Southwest: Grand Valley vs. Snake River Valley
Snake River Valley, ID
A decade ago, there were 11 wineries in Idaho; today there are more than 40. The winemakers in this emerging region have put themselves through a virtual crash course, finding out through trial and error what grows well where, and how to craft the crop into stellar wines. A getaway to this dry, high-desert swath east of Boise is no doubt a trip worthwhile, especially for fans of Spanish Tempranillo--the region produces some of the best earthy, tangy reds and even looks a bit like Spain. Viogners are often winners, too--try one at Williamson Orchards & Vineyards.
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