When Winefest started, it used to have silent auctions, but transitioned to raffle prizes when organizers ran out of room for the auction items and the ever-growing selection of wines.
“We only had a few dozen wines and about 100 or so people in participation [in 1997],” said Basque Museum Executive Director Annie Gavica. “At the time it was really only people from the Basque community. Now, we have nearly 1,000 people that show up and we close off the Basque Block.”
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“We have similar climates to the La Rioja region in Spain,” said Geselle. “Our climate, our elevation, and our hot summer days and then the cool summer nights are very similar to what they have there.”
Wines made from tempranillo grapes generally have a smoky aroma, with fruity undertones.
“A lot of Tempranillos have a kind of cigar box or a tobacco note in it,” said Geselle. “They also get more of a plum or raspberry note as well, versus a dark black cherry that you’ll find in a Shiraz, or like a black pepper that you’ll find in a Petite Sirah or a Cabernet Sauvignon. The Tempranillo are going to be a lot more smooth and have a lot more smoky notes to it. It’s great for barbeques because of that.”
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Sawtooth Winery is pouring its 2015 Tempranillo, along with its Sauvignon Blanc, Rose and Skyline Blend.
The party starts at 5:30 p.m., and despite its name, Winefest is branching out to include hard cider this year, which will be poured by Meriwether Cider. Local restaurants from the Basque block will serve pintxos—Basque-style small plates similar to Spanish tapas. Attendees can munch on their finds and drink wine while listening to Kathryn McGee from Boise Rock School, Swing By, and Aldape Bootstompers, and watching the Oinkari Basque Dancers perform before raffle prizes are drawn. All of the proceeds from the event—which costs $45 in advance, $50 at the event, or $160 for a group of four—go back to the Basque Museum.