OK. I must admit. When I first heard that Houston Vineyards was going to do the program tonight, I was skeptical. Very skeptical. But I came away from the tasting with an entirely different outlook about the winery. A very positive one. Their 2013 Houston Vineyards Riesling is superb! Light. Smooth. But will not keep long. Buy it and plan to drink it within about 6 months or so. And on the deep, red side the 2012 Houston Vineyards Merlot and the 2012 Houston Vineyards Malbec should both be laid down for up to 5 years, especially the malbec. These are really three superb wines, easily worth a rating of  out of . And all of the wines presented tonight went extremely well with the food parings.
So who is this Houston Vineyards? Here is a sketch from their website, a link for them is in the sidebar.
Huston Idaho is the Gateway to Idaho’s Wine Country and the well traveled Sunnyslope Wine Trail. Established in 1911 as the agriculture portal to Southwest Idaho’s urban communities, Huston provided the transportation hub for farmers to ship fresh fruits and vegetables via the Boise Interurban Railway. Locavore wasn’t just a philosophy but a way of life as surrounding towns received the freshest produce from the market basket of Huston and the nearby farming community.
Much like the mission of Huston Idaho in 1911, the mission of Huston Vineyards is to grow and ship high quality crops directly to the communities who savor perfectly grown grapes.
Today, Huston Idaho is the home of Huston Vineyards, a boutique vineyard and winery established in 2006. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah were planted and thrive on this site of rich volcanic soil and long sunny days.
Here are some photos of the food that was paired with these wines. Enjoy!! Cheers!