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Vouge - Why Boise, Is a Growing Culinary Hotspot

Idaho is better known for its potatoes than its grapes, but the state’s wine scene is heating up, with over 50 wineries and 1,300 acres of vineyards. Tasting rooms line the Greenbelt, a 25-mile riverfront path, making it possible to do an urban wine crawl on foot or by bike. Leslie Preston, the winemaker and owner of Coiled Wines, cut her teeth at Stags’ Leap in Napa Valley before returning home to craft Syrah and Riesling with grapes from Idaho’s Snake River Valley. A downtown wine bar with small plates from Juniper should open later this year. Similarly, Melanie Krause went to work for Washington’s renowned Chateau Ste. Michelle before returning home to Boise to launch Cinder Wines. Her spacious, two-year-old tasting room feels like a hip living room with comfy armchairs and an upstairs art gallery. Live music and cheese pairings accompany tastings. Jed Glavin, the renegade winemaker behind Split Rail Wines, is known for his focus on Rhone varietals. The tasting room, set in an old auto shop, serves wines on tap, in cans, and in growlers. On the other end of the spectrum is Earl Sullivan. The owner and winemaker behind Telaya embraces an Old World–style approach, aging his wines in French oak barrels. Last February, he moved Telaya’s tasting room to spacious new riverfront digs so you can sip his Viognier while watching kayakers paddle the river.