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.
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!!
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
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!
Such a good time here. Good breakfast and wonderful rooms. We were lucky enough to make reservations – Thousand Springs BNB and Feathered Winds Wine – and be there for their monthly wine dinner. This particular dinner featured wines from south of the equator. Good and interesting food paring with the wines. Great time talking to the folks at our table and at other tables. Enjoy these photos and Left-Click to see them enlarged. If you go to Thousand Springs BNB, let them know you saw this blog post. Cheers!
To our dear friend, Jan Beckwith: Happy Birthday and have a Great Retirement! The party was a great event and we thoroughly enjoyed it and taking to your family members. Thank-You for inviting us to celebrate with you. Hopefully, you won’t move away too far and we will see you from time to time. We will miss you at the Wine Dinners at The Buzz. Have a great retirement and enjoy the time you earned. Enjoy your family! Hugs, always! Sorry I didn’t get a photo of the really good lasagna. Left-Click any of these photos to see them enlarged.
It was a great treat to be invited and to participate in Lori and Janie’s celebration! May you have many great years together!! The party was a Pot Luck Dinner Party held at the Basque Center in Boise. My guess is that there were between 200 and 300 people there. Such an awesome turnout. There was an open bar where Idaho beer and Idaho wine was served. You could buy mixed drinks at the Basque Center Bar. And the food! There were tables and tables of appetizers and main course items, all that folks made and brought. Chips, dips, veggie platters, deviled eggs, beef, ham, chili, salmon, potato salad, mock potato salad made from cauliflower that was delicious. Fresh made beans. Cakes. And the cupcakes as pictured here! Yes, Janie and Lori have a sheep farm – Meadowlark Farms in Nampa – and that is where Robin and I get our chicken eggs, too. Enjoy these photos of the celebration.
When one reaches a given year, let’s say 60 or there abouts, one really should celebrate ones birthday over several days. And one should have plenty of food and wine! I do believe that Robin had just that this year!! Happy Birthday, Honey! Let’s start the celebration on Sunday, September 14 with a dinner that Marnie and Mac made. Thanks to Sophia and Chris, too, for helping with this event. Look what we had.
Then we had to rest for a while after eating all of this. This is the Birthday Rule: When it is your time to celebrate, YOU get to choose where you want to go for dinner. Any place in town. U-Pick-It! Robin chose Chandler’s Steak House this year. Good Choice. Look at this spread, and they knew it was her Birthday! Thank-You for a great dinner. The food, The Staff and the Wine were all super!
So there you have it. Several awesome meals. Here’s to next year!! Cheers.