Jan. 11, 2017

Exploring Idaho’s Secret Wine Region

Idaho Wine Country Is A *Real* Thing

Katie Quinn made a trip to Boise and had the opportunity to explore the Treasure Valley Wine Region. 

Sure enough, I hopped in a car with my fellow food-lover friends (and awesome creators) Molly Yeh and Matt & Beau of Probably This to explore what Idaho offers as far as wine goes.

We had such a fun day! The weather was beautiful, the scenery was outstanding, and the wine was SO good! We got to see how it's made and taste it at all different stages of the production process. 

Jul. 23, 2015

The Boise Wine Experience

George Balling, co-owner of The Dinner Party in Coeur d’Alene, recently took a trip to Boise to host a weekend of wine tastings and dinners for two couples. His first time in Boise was a fantastic experience; describing the City of Trees as “vibrant and loaded with wineries and restaurants that would thrill any wine enthusiast.”

The entourage wined and dined at Red Feather and Capital Cellars, both locations “had beautiful spaces and great looking wine cellars, stocked with impressive collections of both domestic and European wines - including many of our favorites that we rarely see on restaurant lists.” Wine tastings at Snake River Valley Winery, Telaya, Cinder and Coiled were nothing short of stunning to complete their wine weekend.

With over fifty wineries and numerous restaurants with impressive wine selections, George declared Boise a “must-visit destination” for any vino lover. 

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Apr. 8, 2015

Local Winery Telaya Wine Co. Plans Riverside Location

by Telaya Wine Co.

Shortly after being named Idaho's Winery to Watch in 2015 by Great Northwest Wine, Telaya Wine Co. has announced plans to build a new winery and tasting room on the Boise River beside the Riverside Hotel. The new winery will be located directly across the river from Esther Simplot Park and a ten minute bike ride on the greenbelt from 44th Street wineries Split Rail and Syringa. Telaya hopes to break ground for the new building this coming June. 

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Nov. 19, 2015

7 Awesome U.S. Wine Destinations That Aren’t Napa

When it comes to finding good wine, we generally think of Napa, France, Italy or Spain. Problem is, those are big trips. So we did a little research and found that fancy European-quality wine can be had all over the country, maybe even right in your backyard. Consider these seven American locales the next time you’re pining for a tasting.

Best Malbec: Snake River Valley, Oregon and Idaho

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Jan. 13, 2015

Idaho Wine Industry Celebrates Booming Economic Impact

by ​Jess Flynn

The growing Idaho wine industry yields its most productive year to date, bringing in nearly $170 million to the Idaho economy. 

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Feb. 5, 2016

New Digs for Telaya, Coiled Pair Nicely With The Treasure Valley’s Wine Future

Something a bit magical happens when two wineries in Idaho spin off an existing location and move into some splendid new digs on the Boise River in Garden City. The result is a new address for an already successful urban wine district that suddenly is greater than the sum of its parts.

A growing and maturing sipping zone is emerging here, folks. Telaya and Coiled wineries have a new location, 240 E. 32nd St., right at the Boise River. When you add that to the existing winery locations of Cinder, Syringa and Split Rail between 43rd and 44th streets off Chinden Boulevard, you’ve got the makings of a mini-wine-tasting tour in Garden City, accessible by foot, bicycle or vehicle — maybe even watercraft. 

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May. 10, 2016

Boise in Top 10 America’s Best Wine Regions to Visit, Ranked by Sommeliers

Boise's Snake River Valley ranked among the top 10 best wine regions to visit.

Must-hit wineries: Bitner, HAT Ranch, Ste. Chapelle

The Snake River Valley is young and exciting, says Boyle, and the unique combination of long, warm, sunny days and cool nights produces balanced and food-friendly wines that are starting to make a name for themselves. Of Idaho's three AVAs, this one is the oldest and many of its wineries boast panoramic views of the Snake River and the nearby Owyhee Mountains. Plus, the region is also one of America's best for outdoorsy travelers, so your non-tasting time can be spent hiking, whitewater rafting, or mountain biking.

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Feb. 29, 2016

Idaho Wine Industry Welcomes 3 New Vineyards to the Boise Valley

The Boise Valley will be receiving three new wineries this coming year in a hope to satisfy Idaho’s growing wine demand. The three vineyard owners all come from varying backgrounds including a Micron Technology Executive, a crop-farming family, and a respected grape-growing family.  All three vineyards are expected to cultivate a cumulative 154 acres. This will increase Idaho’s current wine capacity from 1200 acres to 1354 acres or more.  “We’re super excited,” Greg Koenig said, owner of the J Victor Vineyard. “There’s a lot going on in the industry now. This weekend, everybody was out and about touring, and all the tasting rooms around here were full. And I have orders that I can’t fill”

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Oct. 8, 2015

Great Northwest Wine: Greg Koenig Continues to Lead Charge in Snake River Valley

It has been more than 20 years since a young, energetic man arrived on the Idaho wine scene and helped begin to change the perception of wine being made in the Gem State.

