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 […]

Idaho wines win 21 golds at the 2012 Idaho Wine Competition 

RICHLAND, Wash. — Six judges met at Barnard Griffin Winery to taste 111 Idaho wines submitted for this years competition. There were a total of 106 medals awarded: 17 gold medals, 4 double gold medals, 57 silver medals and 28 bronze medals. The coveted Best of Show went to Snake River Winery 2010 Arena Valley Vineyard Sangiovese […]

Sawtooth Winery wins 2011 Idaho Wine Competition

CALDWELL, Idaho – A longtime Nampa winery – and one of Idaho’s largest producers – made the top wine at the 2011 Idaho Wine Competition. Sawtooth Winery’s 2010 Estate Gewürztraminer won best in show at the competition, held Monday at Ste. Chapelle in Caldwell. Woodriver Cellars in Eagle won best red wine for its 2008 […]

Boise winery takes home top honors at Idaho Wine Competition

CALDWELL, Idaho — Fraser Vineyard won best in show Monday at the Idaho Wine Competition for its 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon. The $28 wine, made with grapes from Bill and Bev Fraser’s estate vineyard in Caldwell, also won a unanimous double gold and best red wine. The Frasers planted their vineyard in 2003, including three acres of […]