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Years in the making – eons really – the Snake River Valley of Idaho first petitioned for an AVA back in 2002 and finally got the nod from Federal authorities in April 2007. With this AVA approval, the Idaho Grape Growers and Wine Producers Commission (the petitioning body) has at last brought the now well-established growing areas of southwestern Idaho together under one meaningful appellation designation.

Overall, the new AVA is a massive area of 8,263 square miles (nearly the size of the state of New Jersey), with 90 percent of Idaho’s currently planted vineyards falling within the AVA boundaries. Vineyard acreage is rapidly on the rise, with total plantings doubling since the application was first filed and now standing at about 1800 acres.

The AVA itself is delineated by boundaries that follow the East-West oriented river from Twin Falls into southeastern Oregon. The growing areas within the AVA are tied together by the shared climate moderation provided by river induced air currents. The appellation Read more »

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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Syrah

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

  • Merlot

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

  • Viognier

    History of the grape: Viognier is thought to be an indigenous grape of Croatia that was brought to the Rhone in Franc...

  • Chardonnay

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

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