On Friday, February 11th, the Idaho Wine Commission hosted the Comparative Tasting of Idaho Wines and Competing Regions Seminar at Sawtooth Winery, instructed by Kathryn House, a wine educator and consultant. This seminar allowed winemakers and others in the industry the opportunity to taste Idaho Riesling, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon with other regional and global examples in a structured “blind” format; the identity of the wines was disguised by wrapping the bottles.
The intention of the tasting was to evaluate Idaho wines’ varietal characteristics and competing wines in a non-judgmental, learning-focused environment. Open discussions were held between each flight and before the wines were unwrapped and revealed. Growers and winemakers shared techniques to maximize quality in Idaho wines along with an assessment of wine positioning in both local and international contexts. For more information and photos regarding the event go to “coyoteswineshop” Facebook page.
This week’s featured wine is “Tuesday Night White” from Périple (Pronounced “Pair ee pla ... and roll the “r”) Winery in Garden City. This 2009 blend of mainly Viognier, Chardonnay and Riesling was sourced from Burgess Vineyards in Washington, Koening and Kuna Butte Vineyards in Idaho.
Winemaker Angie Shaltry Rift searches out specific quality vineyards to source her grapes. Périple wines represent small, meticulously farmed vineyard sites from the Columbia Valley (including Horse Heaven Hills and Red Mountain) in Washington, the Willamette Valley in Oregon, the Russian River Valley in California and the Snake River Valley. Angie’s intention was to co-ferment the Viognier with Syrah for a nice Syrah but the grapes were harvested a month apart, so she came up with this white wine blend.
Angie named this wine after realizing that everyone needed an inexpensive wine to get them through the work week, as she calls it, a “Tuesday Night” wine. It is a great drinking wine with lots of floral and citrus on the nose followed by citrus, apricot and leachy on the palate. This wine is good by itself or paired with an appetizer like grilled shrimp, teriyaki skewered chicken or sushi rolls and is best slightly chilled. It retails for $16.
-Coyotes Fine Wines carries the wine of the week and is located in downtown Caldwell on the corner of Blaine and Kimball (217 S. Kimball). Hours are Wednesday and Thursday 3 to 8 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 1 to 9 p.m. Join our Facebook page (coyoteswineshop) to learn more about our events or call 453-9463.