salad
Pea Salad
with
Water Chestnuts
Baguuettes

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

 
 

Australian-Style Shrimp Cocktail and Crackers

Pea Salad with Water Chestnuts and Baguettes

Beef Meat Pie with Pastry Crust

Mashed Potatoes and Gravy

Variety of In-Season Squash, Grilled

Dinner plated

Lamington Cake

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Another Great TVWS Wine Dinner – Telaya Wines


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!

Some of the 38 people who enjoyed the evening.

Telaya Wines served tonight.

Two special wines. Check with the winery for availability.

Carrie Sullivan, co-owner does a great job in explaining about their wines.

Chef Choice Salad
with
Chopped Romaine Hearts, Pears, Feta Cheese, Candied Walnuts and Herb Vinaigrette

Smithfield Farms Pork Tenderloin
with
Telaya Turas and Caper Demi Glace

Wild Rice Pilaf
(I certainly did like this. Especially with some of the demi glace on it!)

“Pilaf is a dish in which rice is cooked in a seasoned broth. In some cases, the rice may attain its brown or golden colour by first being sautéed lightly in oil before the addition of broth. Cooked onion, other vegetables as well as a mix of spices may be added. Depending on the local cuisine, it may also contain meat, fish, vegetables, pasta, and dried fruits.
Pilaf and similar dishes are common to Balkan, Middle Eastern, Caucasian, Central and South Asian, East African, Latin American and Caribbean cuisines. It is a staple food and a national dish in Afghan, Armenian, Azerbaijani, Bangladeshi, Balochi, Bukharan Jewish, Cretan, Indian, Iranian, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Kurdish, Pakistani, Swahili (Kenyan, and Tanzanian-Zanzibari), Uyghur, Uzbek, Tajik and Turkish cuisines.” [Wikipedia}

Buttered Carrots and Green Beans

Chocolate Espresso Torte

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!

Chilean Wines at TVWS


10Sept2014_1_TVWS-Basque-Wines_2012-Serres TempranilloMany, 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!

One of the better wines, in my opinion.

One of the better wines, in my opinion.

Some goodies on the appetizer table.

Some goodies on the appetizer table.

Cheese Platter

Cheese Platter

Some of the wines that were served.

Wines that were served.

Salad Fixings - Tomato, Onion and Carrots

Salad Fixings – Tomato, Onion and Carrots

Appetizer

Appetizer

Appetizer

Appetizer

Appetizer

Appetizer

Veggie Empanadas

Veggie Empanadas

Meat Empanadas

Meat Empanadas

Corn and Potato Pancakes

Corn and Potato Pancakes

Dulce de Leche

Dulce de Leche

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!

Superb “Range of Reds” Tasting at TVWS


Wine ConsumerismWow! 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.

The wines that were presented.

The wines that were presented.

Light
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

Medium
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!

Appetizer Assortment of Cheeses

Appetizer Assortment of Cheeses

Baby Spinach Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing, Pomegranate Arils, Walnuts and Goat Cheese

Baby Spinach Salad
with
warm bacon dressing, crumbled Bacon, sliced red onion, tomato wedges, pomegranate arils, walnuts and goat cheese

Hari Vert

Haricot Vert
(aka French Green Beans)

Roasted Duck Breasts

Roasted Duck Breasts
(So very, very good!)

Cherry Cranberry Sauce

Cherry Cranberry Sauce

Dinner is plated!

Dinner is plated!

Flourless Chocolate Tort

Flourless Chocolate Tort

The appetizer table was a popular gathering place.

The appetizer table was a popular gathering place.

Robin preparing for the “wine talk”.

The 64 attendees start to arrive!

The 64 attendees start to arrive!

More of the crowd arrives.

More of the crowd arrives.

January TVWS Wine Dinner – Williamson Vineyards


14Jan2015_1_TVWS-Williamson_SignSuch 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.

Robin and her Bronco hat!

Robin and her Bronco hat!

Great to have Garry and Donna Scholz visit us again. Her Garry tries a cheese platter and strawberry. Welcome to you both!

Great to have Garry and Donna Scholz visit us again. Her Garry tries a cheese platter and strawberry. Welcome to you both!

Patrick and Amanda

Patrick and Amanda

Some of the 32 people who were there.

Some of the 32 people who were there.

Appetizer Fruit and Cheese Plate. It went very well with the Williamson Vineyards 2010 Viognier.

Appetizer Fruit and Cheese Plate. It went very well with the Williamson Vineyards 2010 Viognier.

Green Mixed Salad

Green Mixed Salad

Scolloped Idaho Potatoes

Scalloped Idaho Potatoes

Idaho Vegetable Fritters

Idaho Vegetable Fritters

Roast of Idaho Beef

Roast of Idaho Beef

Plated Dinner

Plated dinner

Plated dinner

Plated dinner

Patrick and his Birthday Cake! (He did share it with everyone!)

Patrick and his Birthday Cake! (He did share it with everyone!)

TVWS Changes Venue to Bodovino For April


Aroma CompoundsThe Treasure Valley Wine Society recently had a wine tasting at Bodovino in Boise. From President Gail McClellan Parker, “Treasure Valley Wine Society visited one of Boise’s newest wine tasting venues, Bodovino, for their April 9th tasting. Bodovino is located at 408 S. 8th in downtown Boise and was a fun place to taste six varieties of Cabernet Sauvignon, along with a selection of cheese plates and assorted flatbreads. Bodovino has 144 different wines available for tasting through their “Wine Emotion” machines. It was an interesting experience to visit this innovative wine bar and everyone enjoyed the opportunity to try something new.” The following are some photos that were taken at the event. Enjoy and Cheers!

Kathy Johnson at Bodovino.

Kathy Johnson at Bodovino.

Gail McClellan Parker, Kathy Johnson and Bridgette Gibson at Bodovino.

Gail McClellan Parker, Kathy Johnson and Bridgette Gibson at Bodovino.

Some of the participants at this event.

Some of the participants at this event.