Today, Greg Koenig is a veteran winemaker. He’s not necessarily considered part of the old guard, even if the slightest hint of silver is starting to show up in his hair. With his brother, Andy, he launched Koenig Distillery & Winery in the Sunnyslope Wine District in the mid-1990s and went to work reimagining an industry that, for the most part, was languishing in obscurity.

Though he is a graduate of famed University of Notre Dame and a classically trained architect, Koenig came to winemaking as a hobby and has little formal training – preferring to learn his craft on the job.

Today, Koenig is one of the most recognized and respected winemakers in Idaho.

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Jun. 2, 2015

June is Idaho Wine Month!

Wine Musings With Beatrice Straugh

The Idaho Wine Commission is celebrating Idaho Wine Month with the return of Ted, the outcast potato farmer who felt excluded in a region made famous for its wine.  

Dec. 2, 2015

Wine Sense: Eyes On Idaho

Wine industry folks in Idaho don’t take themselves too seriously. The Idaho Wine Commission website features a satirical video, titled “Idaho … More Than Just Wine.” Yet Idaho wineries, which produce more than 200,000 cases a year, make serious wines.

Ideal terroir and top winemakers produce world-class wines in the Gem State.

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Nov. 4, 2014

Idaho Is More Than Just Wine

Idaho...more than just wine

Explore the many forgotten wonders of Idaho living in the shadow of the thriving wine industry. This satirical video highlights the many wonders of Idaho including the oft forgotten potato industry and Idaho's outdoor recreation.

Aug. 6, 2015

Chandlers Celebrates Wine Spectator’s “Best of Award of Excellence”

by Admin

Chandlers Restaurant announced that last week for the third consecutive year the downtown Boise fine dining destination has been awarded the Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence. Company founder Rex Chandler said Chandlers is honored to be the only restaurant in the state of Idaho to receive this prestigious award not only once, but three times.

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May. 19, 2015

Eating Your Way Through Boise, Idaho

Boise, Idaho is the place to be if you have a creative food mind. Prices are lower than large cities, people are friendly, fresh ingredients are abundant, and interesting drinks of all kinds, including wine, are being made.

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Feb. 4, 2016

Southwest Idaho: Adventures For the Fork and Spoon

What do whitewater rafting, kayaking, canoeing, downhill and cross country skiing, mountain biking, golfing, hiking, rock climbing, and wine tasting have in common? They all make us appreciate a good meal at the end of the day. Recently, Southwest Idaho has been discovered by foodies for its local flavors, intriguing wines, and imaginative chefs, who are pushing sustainability to a new level.

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Jan. 12, 2016

Idaho Idyll: A Traveler’s Take on Southwest Idaho

Scott W. Clemens, contributing writer for food, wine and travel blog Epicurean Traveler, recently took a trip to explore all Southwestern Idaho has to offer. 

"I spent less than a week in Idaho, but it was enough to seriously pique my interest. I suggest the next time you think about “passing through” on your way to somewhere else, make a point to spend a few days instead. Experience the restaurants, wineries, brewpubs, inspiring scenery and friendly people. Who knows — you might even choose to stay."

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Jan. 12, 2015

Coiled Dry Riesling Spring Release

Photo by Coiled Wines

Coiled Wines gets bottles ready for the 2014 spring release of the Dry Riseling. 

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Dec. 5, 2014

Idaho Grape Growers and Winemakers Wrap Up 2014 Harvest

by ​Jess Flynn

Many of Idaho’s 50+ wineries are in the process of wrapping up the 2014 harvest season, and winemakers are raving about the season's ideal conditions, "We had a nice warm summer with perfect cooling of temperature that allowed for picture perfect ripening conditions for whites and reds."

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Jan. 15, 2015

St. Chapelle Winery Updates Tasting Room

St. Chapelle, a name synonymous with Idaho wine, has been working over the last year to renovate their space. The renovations are expected to be complete in February include a new deck to seat 150, and 1,800-square-foot banquet room, a new bar and kitchen and a newly remodeled tasting room. 

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Apr. 20, 2016

Lewis-Clark Valley Named Newest American Viticultural Area

by Idaho Wine Commission

Idaho's burgeoning wine industry just got another boost with the federal designation of the state's third American Viticultural Area (AVA) - the Lewis-Clark Valley AVA. Idaho continues to garner national attention as a prominent grape growing area after the Department of the Treasury established the Snake River Valley AVA in 2007, the Eagle Foothills AVA in November 2015 and now the Lewis-Clark Valley AVA. New regions illustrate an emerging wine culture in Idaho and will act as a catalyst for development as more growers investigate the region.

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