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Rolling Hills Vineyard 4th of July Specials on Saturday July 3rd

Rolling Hills Vineyard 4th of July Specials on Saturday July 3rd

So I just got the 411 on the special Rolling Hill Vineyard Urban Tasting Room in Garden City is doing on Saturday, July 3rd.  All this week they have been running daily specials with 15% off different products, today on Friday the July 2nd it is 15% on all blue RHV apparel.

However, if you missed any of those or could not make it down there.  Saturday, July 3rd is going to be the day to head down there from 12 pm to 8 pm to kick off your 4th of July weekend festivities.  Here are the deals for Saturday.

15% off all their bottles of Red Wine

15% off all their bottles of White Wine

15% off all their clothing Apparel

So head down to RHV Urban Tasting Room on 152 E 52nd Street Garden City, Idaho 83714 on Saturday, July 3rd from 12 pm to 8 pm and pick up some great deals on wine and apparel.  I personally love their apparel design!

Sneak Peak at Rolling Hills Vineyard New Tasting Room

Sneak Peak at Rolling Hills Vineyard New Tasting Room

Today I had the opportunity to visit Rolling Hills Vineyard Urban Tasting Room in Garden City before the soft opening date. I was so impressed with the design and décor of the tasting room.  When you first pull up you see large wood beams to an open patio area that has quite a bit of comfortable seating and they have fire bowls on the pillars as you walk in. There are outdoor ceiling fans to keep you cool during the hot months. The outside of the building is very rustic and inviting.

I loved the ambiance of the inside it was very welcoming and relaxing.  To the left, there is a grand piano for live music they plan on having.  Also on the left-hand side is a private room for small special gatherings.  In the center, there were couches, chairs, and coffee tables and in front of them, there was a garage door that could open to the outside.  The bar had plenty of bar stools and the design was aesthetically pleasing to the eye.  They did have internet available and orders will be taken on tablets.

When I was there they were just unboxing their clothing line and I really like the shirts and sweatshirts and they had several awesome designs. I can’t wait for their soft opening on Wednesday, June 16th, 2021 so I can go sample some of their wines.

They are open from 12 pm to 8 pm Wednesday through Saturday and they are located just off 52ns Street in Garden City. Their address is 152 E 52nd St Garden City, ID 83714.

It appears that they have a lot planned for their new tasting room in the near future, including live music and events, as well as hosting weddings at their Eagle, Idaho vineyard. I couldn’t find out when their grand opening is, but as soon as I do, I’ll update my blog with the info. I am confident that it will be a fantastic occasion.  Don’t forget to pick up or have your Savor Idaho passport stamped while you are there.

Here is a link to their Facebook event page for the Soft Opening.

June is Idaho Wine and Cider Month. Here’s how you can get on the fun!

June is Idaho Wine and Cider Month. Here’s how you can get on the fun!

June is finally here, warm weather and good times await.  June is also Idaho Wine and Cider Month and this year is the 12th year for this festival. Wineries and Cideries across the state are participating this year and it’s a perfect time to explore new wines or ciders made in the great State of Idaho.  We are so lucky to have so many amazing wineries and cideries in the area.

New this year is the Savor Idaho To Go Passport. The passport is free at participating wineries or by contacting the Idaho Wine Commission.  On top of tasting some great wines, you have the opportunity to win some amazing prizes from some of the wineries and cideries who are participating in this event.

During the month of June, there are several events you can take a look at our event calendar or Idaho Wine Commission’s calendar to check out these fabulous events that are happening in the area.

This is how you use your Savor Idaho To Go Passport.  Each time you visit one of the participating tasting rooms, have them sign the “VISITED” space in your passport. Each winery has a featured Savor Idaho flight listed and additional promotions that they will offer all month long.  To enter the drawings, email your passport to info@idahowines.org by July 7, 2021. Winners will be announced on July 9, 2021.  Some wineries charge for tastings. Please visit the winery website prior to your visit if reservations are needed.

Below is a list of some of the Wineries and Cideries that are participating along with their June specials, a complete list can be found on the Savor Idaho To Go Passport page.  You can also download the Idaho Wine Commission’s Tour Guide to Idaho Wineries.

  • Jovinea Cellars – Complimentary featured flight tasting and $10 off Savor Idaho 3-pack * 2019 Marsanne, Washington, $19 * 2019 Dolcetto Rose, Washington, $20 * 2018 Syrah, Washington, $24
  • Meriwether Cider Co – Complimentary tasting of Savor Idaho flight and Crew pricing when you buy the Savor Idaho bundle. * Vinous $20 * Apricot Sage $7.50 * Ginger Root $7.50
  • Rolling Hills Vineyard – 15% off Savor Idaho 3-pack * 2018 Cabernet Franc, SRV $45 * 2018 Syrah, Yakima Valley $38 * 2019 Sauvignon Blanc, Yakima Valley $22
  • HAT Ranch Winery – 15% off Savor Idaho 3-pack * 2018 HAT Trick Red, SVR $26.95 * 2019 Vale Wine Co Sweet Moscato, SRV $15 * 2020 Unoaked Chardonnay, SRV $20.95
  • Coiled Wines – 10% off a 3-pack or an additional 5% off for Coiled Club Members * 2018 Rizza $30 * 2018 Translations Rose $20 * 2018 Diamonback, SRV $34
  • Indian Creek Winery – 15% off Savor Idaho 3-pack * 2016 Star Garnet, SRV * 2016 Moscato, SRV * 2019 Mountain Syringa, SRV
  • Telaya Wine Co – 10% off 6 bottles * 2018 Tempranillo, SRV $38 * 2018 Syrah, SRV $34 * 2020 Carrie’s Select Chardonnay, SRV $27

Now gather up some friends, enjoy the warm weather and go visit these excellent tasting rooms, vineyards, cideries.  We would love to hear your feedback, hashtag us at #idahowinescene!

