American Express Travel Culinary and Wine Insider Sylvie Tannhauser was interviewed by Redbook on her top American wine destination recommendations.
Idaho was her#2 just after top-recommended Finger Lakes, NY. The Willamette Valley, Ore., hit the list at #6, and Walla Walla took a spot at #9.
Of Idaho, Redbook wrote:
“With its 1,500- to 3,000-foot altitudes, this young, growing locale is earning comparisons to Spain’s established Rioja region. ‘Scope out Idaho’s Rieslings, Bordeaux and Syrah at must-see vineyards including Cinder Winery, Fujishin, Bitner Vineyards, and Ste. Chapelle,’ says Tannhauser. For more of the great outdoors, hike, bike, horseback ride, fish, raft and kayak in the wildness of Boise National Forest.”
Of Walla Walla, the story read:
“This new wine frontier, surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains, was first recognized for its Merlot and Cabernet, but is quickly becoming a source of excellent Syrah. ‘When you’re there, visit Gramercy Cellars,’ says Tannhauser. ‘Winemaker Greg Harrington has worked with top chefs such as Emeril Lagasse and Wolfgang Puck, and is the youngest American ever to pass the Master Sommelier exam – he took it at 26. Also, be sure to ask for the brisket during your visit, which he smokes himself.’ For more vino, and place to stay, check in to the Inn at Abeja, a converted 18th-century farmstead with a winery on premises. “