New World vs Old World Wines


The wines were super. And the presenters did an oputstanding job. They did their homework. Robin did chardonnay – 2014 Grgich Hills Chardonnay (Remember “Bottle Shock”? This was the same varietal!) and 2014 Meursault Chardonnay. At our table 4 people like the French better than the California, but everyone knew the old world wine! Stanley did a good job with the Riesling with the appetizer, as did Rob with his Pinot Noir. Marvin and Ron did a co-presentation on Cabernet Sauvignon. This was really a superb program. Everyone is to be congratulated!

As for the buffet. The appetizer plate and salad, pictured below, were good as was the dessert – chocolate cake.

 

TVWS Pinot Noirs


This was a super tasting and buffet for 50+ people! And as Garry Scholz, President of the TVWS, said, “I thought the food last night was great and Gail should let Aaron know (although the cheese platter ran out but we did have lots of salmon). The duck was awesome and paired really well with the Pinots. I also liked the room setup which provided more space for moving around. The servers were timely and efficient as well.” Yes, the duck was superb. Fork tender and delicious in the port sauce.
Garry led the discussion and presented 6 Pinot Noirs. There was one 2016, one 20115 and the rest were 2014. A really good 2016 Sanford Rosé from Santa Rosa Hills was served with the appetizers. And personally, I liked the 2014 DeLoach Pinot Noir from the Russian River Valley the best. If you look at TVWS Pinot Noir Menu, you will see what the menu was like. In the meantime, here are some photos to enjoy! Cheers!

Table centerpiece.

Appetizers – Smoked Salmon
with
Cream Cheese
on
Crostini

Appetizers Plated

Organic Green Salad
Water Chestnuts
Ginger/Sesame Vinaighrette

Roasted Carrots

Wild Rice

Duck
with
Fruit Sauce-Port Reduction
using fruit such as blackberry or cherry

Dinner Plated

Cheesecake
with
Berry Compote

Some of the 50+ people
The crowd

Happy Holiday Sparkling Wine Buffet


And a superb buffet and party it was for 60+ people! Great to see Karen Burch again – it’s been a while. Please come back. And a big Thank-You goes out to Garry Scholz, Carl Abrahamson, Marvin Rogers, Rob Gibson, Ron Cheek and Stanley Mitchell for leading us on the Board. To the new folks, welcome to this awesome group!
The buffet was a finger food buffet modeled after the Orient Express movie where every scene someone had a glass of “bubbly” and the appetizers were a great variety. The photos of the food below is copied after that movie. And to the folks who donated those wonderful Silent Auction baskets, another big Thank-You. They were well thought out and different. That makes it fun! Enjoy these photos and Left-Click any of them to see them enlarged. Cheers!

Tonight’s Wine List
Some of the 60+ crowd!
Some more of the 60+ crowd!
Mari, John and John’s Mother. Welcome.
Karen Burch and friends.
Larry Kornze
And some of the Silent Auction Baskets
Foodie basket.
James Bond Basket.
More foodie items. And wine, of course.
Yum!
And the food! Well done, Chef!
Deviled Eggs with Caviar
Chicken Salad
Tuna Salad
Ham Wraps Stuffed with Pickle and Cream Cheese
Shrimp
Appetizers plated
Petifore Tree

TVWS Goes to the Rhone Valley


This was probably one of the best buffets the TVWS has ever had. My hat is off to Robin and Gail for such a great meal. Who would have thought fingerling potatoes and bread cubes in a fondue for an appetizer. It was awesome.
The wine pictured here was one from our cellar and was a very good wine. 7 years old and still vibrant! It went very well with the main course of pork, cabbage and potatoes. Here are some photos of the evening. Left-Click any of them to see them enlarged. Cheers!

The menu for the evening

The Wine List for the evening

Gruyère Fondue
bread cubes and small roasted potatoes

Provençal Root Vegetable Soup
white beans, fennel and pistou
(Provençal: of, relating to, or characteristic of Provence or the people of Provence)

Pork Tenderloin
Butternut Squash Purée
Lyonnaise Potatoes

(Lyonnaise potatoes is a French dish of sliced pan-fried potatoes and thinly sliced onions, sautéed in butter with parsley. Lyonnaise means “from Lyon”, or “Lyon-style”, after the French city of Lyon.)
Braised Savoy Cabbage with Apples

Tarts aux Pommes
(fancy apple pie)
Crème Fraîche

Here are some of the 41 people who were there.

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

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