From 2004 through 2009, the Treasure Valley Wine Society hosted an all Idaho Wine Competition and an entry fee Tasting Festival open to the public. The results from some years had to be converted from Excel spread sheets to a ‘word’ program.
2004 and 2005 Idaho wines were judged and presented to the public at what was then called “The Winery at Eagle Knoll”. 2006 and 2007 were at the Double Tree Riverside. 2008 and 2009 were judged at 8th St. Wine Shop, then at Meadowlake Village. The 2008 Festival was held in the Crystal Ballroom in the Hoff Building. 2009 was the last year TVWS held a judging competition at Meadowlake Village and moved the competition to the spring in order that results could be shared at “Savor Idaho” in the Botanical Gardens, June, 2009 initiated by Moya Schatz, the newly appointed Executive Director of the Idaho State Wine Commission.
In the fall of 2009, the editorial staff from NW Wine News took over the Idaho Wine Competition. The competitions and festivals required a lot of volunteer dedication and work, physical and mental, They were expensive to present to the public. Rental and liability costs kept rising and the TVWS core committee was happy to see it continue under different organizations.
I have updated the list of Judges for each year. In the years that the TVWS held the competition, we did have an impressive representation of knowledgeable wine specialists from all over the country.
Here is the link to the Idaho Historic Wine Competition Winners and Judges, PDF format. This file has been corrected, re-formatted and updated – Judges added – by Robin and Bob Young, October 2015.