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.
Yea! Great to see that the Williamson Orchards and Vineyards new and beautiful tasting room in the heart of the Snake River AVA will be opening soon. Real soon! Here is a link to Williamson Orchards and Vineyards where you can find more information.
“The farm was homesteaded in 1909 by Lillian (Williamson) and George Gammon. These pioneers set a precedent of hard work, ingenuity and perseverance. The Williamson’s were some of the first to plant fruit trees in the Sunnyslope valley. As the family grew, so did the business. Four generations of Williamson have worked the farm.
Today Williamson Orchards and Vineyards is operated by Michael, Beverly and Patrick Williamson [pictured here]. The original homestead of 80 acres expanded up to 700 acres at one time, and currently consists of 400 acres of vineyards, orchards and row crop.
We planted our first vineyards in 1998 and released our first vintage in 2001. The vineyard has more than doubled from the original 25 acres of Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Viognier. We now grow 8 grape varietals and produce 14 different labels of delicious and award winning wines.” [Williamson Orchards and Vineyards website]
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!
Ray Oelrich did a fantastic job presenting these wines. Thank-You Ray for an enjoyable wine tasting evening. Chef Jake Sandfort did a good job on the buffet again, too. In all – A great evening! Good, too, to have Garry Scholz join us again. There were seven wines presented and discussed: Simonnet Febvre Chablis, 2014 Joel Gott Chardonnay (unoaked), 2012 Joseph Drouhin Macon-Villages, 2011 Columbia Crest Horse Heaven Hills Chardonnay, NV Treveri Cellars Blanc de Blanc Chardonnay Blend and the surprise wine Trader Joe’s Chardonnay. Here are some photos of the evening. Enjoy!
The Board had their summer meeting at the home of Heather Mercy, Gail Parker’s Daughter-In-Law. Thank-You so very much Heather, for opening your beautiful home and kitchen to us. We were also honored to have Artist and Chef Judas Arrieta and his wife Vivian prepare the wonderful Tapas and Paella dinner for us. It was awesome! From Wikipedia, paella is,
Paella (Valencian: [paˈeʎa] or [pəˈeʎə], Spanish: [paˈeʎa], English approximation /pɑːˈeɪlə/,/ˈpaɪjeɪə/ or /ˈpaɪjɛlə/) is a Valencian rice dish with ancient roots that originated in its modern form in the mid-19th century near the Albufera lagoon, a coastal lagoon in Valencia, on the east coast of Spain. The dish is widely regarded as Spain’s national dish, as well as a regional Valencian dish; Valencians regard paella as one of their identifying symbols.
Types of paella include Valencian paella (Spanish: paella valenciana), seafood paella (Spanish: paella de marisco), and mixed paella (Spanish: paella mixta), but there are many others as well. Valencian paella is believed to be the original recipe and consists of white rice, green beans (bajoqueta and tavella), meat (chicken and rabbit), white beans (garrofón), snails, and seasoning such as saffron and rosemary. Another very common but seasonal ingredient is artichoke. Seafood paella replaces meat with seafood and omits beans and green vegetables. Mixed paella is a free-style combination of land animals, seafood, vegetables, and sometimes beans. Most paella chefs use calasparra or bomba rices. All types of paellas use olive oil.
Here is a recipe for Paella that Robin and I have used with some success. But be aware that paella varies from household to household and from region to region. The one that we have the recipe for is basically, but not totally, from the Basque Market in Boise. Enjoy these photos and Thank-You Chef Judas and Vivian! The photo above is some of Judas’ artwork and on display at Ming Galleries in Boise.
Time waits for no one! Must start the prep work for the paella dinner. Only 5 hours! Feel like we’re on Chopped!
Finally it’s 6:00pm and time to eat! Here are some Tapas items …….. We made all of them!!!
And now ………….. Paella!
A great time shopping, eating, prepping, eating and wine. Oh yes. A short business meeting. And yes, the Board Meetings are all open to any member of TVWS. You are welcome to join us … encouraged to join us. If you missed this meeting, see what you missed? (Not all meetings are served dinner like this, though.) Cheers!
Yes it was! Inspite of the stormy weather. No rain at Indian Creek Winery while we were there, but Boise received record breaking rainfall in 1 hour! Sure did cool things down and make for this great yearly event. Some really delicious foods were supplied as Pot-Luck. Great appetizers! Great Salads! Great desserts!
Thanks to Indian Creek Winery and to Bill and Mui Stowe and Tammy and Mike McClure – Winemaker – for opening the grounds to us. Supplying some awesome wines for us to enjoy. And for providing a grill and tables and chairs for us to use. The grounds and the gardens are beautiful. Here are some photos of the evening. Without the heavy rains but with a nice, cool breeze blowing. Cheers!
This was a great re-introduction to Ste Chapelle wines. Next month is our Annual Picnic at Indian Creek Winery, Wednesday, July 8. Bring your own meat to grill. DO NOT BRING YOUR OWN WINE! Wine can be purchased at the winery.
Ste Chapelle offered some really good wines for our dinner. 2012 Chateau Series Riesling, 2013 SRV Chardonnay, 2012 Gem State Red, 2011 Tempranillo, 2011 Petit Verdot – 100%. Glad they did not blend this wine!! And a 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon. A really great line up. Maurine Johnson, Winemaker at Ste Chapelle , did a great job in offering these wines, taking questions from some of the 42 people who attended and leading a general discussion on the winery. And then, there was the buffet. Delicious!