Wine and BBQ

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
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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

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Parma Ridge Winery and Bistro Events


Parma Ridge Specials LogoAnother weekend rolls around as does another month. March always brings the smells and sights of Spring. But this first weekend in March also brings another special weekend at Parma Ridge Winery and Bistro. Looks what is going on. Thanks Stephanie for sending this.

Join us this weekend for a some fabulous food, wonderful wine, and an amazing view.

We are open Friday 12 – 7 p.m., Saturday 12 – 5 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. offering our Regular Menu and Wine Tasting each day — and Happy Hour Specials Friday from 4-7 p.m. and Sunday Brunch Specials. Reservations recommended for groups of 4 or more if dining in the tasting room.

Happy Hour Specials with purchase of glass of wine, mimosa or beer:

2 Sliders with Rosemary Truffle Fries: Pork, Mesquite Ground Beef, “Triple B“ or “Deluxe” – $6.50
Parma Ridge Grilled Romaine Salads: Bacon & Blue Cheese or Chicken Caesar – $6.50
Char-grilled Kielbasa or Andouille on a Hoagie Roll with Black Cherry BBQ sauce, Deli Mustard and Caramelized Onions – $5.95
Personal size Flatbread: BBQ Pork, BBQ Grilled Chicken, “The Patricia,” “The Kathleen” or Pepperoni – $5.95
Parma Ridge House Salad: Mixed greens with apple cider vinaigrette, Bleu Cheese and poached pear – $5.95
Basket of Rosemary Garlic Truffle Fries with House-made aioli – $5

Sunday Brunch Specials:

Bacon, Egg and Cheddar Breakfast Sandwich with Cheesy Bacon Fries – $6.95
Best Ever Biscuits and Gravy with a Fried Egg – $7.95
Slow Braised Beef Short Rib over Mashed Potatoes with Grilled Asparagus and Fresh Baked Bread – $10.95
We’ve updated our email address and web address! Find us at http://www.parmaridge.wine and email us at info@parmaridge.wine.

We will have a new Bartholomew Wine available for tasting and purchase this weekend, check out the 2013 Primitivo. This Italian clone of Zinfandel showcases great fruit flavors of cherry and plum. A medium body and smooth tannins finish long after the last sip. Pairs well with salami and fruit chutney. Retail $24.

We are now offering our 2015 Unfiltered Chardonnay, Dry Riesling and LaRea Dolce Sweet Riesling by the glass for $5 or in 1-Liter Carafes for $16.50 while dining in the tasting room. Come by this weekend to have a taste!

Come in your Parma Ridge shirt, hat or jacket for a free wine tasting this weekend.

Save the Dates:

Saturday March 12, 12-5 p.m. Luck O’the Leprechaun Poker Run
You don’t have to be Irish to enjoy the green rolling hills in the Sunnyslope area of Idaho. While touring wineries and restaurants in Sunnyslope guests can try their hand at a running game of poker. Each player will draw a playing card at five or more of the participating locations to build their poker hand. The highest hand, following standard poker rules, will win a gift basket, valued at over $75, filled with select wines and gift cards. The prize will be awarded on March 17th by the Sunnyslope Wine Trail.

Easter is Sunday, March 27th – Reserve your table for Easter Brunch at Parma Ridge! Open from 11a.m. – 5 p.m.

See you soon
Cheers,
Steph & Storm
Parma Ridge Winery
208-946-5187
info@parmaridge.wine

We had some amazing customers build a wine bottle Chandelier for the tasting room. It is perfect for the space and we love it!

We had some amazing customers build a wine bottle Chandelier for the tasting room. It is perfect for the space and we love it!
[Photo courtesy Parma Ridge Winery]

BBQ Pork Flatbread with a bottle of Avielle, sounds like a good day to me!

BBQ Pork Flatbread with a bottle of Avielle, sounds like a good day to me!
[Photo courtesy Parma Ridge Winery]

A Great 2015 TVWS Picnic


Indian_Creek_New_Sign_July2011_GreatYes 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!

It all starts  with food. How about Pork Chops and Chicken on the grill? The steaks are coming.

It all starts with food. How about Pork Chops and Chicken on the grill? The steaks are coming.

Plated Pork Chop, Grilled Pineapple and Slaws

Plated Pork Chop, Grilled Pineapple and Slaw. The chops were from Homestead Farms. Delicious!

