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    10/14/2021

    2021 Harvest Reflections

    By: Joe

      Wow! 2021 Crush has proceeded at a break-neck pace. All the hot days in early summer cued us up for an early start (Sept 4th) and a fast pace of ripening. Even though we've barely started October, we're expecting the last of our grapes to c

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    08/23/2021

    A Winemaker’s Thoughts on the 2021 Growing Season

    By: Joe

      This has been an interesting year to observe the vineyards and see how clever the grape vines are at adapting to the weather and how good our growers are at helping the vines do this. As you know, it’s been a really, really hot summer.  Fortunatel

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    03/17/2020

    Tasting Room Closed

    By: Joe

    TUESDAY, MARCH 17th, 2020  Dear Wine Club Members, Today is a crazy day. I have to announce that we are shutting down the Cinder Winery Tasting Room today for the foreseeable future.  I told my 85-year old Irish Mother this news and she said “Whoever

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    10/29/2019

    An Icy End to the 2019 Harvest

    By: Joe

    As of Monday, the 2019 Harvest was coming to a fast close...   All of the fruit was in the building and pressed, fermentations were almost finished, and barrels were being topped. There was no room in the winery for any more fruit— that is until a p

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    08/22/2019

    2017 Tempranillo (Gold Medal)

    By: Joe

    A Gold Medal for our Favorite Spanish Classic!   Our 2017 Snake River Valley Tempranillo has taken home a Gold Medal at the 2019 Idaho Wine Competition. The 2017 winter was challenging for the grapes in the Snake River Valley, but Tempranillo had an e

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    08/22/2019

    2017 Syrah (Gold Medal)

    By: Joe

    Our Flagship Red Wine Wins Gold!   Thank you to the judges at the Idaho Wine Competition for awarding our 2017 Syrah a Gold Medal. The Syrah is what got Cinder started, so it is always such an honor when we receive awards on this beautiful wine. Th

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    08/21/2019

    2018 Dry Viognier (Gold Medal)

    By: Joe

    Our 2018 Dry Viognier Wins Big Again!   This is the third gold medal that our 2018 Dry Viognier has been awarded since its release in the spring, and we could not be more grateful for the recognition that it has received. Our flagship white wine has f

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    08/21/2019

    2018 Chardonnay (Gold Medal & Best Chardonnay)

    By: Joe

    The 2018 Chardonnay Takes Home Gold!   Thank you to the judges of the 2019 Idaho Wine Competition for awarding our Chardonnay with a Gold Medal and "Best Chardonnay"! Melanie has focused her considerable skills on our Chardonnay over the past 5 vintag

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    08/07/2019

    The Story Behind the Tri-State Tempranillos

    By: Joe

    They say that a glass of red wine a day is good for you, and they also say that drinking eight glasses of water a day is good for you. I have this theory that if you switched the water for wine and the wine for water, you would be a picture of perfect health.

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    07/13/2019

    Cinder Wine Club Login

    By: Joe

    CINDER WINE CLUB + CUSTOMER CARE : FAQ This page serves to quickly educate new Cinder Wine Club Members on how to access, navigate and manage their club accounts online, including contact information, billing/shipping addresses, credit card details, and wine

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    07/10/2019

    Cinder Fall Release Month

    By: Joe

    2019 Fall Release Month— 9 Wines, 4 Events, 1 Month of Celebrations!   We're excited to offer several different options for you to celebrate the newest wines from Cinder. Our classic Release Party will kick off the celebrations (you know to grab th

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    06/12/2019

    2018 Dry Viognier (Double Gold, Best of Class & 98 Points)

    By: Joe

    What an incredible honor for our flagship white wine!   Thank you Sunset International Wine Competition for awarding our 2018 Dry Viognier with a Double Gold Medal, Best of Class, and 98 Points! This wine is always a go-to for our Wine Club Members, c

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    06/12/2019

    2018 Off-Dry Riesling (Double Gold, Best of Class & 94 Points)

    By: Joe

    Thank you to the judges at the Sunset International Wine Competition!   What an honor— the 2018 Off-Dry Riesling has just been awarded with a Double Gold Medal, Best of Class and 94 Points. We are so excited about these results for this delicious wi

