Parma Ridge Wine Dinner at TVWS


It was a great pleasure that we had Winemaker/Owner/Executive Chef Storm Hodge and Owner/Artist Stephanie Hodge presenting some fantastic wines. Chef Storm suggested the food to serve at this tasting and the paring was superb. There were close to 60 people there! Afterall, this is Idaho Wine Month!

The wines, 2016 Avielle (Rosè of Merlot), 2016 Chardonnay, 2016 Big Reds (blend of Cab Franc, Malbec and Merlot),2016 Joshua Storm (Tempranillo and Merlot) and 2016 Reinhart Riesling (by Sous Chef and Assistant Winemaker Megan Hartman). This was an awesome lineup of wines. Here is what we had for dinner. Cheers! Left-Click any of these photos to see enlarged.

Wine list
Menu

Arugula
Yellow Plum Tomatoes
Mini Buffalo Mozzarella Balls

with
Homemade Citrus Vinaigrette

Pork Tenderloin
with
Mushroom Sherry Cream Sauce

Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Broccolini

Fresh Blueberry Crisp
with
Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

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TVWS Presents – Wines From Parma Ridge Winery


This is going to be an exciting evening on June 13, 2018. Here is a link to the Brown Paper Tickets for the event. (You must have a ticket!)
Here, too, is the menu and the wines that will be presented by Winemaker, Chef and Owner Storm Hodge and Owner and Artist Stephanie Hodge. Hopefully Sous Chef and Assistant Winemaker Megan Hartman will be there, too. Menu and Wines.
These wines will be available for sale after the program. There will be no buffet line. Instead, the dinner will be served. Cheers!

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

TVWS Had French Wines at Valentines


The Treasure Valley Wine Society (TVWS) held a French wine tasting on Valentines Day and it was well attended. Thank You Gail for getting these wonderful wines on your recent trip to France. Great PowerPoint program, too.
I would have preferred a variety of cheeses at the Appetizer Table – there was none. I would also have liked some butter for the bread. There was none. The green beans – haricots Verts – probably would have been better if the ends were trimmed. They were spiny and woody. But this is just IMNSHO. Here are some photos of the night. Enjoy!

Some of the crowd.
Sharon and Ray. Happy Valentines Day!
Appetizer table.
Green Salad with Bleu Cheese Dressing.
Green Salad with Vinaigrette.
Beef with Mushrooms and Noodles. Haricots Verts.
Creme Caramel with Cognac.

Why We Should Drink Wine


Robin found this article and I think it will be appreciated by the TVWS. Enjoy and thanks, Robin.

The Benefit: Promotes Longevity
The Evidence: Wine drinkers have a 34 percent lower mortality rate than beer or spirits drinkers. Source: a Finnish study of 2,468 men over a 29-year period, published in the Journals of Gerontology, 2007.

The Benefit: Reduces Heart-Attack Risk
The Evidence: Moderate drinkers suffering from high blood pressure are 30 percent less likely to have a heart attack than nondrinkers. Source: a 16-year Harvard School of Public Health study of 11,711 men, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, 2007.

The Benefit: Lowers Risk of Heart Disease
The Evidence: Red-wine tannins contain procyanidins, which protect against heart disease. Wines from Sardinia and southwest France have more procyanidins than other wines. Source: a study at Queen Mary University in London, published in Nature, 2006.

The Benefit: Reduces Risk of Type 2 Diabetes
The Evidence: Moderate drinkers have 30 percent less risk than nondrinkers of developing type 2 diabetes. Source: research on 369,862 individuals studied over an average of 12 years each, at Amsterdam’s VU University Medical Center, published in Diabetes Care, 2005.

The Benefit: Lowers Risk of Stroke
The Evidence: The possibility of suffering a blood clot–related stroke drops by about 50 percent in people who consume moderate amounts of alcohol. Source: a Columbia University study of 3,176 individuals over an eight-year period, published in Stroke, 2006.

The Benefit: Cuts Risk of Cataracts
The Evidence: Moderate drinkers are 32 percent less likely to get cataracts than nondrinkers; those who consume wine are 43 percent less likely to develop cataracts than those drinking mainly beer. Source: a study of 1,379 individuals in Iceland, published in Nature, 2003.

The Benefit: Cuts Risk of Colon Cancer
The Evidence: Moderate consumption of wine (especially red) cuts the risk of colon cancer by 45 percent. Source: a Stony Brook University study of 2,291 individuals over a four-year period, published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology, 2005.

The Benefit: Slows Brain Decline
The Evidence: Brain function declines at a markedly faster rate in nondrinkers than in moderate drinkers. Source: a Columbia University study of 1,416 people, published in Neuroepidemiology, 2006. [FoodandWine.com]

TVWS Hosts Scoria Vineyards


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.)

Table centerpiece
Map to Scoria Vineyards.
Wines served at the buffet.

Appetizer
Tuna Fish Puffs
2015 Dry Riesling

Appetizer
Stuffed Mushrooms

Plated Appetizers

Caesar Salad
2015 Chardonnay

Dinner
Roasted Brussels Sprouts
2014 Mourvedre

Dinner
Roasted Red Potatoes

Dinner
Buffalo Roast

Dinner Plated
2014 Cabernet Sauvignon

Dessert
Chocolate Pie

with
raspberry sauce
2014 Petit Verdot and Syrah Blend