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A First Taste of Idaho Wine

6/29/2015

Wine from Idaho? Why not? Idaho’s climate and geology share many things in common with Eastern Washington State, a place that is making some pretty exciting red wines these days. Idaho’s first grapes were planted in 1864, and several wineries grew to prominence in the late 1800’s and early 1900s. Like in many places, Prohibition took its toll and wiped out the state’s fledgling wine industry. Idaho wasn’t planted with grapes again until 1970, but since then more than 50 wineries have sprung up around the state, and more than 1300 acres are under cultivation.

When a case of Idaho wines showed up on my doorstep a few weeks ago, I was quite interested to get a sense of what the state is up to, and what Idaho wine really tastes like.