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Sep 15, 2021 Idaho Wine Commission

Going for the gold

This year, one of the most highly anticipated competitions of 2021 took place. After much planning and preparation, many worried that COVID would put a stop to the festivities before they even began. But with an abundance of caution, the fun and games went off without a hitch. Records were broken. Medals were given. Drama filled the air. And the glasses. No, we’re not talking about that other competition, the Olympic Games. This was the 12th annual Idaho Wine Competition, a celebration of Idaho wines and winemakers.

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Topics: Idaho Wine Events

Jul 14, 2021 Idaho Wine Commission

Ready, set, BINGO!

Have you recently drank wine or cider on a patio? How about gone on a wine tour? Or maybe even chatted up a local winemaker or winegrower? Well, guess what… any one of these activities could make you a winner when you play Sip Local Bingo—summer’s best reason (25 reasons actually) to #DrinkIdahoWine all summer long.

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Jun 2, 2021 Idaho Wine Commission

May we see your passport? Now boarding for Idaho Wine & Cider Month

Okay, let’s get the bad news out of the way first: this year, there’s no Savor Idaho, the crown jewel of Idaho Wine and Cider Month. But here’s the good news… You can still have fun discovering Idaho wines all month long with the Savor Idaho To Go Passport. The passport is your ticket to visit as many Idaho wineries and cideries as you can for special events, tastings, promotions and prizes!

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

Jan 27, 2021 Idaho Wine Commission

10 at-home, date-night pairings to heat up cold nights

These stay-at-home date night ideas are so good, you may never leave the house again.

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

Nov 11, 2020 Idaho Wine Commission

Winemakers share their secrets about Harvest 2020

The canopy has been set. The vines have been pruned. The grapes have been watered (and dried out). Now, comes the moment of truth. It's Harvest, the most anticipated and exciting time of year for winemakers and wine tasters alike. After months of hanging on the vine, the grapes are brought inside and winemakers finally get to see, and taste, the fruits of their labor.

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

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

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 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

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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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