Something about breaking out of the doldrums of winter fills people with the urge to skip around sipping wine and noshing the finest treats like a modern Dionysus.
Thankfully, culinary hedonism can be found at Savor Idaho, a tasting event set in the lush Idaho Botanical Garden, Sunday, June 9, from 2-6 p.m. Now celebrating its fifth year, Savor Idaho serves as a widely popular celebration of Idaho's wine and culinary industries, hosted by the Idaho Grape Growers and Wine Producers Commission. Visitors spend the day sampling the wares of more than two dozen wineries and numerous restaurants in a summery outdoor setting.
Each visitor is handed a commemorative wine glass, from which they'll sip the fruit of the vine, poured by the folks at Cold Springs, Ste. Chapelle, Syringa, Cinder and many other wineries. It's worth noting that more than a few of the grapes squeezed into those wine bottles hail from the Sunny Slope region in Canyon County—Idaho's only American Viticulture Area.
To soak up all that vino, visitors are invited to pick up snacks offered by local purveyors like City Peanut Shop, Kanak Attack Catering, Nepalese bistro Momo Dumpling, Hyde Park mainstay 13th Street Pub and Grill and many more. While walking about the gardens, stop to smell the flowers and catch up with Savor Idaho exhibitors, including Ketchum Kitchens, ROW Adventures and House of Wine.
For a complete list of wineries, restaurants and exhibitors, go to savoridaho.org.
But we hope you planned ahead, because, unfortunately, tickets are sold out--otherwise, get ready to start begging your friends and calling in favors.