Another wonderful Wine Club Dinner ($15.00/person!) at the Buzz in Boise. This month, it had a Hawaiian Theme with some wonderful dishes to accompany the wines. Thanks Cristi and Tommy for the great evening! And for the readers of this blog: If you are not going to these wine dinners, usually held the second Tuesday and repeated the following Wednesday, you are definitely doing yourselves a disservice.

The wines were from the Ironstone Vineyards in Murphy, California. The photo on the right is the entrance to one of the wine caves. From their website

Nestled against the Sierra Foothills, in the heart of California’s scenic Gold Rush Country, Ironstone Vineyards will surprise and delight you with a winery that places as much emphasis on the natural beauty and history of our surroundings, as we do on the quality of our wines.

Ironstone is so much more than a winery. Family-owned and family-oriented, there is always something interesting happening including complimentary tours, cooking demonstrations, silent movies, holiday brunches, concerts, and gold panning for children of all ages.

At Ironstone Vineyards, a healthy environment is important. By practicing Sustainable Viticulture, we are reducing water use, building healthy soil, and maintaining the surrounding wildlife habitat.

There is an old time expression that the best thing a farmer can leave on their field is their shadow. This means that the farmer should have so little environmental impact on their field that it is seems as merely their shadow passed over their land. For Ironstone Vineyards, this means being out in the field, managing the vineyards and observing the best way to leave the smallest impression on our land.

Sustainable Viticulture is a comprehensive time-honored approach to vineyard management that involves all aspects of grape growing. This includes human resources, soil management, pest management, habitat management, and the wine making process.

It is interesting that they practice the Sustainable Viticulture. Here are some photos from tonight’s dinner. Remember, the wines are rated and [20] is the top score. Rating wines is very subjective, so remember, the scores are my opinion. Enjoy!

Spam Musubi
Lomi Lomi Salmon

2007 Leaping Horse Cabernet Sauvignon
13.5% alc, [16] $8.00
chocolate and prunes on the nose; not a big cabernet

Spam Musubi

Spam Musubi
Shaved Cucumber
(This is what happens if you ask for seconds! Thanks, Tommy. Nice presentation.)

Somen Salad

2009 Obsession Symphony
12.5% alc, [18], $11.00
one of the better wines for the evening; an outstanding buy!

Kalua Pig
Hawaiian Vegetables
Mac Salad

2007 Christine Andrews Viognier
13.5% alc, [17], $14.00
this was still a good wine even though the score was only [17], the body and the finish just were not there for me

Kalua Cheesecake Tart
Haupia Delight

2008 Ironstone Cabernet Franc
14.5% alc [18] $11.00
really good across the board, just a little weak on the bouquet

2008 Ironstone Reserve Zinfandel
15.0% alc [16] $18.00
sorry, but not a big. bold Zin as one would expect. Light and “watery”.

To start the program off, I had a 2008 Pillar Box Sauvignon Blanc. Really a good start. [17] points and full of smoke, lime, light lemon and vanilla. Try this one.