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    06/12/2019

    2017 Syrah (Gold Medal & 91 Points)

    By: Joe

    Our flagship wins gold and 91 points at the Sunset International!   The 2017 Syrah has notes of allspice and black pepper in the nose that develop into blackberries, dried orange peel and a hint of chai. The intensity of the bright fruit is mouthwater

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    06/12/2019

    2017 Chardonnay (Gold Medal & 90 Points)

    By: Joe

    Our sold-out Chardonnay has just won gold at the Sunset International Wine Competition!   We may not have any of this delicious wine left to sell, but don't worry— it'll be back in the fall. Melanie has focused her considerable skills on our Chardon

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    06/06/2019

    The Third Wave of Idaho Wine

    By: Joe

    If you didn’t already know, June is Idaho Wine Month! It’s not that we need an excuse to celebrate the amazing wine that comes out of this state, but it is important to recognize the significant growth this industry has gone through, and continues to go th

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    05/09/2019

    A Snapshot of the 2019 Growing Season

    By: Joe

    I sat down with Hailey Alexander, our Assistant Winemaker, to ask her what she thought about the growing season and what she predicts the upcoming harvest is going to be like, “We had a beautiful end of fall. The vines went into hibernation with no early fro

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    04/24/2019

    2018 Laissez Faire Red (Best of Class & Gold Medal)

    By: Joe

    Our 2018 Laissez Faire Red is named Best of Class!   Our favorite weekday sipping wine has taken home a gold medal and "Best of Class" in the Red Blend category at the Cascadia International Wine Competition. We feel so honored to receive such recogni

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    04/24/2019

    2018 Dry Viognier (Double Gold)

    By: Joe

    Our flagship white wine has taken home a double gold medal from the Cascadia International Wine Competition!   We are so honored to receive a double gold medal for this fan favorite. The flavors and aromas of our Viognier take you into stone fruit, wi

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    04/24/2019

    2018 Off-Dry Riesling (Gold)

    By: Joe

    A gold medal for our Off-Dry Riesling!   After a whole year without it, the Off-Dry Riesling is finally back and already winning awards! Thank you to the judges at the Cascadia International Wine Competition for this honor. This wine is an intense eli

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    04/24/2019

    2018 Rosé of Cinsault (Gold)

    By: Joe

    Our Small Lot Series Dry Rosé of Cinsault wins gold!   The judges at the Cascadia International Wine Competition have awarded our 2018 Rosé of Cinsault with a gold medal. Only 200 cases of this Rosé was produced and it isn't available anywhere othe

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    04/01/2019

    Drink for a Good Cause

    By: Joe

    Hi Guys! Eliza here with a little story about how we're engaging our community and taking small steps to make the world a better place. A long time ago, our winemaker, Melanie, joined an organization that consisted of a lot of really badass female business

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    11/28/2018

    2017 Chardonnay (Double Gold & 95 Points)

    By: Joe

    The 2017 Chardonnay was awarded with a Double Gold Medal and 95 points from the San Francisco International Wine Competition!   We could not be happier with the achievements of this fantastic wine. A Double Gold Medal means that all of the 59 judges o

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    11/28/2018

    2016 Tempranillo (Double Gold & 95 Points)

    By: Joe

    Another one of our wines has received a Double Gold Medal and 95 points from the San Francisco International Wine Competition!   It's no secret that The Snake River Valley produces some amazing Tempranillo, and Melanie knows how to use it! What an hon

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    11/28/2018

    2016 Valentina (Gold Medal & 91 Points)

    By: Joe

    Our 2016 Valentina has just received a Gold Medal and 91 Points from the San Francisco International Wine Competition!   What a great award for this beautiful red blend! According to the SFIWC, receiving a gold medal demonstrates that the wine is exce

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    11/28/2018

    2016 Syrah (Silver)

    By: Joe

    The 2016 Syrah takes home a Silver Medal from the San Francisco International Wine Competition!   We are so honored to receive such an awesome award for this age-worthy wine! The 2016 Syrah has allspice and black pepper notes in the nose that develop

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    11/12/2018

    A Peek into the 2018 Harvest at Cinder

    By: Joe

      Harvest has officially come to an end at Cinder. While the cellar crew is excited to finally get some sleep, the rest of us can’t help but miss the juice samples straight from the press, and the heavenly smell of the fermenting fruit that fille

