While passing through Boise, we purchased a number of Idaho wines. This Chenin Blanc was quite nice. Not French/Loire, not South African "Steen," and not California Chenin. Unique, AVA specific, and well done!
This wine is a perfect illustration of the importance of knowing your importer. That is especially true if you like, or think you would like, Old World wines but you hesitate to purchase a bottle because the language or region on the front label is unfamiliar. If that is the case, turn the bottle around (although this time that wasn't necessary) and look at the name of the importer. A good importer has a good palate. Their taste elevates wines they bring into the U.S. above all-too-frequent mediocre offerings. The Domaine du Salvard Cheverny pictured is a great example. I didn't know the producer, Domaine du Salvard, nor was I familiar with the region, Cheverny. Noticing, however, that the w
Cal-Am wine class members take note! If you are passing through the Willamette Valley on your way back to Arizona, don't miss Emerson Vineyards in Monmouth, OR. Susan & I found Emerson because they are part of the Harvest Host program. If you are an RVer, you owe it to yourself to investigate HarvestHosts.com. Our stay with Tom and Jane Johns at Emerson was an absolute delight. Tom and Jane offered plenty of space behind the winery for our 40' bus and car, accompanied by gorgeous views of the Oregon Coast Range and Emerson's vineyards. We spent one of the most peaceful nights of our recent 5,000 mile journey here. But wait! Emerson is a winery. The wine matters. Taste Emerson's entire line-u