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Aug 19, 2021 Idaho Wine Commission

Idaho winemakers hope 2021’s intense heat leads to intense flavors

Idaho saw its summer temperatures rise sharply in June and continue through the months of July and August with temps regularly over 90 degrees— often climbing to triple digits. Climate research has found higher average temperatures are increasing, and the EPA reports that heat waves have increased in intensity, frequency, and duration over the last fifty years. For Idaho wine growers, like Mike Williamson of Williamson Orchards and Vineyards, the heat of the past few summers is a growing concern. “I kind of obsess a little bit over the 10-day forecast,” he says. “So, if something’s on the horizon, we start taking action to get ready for it now.”

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Topics: Wine Education

Jun 30, 2021 Idaho Wine Commission

The ABCs of the IWC

So, you get our emails, read our blogs, and love Idaho wine. But how much do you know about us and the work we do? And more importantly, how can YOU help us help grow the popularity of Idaho wines?

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Topics: Wine Education

Jun 23, 2021 Idaho Wine Commission

We wrote the book on starting a winery in Idaho

So, you have an idea. You like wine. Maybe you even have a background in science or chemistry. Or maybe you’ve fermented a batch or two and just have a knack for it. Now you’re thinking about going into the wine biz. But how to begin? Well, you’ve come to the right place. When it comes to starting a winery in Idaho, we wrote the book.

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Topics: Wine Education

Feb 17, 2021 Idaho Wine Commission

Survey says? Come as you are!

Remember the old days when ordering a bottle of wine filled you with dread? Back when a tuxedoed waiter would look down his nose and shudder at you for ordering a dry white with your ribeye. Or a bold red with your whitefish? Well, drink up! Those days are gone, my friend.

A recent survey finds 90% of Americans care more about drinking what they like over what's 'right.'

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Topics: Wine Education

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

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 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

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

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