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Idaho Wine Country

Prohibition put a stake through the heart of Idaho's early (and thriving) wine industry.

After Prohibition was repealed in 1933, Idaho spent the remaining two-thirds of the 20th century slowly returning to significance as a winemaking state. Idaho's star is on the rise. Vintners here are excelling in particular with crisp, minerally Rieslings.

Idaho's wine grapes thrive in the Snake River Valley at high elevations along steep sun-soaked slopes in poor volcanic soils. At this latitude and climate, days during the growing season are long and languorous, warm and sunny, and nights are clear and chilly; it's a combination that helps build concentrated fruit flavors and good natural acidity. Grapes that do well here include Riesling, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Lemberger, Chardonnay and Zinfandel.


A special congratulations to Idaho. In March 2007, the Snake River Valley was designated an American Viticultural Area (AVA) in official recognition of the valley's unique growing conditions. It's the first such distinction granted to a wine-growing area in Idaho.

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Dan K. 
Aug. 7, 2010 11:02 pm
The wines in Idaho are few and far between but the good ones stand alone they are above and beyond extraordinary. The organic ones are the ones to look for not to say that the other ones are to be taken away from. But there is a hidden GEM out there to be discovered... p.s. I'm from Idaho but I swear I'm not bias I love all wines. I'm glad to live in a state that is recognized for wine...
 
Dan K. 
Aug. 7, 2010 11:12 pm
http://www.holesinsky.com/ Here is a fun Certified organic winery out of Idaho... Enjoy:)
 
 
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