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    10/29/2019

    An Icy End to the 2019 Harvest

    By: Eliza

    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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    09/20/2019

    Fruit Just Happens

    By: Eliza

    “Hey, I’m sending you an email right now and I need you to print the attachment and give it to Mike” read a text message that Melanie sent me on the first official day of harvest. I checked my email, clicked the attachment and saw a very roughly hand-dra

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    08/22/2019

    2017 Tempranillo (Gold Medal)

    By: Eliza

    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: Eliza

    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: Eliza

    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: Eliza

    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: Eliza

    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 Wines Club Login

    By: Eliza

    Welcome to the Club!  This page serves to quickly educate new Club Members on how to access, navigate and manage their club accounts online, including contact information, billing/shipping addresses, credit card details, and wine orders. Questions? P

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    07/10/2019

    Cinder Fall Release Month

    By: Eliza

    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: Eliza

    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: Eliza

    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: Eliza

    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: Eliza

    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: Eliza

    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: Eliza

    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: Eliza

    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: Eliza

    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: Eliza

    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: Eliza

    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: Eliza

    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: Eliza

    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: Eliza

    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: Eliza

    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: Eliza

    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: Eliza

     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: Eliza

    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: Eliza

    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: Eliza

    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: Eliza

    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: Eliza

    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: Eliza

    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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    04/11/2018

    2015 Tempranillo (Gold)

    By: Melanie

    Such an awesome award for an awesome wine!  We're so excited about the gold medal that our 2015 Tempranillo has received from the Cascadia International Wine Competition! The aromas of our Tempranillo have warm, sweet notes such as cherry and vanill

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    04/11/2018

    2016 Chardonnay (Gold)

    By: Melanie

    A gold medal for a fan favorite!  Our 2016 Chardonnay has received a gold medal from the judges at the Cascadia International Wine Competition! Our Chardonnay has beautiful aromas of poached pear, papaya and ginger that give way to flavors of nutmeg

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    04/11/2018

    2016 Laissez Faire Red (Gold)

    By: Melanie

    Our everyday wine for the sophisticated palate takes home a gold medal!  We're so excited to announce that our Laissez Faire Red has received a gold medal from the Cascadia International Wine Competition! Our Laissez Faire is just what its name impli

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    04/11/2018

    2016 Off-Dry Riesling (Best of Class & Double Gold)

    By: Melanie

    So honored to get this award...now you have to try this wine with your favorite Thai recipe!  We're so proud of the 2016 Off Dry Riesling receiving Best of Class and a double gold medal from the Cascadia International Wine Competition! This wine is

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    02/14/2018

    2016 Laissez Faire White (Double Gold)

    By: Melanie

    Our delicious Sauvignon Blanc has taken home a double gold medal from the San francisco Chronicle Wine Competition!  The Laissez Faire White is the perfect everyday drinking wine, and now it has the credentials to prove it. The Laissez Faire White is

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    02/14/2018

    2016 Laissez Faire Red (Double Gold)

    By: Melanie

    Our Laissez Faire Red has received some well-deserved recognition from the judges at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition!  The perfect everyday drinking wine for the sophisticated palate! Laissez Faire is just what its name implies, a “le

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    02/14/2018

    2016 Chardonnay (Double Gold)

    By: Melanie

    Our delicious Chardonnay has just received a double gold medal from the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition!  The 2016 Chardonnay has been a fan favorite for a while, and we're so honored to receive this award. Our Chardonnay has beautiful aroma

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    02/14/2018

    2016 Viognier Straw Wine (Gold)

    By: Melanie

    This delicious dessert wine takes home gold from the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition!  We knew this wine was an award-winner from the moment we tasted it! The aromas of this wine remind us of opening Grandma's jar of fresh canned peaches. Yo

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    12/31/2017

    2016 Off-Dry Riesling (90 Points)

    By: Eliza

    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: Eliza

    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: Eliza

    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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    12/31/2017

    2015 Syrah (91 Points & Editor’s Choice)

    By: Melanie

    Our 2015 Syrah has received 91 points an d Editor's Choice from The Wine Enthusiast!  Thank you Wine Enthusiast for such a wonderful review of one of our favorite wines! Our Syrah has allspice and black pepper notes in the nose develop into blackberr

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    11/17/2017

    2014 Tempranillo (Top 50 Wines Under $30)

    By: Melanie

    How cool is this? The Seattle Times named our 2014 Tempranillo one of the top regional wines under $30!  A staff and consumer favorite! Our Tempranillo is delicious, and won't break the bank. The aromas of our Tempranillo have warm, sweet notes such

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    10/07/2017

    2016 Off-Dry Riesling (Gold)

    By: Melanie

    Our Off-Dry Riesling does it again and takes home gold!  We're so honored to receive a gold medal for our 2016 Off Dry Riesling from the Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition! This wine is an intense elixir...with aromas, flavors, residual su