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    11/01/2018

    2016 Chardonnay (87 Points)

    By: Joe

    Thank you, Wine Enthusiast, for awarding our 2016 Chardonnay with 87 points!   This is a favorite among many Cinder Wine drinkers, and we can totally understand why. The 2016 Chardonnay has aromas of spiced apple cider and ginger give way to flavors o

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    11/01/2018

    2016 Dry Viognier (89 Points)

    By: Joe

    89 Points from the Wine Enthusiast for our Flagship White!   Thank you, Wine Enthusiast for awarding our 2016 Dry Viognier with 89 points! This is one of the wines that got Cinder started, and we're so proud of it's achievements. The 2016 Dry Viognier

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    10/29/2018

    Port & Paella Dance Party

    By: Joe

    Port & Paella Dance Party-   Melanie and her team have decided that it's officially time to create Cinder's first-ever Port-style wine! We couldn't be more excited about this, and we wanted to share our excitement with fellow Cinder Wine Lovers--

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    10/19/2018

    2017 Laissez Faire White (Gold)

    By: Joe

    Laissez Faire White Brings Home The Gold!   We're so excited to hear that our 2017 Laissez Faire White has taken home a gold medal at The Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition. The Laissez Faire White is a Sauvignon Blanc, chosen and fermented

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    10/19/2018

    KBOI 2 Harvest Story

    By: Joe

    Check out this awesome story from KBOI2 News about harvest here at Cinder!   We're hosting Crush tours every weekend until the end of October. Don't miss out on your chance to experience a Cinder harvest first-hand! Click here for more information and

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    10/05/2018

    Cinder’s 12th Harvest is in Full Swing!

    By: Joe

    This is our 12th harvest, and things definitely aren't slowing down around here!   The fruit keeps pouring in, the grape bins are fermenting, and the winery smells like heaven-- sounds like Harvest! We would love for you all to come and experience th

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    12/31/2017

    2016 Off-Dry Riesling (90 Points)

    By: Joe

    90 Points from The Wine Enthusiast for our incredible 2016 Off-Dry Riesling!   This wine is an intense elixir. With aromas, flavors, residual sugar and high acid all contributing to tropical and spicy experience.  You’ll taste lemon custard tart, a

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    12/31/2017

    2016 Laissez Faire Red (88 Points)

    By: Joe

    88 points from the Wine Enthusiast for our sophisticated every day drinking wine!   Laissez Faire is just what its name implies, a “let it be” wine in terms of winemaking style, and drinking style. It is made to be the discerning wine drinker’s

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    12/31/2017

    2014 Tempranillo (88 Points)

    By: Joe

    We're so pleased with the 88 points that the Wine Enthusiast has awarded our 2014 Tempranillo.   The 2014 Tempranillo is a delicious wine, and the Wine Enthusiast seems to agree! The Tempranillo has subtle sweet and savory notes that mingle in the aro

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    09/20/2017

    Harvest Report, Airfield Estate

    By: Joe

    Airfield Estate, Yakima AVA, WA. Behold the gorgeous Syrah that is now being harvested and pressed at Airfield Estate in the heart of the Yakima Valley AVA in Washington. This will be used for the Cinder Dry Rosé that will be released in the Spring of 2018.

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    09/14/2017

    Harvest Report, Naches Heights

    By: Joe

    Naches Heights AVA, WA.- The Evolution of a Cinder Small Lot Series Wine Each year, our winemaker Melanie produces a barrel or two of "Small Lot Series" wines for Cinder. These one-of-a-kind wines are produced in limited quantity and sold exclusively to our W

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    09/07/2017

    Harvest Report, Kamiak Vineyard, WA

    By: Joe

    Kamiak Vineyard, WA. "Let them drink Rosé!"   Melanie has heard the anguished cries of "more Rosé" from the masses and alas, the first Syrah is being picked today for next year's 2017 Rosé. Approximately 7 tons were harvested from Washington's K

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    12/29/2016

    Idaho Foodbank

    By: Joe

    Part of being in love with Idaho is that you find yourself wanting to give back. Fortunately, we have so many wonderful ways to support each other. Cinder continues to promote these great organizations through fundraising efforts each year. Please learn more

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    12/23/2016

    Platinum Awards Flowing Like Wine!

