Cristi and Tommy keep “adjusting” the floor plan of The Buzz. They have moved the wine bar around to be able to add more table space. You can see the “adjustment” in this photo.
The dinner tonight was OK. I have had better at the Monthly Wine Dinners. But, I have also had worse. I think that by tonights dinner – Wednesday, things will be adjusted. Many thanks again to Peggy Hands-Behrens and Joseph Geist for helping with the wine pouring, table settings, menu planning and bussing the tables.
Cristi opened the evening with a 2013 Split Rail Rosé of Tempranillo that was pretty good. I was surprised. Mellow and smooth with a long finish and good appeal.  $15.00. Here is what else we had. Enjoy! Left-Click any of these photos to see them enlarged.
Cranberry Feta Pinwheels
2011 Iris Pinot Noir
13.5% alc. light on the body and balance. fair appeal  $19.00
A very good opener and I don’t like Feta! There were none leftover on my plate.
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Shrimp Louis Pasta Salad
2011 Willamette Chardonnay
12.5$ alc. very light on the bouquet but moderate balance and finish.  $21.00
The chardonnay went well with the salad. Good paring and good salad!
Vegetable Barley Soup
2010 Basel Claret
14.3% alc. good body and bouquet. moderate finish  $22.00
The soup, to me, was over spiced. It wiped the wine out and the wine emphasized the spiciness. The carrots and celery needed to be cooked a little more.
Pot Roast with Potatoes and Carrots
2013 Saviah Creek Jack Syrah
14.1% alc. great bouquet, balance and body. mild finish  $16.00
Some servings of the pot roast needed to be cooked longer. They were tough. And again, the carrots and potatoes needed to be cooked a little longer. I missed some gravy with the pot roast. My two slices of bread – gravy soppers – were good. Thanks, Tommy!
Vanilla Cupcake with Coffee Buttercream
2009 Brian Cellars Byzance
14.3% alc. Awesome! great balance and finish with a good appeal. The wine was a perfect match. A winner!  $30.00
Cristi said she would work on the recipe for the Coffee Buttercream and post it. I hope so. It was that good. See the photo below for the wine bottle label.
Brian Carter Cellars Byzance – a blend of 53% Grenache, 23% Syrah, 18% Mourvedre, 4% Cinsault and 2% Counoise. A very good wine. We bought 1 bottle.
Joseph Geist brought these two wines for us to savor. I really liked the apricot. The pomegranate was very tart. I did not care for this one.