Persevering to become winemaker at Ste. Chapelle

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The Gray Report – W. Blake Gray My column this month for Palate Press is about Idaho, where an exciting wine scene has flowered in the last decade. Nobody has a better perspective on it than Maurine Johnson, who has worked at the state’s largest winery, Ste. Chapelle, for 25 years. Johnson, an Idaho native, …

Idaho Wine Industry moves from Bleak to Lucrative

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Palate Press – W. Blake Gray If you look at a map, it’s hard to see why Idaho wouldn’t grow wine grapes about as well as eastern Washington. Until recently, it wasn’t close, except geographically. Today, better viticulture, an influx of talent, and global warming are contributing to an increasingly interesting Idaho wine scene. There’s …