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Just surviving will be a huge success for most small businesses this year.And few expect to breakeven given all that’s happened as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Yet Meriwether Cider in Boise, Idaho, is on track to meet that mark, thanks in large part to Covid-related federal assistance, according to Ann Leadbetter, who owns the business with her husband and two daughters.
When considering the landscape of American wine regions, Idaho isn’t the biggest, the most specialized, or the oldest. Instead, the proper superlative may be that Idaho is America’s most up-and-coming wine region. As this small-but-mighty area grows in production and prominence, Idaho is proving why the state should be famous for more than potatoes.
Idaho News 6 – What you can expect from this year’s local wines; “A couple of varieties really stand out”
The vines have been cut, the grapes picked, and now Idaho’s winemakers will get to taste and see the fruits of their labor.
November 11, 2020 – As Idaho winemakers and grape growers wrap up the 2020 harvest season, excitement is in the air about what this year’s fruit yield will bring. Significant spring rainfall in Northern Idaho allowed for leafy vine canopies to form – and while heavy June rainfall and summer wildfires tested the resiliency of Southern Idaho vines, the grapes produced were balanced and picked at peak perfection.
ONE OF MY history professors at the University of Washington noted during a lecture, “People will always drink — in good times or in bad.”
Back then, I would have raised a toast to that observation with a can of Rainier. These days, it’s with a glass — or a can — of award-winning wine crafted with Pacific Northwest fruit.
BECAUSE 2020 IS the year of the pivot, here’s a different approach to our top Northwest Wine of the Year: reaching for something quite the opposite of a bold red — the DeLille Cellars 2019 Chaleur Blanc.
CALDWELL — With Idaho’s wine grape harvest well under way, yields are about average this year and maybe even down a bit, but quality looks great, according to vintners and vineyard owners.
Camas Prairie Winery, North Idaho’s oldest winery, brought home a Double Gold Medal for their Raspberry Mead and Silver Medal for their Strawberry Mead at the San Francisco International Wine Competition held recently. The Double Gold Award designation is awarded to the very few entries that receive Gold medal ratings by all members of the judging panel. These are among the finest in the world. The Silver medal is outstanding in its category. They show refinement, finesse, and complexity. The are among the best examples of their particular category.