A couple of fun facts, Governor Otter first declared June to be Idaho Wine Month in 2009 and there are now 69 wineries in Idaho and 447,213 gallons were produced in 2019.  That’s a lot of wine! 🙂

Idaho is the top emerging wine region in America

Idaho is the top emerging wine region in America

I recall a weekend before covid-19 and doing tastings across Idaho at nine wineries, I got a taste of what local winemakers swear is one of the best and emerging wine regions in America.  Others from Oregon or California might joke around about Idaho having only potato wine, which is far from the truth.  If you look at a map of the microclimate and soil types in the Snake River Valley where grapes are sourced. The maps are similar to the maps shown to me by winemakers in the Frances Loire Valley and the Russian River Valley in Northern California. The Snake River Valley has identified 10 types of soil and three microcliffs.

In this wine region, proud vintners cultivate over 1,500 hectares of grapes to produce a range of red wines including Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernets Franc, Syrah, Cinsault, Grenache, Merlot, Tempranillo, White Chardonnay, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier, Albarino and Pinot Gris.  The vast majority of Idaho wineries and vineyards are located in the Snake River Valley between Nampa and Boise, at elevations between 2,000 and 3,400 feet.

Each year, there are a variety of events to celebrate and showcase the wines and vineyards of Idaho. The Idaho Wine Commission hosts Idaho’s premier wine and food event, which enters its 13th year in 2021. You will have the opportunity to taste some of the best Idaho wines, and you will be greeted with souvenir wine glasses to sip your way through the displays of local wineries. This should be a great event this year without the covid restrictions and we are very excited about this event.  In recent years, wine critics and travel writers from across the US have discovered award-winning wineries in Idaho’s Snake River Valley, earning the region the title of the next wine destination to visit. This year, the Idaho Wine Commission is giving you the chance to sample Idaho’s winemakers and culinary artists at their upcoming event, Winemaking in the Snake River Valley has such a rich heritage going back many generations and each generation passing on their winemaking secrets.

Like many new wine regions in the United States, Idaho is not defined by one single grape. There are many prominent wineries along the Sunnyslope Wine Trail in the Snake River Valley but you aren’t limited to just the Snake River Valley, there are some wineries and tasting rooms in the Boise city center and in Garden City, Idaho along Chinden Blvd.  One new wine tasting room opening this year on June 16th, 2021 is Rolling Hills Vineyard Urban Tasting Room at 152 E. 52nd Street, Garden City, Idaho 83714.  We have heard so many good things about this new tasting room and its plans for the vineyard.  We can’t wait to visit when they open along with some of the other tasting rooms in that area.

We are so happy to be able to start to visit wineries and tasting rooms again!

20 Fun and Interesting Wine Facts

20 Fun and Interesting Wine Facts

Here are some little-known wine facts that you will enjoy reading so grab a glass of wine and impress your friends!

  1. California has more chardonnay grapes than any other place in the world.
  2. The wreck of the Titanic houses the oldest wine cellar on the planet, within the wreckage the bottles are still intact.
  3. The color of the wine is determined by the contact between grape juice and grape skin. The floral smell of many wines is caused by Damascenon, which is found in grapes.
  4. The Phoenicians spread wine throughout the Mediterranean in the 10th century BC and introduced it to the ancient Greeks, which in turn inspired the Romans to become wine devotees and grow grapes throughout their empire.
  5. The term “drinking for your own health” comes from ancient Greece, where a host took the first sip of wine to ensure his guests that it was not poison.
  6. The Phoenicians spread wine throughout the Mediterranean in the 10th century BC and introduced it to the ancient Greeks, which in turn inspired the Romans to become wine devotees and grow grapes throughout their empire.
  7. France had a wine made from cocaine in 1863.
  8. France leads the world in wine production followed by Italy and Spain respectively. California in the USA is the world’s fourth-largest wine producer.
  9.  In the United States of America, Florida, New York, and California are the states with leading wine consumption across the country.
  10. There is a condition called Oenophobia which literally means intense hatred for or fear of wine.
  11. Time zones can play mind games when it comes to wine. In the Southern Hemisphere, grapes are plucked during a time when it is Spring in the Northern Hemisphere. So, an Australian wine of 1999 will actually be 6 months older than a wine produced in 1999 in the Northern Hemisphere.
  12. Champagne is nothing but sparkling wine. However, it is called Champagne because it is produced from grapes grown in France’s northeast region called ‘Champagne’.
  13. Wine made out of frozen grapes is known as Eiswein. That’s a German invention.
  14. You drink wine and your gums will tingle. It is caused by a substance known as tannin. You can see tannin as sediments in wine bottles. Tannin has excellent antioxidant properties.
  15. Red Burgundy wine is referred to as Holy Grail by winemakers across the globe. The reason is simple. The grape used for the wine is Pinot Noir and it is extremely difficult to make the Red Burgundy from that grape.
  16. One ton of grapes is capable of producing 60 cases of wine. Each case contains 12 bottles. So, 720 bottles of wine are produced using one ton of grapes.
  17. The oak trees that are harvested in France for making wine barrels have an average age of 170 years.
  18. Here is an awesome wine trivia: there is something called a ‘numb’ wine. This is a type of wine that has no odor and will never develop any odor in the future. Then there is something called ‘dumb’ wine. This too doesn’t have any odor, but in the future, it will potentially develop some pleasant odor.
  19. Le Donne del Vino – this was the first organization of females that was created for the promotion of the role of women in the wine industry. The organization was created by women of Italy in 1988.
  20. When it comes to all fruit crops in the world, wine grapes take the number one spot in terms of total acres of plantation.

Well, there you have it. Now go win some trivia against your friends 🙂