PAIRING LOCAL FOOD & WINE WITH FARM-TO-FORK
Farm-to-Fork, Farm-to-cork—there is life when you bring together the locally grown food and pair it with the wine that is grown in the same soil. In the Old World, this has been taking place daily for 100’s of years. We start with the outstanding fruit of the Snake River Valley—grapes that are ripened by the sun and balanced by the cooler evenings. We are so fortunate to have abundant local sources in the valley for produce, meat and other fine edibles—along with the chefs who have the skills and creativity to maximize flavor and the overall dining experience. Pairing our different varietals with local food brings out some magic for both, in flavor, aroma, and texture. The weight of the food is a good starting point to the pairing concept—as in a heavy roast with a Cabernet Sauvignon. From there, it expands to objective measures of taste, like acidity or sweetness. Strategies for pairing can include goals to contrast, or to complement. Our goal is to always make it accessible to our guests, sharing how the enjoyment of a particular food and its preparation can be enhanced when paired with a certain wine.
“Braised Elk, meet Petite Sirah. Dry Riesling, meet Asparagus Chevre Tart.” The marriage of food and wine, and the collaboration of chef and winemaker, is one backed by stories of the ingredient’s origin, or perhaps transformation. And we love a good story—and love sharing them with you. Some of the area’s best chefs have joined us here at Huston Vineyards, offering memorable gastronomic evenings for our guests. Our wines have been paired with pork, and with paella (“pie-ay-ya”—a Spanish and Basque specialty). Our wines have teamed up with trout, tenderloin, sturgeon, and truffles. Charcuterie and our Chicken Dinner? Perfectly paired!
Along with actively supporting Farm-to-Fork happenings at Huston Vineyards and out in the community, we also enjoy our relationships with restaurants who daily serve up the best in fresh, local fare. Check our Wine Finder to find other restaurants that serve Huston Vineyards SRV Series wines and appreciate the Farm-to-Fork experience.
POURING IT ON IN OUR COMMUNITY
We are immersed in our local community. We love sharing our pours of Huston Vineyard wines for all to sample and enjoy. We love celebrating the story of Snake River Valley wines, and how our own vineyard and winery came to the table. We are active participants with the Idaho Wine Commission and their events, like the annual “Savor Idaho”, a celebration with samplings of the best in local food and wine, and an always-sells-out event.
Along with hosting events at our vineyard, like World Malbec Day, farm-to-table dinners, and wine release parties, we are regular participants in Sunnyslope Wine Trail events. The wineries of the valley regularly come together and play host to collective celebrations that make traveling from winery to winery an extra special treat. The most popular annual events occur on the weekends surrounding holidays like Valentine’s Day, Mardis Gras, St. Patrick’s Day, Mother’s Day, and Thanksgiving. Find information about these events on our Calendar.
The wineries of the Sunnyslope Wine Trail also participate in annual events like Wine & Art in the Park, each May in Marsing. The Sunnyslope Wine Trail Festival occurs in August in downtown Caldwell, Idaho at the Caldwell Train Depot, with an afternoon of music, wines from the Trail, and lots of delicious, local food offerings.
We are also pouring on Saturdays from spring to fall at Downtown Boise’s Capital City Market. Find us from 9:30am–1:30pm in front of the Matador restaurant. We also love opportunities to share our wine at tastings at wine specialty shops like the Boise Co-Op, and at grocer’s wine departments, like Albertsons. You’ll find us at events in Southern Idaho and beyond, where an invitation to share our wine gets us out on the road, beyond our own Chicken Dinner Road. Just look for the big red “H”.