Pacific NW Competition Idaho Winners 2015

23May2015_1_Robin-Working-On-Blogs_Trimmed_TransparentRobin has found some very interesting information about the Snake River AVA, aka Idaho Wines, and the Northwest Wine Competition. Idaho wineries and their wine performed very well and brought home some very prestigious awards. There is also a good discussion on Ice Wines from the Snake River AVA. For those of you who do not like Ice Wines, this is a good informational source about ice wine. Enjoy and congratulations to these Idaho wineries, especially to the smaller ones. The judges in this competition were lead by the Godfather of Zinfandel and winemaker at Ravenswood Winery in Sonoma, CA., Joel Peterson. Cheers!

“Ste. Chapelle 2006 Cabernet Franc Ice Wine, Idaho, $20: Veteran winemaker Chuck Devlin crafted a rare red ice wine from naturally frozen grapes in the southern Idaho region of the Snake River Valley. This reveals aromas and flavors of raspberries, cherries and honey. It has a bold entry and a rich midpalate, thanks to the 17 percent residual sugar. There’s even a touch of tannin on the finish of this luscious wine.
One of the rarest treats to enjoy in a glass is ice wine, an ultra-sweet after-dinner sipper crafted by squeezing sugar-laden juice from frozen grapes.Ice wine is made in all four regions of the Pacific Northwest, with the finest traditionally coming from British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley, where winemakers and grape growers can count on cold temperatures every year.
To be labeled an “ice wine” in Canada, grapes must freeze on the vine at temperatures at or below 17 degrees Fahrenheit. In the United States, it is legal to freeze grapes post-harvest, though the wines usually are not called “ice wine” on the label. Either way it is accomplished, frozen grapes mean only a small amount of juice can be squeezed from each grape. The result is a wine that is high in sugar – 25 percent residual sugar and higher – and modest in alcohol.
Pairing food with ice wines can be tricky. Typically, an ice wine can be served alone and take center stage after a special meal or paired with blue cheeses, nuts and fresh fruit. It is key for the wine to be sweeter than the dessert.


MENLO PARK, Calif. – Pacific Northwest wineries brought home 49 medals from one of the nation’s largest and most prestigious international wine judgings.
The Sunset International Wine Competition took place in April at the magazine’s longtime campus in the heart of Silicon Valley near Stanford University. It is the final year that the competition will take place there, as Sunset owner Time/Life is selling the 17-acre property. Sunset’s new test gardens and kitchens will be relocating to Sonoma, Calif., while the magazine’s corporate offices will move to Oakland.

Idaho medal winners:

Huston Vineyards 2014 Chicken Dinner White, Snake River Valley, $16
Ste. Chapelle 2013 Special Harvest Riesling, Snake River Valley, $10

Cinder Wines 2014 Dry Rosé, Snake River Valley, $17
Huston Vineyards 2013 Chicken Dinner Red, Snake River Valley, $18
Huston Vineyards 2013 Chardonnay, Snake River Valley, $24

Bitner Vineyards 2012 Late Harvest Riesling, Snake River Valley, $19
Cinder Wines 2013 Chardonnay, Snake River Valley, $18
Cinder Wines 2012 Tempranillo, Snake River Valley, $29
Cinder Wines 2013 Syrah, Snake River Valley, $28
Cinder Wines 2014 Off-Dry Viognier, Snake River Valley, $18
Huston Vineyards 2012 Merlot, Snake River Valley, $27
Sawtooth Winery 2012 Estate Syrah, Snake River Valley, $15
Williamson Vineyard 2011 Harvest Moon, Snake River Valley, $20″

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