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Oct 7, 2020 Idaho Wine Commission

Idaho Wine Competition

The new gold standard

COVID-19 has spoiled so many events in 2020, but it couldn’t stop the Idaho Wine Competition from proceeding on a hot and sunny day in the middle of August. That’s not to say its presence wasn’t felt. For the 11th edition of the event hosted by Great Northwest Wine, the judges were respectfully spaced at least six feet apart from one another, per social distancing safety guidelines, at Koenig Vineyards in Caldwell, Idaho.

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Topics: Support Local Wine, Idaho Wine Events, Local Cider, Wine Education, Wine Gifts

Sep 30, 2020 Idaho Wine Commission

Gig Leadbetter and the search for new frontiers

When we caught up to Gig Leadbetter, co-owner and lead cidermaker at Meriwether Cider Co, his entire clan had just returned from a week of camping, hiking, bicycling (you name it!) on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State.

It was a vacation worthy of the firefighter-cum-college professor-cum-cidermaker, whose company motto “To adventures big and small” is printed on every bottle and can.

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Topics: Support Local Wine, Local Cider, Winemakers & Growers Feature

Sep 16, 2020 Idaho Wine Commission

For members only...wine clubs!

These days, any number of online businesses specialize in sending subscription boxes of curated items direct to your door – including food, clothes, beauty supplies and more.

But did you know wine clubs were the OG subscription service?

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Topics: Support Local Wine, Wine Education

Aug 26, 2020 Idaho Wine Commission

Pend d’Oreille Winery – encore un fois

You don’t have to speak French to enjoy wine from Pend d’Oreille Winery, but it does add a little je ne sais quoi (a certain something) to the whole affair.

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Topics: Support Local Wine, Winemakers & Growers Feature

Aug 5, 2020 Idaho Wine Commission

Idaho Wine & Idaho Preferred — a perfect pairing

Today, we're going to talk about something you wouldn't expect on a wine blog: food. In retrospect, it's not that far of a stretch. Good wine and good food... rarely do you have one without the other. Half the fun of wine is exploring and experiencing all the flavors that a particular bottle brings. Add food to the mix and you've just doubled your fun — discovering the ways the flavors of both come alive. Read More

Topics: Support Local Wine, Wine Education, Winemakers & Growers Feature

Jul 22, 2020 Idaho Wine Commission

The wild and wonderful science of Potter Wines

Stepping into the tasting room of Potter Wines is a bit like going back in time. The art deco-themed space is more speakeasy than winery. Overall, the aesthetic is polished and sophisticated. It's only when you examine the wine list that you register the madness just under the surface.

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Topics: Support Local Wine, Winemakers & Growers Feature

Jul 1, 2020 Idaho Wine Commission

Make your escape

With most big summer travel plans on hold, weekend getaways outdoors are becoming more popular than ever. I mean, who doesn't love a good road trip, right? All you need is a car, a quality playlist and a destination.

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Topics: Support Local Wine, Idaho Wine Events, Wine Travel

Jun 17, 2020 Idaho Wine Commission

Wine 101: terms of the trade

The first step to understanding wine is knowing how to talk about it.

Wine is one part chemistry, one part art, and one part English class. It seems there are more ways to talk about wines than there are types of wines. But, with the right terminology, you can go far. Here are some basic lingo to help you sound like and expert. 

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Topics: Wine Education

Jun 4, 2020 Idaho Wine Commission

Happy Idaho Wine & Cider Month!

It's one of our favorite times of the year. June marks the start of Wine & Cider Month — our homegrown celebration of Idaho libation.

As wineries all over the state reveal their new spring releases, June is the perfect time to taste and explore the unique flavors that exist because of Idaho's distinctive terroir.

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Topics: Support Local Wine, Idaho Wine Events, Local Cider

May 20, 2020 Idaho Wine Commission

The impact of Idaho's growing wine business

Make room, potatoes. The numbers are in, and one thing is clear: you're not the only thing in the ground people associate with Idaho.

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Topics: Support Local Wine, Wine Education

May 6, 2020 Idaho Wine Commission

How to build a wine collection from the ground up

You may have noticed our motto is "come as you are." It means, here in Idaho we take a more relaxed approach toward wine. You can forego the formalities and simply enjoy.

But for some, every glass is an opportunity to plumb the many nuances and complexities of wine: its characteristics, its value, even its flaws. Drinking wine is just one part of the fun. Discovery is the other.

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Topics: Support Local Wine, Wine Education

Apr 22, 2020 Idaho Wine Commission

Raise a glass to Earth Day

There is some good news in this pandemic.

With most of humanity in lockdown, Mother Earth is already showing positive signs of recovery. In Los Angeles, the notorious smog—which has defined the city for decades—has lifted. Meanwhile in Venice, Italy, the once murky, polluted canals are crystal clear (the cleanest they've been in 60 years). And in our national parks, wildlife roams free and appears to be thriving without us around.

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Topics: Support Local Wine, Wine Education

Apr 15, 2020 Idaho Wine Commission

7 ways to support Idaho wine from home

Are the contents of your wine rack dwindling faster than your stash of toilet paper?

Well, you've come to the right place! While maintaining the appropriate amount of social distance, we've put together this quick guide of Idaho wineries that are still very open and very essential. So you can restock without leaving home.

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Topics: Support Local Wine, Wine Education, Wine Gifts

Apr 2, 2020 Idaho Wine Commission

Breaking bud

ICYMI, earlier this year we looked at what wineries do in the winter, a period of dormancy that is anything but unproductive. Now, as signs of Spring are beginning to appear, we wanted to return to the vineyards for another important time for growers (maybe the most important): bud break. 

