Sip and Swirl Through Idaho Wine & Cider Month
We’re entering a new golden era for Garden City’s heralded wineries and cidery — and there’s no better time to raise a glass to their continued success than Idaho Wine & Cider Month in June. We’ve rounded up the new releases, events, and new spaces that should be on your must-try list during this magical month.
Let’s uncork some fun!
Cinder’s 2019 Tempranillo earned a platinum designation this spring at the Great Northwest Platinum Wine Awards, and this ever-popular winery followed up that success with their fabulous spring release. (You can check out all of their current releases here.)
Of course, you can sip Cinder’s famous Dry Viognier and Syrah from the comfort of your own couch, but why not book a reservation at their tasting room, instead? A six-person guided tasting experience lasts 90 minutes, and you’ll have the option of adding a tasty cheese and charcuterie board to the fun. Call (208) 906-0555 to book your reservation — June should be hopping!
If you plan on celebrating Idaho Wine & Cider Month with a patio sipping session, pop into Coiled.
Their lovely tasting room is more like a home-away-from-home: Pick up a book from the winery’s free Little Library, sip a tasty Dry Riesling or full-bodied Black Mamba, and enjoy the summer sunshine. Coiled frequently hosts events ranging from art workshops to dance classes to live music, so check their Facebook page for the latest.
Mark your calendars now, because Meriwether has a full month of events to keep you busy!
Grab your most competitive bestie and head to the First Sunday Board Games Brunch, where you can compete and eat to your heart’s content.
June 12 & 26
How’s this for a Sunday Funday? A couple times a month, Meriwether partners with Yoga 4 Life to create a best-of-both-worlds scenario: an invigorating yoga session followed by a refreshing Meriwether Cider. Yoga in the Taproom is just $20.
Get ready for some serious comfort food, because you’ll be treated to plenty of it during Grilled Cheese Night. Take your pick from a variety of cheesy, toasty options and pair it with a cold cider. Perfection!
Enjoy a double whammy on June 30, when Meriwether’s Bluegrass Jam Session collides with Growler Thursdays. You’ll get $5 off a growler fill while listening to music that will get your toes tap-tap-tappin’.
Par Terre Winery
This small-but-mighty winery just earned a silver medal from Cidercraft Magazine for its rose collaboration with Meriwether Cider — and that’s just one of the many highly drinkable offerings that Par Terre’s husband-and-wife team puts out.
In June, when temps warm up, reach for their celebratory Sparkling Rosé or crisp En L’Air White and enjoy it on the tasting room patio. Check out Par Terre’s Facebook page, too, for info on summer events.
Potter Wines makes highly drinkable wines that are super easy to enjoy — and fun is definitely the name of the game at Potter’s tasting room! Head there from 3-5 p.m. June 26 for a painting class with The Angry Easel. And no, you don’t need any experience to attend.
Just let the creativity flow (wine helps!). Tickets available for $20 per person through The Angry Easel.
While you’re there, pick up Potter’s newest releases: A 2021 vintage of The Liquid Lunch, an unoaked Chardonnay, and a seasonal release of the cult-favorite Strawberry Jalapeno Wine Lemonade. The latter is available only through July 4, so be sure to plan ahead.
Rolling Hills Vineyard
Talk about timing! Garden City’s newest winery will celebrate its first birthday on June 16. Owner Mark Pasculli says plans include plenty of food and a sampling of new wine releases, such as an unoaked Chardonnay, Moscato, and Riesling.
The birthday event is still in the works, so be sure to check the vineyard’s Facebook page and website for more info. You can also expect music on the weekends and a few barrel tasting events throughout the summer — and Pasculli says the vineyard’s new Frosé machine will be doling out icy goodness to combat the heat, too.
If you’ve been to Garden City in the past few months, chances are you’ve driven by Split Rail’s big, beautiful new space at 3200 West Chinden Boulevard.
The winery was still in the process of moving at the time of this writing, but that will be done and dusted by June — just in time to celebrate! (You’ll want to bring your friends, too, because the warehouse-like new tasting room has plenty of room for everyone.) While you’re there, stock up on Split Rail’s camping-friendly wine in a can, which Gear Patrol recently named its Best Splurge Canned Wine. As the author says, “While there are plenty of great wineries doing their thing in the Snake River Valley AVA, Split Rail is definitely having the most fun.”
Telaya Wine Company
Telaya is going all out with back-to-back Idaho-themed events during June. Visitors and newcomers, if you’ve been looking for a crash course in Gem State food and wine, this is your chance!
June 14: Telaya’s regular Tasting Night event will have a special Idaho theme in June, featuring only Idaho wines in celebration of Idaho Wine Month. Tickets are $30 ($15 for members) and include a tasting of five wines and an individual snack box. Tickets are available now on Telaya’s website.
June 15: Telaya Bites with Kismet Kitchen will feature a Gem State theme, with Telaya winemaker Earl Sullivan and Kismet chef Aaron Wermerskirchen doing the hard work of creating beautiful pairings. This informal and intimate experience will include five two-ounce pours of wine with five Idaho-themed bite-size dishes. Tickets are available now.