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TVWS Goes to Argentina


And such a great trip! Almost 56 people joined us in the festivities. Carl Abrahamson was a great “tour guide” with a lot of great information.
The menu was superb, although I would have prefered some nutmeg in the creamed spinach. The beef was good s was the baked polenta. And that dessert — Superb! You’ll see it below in the photos.
Here is the menu, wine list and some graphics that shows the wine districts in Argentina. Enjoy and hope to see you at the HUGE Christmas bash in December. It is well attended so get your reservations as soon as they are available. Cheers! Left-Click any of these photos to see them enlarged.

The menu!


The wine list.


Wine areas of Argentina


Some of the 56 people who were there.



Appetizer offering


Appetizer plated


Wonderful salad


Creamed Spinach


Baked Polenta


Marinated Flank Steak with Chimichurri Sauce


Cinnamon Crepes with Raspberry Preserves and Raspberry Coulis

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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
(Sorry for the poor photo quality)

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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

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!

Great March Wine Dinner


It’s been a while. Sorry for that but my computer finally came back to me. I could have used my phone,but …………. And I could have used my 7 year old lap top, but waaaaaaaaaaay to slow and awkward. But now we are back online. And what an opening! 58 people were with us to enjoy some superb, upper end wines and a Steam Ship Roast. Thanks Garry Scholz for a great presentation. If you Left-Click any of these photos, you should see them enlarged. Enjoy and enjoy our Buffet Wine Dinner. See you next month. Cheers!

Some of the people who were there.

More of the people who were there.

Brie with Fruit and Nuts
Baguettes

Caesar Salad
(Anchovies on the side)

Caesar Salad

Buttered Rosemary Red Potatoes

Roasted Vegetable Medley

Carved Prime Rib (at the end of buffet line)
Au jus
Creamy Horseradish

Dinner is served!!

NY Style Cheesecake with Dark Cherry Sauce

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.

TVWS Annual Picnic


2014-Indian-Creek_LogoIt was a great picnic this year! No rain! Fun sun! Temps in the 80’s. Shady. Yummy food and awesome wines! Look at some of these photos from the event! Here are some of the people who attended. Thank-You once again, Indian Creek Winery for allowing us to use the beautiful grounds for our event. Petit Verdot is awesome!!!!

Setting up the area

Setting up the area

Sharon and Gail

Sharon and Gail

Cheryl and Bridgette

Cheryl and Bridgette

Robin

Robin

Bob Parker (back to us), Garry, Dan and Robin trying the Petit Verdot!

Bob Parker (back to us), Garry, Dan and Robin trying the Petit Verdot!

Carl makes caviar!

Carl makes caviar!

Food line is being setup.

Food line is being setup.

Cheese plate

Cheese plate

Awesome pies.

Awesome pies.

Everyone brought something to share and there were some super dishes – salads desserts and the like. Then everyone brought their own meat to grill. The grill was supplied by Indian Creek Winery. It was a great evening.

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.