Another great night at the Buzz in Boise. 14 September 2010 was Wine Club Night where we had an awesome dinner to accompany a great selection of Chenin Blanc and Shiraz/Syrah. Chenin Blanc is a white wine that is very versatile and can be aged for decades. Other names for Chenin Blanc are Steen – South Africa, Vouvray – France, Pineau de la Loire – France and Cremant de Loire among others. Syrah/Shiraz, both the very same grape is a deep, rich red wine. Historically, Shiraz is so called south of the equator and Syrah north of the equator. The Shiraz grape was once thought to originate in Persia, but through recent, 1999, DNA studies, it actually originated in France from two obscure grapes Dureza and Mondeuse Blanche. Syrah/Shiraz is not the same as Petite Sirah and should not be confused with it. Usually the flavors and aroma include blackberry, plums and pepper but can vary greatly from region to region. It is heavily affected by climate: Warmer climates more plums and chocolate. Cooler climates more pepper. (From the Buzz tasting notes) So here is what we had for dinner and the wines that accompanied each course. My point scores are in [20], 20 points being the highest. And all this for $15.00 per person. You can’t beat it! Check with the Buzz for the date and time of the next tasting dinner. Cheers!

Tea Smoked Chicken
2006 Remy Pannier Vouvray
[11.0% alcohol; $18; [13] I didn’t get a whole lot out of this wine.)

Star Puffs
2008 Dry Creek
Chenin Blanc
[12.5% alcohol; $12; [18] Full of pears and vanilla.]

Cornmeal Bilini Bites
2009 Simonsig
Chenin Blanc
(South Africa)
[11% alcohol; $14; [18]; Minerally taste. Went very well with the Bilini]

Gina’s Fiesta Salad
2007 Renwood
[13.5% alcohol; $11; [19]; Hints of cinnamon and wood.]

Roasted Spicy Mayonnaise Chicken
Herbed Quinoa
Grilled Eggplant and Pepper Salad
Herbed Creamed Bisquits
2008 Morse Code
[14% alcohol; $11; [19]; Tar, cloves, spice, pepper. Great selection with the entree!]

Cousin Jonnies Red Velvet Whoopie Pie
2007 Red
Syrah/Shiraz Blend
[14.5% alcohol; $14; [20]; Chocolate, spicy, pepper. Smooth. A real treat of a blended Syrah with Shiraz. This wine went great with the Whoopie Pie]
The plates are empty. Our stomachs are full. Our thirst for good wine is achieved. So until next time …. Cheers!