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Wines of Idaho's Snake River Valley

12/4/2013
Wines of Idaho's Snake River ValleyPhoto By Karsten Boone
Wines of Idaho's Snake River Valley


Move over potatoes, grapes are coming.  Idaho’s state slogan was “famous potatoes”, it has evolved to “great potatoes, tasty destinations”, undoubtedly, at least in part, due to the wonderful wines being produced along the Snake River Valley.  With a climate akin to the Columbia Valley in Washington State, and elevations similar to Spain’s Rioja region, Idaho produces primarily Bordeaux and Spanish varietals, with a smattering of German vines.  While some wine was produced here as far back as the 1860’s, prohibition wiped out the industry by 1919.  In the last 25 years, Idaho’s wine industry has regrown, and is now producing some truly exceptional wines.