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Capital Press - Winery part of Idaho’s burgeoning


In a sense, this winery got its start in pre-history.

“Our company is named after volcanic cinders found in this valley,” explains winemaker Melanie Krause. “Cinder is formed when volcanoes erupt underneath water, which happened in the area around Nampa and Caldwell — which was under an ancient lake at one time.”

She learned to make wine while working for Chateau Ste. Michelle in Washington state.

“My business partner and husband Joe Schnerr covers sales and marketing while I focus on winemaking and vineyard relations. We’ve been making wines here in Idaho for 10 years and are very excited about how our company has grown, and how well the wine industry is doing in Idaho.”