Fingerling Potato Dip. Awesome! Here is the recipe:

Fingerling Potato Dip. Awesome! Here is the recipe: Fingerling Potato Dip

Fruity Guacamole. This is absolutely delicious and served with Blue Corn Chips. Here is the recipe:

Fruity Guacamole. This is absolutely delicious and served with Blue Corn Chips. Here is the recipe: Fruity Guacamole

Some really great salads. All kinds.

Some really great salads. All kinds.

Indian Creek Winemaker Mike McClure is in deep conversation with one of the guests.

Indian Creek Winemaker Mike McClure is in deep conversation with one of the guests.

Williamson Vineyards Orchardist Patrick Williamson and Amanda - sitting - enjoy the conversations.

Williamson Vineyards Orchardist Patrick Williamson and Amanda – sitting – enjoy the conversations.

Gail Parker, Heather Mercy and Tammy Stowe McClure.

Gail Parker, Heather Mercy and Tammy Stowe McClure.

Bob and Robin Young

Bob and Robin Young

Greg Littig, Barbara Friedman, Sharon and Ray and Kathy Johnson.

Craig Luttig, Barbara Friedman, Sharon and Ray Oelrich and Kathy Johnson.

More of the crowd.

More of the crowd.

It was great to see so many people at this years picnic! Seems to be growing. Good to see Garry and Donna back from Virginia. Welcome home!

It was great to see so many people at this years picnic! Seems to be growing. Good to see Garry and Donna Sholz back from Virginia. Welcome home!

Sneaky Snake came to the picnic, too! Didn't eat much, though.

Sneaky Snake came to the picnic, too! Didn’t eat much, though.

And as always, all good things must come to an end. Even the day passes into night.

And as always, all good things must come to an end. Even the day passes into night.

June Events at “the Buzz” in Boise


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This month at the Buzz really sounds interesting.This is probably the best and most affordable complete 5 course dinner and 5 or six wines that you will find in Boise. Just a mere $20 per person! But do make reservations – (208) 344-4321. Here is the latest from Cristi.

Just a quick reminder of some of the fun at the Buzz this June. We continue with live music and wine tasting on Friday Nights. This month featured artists will be:

6/6 Pat Foulkner
6/13 Carter Freeman
6/20 Wayne White
6/27 Johnny Shoes

Starting 6/13 we will have some wines to go along with the world cup events.
Our wine club this month is 6/10 and 6/11. We will be talking about cooking outside. Make your reservations, buzzwine@cableone.net or (208) 344-4321. It will be a fun event. The cost is only $20 a person including food and wine.

Keep on the lookout for updates about some new things coming to the Buzz. Hope to see everyone soon.

Sincerely,
Cristi and Tom Takeda
Buzz Coffee and Wine

Really ….. I do think you will enjoy this. Bring your friends and have a relaxing, fun and educational evening. Learn about wine. Learn about the paring of wine and food. And this month, learn about what wine to serve over the hot summer months. Cheers and hope to see you there. Here is a little information about the Buzz from their website.

Buzz Coffee and Cafe has been owned and operated by Cristi and Tom Takeda since 2007 and is one the finest coffee houses and wine bars in the Treasure Valley. Buzz prides itself on presenting a “family friendly” atmosphere for all it’s patrons and is always happy to adjust to the needs of whoever walks thru the door. Our menu features great breakfast items to start your day along with the finest coffee and beverage choices. Lunch or dinner is always available, or a quick snack after visiting the Idaho Athletic Club right next door. Almost all our food is made to order when you order it, so changes are not a problem. Great sandwiches and wraps as well as very tasty healthy salads are all on the menu, and if you don’t see something just ask and we can try and make something to your liking.

Buzz uses Full Circle Exchange coffee roasted locally in Eagle.

In the mood for a glass of fine wine or a beer after work or workout? Cristi holds her level I Sommelier certification and is always on the lookout for new and exciting wines to stock the shelves with. She has personally selected all the wines on our shelves and is always ready and willing to answer any questions one may have about wines. Need to find a great wine to go with your dinner or just to drink? Cristi can help you pair a great wine to whatever you may be fixing for dinner, or help you find the perfect wine to just relax and enjoy with friends. Her schedule can be a bit varied and you may not always catch her here at Buzz, but Tom can always help out as well. Be assured that no matter who is here to help you, Cristi has tasted all of the wines we stock and as she likes to say, “All the wines we carry are wines I would share with friends.”

Here at Buzz we want everyone to feel as comfortable and relaxed as they would in their own living room. Music is always kept to a comfortable level so you almost don’t even notice that its playing. Our big screen TV is most often set to a 24 hour news channel, but for special events such as BSU football game we always try to watch our Broncos as they march up and down the gridiron. If asked, we will always turn the TV off to make your stay more enjoyable.