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Topics: Wine Education

Mar 26, 2020 Idaho Wine Commission

Spiral Rock Vineyard: breaking new ground in pioneer country

Amid the rugged and scenic landscape of the Lewis-Clark Valley, people can take advantage of year-round adventure: hiking, kayaking, fishing and hunting, and other daring pursuits. But recently, another activity has begun to define the region: sipping fine wines.

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Topics: Support Local Wine, Wine Education, Winemakers & Growers Feature

Mar 5, 2020 Idaho Wine Commission

The first rule of wine club is…

Have you ever been part of a book club? Well, everyone knows the best thing about a book club is the fantastic assortment of wine and snacks! Every month it's like an after dark version of brunch. (Is “dunch” a thing? Feels like it should be.)

So imagine how delightful it would be to join another kind of club that takes all the best elements of book clubs (lots of wine) and only requires you to read the label on a bottle.

Ladies and Gentlemen, Say Hello to Wine Clubs!

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Topics: Wine Education

Feb 20, 2020 Idaho Wine Commission

RAISE YOUR CORKSCREWS! Open That Bottle Night is here.

If you’re like us, Open That Bottle Night (OTBN) occurs on every day ending in “y.” But for many wine lovers, it’s an annual event that takes place on the last Saturday of February where you’re encouraged to pull the cork on that special bottle of wine you’ve been saving for “someday.” This unofficial (and glorious) wine holiday is the brainchild of former Wall Street Journal wine columnists Dorothy Gaiter and John Brecher. Created in 1999, the idea came about when the two noticed there was one question readers always asked: “what bottle should I open?”

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Topics: Idaho Wine Events

Feb 6, 2020 Idaho Wine Commission

Will you be my Valen-wine?

Here at the Idaho Wine Commission, Valentine's Day is one of our favorite times of the year. Wine and romance just go together like Cabernet Sauvignon and filet mignon, Champagne and caviar, Riesling and ricotta...

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Topics: Idaho Wine Events, Wine Gifts

Jan 23, 2020 Idaho Wine Commission

Dead on the vine? Not a chance.

Okay, we already know from last month's blog about ice wines that most wineries don't just shut their doors and go into hibernation for the winter. But there has to be more to the story than that, right?

Well, yes, there is.

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Topics: Support Local Wine, Wine Education, Wine Travel

Jan 9, 2020 Idaho Wine Commission

Ice wines are winter's hottest drink

Baby, it's cold outside. Which means it's the perfect time for ice wine – one of nature's coolest (and sweetest) discoveries!

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Topics: Wine Education

Dec 20, 2019 Idaho Wine Commission

Holiday gift guide for Wine Lovers

It may be a tradition to leave milk and cookies for Santa. But for the rest of us, it's wine please! Everyone knows wine is the best holiday gift.

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Topics: Support Local Wine, Idaho Wine Events, Wine Gifts

Nov 26, 2019 Idaho Wine Commission

We’ve got it in the bag! Checked bag, that is.

The holidays are upon us, and with them comes holiday travel. Whether you're bringing a bottle of Idaho wine to your destination or sending visitors home with bottles of liquid treasure, you can't just drop them in your suitcase and hope for the best.

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Topics: Wine Education, Wine Travel

Nov 14, 2019 Idaho Wine Commission

Why We’re Thankful for Wine

Thanksgiving is a wonderful time of year. It’s a day to give gratitude for your loved ones, to feast (and drink) with family, and to try and avoid awkward questions from your cousins. The day after is a different story—Friday is totally up to you.

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Topics: Idaho Wine Events

Nov 5, 2019 Idaho Wine Commission

Getting Thirsty for the 2019 Vintage

Have you ever heard a wine lover talk about ‘vintage?’ That’s not code for an old bottle of wine (or pair of jeans). It refers to the year grapes were harvested.

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Topics: Wine Education

Oct 17, 2019 Idaho Wine Commission

The flavor of fall is cider

Kate Ledbetter, co-owner of Meriwether Cider Co. explains why cider tastes best during harvest season.

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Topics: Local Cider

Oct 9, 2019 Idaho Wine Commission

Sip. Savor. Sparkle.

One of the premier events for lovers of Idaho wine is just a month away.  The ninth annual "Sippin' in the City" takes place Thursday, November 7, from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. and tickets are going fast.

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Topics: Idaho Wine Events

Sep 19, 2019 Idaho Wine Commission

By the numbers: A case for Idaho wine

France. Italy. California. For most people these are the first places that come to mind when they think about wine.

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Topics: Support Local Wine

Aug 25, 2019 Idaho Wine Commission

Idaho’s Award Winning Vino

By this point we all know that Idaho makes fabulous wines, right? Well sometimes, it’s good to not only know it, but also prove it. That’s why for 10 years Idaho wineries have participated in an independent judging competition cleverly called “The Idaho Wine Competition.”

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Jul 31, 2019 Idaho Wine Commission

The Ultimate Guide to Visiting Idaho Wine Region

Have you talked yourself out of visiting a nearby winery? It’s more common than you think. Let’s answer some of those roadblock questions and get you to the grapes.

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Jul 17, 2019 Idaho Wine Commission

Why Buy Local Wine?

Buy local. Shop small. Yeah, yeah, yeah. We hear this so much it’s become a cliché. But sometimes people talk a good game about eating local while forgetting to drink local.  

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Jul 3, 2019 Idaho Wine Commission

Welcome to Idaho Wines

Cheers to you! Pour yourself a glass, and let’s talk Idaho wines.

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