Idaho Wine Has
Come As You Are
At Idaho wineries there is something for everyone.
When you picture Idaho’s Panhandle, what recreation comes to mind; a hike in the mountains or fishing in a crystal clear lake? What about a jet boat tour through Hells Canyon, America’s deepest river gorge? There is another activity creating quite a stir – touring Northern Idaho wine country.
Prepare yourself for a different style of wine tasting. Sip your way through Idaho’s best wine. Sample sweet and savory bites above the lights of downtown Boise while enjoying the musical styles of a local artist.
The Idaho Wine Commission will once again be hosting ‘Sippin’ in the City,’ January 30th at the Linen Building in Boise. The event will feature a selection of Idaho wineries showcasing some of the best that the state has to offer with light appetizers. The consumer tasting will begin promptly at 5:30 p.m. and conclude at 8:30 p.m. Nearly 250 guests will be greeted with a commemorative wine glass as they taste and sip their way through Idaho’s finest.
Like many wine regions, Idaho’s wineries are best seen firsthand. It’s closing in on 6:00 PM, and Telaya Wine Co. in Garden City, Idaho, is quickly filling up for Thirsty Thursday. Earl Sullivan, the owner and winemaker at Telaya, points me toward a map of the microclimates and soil types of the Snake River Valley, where he sources some of his grapes. If you squint, it’s not all that dissimilar to maps winemakers have shown me in France’s Loire Valley or Northern California’s Russian River Valley.