Idaho wine industry prepares for 10th annual judging

The 10th annual Idaho Wine Competition is scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 20 in Caldwell’s Sunnyslope Wine District on the campus of Koenig Vineyards. This marks a decade during which the judging has been orchestrated by Great Northwest Wine in a collaboration with the Idaho Wine Commission on behalf of the state’s wine industry. Last year’s […]

Judging panel announced for 2018 Idaho Wine Competition

The 2018 Idaho Wine Competition is scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 21 in Caldwell’s Sunnyslope Wine District on the campus of Koenig Vineyards. Wineries seeking to enter the judging should visit this link. This year’s judging panel features: Kristine Bono, direct to consumer manager, Tertulia Cellars, Walla Walla, Wash. Ilene Dudunake, owner, A New Vintage Wine […]

Melanie Krause, Cinder Wines use Riesling to top Idaho Wine Competition

CALDWELL, Idaho – An off-dry Riesling from one of the Pacific Northwest’s top winemakers won best of show Tuesday afternoon at the eighth annual Idaho Wine Competition. Boise native Melanie Krause wowed the judges with her Cinder Wines 2016 Off-Dry Riesling. The graduate of Washington State University who trained and made wine at Chateau Ste. […]

Judging panel announced for 2017 Idaho Wine Competition

The 2017 Idaho Wine Competition is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 19 in Caldwell’s Sunnyslope Wine District on the campus of Koenig Vineyards. This year’s judging panel features: Sheri Sauter Morano, MW, Durham, N.C. Austin Drehmel, wine steward, Fred Meyer, Garden City Ilene Dudunake, owner, A New Vintage Wine Shop, Meridian Jackie Elo, wine buyer, JW […]

Koenig Vineyards dessert wine tops 2016 Idaho Wine Competition

BOISE, Idaho – A dessert wine from one of Idaho’s top winemakers won best of show Tuesday afternoon at the seventh annual Idaho Wine Competition. Koenig Vineyards’ 2014 Botrytis Single Berry Select Riesling, a late-harvest Riesling made in the style of a German trockenbeerenauslese, was the winner. “No way! That’s so cool,” Greg Koenig told […]

Hat Ranch wins 2015 Idaho Wine Competition

CALDWELL, Idaho – A dry Muscat from the Sunnyslope Wine District earned best of show Tuesday at the sixth annual Idaho Wine Competition. Hat Ranch Winery in Caldwell won for its 2014 Dry Muscat, the first crop from its estate grapes. The wine was crafted by Tim and Helen Harless, who launched their small winery […]

Malbec tops 5th annual Idaho Wine Competition

CALDWELL, Idaho — A red grape variety that has gained increasing interest in the Pacific Northwest rose to the top of the fifth annual Idaho Wine Competition. Huston Vineyards’ 2012 Malbec earned best in show at the competition, which took place Monday at Ste. Chapelle Winery. Huston Vineyards is a small winery on Chicken Dinner […]

Dry Riesling by Coiled wins Idaho Wine Competition

CALDWELL, Idaho — Leslie Preston produced not only the best example of Riesling in the state, but the Garden City winemaker also won best in show with it at the fourth annual Idaho Wine Competition. Her Coiled Wines 2012 Dry Riesling, which retails for $17, took the top award after receiving a unanimous double gold […]