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More often associated with potatoes than grapes, Idaho has a long history of viticulture. In fact, the first vineyards in the Pacific Northwest were planted here in the 1870s. By the turn of the century, Idaho was known nationally as a producer of fine wines. After Prohibition destroyed viticulture in America, grapes were commercially reintroduced to Idaho in the 1970s, mostly in the Snake River Valley where the latitude is on a par with the South of France. Idaho has cold winters, but a moderate growing season, with a combination of cold nights and warm days. Also, the Snake River area has an extended fall that enables the grapes to mature fully.

Grape varieties planted in Idaho range from Riesling, Lemberger and Pinot Noir, to Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Zinfandel - all in just over 2000 acres of vines. Idaho has the potential to be a viticultural star. – Description from Appellation America (view original content)

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  • Chenin Blanc

    History of the grape: Modern day French oenologist Pierre Galet states Chenin Blanc has been in France at least since...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

Popular Wineries in Idaho View all

  • Vigna dei Parma

    Planted in 1998, on what was once an apple orchard, Parma Ridge Vineyard's vines were selected fo...

  • Ste. Chapelle Winery, Inc.

    In 1971 the first experimental vinifera vineyards were planted in Idaho by Symms Fruit Ranch, ...

  • Avventura Vintners

    At Avventura Vintners, we believe that great sparkling wine should be fun and free from all the f...

  • TimberRock Winery

    At TimberRock, we believe optimizing vineyard quality is the single most important factor in achi...

  • Cold Springs Winery

    Cold Springs Winery co-owners, Bill and Bing Ringert, continue to strive for a tradition of risin...

  • Hells Canyon Vineyard

    Hells Canyon vineyards were planted in 1981 on the sunny slope above the banks of the Snake River...

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  • Hi everyone-Though I have lived in Oregon for the past 27 years, I started this ... New York, Chicago, Seattle, Idaho, Wyoming, the Miami area, and soon, in Australia and Minneapolis. And more. My web page is www.kelleyfoxwines.com. The "Burgundian" shirt in the photo was given to me by my dear, dear friend, Thiebault Huber of Domaine Huber-Ver... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Oregon Pinot - Kelley Fox Wines


  • Sawtooth Estate Riesling Snake River Valley 2014

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    Intriguing baked apple aromas are a touch phenolic and come with notes of tea leaf. Nice acidity and a smooth mouthfeel, with green apple and melon notes. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Of course, the good news is that vineyards in Washington State, Idaho, British Columbia, Ontario and upstate New York may be the final frontier (if northern Europe and Asia are excluded for the moment).  With underworked soil and better access (so far) to melting glaciers in the Cascades and Coast Mountains, we can look forward to stupendous res... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Climate Change


  • Vickers Vineyard Chardonnay 2005

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    Had this at Juniper, Boise- best Chardonnay I've had in a long long time Read More

    Wine review by hbcolombo


  • Ste. Chapelle Cabernet Sauvignon Snake River Valley 2012

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    Light raspberry and cherry aromas on the nose with a touch of clay and cinnamon. Cherry bubblegum flavors on the palate with a light mouthfeel, a touch of dusty earth and medium-minus acidity come together on this light bodied selection. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • RBA - The 2006 is still on sale. I noticed they only had 4 bottles left though. ... ... one more and bring it to Idaho this summer when I visit my folks. It's a Bordeaux style blend but they use all 4 grapes. Not sure how common it is in Bordeaux to actually use all 4. To me, it's basically a Meritage. I may be wrong, but it seems more common f... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • His paragraph? I have no more idea what he meant than he did! I guess he means ... ... New York, Michigan, and Idaho are practically tropical. But that's just a guess. And of course if the wine "smells of minerals", that's a real cue. See, minerals, which are non-volatile, will have a smell because smell is an indication of volatility.No wait... Read More

    Forum post in the topic A strong desire to learn more...


  • Ste Chapelle Dry Gewurztraminer 2010

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    It is dry...exactly like i enjoy it, not overtly sweet, but a bit tart but in a pleasant way and good to the last drop. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Al, we all know LA is a hellhole, even if there are pockets of paradise around ... via Pendleton, then up the Idaho border to Spokane. Did that several times on a seasoned TR 650 (later upgraded to a newer, more powerful Bonneville) back in the '70s, but I liked the trips better when they took 3 weeks rather than the 3 day (minus the Oregon Co... Read More

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  • Well, the Germans do like to include the various titles. As you get them, you ... one from New York, Michigan, Idaho, etc. I'm going to try a Montelena if I can ever find one.&nbs Read More

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