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I'm sure one could produce a very satisfactory adult beverage from the crops grown in Idaho.

It's called VODKA. Big Grin

The state of Washington has some micro-climates that are desert-like in the summer, thus producing excellent wine grapes for traditional Bordeaux varietals. I don't know if its neighbor to the east has such areas or not. But it would need to to make outstanding Bordeaux-style wines. There is no substitute for volcanic soil(which I assume Idaho has), that gets very dry and stressed in the summer, with temperatures that approach 100 during the day and 50 at night, with low humidity. There are few places on earth that bring all of these elements together. If Idaho has such pockets, then there is no reason why it cannot make "great" dry wine. But if it doesn't, then there is little hope. One cannot fake climate. Long Island, Virginia and Canada may make acceptable wines, with some dry wines even bordering on pretty good. But without the right climate, greatness for the Bordeaux varietals is out of the question.

What varietals is Idaho making? Perhaps the climate there is well-suited to other types of winemaking. The problem is that most people who jump into this business try to make Cab, Merlot and Chardonnay. Without the climate discussed above, good luck. But branching out to Pinot, Riesling or other non-Bordeaux varietals might be the way to go in non-traditional wine growing areas.
I think the Baise area gets up to 90 deg/far. in the summer and fairly cool at night because of the elevation. And I'm pretty sure the soil is volcanic in nature. There's lots o' geologic activity in that part of the country.

If I wanted to be a real wine dweeb and investigate this further, how would I? Does UC Davis have books or other resources?
Boise and more importantly, Snake River Valley temperatures regularly range to 100 degrees in summer. There are lots of volcanic soils. I've drank Hell's Canyon, Sawtooth, Ste. Chapelle, Carmela Vineyards, and Pend d'Oreille. All (except Carmela IMHO) are capable of making 85 point, dry red wine. I'm currently aging a '96 Pend d' Oreille Cab, some '98 Hell's Canyons, and a '97 Ste. Chapelle Reserve for science. I think the Pend d' Oreille has the best chance of being something and I'm getting antsy to find out. Will let you know. I would not write Idaho off by any means, but it will take some time.

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