Introducing Visiting Friends to a New Wine Region
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As some of you may know, I’m getting married in October in my home state of Idaho. My maid of honor currently lives in Arkansas and has never spent a long time in Idaho (we met in college in Oregon). She’s going to spend two weeks with me before the wedding and I’ve been looking for fun, affordable ways to introduce her to the things I love about my state. I found a great list with information for people moving to or visiting Boise, and I plan on taking her to some of my favorite hangouts. Of course, one of my favorite things to enjoy is wine, so below I have some tips for introducing visiting friends to your local wine region and having great bonding experiences in the process!
Winery Tours are a great way to try the best wine a region has to offer, especially when you can hit several wineries in one afternoon. Idaho is home to the Sunnyslope Wine Trail, which includes 15 wineries throughout Idaho’s Snake River Region. This makes it easy to hit 3 or 4 wineries in an afternoon, enjoy some tastings, and see the variety that the area has to offer. I’ll be visiting Bitner Vinyards, Hat Ranch Winery, and Hells Canyon Winery with my Maid of Honor. Bitner Vineyards is home to a wine called “Menopause Merlot” which tastes as sassy as it sounds. I’m excited to introduce Bethany to all the personality that Idaho wine has to offer!
Wineries aren’t the only places to try wine. The Co-op in the town I live has bi-weekly wine tastings from Weston Winery, and sometimes some other wineries join in too! There is also a brew store that has weekly tastings. They usually focus on beer, but they’ve been known to pop a cork or two. Now that her visit is just around the corner, I’m scouring the web and papers for events that include wine with the price of admission. When this is the case, it’s almost always local wine that is featured.
Of course, you don’t have to go anywhere to drink wine (and if you don’t have a designated driver, you shouldn’t)! Since I’ve really gotten into wine this year, I’ve thought about investing in a wine rack tasting center where I can keep my wine, glasses, and other utensils. I’ve talked to some of the winery representatives that I’ve met and received some awesome pairing recommendations. So I’ll load up on some fancy cheeses, get my cute little cheeseboard out, and we’ll have a girl’s night in, exploring the local wines in the comfort of my living room. I even plan on getting some locally-produced goat cheese and some farm-fresh apples.
My maid of honor has always preferred small towns and farm regions to big cities, so I think she’ll love my focus on local wine and produce while she’s here! Do you have any tips for introducing traveling friends to your local wine region? Share in the comments below!