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    09/21/2017

    2016 Off-Dry Riesling (Best of Show)

    By: Melanie

    The Off-Dry Riesling has taken home the Best of Show award at the Idaho Wine Competition!  The Off-Dry Riesling has done it again! The judges at the Idaho Wine Competition awarded this beautiful wine with Best of Show, Best White Wine, and Best of Cl

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    09/20/2017

    Harvest Report, Airfield Estate

    By: Hailey

    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: Hailey

    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: Hailey

    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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    07/29/2017

    2016 Laissez Faire Red (Gold Medal)

    By: Melanie

    We are so honored to have received a gold medal for our 2016 Laissez Faire Red.  This is our first time entering the San Francisco International Wine Competition, and we couldn't be happier with the results! Our Laissez Faire is just what its name i

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    04/07/2017

    2016 Dry Rosé (Double Gold)

    By: Melanie

    A Double Gold Medal for a fan favorite-- the 2016 Dry Rosé  We love this wine, and we couldn't be happier about this award. Our Dry Rosé is crafted to maximize its refreshing essence and fruit-forward aromas, this Rosé of Syrah is welcome at any t

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    04/07/2017

    2015 Laissez Faire White (Double Gold)

    By: Melanie

    Our first Northwest Wine Award for the Laissez Faire White, so honored!  Our 2015 Laissez Faire White is a Sauvignon Blanc/Chenin Blanc Blend, chosen and fermented to emphasize crisp, fresh fruit styles for everyday drinking. The aromas are a fresh

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    04/07/2017

    2014 Tempranillo (Double Gold)

    By: Melanie

    Our 2014 Tempranillo has just received a Double Gold Medal from the Cascadia International Wine Competition!  Snake River Valley Tempranillo continues to impress the wine world! The aromas of our Tempranillo have warm, sweet notes such as cherry and

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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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    12/29/2016

    2015 Cinder Chardonnay (Gold Medal)

    By: Melanie

    We are very humbled to receive a Gold Medal at such a prestigious event as the Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition.

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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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    12/23/2016

    2015 Laissez Faire White (Platinum)

    By: Melanie

    The 2015 Laissez Faire White wins again-- this time, it's platinum! Thank you Wine Press Northwest.  What an awesome award for such an awesome wine! The Laissez Faire White is a Sauvignon Blanc/ Chenin Blanc blend, chosen and fermented to emphasize c

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    12/23/2016

    2015 Gewürztraminer (Double Platinum Award)

    By: Melanie

    What an honor for our Small Lot Series Gem-- A Double Platinum Award!  Our 2015 Gewürztraminer has just received a Double Platinum Award from the Best of the Best Platinum 2016 Competition! The aromas of this wine are floral with a touch of apricot

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    12/23/2016

    2015 Chardonnay (Platinum Award)

    By: Melanie

    Our 2015 Chardonnay receives a great accolade!  Our 2015 Chardonnay has received a Plaitnum Award at the 17th Annual Wine Press Northwest Platinum Judging Competition. Our Chardonnay has aromas of poached pear, papaya and ginger give way to flavors o

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    12/23/2016

    2015 Off-Dry Riesling (Platinum Award)

    By: Melanie

    Our first Riesling gets a wonderful award from Wine Press Northwest!  Not too shabby for our first-ever Riesling! This wine has incredibly intense aromas of kiwi, bubblegum and pumpkin spice invade the senses. Then the mouth shows you the sophisticat

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    12/23/2016

    2014 Tempranillo (Platinum Award)

    By: Melanie

    Another Platinum Award from Wine Press Northwest's premiere competition!  The aromas of our Tempranillo have warm, sweet notes such as cherry and vanilla-spiced applewood. The flavors include a hint of olive with a touch of huckleberry and plum. In t

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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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    04/26/2016

    2015 Dry Viognier (Gold Medal)

    By: Melanie

    Another accolade for our flagship white wine, this time from Sunset Magazine and their very competitive event!  The 2015 Dry Viognier takes home gold! The Dry Viognier style showcases the most exquisite of the Viognier aromas, with grapefruit and or

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    04/07/2016

    Memories of Cinsault

    By: Hailey

    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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    02/29/2016

    2013 Syrah (90 Points)

    By: Melanie

    We are thrilled to find out that the May 2016 Issue of Wine Enthusiast will show this score.  Wine Enthusiast just gave you another reason to get this wine in your cellar! Our signature expression of the Syrah grape displays balance between jammy, r

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    11/29/2015

    2013 Syrah (50 Best Wines of 2015)

    By: Melanie

    Cinder's 2013 Syrah continues to bring in the accolades!  The '13 Syrah made the Seattle Time's 50 Best Wines of 2015. Nicely done team! Our signature expression of the Syrah grape displays balance between jammy, ripe fruit flavors and savory aromas

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    10/29/2015

    2012 Tempranillo (92 points)

    By: Melanie

    Wine Enthusiast likes Tempranillo from the Snake River Valley-- so do we!  This will be published in the May 2016 issue. This Tempranillo is subtly sweet and has savory notes that mingle in the aromas with cherry and vanilla spiced with black pepper.

