Not Just Potatoes: 3 Idaho Wines to Try

Not Just Potatoes: 3 Idaho Wines to Try
Although it's just one state over, I've only been to Idaho twice. The first time, I spent the whole time eating and wrote a guide to the best restaurants in Boise. You can't get a bad meal in that town.
Recently, I was back in Boise for... wait for it... a wine event! Yes, Idaho is an up-and-coming wine destination, with some real winemaking talent and miles and miles of land perfect for grape growing. It's very exciting.
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Whether you've got the opportunity to visit Idaho, are looking for new wine clubs to try, or have a particularly good local wine shop that can pick something up for you, I'd like to share 3 of my favorite Idaho wines to try.
I know, it's just a taster flight -- I'm hoping to try more wines in the future, but these will get you started.
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Hat Ranch Winery


I want to mention Hat Ranch Winery not only because they have fantastic wine, but they also have a B&B offering that allows you to spend the night in wine country (and it's very affordable).
Hat Ranch has a small, simple lineup of wines. The one I tried was the Malbec, a rich and fruit-forward wine that would stand up to any Argentinian malbec; I would definitely add this to our previous lineup of marvelous malbecs. Hat Ranch also has a Tempranillo that caught my eye -- maybe next time.
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Huston Winery


At first glance, you might not take Huston Winery very seriously - and that's ok, I think that's what the owners intended. Located on "Chicken Dinner Road" in Idaho wine country, Huston is well-known by Idaho locals for their Chicken Dinner wine. Sounds cheesy, but wait until you try it.
Actually, the two Huston wines I was able to sample -- Chardonnay and Malbec -- were very sophisticated wines made with care. I'd be proud to have any of them -- yes, even Chicken Dinner -- at my next dinner party.
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Sake Rivery Winery


Snake River Winery makes for a fairly easy recommendation to you because they have a tasting room in downtown Boise, which makes it easy to pop in if you happen to be in town. I particularly loved their unoaked Chardonnay, but my favorite is definitely the Zweigelt -- great for patio sipping, or just pairing with pizza and burgers.
The winery's tasting room also has a lovely selection of wine-themed gifts, so I definitely encourage you to stop in and explore and do a tasting.

For more information on Idaho wines, visit idahowines.org.
Photos courtesy of winemakers & Idaho Wine Commission.

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Andy Hayes

Andy Hayes is the founder and creator of Plum Deluxe. He authors our award-winning weekly email newsletter, The Blend and curates our popular organic tea of the month club.
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