When I was invited to a dinner featuring wines from Idaho, I thought “really?” Either this was going to be a night of some “meh” wines or I was going to get schooled. It turns out that wine is indeed Idaho’s dirty little secret.
At an intimate dinner at Corkbuzz in Manhattan, selected wines from the state were paired with Idaho-inspired dishes. Upon arrival I was handed a glass of Rizza Sparkling Wine by Coiled Winery. The wine was definitely the hit of the evening. Made with 100% Riesling grapes, it’s Idaho’s first sparkling wine made with the Champagne method.
We moved onto a Chardonnay by Colton Creek to pair with fish. This unique wine was filled with floral and citrus aromas. Fish and seafood are a lovely choice to pair with it. This white wine has a lot of character and is not a typical Chardonnay.
Next we were off to the red wines. The Fujishin Tempranillo was so wicked good. Aromas of black cherry, tobacco, and coffee danced around my nose with big bold blackberry and spices dancing in my mouth. The wine was paired with a spicy risotto and cauliflower. The other red that I really enjoyed was a Syrah by Sawtooth Winery. The deep juicy red paired was with a cheese plate and a blueberry crumble cake.
The wine region in Idaho is small, but thriving. It’s designated into three regions: North Wine Region, Southwest Wine Region, and Southeast Wine Region. There are 52 wineries and growing. The best way to get your hands on wines from the area is to plan a trip to Idaho. It’s also possible that some of the their wine clubs ship to your area.
Besides wineries to explore there are many other things to get into when visiting Idaho. If you like the outdoors there are adrenaline adventures, if you want to be pampered there are spas, go for some golfing, if you have kids there are family-friendly events. Basically there is something that should be your jam. Let’s like there’s much more to Idaho than potatoes.