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    10/16/2015

    2012 Syrah (Double Gold & Best of Class)

    By: Melanie

    Another accolade for Melanie's work with Syrah, this time from the Great Northwest Wine Competition.  There are some seriously gorgeous Syrahs in the Northwest, so we are extra honored to receive this recognition! The 2012 Syrah displays great balan

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    09/28/2015

    2014 Laissez Faire Red (Best Red in Idaho)

    By: Melanie

    We are thrilled to announce that Cinder's 2014 Laissez Faire Red has been awarded Best Red at the 2015 Idaho Wine Competition. The judges seemed all agreed that this vintage is spectacular, and we couldn't agree more! This wine has spicy notes of

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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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    08/29/2015

    Best Bordeaux Blend

    By: Melanie

    Our 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot has been awarded with "Best Bordeaux Blen" at the Denver International Wine Competition!  What an amazing award to receive! Our 2012 Cab/Merlot/Malbec Blend has has hints of Raspberry, vanilla, clove and bay leaves

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    08/20/2015

    2012 Tempranillo (Best of Class & Gold Medal)

    By: Melanie

    Another great acknowledgement for our Tempranillo. This one comes from Sunset Magazine for our 2009 vintage. Thank you!  We live in the next best place for Tempranillo! What an awesome award. Earth and fruit blend easily in this wine with supple tan

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    08/15/2015

    2014 Dry Rosé (Best of Idaho)

    By: Melanie

    "Best Wine of Idaho" for our 2014 Dry Rosé at the Northwest Wine Summit!  We have taken home the Mount Borah Award from the 2015 Northwest Wine Summit! The Dry Rosé is our answer to the sizzling hot days of a Boise summer. This wine offers fresh s

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    08/15/2015

    2012 Tempranillo (Gold)

    By: Melanie

    oUR 2012 Tempranillo takes home a Gold Medal from The Northwest Wine Summit!  The Snake River Valley produces some of the best Tempranillo in the Northwest. This vintage has subtle sweet and savory notes that mingle in the aromas with cherry and vani

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    08/12/2015

    2012 Syrah (90 points)

    By: Melanie

    Our 2012 Syrah pulls down a 90pt score from Wine Enthusiast!  We love this variety here in the Snake River Valley, and so does the Wine Enthusiast. This Syrah displays great balance between jammy, ripe fruit flavors and savory aromas of sausage, spi

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    08/12/2015

    “40 under 40” Emerging Wine Region Champion

    By: Melanie

    Congratulations Melanie Krause for being named the 2014 "40 under 40" Emerging Wine Region Champion.  We couldn't possibly be prouder of our amazing winemaker! Make sure to check out this article. [su_button url="https://www.winemag.com/gallery/40-u

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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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    12/01/2012

    Our Viogniers

    By: Melanie

    Our Viogniers…. a Q&A with Cinder Winemaker Melanie Krause. Why do I make Viognier? Viognier grows beautifully in the Snake River Valley.  I think we can grow Viognier with as much aromatic charisma and textural elegance as any other growing region in

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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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    11/01/2012

    Veraison 2009, Cinder

    By: Melanie

    In viticulture (grape-growing), veraison is the onset of ripening.  The term is originally French (véraison / veʀɛzɔ̃), but has been adopted into English use. The official definition of veraison is "change of color of the grape berries".[1] Vera

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    10/05/2012

    2011 Off-Dry Viognier (Best White Wine)

    By: Melanie

    Results of the 2012 Idaho Wine Competition — Idaho Wines win 21 Golds at the Idaho Wine Competition conducted by Wine Press Northwest.  On October 5th in Richland, Washington, six judges took their seats to taste 111 Idaho wines submitted for this

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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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    07/09/2012

    2011 Dry Viognier (Gold Medal)

    By: Melanie

    Our 2011 Dry Viognier has received a Gold Medal from the Sunset International Wine Competition!  We couldn't be more proud of our delicious flagship white wine! The Dry Viognier is a continuation of our love affair with Snake River Valley Viognier.

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    07/09/2012

    2011 Off-Dry Viognier (Gold Medal)

    By: Melanie

    oUR 2011 oFF-dRY Viognier has received a Gold Medal from the Sunset International Wine Competition!  This is such a wonderful award for this beautiful wine! The Off-Dry Viognier is a continuation of our love affair with Snake River Valley Viognier.

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    06/26/2012

    Introducing Charli Valentina Schnerr

    By: Melanie

    Dear Friends, Our latest & greatest debut is our daughter who was born Friday, March 23rd at 9:36pm in Boise, Idaho.  She was a healthy 6 lbs, 4 oz and has stormed into our hearts. Her winemaking mother is doing very well and the whole family fee

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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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    03/15/2012

    Idaho Winery of the Year

    By: Melanie

    We are honored to recive the “2012 Idaho Winery of the Year” award from WinePress Northwest.  Thanks to our amazing customers, amazing location, and lots of help from friends and family. We must be going something right with Cinder and Laissez Fa

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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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    02/01/2010

    “Hot Small Brands” of North America

    By: Melanie

    "2009 Hot Small Brands of North America," Wine Business Monthly

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