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.
Some choose the true “Black Friday” route—waking at the crack-of-dawn for a big box store wrestling match at to beat out their fellow man for a Dyson vacuum that’s 10 percent off.
Others opt-outside, pretending they don’t feel the frost down to their tippy toes as they go for a hike across the Idaho tundra.
But our friends—the smart ones—take Friday to relax and sip some wine. After the tryptophan wears off, they keep the spirit of the season alive with some gratitude for local vino.
Wineries throughout the state open their tasting rooms so visitors can celebrate the week of Thanksgiving. The events are designed for wineries to say ‘thank you’ for the community members who support them. Not to mention it’s a time to celebrate the end of a successful harvest. Winery Celebrations take many forms, but most have special events, food and deep discounts as you stock up on vino for the holiday season.
Barrel Tasting at Fujishin Family Cellars
After you had your fill of turkey, stop by Fujishin Family Cellars. Fujishin, along with a few other Sunnyslope winemakers, will be opening their barrels and tasting rooms for special experiences and samples of new releases. Come hungry because tastings are complete with complimentary soup from The Orchard House. Join every half hour for only $5, with proceeds benefitting Advocates Against Family Violence.
Thanksgiving Weekend at Telaya Wine Co.
After all the togetherness, shopping and football, stop by Telaya Wine Co.
during the holiday weekend for wine tastings, glasses, flights and bottles. There is no entry fee and everyone is welcome (yes, kids and dogs too)!
Hells Canyon Winery and Zhoo Zhoo wine sale and holiday open house
Looking for a new holiday tradition? Hells Canyon Winery hosts their annual wine sale and holiday open house, November 29 and 30 from Noon- 5 p.m. Wines from Hells Canyon Winery and sister brand, Zhoo Zhoo will be served with treats and a food truck.
Thanksgiving Weekend Event at Potter Wines
Visit Potter Wines for their Thanksgiving Open House, featuring barrel tasting, crafts for kids and wine discounts. Cost is $25 for the general public, $15 for wine club members, which includes wine glass, barrel samples and a hummus and charcuterie plate.
Visit the Barrel Room Bodega at Indian Creek Winery
The annual “After Thanksgiving Sip n’ Shop” is happening again on November 29 and 30. The Indian Creek Winery barrel room will open for tastings while several artisans sell their hand-crafted wares. Not to mention holiday Wino Arts ‘n Crafts to keep you entertained. Tickets for the event provide guests with five samples and a logoed glass.
As always, watch the Idaho Wine Commission events page for new event listings as they are announced, or subscribe to receive notes about special wine events before they happen.