With the weather finally getting warmer here, it was time for us to get out of the house and enjoy the sunshine!
As we were driving to go somewhere else Saturday afternoon, we spotted Cinder Winery from the road and decided to check it out. Best decision we could’ve made. It’s a huge warehouse building on the outside, but then you walk inside to the most beautiful tasting room. Very industrial and modern looking with tons of open space. I loved it!
The owner and winemaker is originally from Boise, where she later went to Washington State University and then starter her wine career at no other than Chateau Ste. Michelle in Woodinville, WA!
Their grapes come from a few vineyards in the Snake River Valley. These vineyards include: Willamson Vineyards, Sawtooth Vineyard, Skyline Vineyard, Rocky Fence Vineyard, Arena Valley Vineyard, Symms Vineyard, and Martin Brothers Vineyard.
We did a tasting of most of their wines they offer and were not disappointed! This was some damn good wine!
We tried their Dry Rosé, Dry Viognier, Off-Dry Riesling, Laissez Faire a red table wine, 2014 Syrah (she hooked us up with this extra taster), 2015 Syrah, Foot Stomp Syrah (yes, they literally stomped the wine with their feet like they do in movies), and the Reserve Tempranillo (again, she really hooked us up).
All-in-all I was very impressed with every single wine I tasted as was Bry. We will be going back a lot this summer, maybe even this weekend if I can convince Bryant *wink wink* (I know you are reading this).
Cinder Winery is open daily from 11am-5pm and offers a ton of events and live music most weekends. This coming Saturday, May 6th, they are hosting a Derby Day party with prizes for best hats, $1 off your first glass or bottle of wine, and free pony rides for kids.
They also offer a wine club with the following benefits:
- Exclusive access to “Small Lot Series” of wines
- Invitations to members-only Spring & Fall release parties
- 10-15% discount on all wine purchases from Cinder
- Additional 5% discount on case orders
- Loyalty rewards
- Inside access to winemaker’s dinners, vineyard & harvest tours, and events at the winery… even concerts!
BONUS: They offer their space as a wedding venue! Just some of the amenities include: free parking, provided tables, chairs, linens, and non-alcoholic drinks at no extra charge as well as an event planner to walk through the rehearsal dinner, wedding ceremony and reception at no extra cost. You can bring ANY caterer and ANY beer you’d like. You get a 10% discount on their wine with a minimum purchase of $300. Monday-Thursday the price us $900 and Friday-Sunday the price is $1,200.
Follow Cinder Wines on Facebook or stop by for a glass of vino at:
107 East 44th Street, Garden City, Idaho 83714
After Cinder Winery, we walked across the parking lot to Split Rail Winery. This is smaller, but a really awesome, almost hipster kinda space. They have a garage door that was open letting all the sunshine come in (ahhhhhhhh).
The winemaker, Jed Glavin is the man behind the wines at Split Rail. He started by fermenting grapes from Walla Walla (hollaaaa) while previously he was an urban planner creating sustainable, livable, and environmentally-friendly communities.
A blurb from their website says, “It’s our goal to not only create killer wine that spontaneously combusts your mind, but to also defeat the pompous mantra of wine. We want wine to be eye-opening, experimental, hip, approachable, and perhaps even otherworldly. Let us enlighten your palate.”
This sums up Split Rail Winery perfectly.
Their grapes come from the Snake River Valley and the American Viticulture Area (AVA) which entails a vast area in Southwestern Idaho and Eastern Oregon. Some of the vineyards include: Sawtooth Vineyard, Skyline Vineyard, and Williamson Vineyards.
We tried the 2014 Laser Fox Cinsault, 2013 The Bearded Quixote Tepranillo, The Horned Beast Cernunnos GSM, 2016 Dry Rosé Cinsault, and a couple others. Again, these wines were very good. Different from any I have ever tried, and I can’t wait to go back!
What I found amusing was that they serve their wine tasters in tubes. Like science tubes. There’s a first time for everything! I liked how quirky and different the vibe was in this place. It was truly unlike any winery I have ever been to.
They make wine in cans (helloooooo, this is genius!) and also wine kegs and growler fills.
Their tasting room is open Wednesday-Sunday from 12pm-6pm and sometimes host events on the weekend!
They offer a wine club with the following benefits:
- A membership option for our adored confidants
- Two allotments per year with around six bottles in each allotment
- Average cost is $130 per allotment
- Access to wine club only wines
- Invitation to annual wine-club only event
- Waived tasting fees for the member
- 10% discount on any additional purchases including growler fills
BONUS: They host birthday parties, bridal showers, bar mitzvahs, retirement parties or business lunches. Their space offers wine tasting, winery tours and winemaker tutorials, barrel tasting, a cool vinyl collection and funky music, catering options, and budget friendly options!