TVWS Holds Their Annual Picnic


10July2013_1_Picnic-Indian-Creek_Tree-CarvingOn July 10th, the Treasure Valley Wine Society (TVWS) held their Annual Picnic at the Indian Creek Winery in Kuna, Idaho. Our thanks go out to the winery for hosting us again this year, as they have done so graciously for the past several years. This year, the TVWS donated to the winery a new gas BBQ grill in appreciation for their kindness to the group. The photo to the left found on a tree on the winery grounds, is interesting. Wonder who carved it? We may never know.
The event was well attended for a summer outing. Event attendance usually drops in the summer in Boise. Not only with the TVWS, but with other organizations too. People here in Boise have so much to do in the summer. But those 25 or so people who attended, enjoyed themselves in the 102 degree heat under the shade of the trees and with a cool glass of Indian Creek Winery wine. And then too, it was great that Garry and Donna Schulz had the time to stop in and say hello while they were on their whirlwind trip to the Northwest from Virginia. Garry is a Past President of the TVWS. It was good to see them again. Here are some photos from the event. Remember that in August there is no tasting and in September, we are raising the event costs to $25.00 per member and $35.00 per guest. Left-Click any of these photos to see enlarged. Cheers!

Donna and Garry Schultz are talking to Robin and Dan Johnson. Thanks for visiting us, Garry and Donna. Happy Trails!

Donna and Garry Schulz are talking to Robin and Dan Johnson. Thanks for visiting us, Garry and Donna. Happy Trails!

Sharon Oelrich, Garry Schultz and Ray Oelrich.

Sharon Oelrich, Garry Schulz and Ray Oelrich.

Melissa Delaney and Pamela Riemer enjoying the wine and the cool breezes.

Melissa Delaney and Pamela Riemer enjoying the wine and the cool breezes.

Kathy Johnson, Sharon, Oelrich, Bob and Robin Young and Donna Scholz. Kathy did a fantastic job in organizing this event. Thank-You Katny! Thank you too, Kathy, for this photo via FB.

Kathy Johnson, Sharon, Oelrich, Bob and Robin Young and Donna Schulz. Kathy did a fantastic job in organizing this event. Thank-You Kathy! Thank you too, Kathy, for this photo via FB.

Carl Abrahamson and Robert Parker. Gail Parker came later.

Carl Abrahamson and Robert Parker. Gail Parker came later.

Deb and Robin enjoying the event.

Deb and Robin enjoying the event.

Some of the food on the table. We asked that everyone bring a side dish and the meat of your choice to grill. This type of Pot-Luck always works out well for us. The TVWS then buys a case of wine for the party.

Some of the food on the table. We asked that everyone bring a side dish and the meat of your choice to grill. This type of Pot-Luck always works out well for us. The TVWS then buys a case of wine for the party.

Ham Roll-Ups and Carprese Salads. Both of these appetizers were on Acme Bread Company bread - Rye and Ciabatta.

Ham Roll-Ups and Caprese Salads. Both of these appetizers were on Acme Bread Company bread – toasted Rye for the Roll-Ups and toasted Ciabatta for the Caprese.

Gerry Riemer, Past President of the TVWS, tries out the new grill that the TVWS donated to the Indian Creek Winery. Look at those lamb chops and the steaks. Yum-O!

Gerry Riemer, Past President of the TVWS, tries out the new grill that the TVWS donated to the Indian Creek Winery. Look at those lamb chops and the steaks. Yum-O!

Close up of the grilling on the new grill.

Close up of the grilling on the new grill.

Another great event by the Treasure Valley Wine Society. This one was less formal and very relaxing. Thanks to everyone who helped to make this such a success. Your work is greatly appreciated. See you at the September tasting. Remember the price change for the tastings. Cheers.

What Wine To Have With BBQ


10Feb2013_2_Indian-Creek-Valentines_Robin_Restroom-CarvingHere is a great and timely article from Epicurious – The Daily Sip about what wine should I drink with BBQ? If you would like to read the entire article, with hot links to great recipes for the BBQ, then Click Here. This is really a good article. Here is an excerpt. Cheers!
You Don’t Have to Forgo Wine When Enjoying BBQ
Smoke, sauce, and slaw? We’re up for the challenge.
A pork shoulder cooked low and slow over hickory? Sounds delicious, but what wines can you pair with this BBQ classic? We’re not opposed to a cold beer while tending the smoker, but love the challenge of pairing wines with whatever dish lands on your table.”