And what a great time it was! Even in the blustery and cold wind. Heavy overcast, but no snow or rain. Wine, art, beer, music, food, animals, cars and fun!And IDDFG (Idaho Fish and Game) even stocked the pond with trout – today, I think – and opened fishing up for everyone. Enjoy these photos from the party. Left-Click any photo to see them enlarged.
Not funny! After 19 1/2″ of snow – glad it was a “dry” snow and not wet – some equipment fails. In this case, our canopy over the hot tub collapsed. Now the questions: (1) Did the hot tub get damaged, (2) Is the pump and water level and temperature OK? and (3) Did the top sustain any damage? Good news! The tub is fine. Pump, water level and temperature fine. The top did not get damaged. The only thing that was destroyed is the canopy. 7 years old. So, it is time to try to clean up as much as possible before the next storm comes through. Left-Click these photos to see them enlarged.
It seems like forever since they started the work on this park. And it has been at least a year. But finally, the complex is open and it is awesome! (See the sign below) Many walking and bike paths. Swimming areas, although not today! Boating. Picnic areas. 50 some acres that have been completely altered for the betterment of the public. Today was the Grand Opening and it was jammed. I’d say at least 1000 people there plus dignitaries. And this park will be open year around! Here are some photos from today. Enjoy!
Chandlers Prime Steaks and Fine Seafood in Boise presented a wine dinner featuring Hat Ranch/Vale Wine Co Wineries. Great food and wines and we were privileged to be there. And I did find out that Hat Ranch Winery does have a Petit Verdot that is not blended with anything. It is 100%! One of the few and I do like a good Petit Verdot. We did start with a good Hors d’oeuvre of endive stuffed with Roquefort and walnut – which was very good – and a crostini with tapenade. Also served was puff pastry with fromage blanc. Whenever possible Chandlers uses all local, Idaho products.
But before we could start this fantastic wine dinner, we sat at the bar and asked the Bar Tender if he had a drink made with elderflower. In fact, he does – two of them. One somewhat sweet and the other slightly tart. We got one of each to compare. I liked the somewhat tart one best. The drink is not on the bar menu, so you must ask for it.
The dinner bell was rung so we adjourned to the dining room. And this is what we had. Enjoy, we did!
There is our wine dinner. Delicious! And the wines were superb.
And such a great party it was! 80 people plus attended and we felt quite honored to be included. Robin did help start the winery back in the early to mid 1970’s. From their web page, “On a fall day in 1976, as ravens taunted from tree branches above, Joel Peterson worked doggedly to bring in four tons of grapes before a looming thunderstorm hit. The fruit he crushed that night was used for one of two single-vineyard Sonoma County Zins – the first wines to bear Ravenswood’s signature ring of ravens. The fledgling winery got off to a great start when those wines came in #1 and #2 at a prestigious San Francisco tasting in 1979. With the critical thumbs-up, Joel was able to gather a few wine-loving investors to help get his winery off the ground. He still didn’t have enough money to buy property, so he looked around for more grapes.” Ravenswood Winery, web page.
But before we get there, we had to travel. Here are some of the places we stopped. Donner Summit is the high pass before we hit the Sacramento Valley.
And the night before the super Ravenswood birthday, we must eat dinner. Here’s what we had at the Sonoma Grille. Super patio eating, if you wish. Awesome meal!!
And now to Ravenswood Winery. Happy 40th Birthday!!
breakfast the next morning before departing at the Sunflower Caffe in Sonoma.
And now ………….. Back to Boise!!
Willa Margaret Perrine, 15 Dec 1929 – 12 April 2014 loved Shoshone Falls and the Snake River. She requested that her ashes be spread at Shoshone Falls, thus our sojourn here today. She was an author, Telling the Bones (2009) a book of poems and a novel Quill’s Barn (2009) about a “…state mental hospital is sanctuary for inmates and their keepers.” [back cover, Quill’s Barn). Willa was an RN, getting a three year degree from St Luke’s Hospital in Boise. In 1970, she received an MA degree in Anthropology from University of Florida. She was headed for a PhD in Anthropology, but never received it. Willa had a son, Ralph and a daughter Lisa. Both were present at the scattering of Willa’s ashes at Shoshone Falls on 16 April 2016. Here are some photos from today. If any of the family members see these and can ID some of these people, please let me know. The photos are all numbered. The family can also have any of these that they may want. It was great meeting all of Robin’s extended family.
Family members. These photos are numbered.
Scattering the ashes of Willa Perrrine at Shoshone Falls, Idaho.
It is complete.
Join us this weekend for wonderful wine
fabulous food and an amazing atmosphere
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.
Due to last weekends popularity, Storm is running the St. Patrick’s Day special Sandwich again this weekend! Try the delicious Corned Beef Sandwich with Melted Swiss cheese, Sauerkraut and Thousand Island Dressing on a Ciabatta Roll with Fresh Cut Rosemary Garlic Truffle Fries for $7.95 – available all weekend while supplies last. (Just look at this =====>)
Happy Hour Specials Friday from 4-7 p.m. 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
NEW – Beef Tenderloin with a Red Wine-Demi Glace over Mashed Potatoes with Grilled Asparagus and Fresh Baked Bread – $10.95 (Storm ran this last weekend and customers were wowed!– See photo below if you would like your mouth to start watering).
We are now offering our 2015 Dry Chardonnay, Dry Riesling and LaRea Dolce Sweet Riesling while dining in the tasting room.
See you this weekend!
Steph & Storm
Parma Ridge Winery
And it was a cold day. Clear, but cold. And as I write this, 7:50pm MST, it is getting colder. Here is the temperature as I write – glad I’m inside!
But, regardless of the cold weather, it was a good party at Meadowlark Farms in Nampa. Janie and Lori always do such a great job. And the attendees always help with food and “joy” that they bring. Left-Click any of these photos to see them enlarged.
There really was a huge crowd there. My best estimate is around 70 people at different times. Great to pick up some fresh eggs, potatoes, onions and winter squash. I will miss the Farmers Market until next March.
On December 26, Clare Fenton, former leader of the now defunct Boise Wine Meet-Up group, held a Boxing Day party.
“Boxing Day occurs every year on December 26th. It’s a national holiday in the UK and Ireland. If the day after Christmas falls on a Saturday or Sunday, the following Monday is designated as the official public holiday. December 26th is also the feast day of Saint Stephen, the patron saint of horses, which is why Boxing Day has come to be associated with horse racing and fox hunting … According to some Boxing Day can be traced back to the Victorian era when churches often displayed a box into which their parishioners put donations. Also in Britain, on the day after Christmas Day, servants of the wealthy were given time off to visit their families because their services were required for the Christmas Day celebrations of their employers. They were therefore allowed the following day for their own observance of the holiday and each servant would be handed a box to take home, containing gifts, bonuses and sometimes leftover food … Boxing Day is observed only in is observed in the United Kingdom, Canada, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and some other Commonwealth nations. The holiday was not perpetuated by the English in the American colonies.” [http://www.telegraph.co.uk/topics/christmas/12030818/Boxing-Day-2015-What-is-it-and-why-do-we-celebrate-it.html]
Here are some photos of the party. Thanks Clare, for a delightful time! Cheers!
Yes indeed! A super Roast of Pork Dinner. Thank-You Garry and Donna for this wonderful evening. Great to meet some new friends, too. It took a while to pair the wines with the dinner and it showed – super job! The pork roast was done to perfection on your Bradley Smoker. Still juicy with a mild smoke flavor. Wonderful. Here are some photos of the evening. Double Click any of the photos to see them enlarged. Cheers!