Idaho Wine: Then & Now

And by “then” we mean somewhere around 2-9 million years ago.  Yes, that’s pretty standard if you want to think about the terms of grapes and terroir.  Well, consider it “soil construction” of sorts.  No volcano that exploded last year (or in the last 1,000 years) is laying…

The Wine Regions of Idaho

Aside from the few established AVAs in the state, it’s important to think of Idaho wines under the guise of “regions” – geographical areas outside of the standard AVA lines we think of wine as conforming to in areas like California, Oregon, and Washington. It’s a relatively new…

The AVAs of Idaho

Idaho wineries fall into what one can see as 3 categories: Non-appelated wineries Appellation wineries (including Sub-Appellation wineries) Urban Wineries Really, this only speaks to the location of the winery itself relative to the AVA boundaries.  It is not reflective of the wine they make being or not…

Idaho Wine Facts & Statistics!

(image from idahowines.org) To date, there are over 60 wineries and cideries in the state of Iowa. For reference, there are over 400 wineries in Napa alone.  So what does that mean?  In Napa, over 400 businesses are vying for your attention in a small – very small…

June is All About Idaho!

The new frontier of West Coast wines isn’t an obscure Oregon coastal region, or some new valley in California. It’s Idaho. You read that right: Idaho. Many young-and-eager alongside older-and-wiser winemakers continue to flush out eastward of Oregon and Washington into the western half of Idaho seeking new…

Meritage

Wine Term: Meritage First things first, the way to pronounce this is as though it rhymes with “Heritage.” This is a creation of California winemakers, and it’s a blended red wine, not a varietal wine nor variety of grape. To classify as a Meritage wine, the blend must…

Legs

No matter what your spouse claims about that bottle that was there last night – but is somehow missing now – it did not grow legs and walk away. So what do the wine geeks mean when they speak to a wine’s legs? It’s the way the wine…

Négociant

Well, you’ve at least heard the term from us a number of times, if no where else, as that’s what Cam is. But what does it mean? A “Négociant” is someone who buys wine from someone else and labels it under their own label. It’s a title for…

Noble Grapes

In tasting room, restaurant, or wine shop conversations you might hear the term Noble Grapes, but what are they referring to? This is a two-part answer. Depending on context, they may be referring to either The Six Noble Grapes or referring to The Five Noble Grapes of Bordeaux. It can be…