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Salmon Safe – Bitner Vineyards awarded Hero of Salmon for 2021

April 5, 2021

At this week’s virtual LIVE annual meeting of environmentally innovative Pacific Northwest winegrowers, Salmon-Safe presented our 2021 Hero of Salmon award to Ron Bitner of Idaho’s Bitner Vineyards for holistic and low input farming practices that protect water quality in the Snake River watershed while improving the health of the soil and providing forage for bees.


Brown Paper Tickets to refund $9 million to 45,000 customers

March 9, 2021

They’ve been waiting nearly a year for what they’re owed: community centers, schools, musicians, theaters, youth organizations, a huge variety of nonprofits and their supporters. Some lost a few bucks. Others have been waiting on tens of thousands of dollars.


Boisedev – Split Rail to split for new spot up Chinden Blvd.

March 2, 2021

Split Rail Winery is movin’ on up… the street.

The Garden City winery with the combination tasting room and production facility crammed into a small warehouse at 43rd St. and Chinden Blvd. announced it will move to a new spot. The winery will move to a new home on the site of the former Dale’s Auto Sales at 3200 W. Chinden.


Winepress Northwest – Gleaming wines from the Gem State

January 19, 2021

With a history of abundant mineral and gem production, Idaho has long lived up to its nickname of the Gem State. It’s a name increasingly fitting for the wine world too, given the impressive “gems” Idaho is now producing in its three established American Viticultural Areas: Snake River Valley (2007), and Eagle Foothills (2015), and Lewis-Clark Valley (2016).


WineAmerica – Craft Beverage Tax Reform to be Made Permanent

December 22, 2020

WineAmerica has long taken a leadership role in advocating for the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act (CBMTRA), and it was recently announced that the essential tax benefits of CBMTRA will be made permanent as part of the year-end omnibus and COVID-19 relief package announced by Congressional leadership. The CBMTRA was initially enacted in 2017 and was set to expire on December 31, 2020. 


CNN Business – How a small family-run cider business is still breaking even during a pandemic

November 19, 2020

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.


VinePair – Idaho Is the Next American Wine Region That Deserves Your Attention

November 17, 2020

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.


2020 Harvest Press Release for the Idaho Wine Industry

November 12, 2020

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.  


The Seattle Times – 2020’s top 20 Northwest wines for under $20

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.


Camas Prairie Winery wins big at San Francisco International Wine Competition

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.

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