Wine Report

Marsing Chamber of Commerce opens Website

The Marsing Chamber of Commerce has opened its new website at Marsing Chamber. In the heart of the Snake River wine district and an important agriculture area, the Chamber promotes, “… We are home to a variety of businesses, from small independent businesses to major global corporations. It has a thriving art community, delicious local wines, culture and outdoor recreation scene, along with unique shopping, dining and events. It is a wonderful place to live and a great place to visit.” Marsing is also “… The city of Marsing, affectionately known as “the gateway to the Owyhee Mountains”, sits on the Snake River with easy access to the Sunnyslope wine region, fishing, mountain biking, hiking, river rafting, kayaking, hunting and easy boat access.”
As their website says, they are an interesting place to visit with a population of about 1100. Eventually, I am told, there will also be an AirBNB in Marsing right on the Snake River, that will open this summer. Great “home base” to visit the Snake River AVA and it’s multitude of wineries and really good restaurants. I will keep a permanent link to the Marsing Chamber in the sidebar for your convinence.
If you are visiting the Snake River AVA in Sunny Slope, you might also like to look at the Sunny Slope Wine Trail web page for information, too. There is a full page Wine Country Map, in PDF format, for you to print out if you need one. Sunny Slope Wine Trail Map. (See the Sidebar for a pertmanent page link.)


Interesting Source of Winery Related Info

Here is some interesting information about wineries in the USA. Good travel to wineries information, too!

Info here

From their website, “The Internet’s most comprehensive and up-to-date free source of information about American wineries. Our goal: Happy wine drinkers and happy wineries! is designed to help wine drinkers discover America’s best wineries, wine tasting events, and wine tourism-related businesses. Use the Winery Search Tool to search through thousands of American wineries to find those that provide exactly the things that you think are important. Read winery visitor reviews and staff reviews, compare winery ratings and add wineries to your favorites. Use the Itinerary Planner to create your own custom wine tasting itinerary.”

Here is a link to American Winery Guide. There is a permanent link to their site in the sidebar. Enjoy!

Eagle Hills AVA in Idaho

IdahoWineComm-Logo_JPGThis just in from the Idaho Wine Commission. Idaho gains another Wine AVA – Eagle Hills AVA. Here is the announcement.

November 25, 2015
Contact: Moya Shatz Dolsby
Executive Director, Idaho Wine Commission
O: 208.332.1538 C: 208.841.8072

Idaho Gains New Viticultural Designation – Wine Growing Region Near Boise Identified for its Soil, Climate

Eagle, Idaho – The Idaho wine community gained an important new designation with the approval of the Eagle Foothills American Viticultural Area (AVA). An AVA is a federally designated wine grape-growing region distinguishable by distinct geographic features such as climate, soil, elevation and physical features. Conditions and grapes grown within this geographic region cannot be replicated.
Previously, Idaho vineyards were lumped together within the Snake River Valley AVA—one that spans through Idaho and eastern Oregon. The Eagle Foothills is the first AVA to be located completely within the boundaries of the state of Idaho, as well as the first sub-AVA of the Snake River Valley AVA.

“Establishing the Eagle Foothills AVA will help further position Idaho as a developing wine region and hopefully attract growers, wineries, tourism and jobs,” said Martha Cunningham, co-owner of 3 Horse Ranch Vineyards. Cunningham made the original push to identify and authenticate the new Viticultural area. “Our hope is that others will follow and carve their AVAs out of the beautiful Snake River Valley.”
The new area encompasses nearly 50,000 acres of land north of Eagle, near the capital city of Boise. Nearly 70 vineyard acres are planted with plans for more than 450 acres to be planted in the near future.

“There is so much opportunity within the Eagle Foothills AVA—it helps establish Idaho as a wine growing destination and gains recognition for Idaho wines as a whole.” said Moya Dolsby, executive director of the Idaho Wine Commission. “Not only does it tightly distinguish where grapes came from, but it also shows growers we have a region that should be considered. More growth will lead to increased sales and more production of fine Idaho wines.”

Idaho started gaining national attention and traction as a grape growing region when the Snake River Valley AVA was established in 2007.
Discussion about the Eagle Foothills’ unique terroir began in 2012 when Cunningham enlisted the help of Dr. Gregory Jones, a renowned climatologist and professor of environmental science at Southern Oregon University and Dr. Clyde Northrup, professor of geosciences at Boise State University. Both researchers agreed the terroir—a particular region’s climate, soil and terrain—is different from the rest of the Snake River Valley, or any other growing area.

“We realized that we lived in a special microclimate years before we planted our first 10 acres of grapes in 2005,” said Cunningham. “Our first grape harvest only produced a few hundred cases of wine, but thanks to the AVA, we could call them Snake River Valley grapes and wine. We look forward to branding our wine as Eagle Foothills grapes.”

