The 45th parallel north--that magical latitude shared by the most prestigious wine regions in the world, including Bordeaux country in France and the city of Piedmont in Italy--runs right through Idaho. (Maybe you’ve been to the little kiosk outside of New Meadows that marks its precise location.) While the overall climate is impacted by its proximity to the Pacific Ocean, variations in sea level, and atmospheric conditions, the Snake River Valley receives a markedly similar amount of sunlight per day and per season as these longstanding fixtures in the wine industry.
In other words, Idaho is a great place to make wine, and the state is host to an increasingly renowned wine country. But there’s a lot more to producing fruits suitable for the bottle than sitting halfway between the equator and a North or South pole, and the capacity for a vine to grow is hardly an indicator of an award-winning vintage. Broadly speaking, a complex system and network of soil, water, and temperature interacts to render fruits worthy of being bottled, and location is just the start
Take a look at the story behind the Rosé, and why Winemaker Carrie couldn't say no to this outstanding wine. You can also see how we bottle our wine with love.
It's a beautiful day, to make a rose (transcript)
First, the harvested fruit goes onto the shaker table. Then we pull out leaves and other things that should not go into the wine.Then the grapes are shaken on to the elevator, which takes them up to the destemmer. The destemmer separates the stems from the good stuff. Some winemakers "crush" the fruit at this time, but we decided to keep it whole for this rose. Next it's into the press where the juice gets pressed out from the grapes. Now it will go into fermentation!
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