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Idaho Statesman - Meredith Smith

Ste. Chapelle, Sawtooth effort will make for a tasty blend

Imagine you are an Idaho winemaker who has grown into the role of producing about 10,000 cases of wine at a boutique-style and -size operation where you are winning awards and gaining renown among Idaho vintners and throughout the Northwest.

Then you get the call. Your parent company, Precept Wines, based in Washington, has tapped you to start making wine at one of its other Idaho locations: Ste. Chapelle Winery in Sunny Slope, the state’s largest with an output of 125,000 cases — which means almost overnight you’re going to take on the 2016 vintage, some of which people will begin sipping next spring and summer.