    By: Joe

    The Platinum Awards are flowing like wine!   Reading the results of the Best of the Best: Platinum 2016 tasting brings much happiness to our hearts. So many of our friends and mentors received accolades such as Cocco Umiker, Ron Bunnell, Bob Bertheau

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    08/29/2016

    Surel’s Place

    By: Joe

    Part of being in love with Idaho is that you find yourself wanting to give back.   Fortunately, we have so many wonderful ways to support each other. Cinder continues to promote these great organizations through fundraising efforts each year. Please l

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    08/29/2016

    Boys & Girls Club of ADA County

    By: Joe

    Part of being in love with Idaho is that you find yourself wanting to give back.   Fortunately, we have so many wonderful ways to support each other. Cinder continues to promote these great organizations through fundraising efforts each year. Please l

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    08/20/2016

    We Bought the Building!

    By: Joe

    This past summer Melanie & I were able to do something that we have worked over a decade for when we finally purchased the building that our winery has grown up in!   We both logged many a long night at the winery as we crafted the first 5 vintage

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    08/01/2016

    10th Anniversary Harvest Starts on Monday!

    By: Joe

    Wish us luck as our 10th harvest in the Snake River Valley begins Monday as we bring in 1.5 tons of Chardonnay.   This will be the earliest start for us and we are excited to see the first fruit come into the building. Here we go folks! 2015 Harves

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    04/07/2016

    Memories of Cinsault

    By: Joe

    Hello folks! This is Hailey Alexander, Cinder's Enologist, and in the last few weeks I have been reminiscing about the harvest, the wines, and in particular with this awesome warm weather, our Rosé! Here is one my memories from a competitive tasting that Mela

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    08/29/2015

    Opera Idaho

    By: Joe

    Part of being in love with Idaho is that you find yourself wanting to give back.   Fortunately, we have so many wonderful ways to support each other. Cinder continues to promote these great organizations through fundraising efforts each year. Please l

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    08/29/2014

    Interfaith Sanctuary

    By: Joe

    Part of being in love with Idaho is that you find yourself wanting to give back.   Fortunately, we have so many wonderful ways to support each other. Cinder continues to promote these great organizations through fundraising efforts each year. Please l

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    08/29/2014

    Ballet Idaho

    By: Joe

    Part of being in love with Idaho is that you find yourself wanting to give back.   Fortunately, we have so many wonderful ways to support each other. Cinder continues to promote these great organizations through fundraising efforts each year. Please l

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    01/13/2014

    Garden City Mural Project at the Winery!

    By: Joe

    We are proud to announce a collaboration between Cinder Wines, Coiled Wines, local business owners from Cobby's & Martindale Custom Truck Accessories and the local artist in residence program, Surel's Place, to launch a public art project.   The g

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    12/02/2012

    Water & Fire: The Snake River Valley AVA

    By: Joe

    Driving around the vineyards in the Snake River Valley makes a person wonder - how did all these weird shapes in the landscape occur?   There are shining white hills of chalk, dark columns of basalt, and beds of volcanic cinder in shades of black, red

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    11/01/2012

    Food Across America: Boise, Idaho

    By: Joe

    Cinder was featured in Food & Wine’s roundup of the best restaurants in Boise, from the city’s only raw bar to a stellar Basque pub.   How cool is this article? [su_button url="https://www.foodandwine.com/articles/food-across-america-bois

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    07/25/2012

    Trip to Spain for “Research”

    By: Joe

    We visited three wine regions while in Spain: the Ribera del Duero, Rueda & The Rioja. All of them were spectacular and inspiring.   The Ribera looked like our own Snake River Valley, but with castles on the hilltops. Hot and arid, the Tempranillo

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    06/26/2012

    Now Available at the Boise Airport

    By: Joe

    You can now purchase our wine in the Boise Airport!   Now you can spread the good word of Cinder wines when you go out of town. Just past security in the Boise airport turn left and visit the Paradies Shop. They have a beautiful display of Idaho Wines

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    01/05/2011

    Cinder Chardonnay Named “Top Idaho Wine Pick” by Boise Weekly!

    By: Joe

    "My slam against so many American chardonnays is their overwhelming oak. We call them Chateau Two-by-Fours, and they are so colored by wood you risk getting splinters in your tongue.   Cinder Wines winemaker Melanie Krause preaches the mantra of balan

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