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 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.

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

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

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.

Australian Wines at TVWS


Now that was a good meal! One of the better ones we’ve had. Our hats are off to Gail Parker and Doryne Wendel for a great evening. The wines were awesome. Interesting tasting – a blind tasting comparing Shiraz and Cab Sauvignon. Our challenge was to identify the regions they were from, either Barosa or Maclaren Vale. Fun time! Here is the dinner that was served. The Chef did a great job.

 

Dinner Menu
Appetizer
Australian-style Shrimp Cocktail and Crackers
Salad
Pea Salad
with
Water Chestnuts
Baguuettes

Entrée and Sides
Beef Meat Pie with Pastry Crust
Mashed Potatoes and Gravy
Variety of In-Season Grilled Squash

Dessert
Lamington Cake
sponge cake with jam filling, chocolate frosting and sprinkled with coconut

 
 

Australian-Style Shrimp Cocktail and Crackers

Pea Salad with Water Chestnuts and Baguettes

Beef Meat Pie with Pastry Crust

Mashed Potatoes and Gravy

Variety of In-Season Squash, Grilled

Dinner plated

Lamington Cake