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.
For those that are adventure seekers and have passion for the outdoors, you are going to absolutely fall heals over head in the burgeoning Snake River Valley wine region, located just about 30 minutes from downtown Boise, Idaho.
The McIntosh brothers are fourth-generation farmers in the Lewis-Clark Valley who branched out a decade ago to create Lindsay Creek Vineyards in the historic Lewiston Orchards of Idaho’s Nez Perce County. They’ve learned about viticulture through Washington State University, and they lean on Washington for much of their wine program.
Idaho Press – Parma Ridge was voted the “Best place for a glass of wine” in the Best of Canyon County!
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Every year, Wine Business Monthly sets out to honor those who shape the way the wine industry operates or how people drink wine. With this leaders list, we’re showcasing men and women who are making a difference. It’s full of movers and shakers, and there are more than a few who are dissatisfied with the status quo.
Some of the influential people on this list are known to virtually anyone who follows the wine industry, while others are influential yet fly “under the radar.” All of them are leaders in the North American wine business.
CALDWELL, Idaho — It’s that time of year again–grape harvesting season for Idaho’s wineries.
Great Northwest Wine – Williamson Vineyards young Albariño rises to top of 2020 Idaho Wine Competition
The Williamson family has been looking for a distinctively different dry white wine to pour in their tasting room on Idaho’s historic Sunnyslope in the Snake River Valley.
Judges at the 2020 Idaho Wine Competition believe the Williamsons made a delicious decision when they planted the brilliant Spanish white grape Albariño. The Williamson Vineyards 2019 Albariño was voted as best of show, topping a field of 160 entries.
On Thursday, Aug. 27, five Idaho wineries will meet at the historic Parma Motor-Vu Drive-In northwest of Boise and pour for 90 minutes ahead of sunset. At nightfall, the Motor-Vu will begin showing Sideways – the 2004 dram-com that championed Pinot Noir, did a disservice to Merlot and went on to win the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay in 2005.
In the not so distant past, COVID-19 could have been the name of a contemporary winery overlooking a sprawling vineyard, or the name on the label of some bold new release.
THERE ARE MORE than 8,700 wineries in the United States and around 250 recognized wine regions, or American Viticultural Areas (AVAs). Some are known around the world (hello, Napa) while others remain obscure to all but a small group of locals and wine experts.
June is Idaho wine month which means now, more than ever, it’s a great time to enjoy Idaho wines.
While it can be easy to marginalize local products because of accessibility, the quality and success of our local wine industry should be prized. And, as someone whose job it is to literally taste thousands of wines a year from across the world (it’s a tough job but somebody’s got to do it), I’m confident in the quality of many of our local producers.
There’s never been a better time to be drinking Idaho wine, and the Gem State spends the entire month of June toasting a young industry that’s viewed by the wine trade as one of the country’s most fascinating.
Well, there’s much more to the Gem State, including a burgeoning wine scene focused just outside of Boise but stretching as far as Twin Falls. In and around Nampa, near the Oregon border, there’s a budding community of winemakers sourcing fruit from sprawling growing areas like the Snake River AVA. It’s a fun time for consumers, as Idaho vintners are still figuring out what works best — which grapes match the climate, which styles match the terroir, and which blends best reflect the unique landscape.
With changes to farmers markets, weddings and other outdoor spring and summer events, wineries are relying on individual sales and wine club memberships to get by.
Idaho Business Out Loud interview: Moya Shatz Dolsby, Executive Director of the Idaho Wine Commission
Spreading the message “Drink local” is one of Moya Shatz Dolsby’s missions.
As the executive director of the Idaho Wine Commission, she works to provide support and education to local wine growers, secure funding and market Idaho wines.
In a sense, each bottle that winemakers produce represents a series of experiments. Their knowledge of chemistry is on trial. There’s an expression of artistry as well as an ability to take what the vine provides and the grower nurtures.
“This wine is very, very, very, very, very, very special,” Holesinsky Winery owner and winemaker James Holesinksy said, carefully releasing the yellow-orange ice wine into his glass.