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Swine WINE & Dine

The Swine, Wine & Dine event is kicking into gear with lots of excitement. You’ve heard about the pig carving and auction. You’ve cheersheard about the restaurants. You’ve heard about the hay rides and WRHS homecoming tickets. Have you heard about the WINE?

This fun community event is set to showcase an Italian, a Californian,  and several INCREDIBLE Idaho wines. We have 10 wines from 7 different wineries, and plenty of pig inspired dishes to pair with them.  I hope you have your ticket, because this event will be one to remember.  Featured wines include:

 

Huston Vineyards:                  Chicken Dinner White @ Dang’s Thai Cuisine and Sushi Bar                                                    Chicken Dinner Red @ diVine

Split Rail Winery:                     Mouvedre Blend @ Seasons Steakhouse and Muleshoe Tavern

Frenchman’s Gulch Winery: Chardonnay @ Sun Valley Brewery and diVine

Cinder Wines:                          Voignier @ Rasberry’s and diVine

Snake River Winery:                Sangiovese @ DaVincis                                                                                                                           Grenache  Blend @Kb’s

Gigio (Italy):                             Gigio @CK’s Real Food

Stuhlmuller Vineyards (Ca):  Chardonnay @ Zou75                                                                                                                                Zinfandel @ Judith Mcqueen Entertaining

 

Stuhlmuller Winery

land and glass

Raising a glass to the land from which we drank

On a trip to Northern California recently, we had a chance to swing by one of our featured wines for a tasting and tour.  The staff at Stuhlmuller Vineyards graciously offered a remarkable flight of wine tasting before showing us around the property.  It was a trip highlight.  The vineyards were originally planted around the year 1900, but prohibition took its toll and the vines were replaced by orchards and cattle.  Today, the plants once again meander over the hillsides,  spanning 150 acres and dating back to the 1970s.

Despite a high pedigree of grapes, it wasn’t until 1996 that the family turned to wine making themselves.  By 2000, they had an estate grown vintage and a reputation as wonderful vintners to go with their cultivation renown. They are located a short distance from the Russian River, in a picturesque red barn cradled between rows of their expansive property.  We had a chance to view their cask aging process, and to climb atop the shining grape pressers for a view of the Alexander Valley.  Don’t worry, it wasn’t time to start the process of wine making, so we didn’t meddle with their refined process despite the calls to imitate I Love Lucy.

old vine

History and Tradition

The wine tasting itself was sublime. We starting with several vintages of Chardonnay before moving on to Zins and a few Cabernet Sauvignons. Each was remarkable and unique, with one member of our party declaring that she will only be drinking Zins from now on!  To cap it off, a sweet and smooth port to ease our minds before a picnic (with more wine) amidst the vine stalks. It was a lovely afternoon with lovely people and a lovely view. I don’t think I could pick an absolute favorite, but certainly the ‘Block 11 North’ Cabernet Sauvignon holds a warm place in my heart.

 

 

Stuhlmuller wines will be featured during the Swiftsure Ranch Fly Fishing Foodie Adventure .

Foodie Adventure: Idaho Rocky Mountain Ranch

Idaho Rocky Mountain Ranch Adventure

Sponsored by Atkinsons’ Market, Snake River Farms, Grassi Wines
Saturday, September 20, $150 – Limit 40 guests. Tickets HERE

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 Where: Nestled in the heart of the Sawtooth Mountains, and surrounded by the meandering Salmon River, Idaho Rocky Mountain Ranch will truly take your breath away. Travel to this charming historic, rustic lodge and explore all that the ranch has to offer from incredible vistas to natural hot springs.

Chefs: Idaho Rocky Mountain Ranch Executive Chef Jordan Boutry will be teaming up with Executive Chef/Owner, Andy Blanton, of Cafe Kandahar, at Whitefish Mountain Resort in Montana. Boutry earned culinary degrees from the Art Institute of Colorado in Denver and has been instrumental in establishing prestigious western eateries. Blanton, a Louisiana native, attended the Culinary Art Institute in Baton Rouge. Blanton has worked along side two James Beard Award-winning chefs, before receiving his own James Beard Award nomination for the “Best Chef in the Northwest.”

Wine: Since 2001, Sun Valley locals Mark and Jami Grassi have carefully nurtured their 14-acre vineyard in Napa Valley, which sits on an ancient riverbed above the valley floor. Since establishing Grassi, this family-owned vineyard has been producing wines that have consistently received high ratings and reviews and are sure to make your ranch experience all the more delightful.

If You Bring Wine, They Will Come.

 

Photo from Redbook Magazine

Photo from Redbook Magazine

This year, we’ve added a new element before the Restaurant Walk to get you ready to embark on your roving culinary adventure! The Idaho Wine Commission will be taking time out of their busy Harvest Season to provide a sampling of up-and-coming Idaho Wines during ticket registration from 4pm – 5pm. In case you haven’t heard, our neighbors in the Snake River Valley rated #2 on a new list Redbook Magazine’s list of “America’s Top Wine Destinations.” At the Sun Valley Harvest Festival, you can see for yourself with a weekend full of opportunities to try amazing wines from right here in our Gem State. Move on over, potatoes!

Get to Know the 2013 SVHF Featured Wines

“I cook with wine, sometimes I even add it to the food.” ― W.C. Fields

Restaurant WalkAny foodie knows that memorable epicurean experiences are only complete when paired with wine. That’s why we are fortunate at the Sun Valley Harvest Festival to have eight sponsoring wineries that will be featured in our Chef Demonstrations and the Grand Tasting, along with other events throughout the weekend. Returning viticultural champions from last year’s event include Chateau Ste. Michelle, Col Solare, Erath Winery, Northstar, Spring Valley Vineyard, and Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars. The two new wines we’re pleased to share with you this year are Michelle, a sparkling wine, and O Wines.

Each wine represents different varietals from the Pacific Northwest and California, all of which bring unique and delightful flavors to the table that will be perfectly paired at each Chef Demonstration on Saturday, September 21st and with the delicious samples at the Grand Tasting on Sunday, September 22nd. And, if you consider yourself to be a true wine enthusiast make sure to attend Akasha Richmond’s “Pairing for your Palate: The Art of Hors D’oeuvres and Wine” on the 21st at 4 pm. During this event, you will have the opportunity to taste, experience, and enjoy different wines while learning how to make the perfect combination of flavor profiles with different foods.

To learn more about each of the featured wineries, click here.