Unique elements of the Eagle Foothills AVA include:
SOIL – Soils consist of sand from volcanic ash, silt, granite pebbles and clay that are well drained and rich in mineral grains because of the sedimentary bedrock from ancient Lake Idaho and the nearby granitic mountains.

CLIMATE – The hills form south facing slopes creating hot afternoons and evening shade. The cool temperatures, short growing season and low growing-degree days allow for successful ripening of early to mid-season grape varieties, with low acidity levels. The precipitation varies between 11-18 inches per year and averages 2,418 growing days annually.

WATER – Water is abundant, despite the desert terrain of the Eagle Foothills. The AVA is located near the Snake River aquifer—one of the most productive water sources in America. The proximity to water gives Idaho potential to have sustainable vineyards for generations to come.

The Eagle Foothills elevation sits at the north bank of Ancient Lake Idaho, ranging from 2,490 to 3,412 ft.

The Idaho Wine Commission is dedicated to marketing and promoting all Idaho wineries and growers. There are a total of 51 wineries with 1,300 vineyard acres planted. The wine industry contributed $169 million to Idaho’s economy. Visit for more information about wineries, vineyards and events in Idaho.

Just Thought You’d Want To Know ………

18Oct2015_1_Halloween_Brooks-Pumpkins-CatAh yes! ‘Tis the season for ghosts and goblins! And with them candy. And if I am eating candy – to make sure that is is OK for our “Visitors” – you may need to know what kind of alcoholic beverage would you prefer with your favorite candy. This may help. Candy and Wine and Beer and Whisky. Check out the link listed. Some interesting information. Here is what it is all about, plus much more.

As you grow older, Halloween becomes more about drinking and partying with friends than running around the neighborhood trying to grab as much candy as you possibly can – until you’re a parent that is, then you run around with the kids first and have a few drinks after. But everyone has to admit they’re at least a bit nostalgic for their trick-or-treating days, especially when it comes to the end of the night, and it’s time to count and trade the loot you collected. Everyone has their favorite Halloween candy, but now that you’re grown up and more likely to be counting bottles than candy wrappers, what would be that candy’s drink equivalent? We’re glad you asked…

Kathryn House Gives Wine Instruction 101

08Feb2014_1b_Wine-Class-Kat-House_Instructions-Cinder-Wines_RobinGoing back and re-checking or re-evaluating “the basics” in any activity that we may be involved in is always a good choice. Robin and I did so with a local Wine Educator, Kathryn House – see a link to her site and business in the sidebar. It was a good session and what did I bring home that is new information? Yes indeed, winemakers do have barrels with a variation of wood types made. Usually the staves – sides – may include different types of wood. But the ends also may be made of different woods. Interesting and enjoy these photos of the seminar. Cheers!

Here Katheryn is talking about the barrels in the Cinder section of the group winery.

Here Kathryn, also known as Kat, is talking about the barrels in the Cinder Wines section of the group winery.

One of the different types of barrels used by Cinder Wines. It appears that the wood is from Pennsylvania.

One of the different types of barrels used by Cinder Wines. It appears that the wood is from Pennsylvania.

Kat is discussing the Telaya wines.

Kat is discussing the Telaya wines.

Interesting barrel design in the Telaya section.

Interesting barrel design in the Telaya section.

Fraser Winery Open and Doing Well!

29Nov2013_1a_Black-Friday-Wineries_Fraser-Winery_Front-Counter_BestThe Fraser Winery is doing fine! Bev Fraser, pictured here on the left in the narthex of the winery – “… consisting of the entrance or lobby area, usually located at the west end of the [barrel room]”, assured me that that winery and wines are doing quite well. In spite of recent personal problems, the business continues to grow and moves on!! So, for those of you who are saying that the business is closed, WRONG! Here are some photos from today, and a flyer (you can print it out) for this weekend of the tasting on La Pointe Street in Boise, at the tasting room from 2pm – 5pm. Left-Click any of these photos to see enlarged.


A good Petite Syrah that can be laid down for a while.

A good Petite Syrah that can be laid down for a while.

Fraser Winery does an awesome job on their Cabernet Sauvignon. This is but one example.  Buy a case or two!!!

Fraser Winery does an awesome job on their Cabernet Sauvignon. This is but one example. Buy a case or two!!!

An award winning Fraser Winery and Idaho wine.

An award winning Fraser Winery Malbec and Idaho wine.

Some of the food bites that are available all weekend at this winery open house!! There are other tasty appetizers, also.

Some of the food bites that are available all weekend at this winery open house!! There are other tasty appetizers, also.

TVWS Is In The Idaho Senior Independent

Yup! We made the news and our President, Gail McClellan Parker, led the way. Here is the article from the October/November 2013 issue of the Idaho Senior Independent reported by Dianna Troyer. Enjoy! There is also a copy in the archive section of this blog, Various Society Forms and Interesting Printable Graphics.