Boise, Garden City, Eagle and Meridian offer a ton of things to do for visitors. From the Village in Meridian to walks on the Green Belt, the Treasure Valley has something for everyone.
We love that there are so many great things to do in Idaho, and here are a 11 of our favorites. If you're visiting, don't hesitate to ask our Tasting Room Staff for more recommendations.
“One of my favorite activities to share with my sons is taking them to Rediscovered Books in downtown Boise. They have a wonderful selection in a very welcoming environment – and their staff is always more than happy to answer our questions or make suggestions.”
- Carrie, Owner & Winemaker
This winter has been one the Treasure Valley will not quickly forget. It’s been decades since we’ve seen this kind of snowfall and low temperatures. So besides having to shovel our driveways on a daily basis and keep a healthy stock of snow-melt in the garage, we have also been thinking about how this cold spell will affect Idaho’s 2017 grape production.
When a vine is hit by a cold snap, what really suffers are its dormant buds, which are what develop into fruit in the spring. The buds that develop into fruit are bundled up together inside an external, scaly, protective layer.
From thedailymeal.com- make sure to take follow the link to read through the whole article!
The state’s latest AVA, Lewis-Clark Valley, was approved in early 2016 and borders eastern Washington, who will share the designation. Grapevines were planted there in the mid-nineteenth century, but were felled by Prohibition and not revived until the 1970s. But the comeback has held a steady if contained pace. Today, there are 1,200 acres of vineyard — auspiciously, not enough to satisfy a growing thirst for Idaho wines — in which cold winters, cool nights, warm days in the summer fruiting season, and plenty of sunshine could help this Pacific Northwest state’s reputation catch up to that of its two better-known neighbors...."READ MORE HERE
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
The guys over at Great Northwest Wines get to taste a lot of amazing wines from all over the Northwest and beyond! So whenever they give us a write up, we are extremely thankful and flattered. They recently reviewed our 2013 Mourvedre as a very interesting but little known varietal in the Northwest.
In fact, our research shows that the Northwest is home to more than 100 red and white wine grapes — from Albariño to Zweigelt. Many are names you might not have heard of, including Sagrantino (a sturdy Italian grape), Golubok (a red Russian variety) and Black Hamburg (also known as Black Muscat).
We are always on the hunt for interesting varietals to work with and have added Counnoise, Marsanne, Grenache Blanc, and hopefully some Nebiolo soon! Here’s what they have to say about our Mourvedre:Telaya Wine Co. 2013 Mourvèdre, Snake River Valley, $35: Owners Earl and Carrie Sullivan crafted this dark, intense wine that offers hints of white pepper, blackberries and almost jammy black currants in its aromas, then blackberries, black currants and minerality in its full-bodied finish. Its tannins linger in the background, then take a brief bow at the end. (14 percent alcohol)
Read the whole article over on their website or on the Tri-City Herald.
Wine Spectator just released their new list of great restaurants to attend for exceptional wine experiences. We are so lucky to be featured on some of these wine lists, and are always excited to share our wines with all of the great restaurants in the area.
Idaho restaurants on the list are: Il Naso in Ketchum, Bella Aquila in Eagle, Candle in the Woods in Athol, Capitol Cellars in Boise, The Cellar in Coeur d’Alene, Chandlers Steakhouse in Boise, Fork Restaurant in Boise, Mai Thai Restaurant and Bar in Boise, and The Narrows in McCall.
Thanks Times-News Magic Valley for the write up and the shout outs to all the great restaurants in the state!
We are excited to participate in the Idaho Wine Run this year, but had no idea the following it has already drummed up! It was just ranked in Runner’s World Magazine as one of the top ten wine runs in the world! We might have even missed the news if it wasn’t thanks to 103.5 Kiss FM. They saw it and made sure to share it on their website and give a nice recap of why you should participate in it too!
Runner’s World Magazine just published an article titled “Bucket List: 10 Races For Wine Lovers.” According to the magazine, most wine races have been inspired by France’s Marathon du Medoc where runners can grab a taste of vino at almost every mile throughout the race. Most wine runs attract costumes, good times and of course an abundant number of free samples after the races.
Come out this year for the new course, and lots of great Idaho Wine!
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We had a lovely visit with Mattie Bamman when he was in town. A wine writer based in the northwest he always is trying to find fun and interesting wineries and great wines to write about. Last time he visited he focused on the Boise urban wineries and we were lucky enough to host him; we connected with him over the wines but also over the importance of “aha” moments with wine.
Telaya winemaker Earl Sullivan is well-versed in “Aha!” moments. “The greatest goal for me is for someone to have that ‘Aha!’ wine moment with one of our wines,” he says. Perhaps you’ll have yours on the patio overlooking the river while sipping his chardonnay, made in both the subdued French Chablis and ripe Californian styles (a compromise between he and his wife Carrie’s palates). At 3,500 cases a year, Telaya makes most of its wines using Idaho fruit, but its cabernet sauvignon always features Washington grapes, letting you compare Idaho and Washington terroirs.
Check out the other stops he suggests making in the Boise area for great “aha” wine moments by reading the full article here.
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