Sippin’ In The City once again was a pleasant focused Wine and Food Event. It is the type of event that we really like as you can mingle with just the right amount of like-minded wine appreciating people while tasting a limited number of wines. This year it was held on the 17th Floor of The Zion Bank Building where the nighttime views were terrific. The event was more interesting and intimate as the majority of the people pouring wine were the winery owners and winemakers. You could easily tell that they were quite proud of the wines they had created.

Parma Ridge Winemakers

Some of the wines that we particularly enjoyed were Feathered Wind’s Wines 2015 Syrah poured by Bernard and Marguerite Janes, Coiled Wines 2016 Rizza Sparkling Riesling, Parma Ridge’s 2016 Syrah which was fruit forward, Cinder Wines 2015 Tempranillo and Williamson Orchard & Vineyards 2013 Harvest Moon Red.

Williamson Wine Makers

While chatting with the Winemakers, we learned that the Williamson Family were Homesteaders who came from Virginia’s Tobacco country to the Sunny Slope over 100 years ago. We were reminded that Coiled recently opened a Wine Bar on W. Bannock in downtown Boise, learned that Parma Ridge is expanding their dining into their Barrel Room and that Snake River Winery is about ready to move into their new location. Another interesting fact is that Tempranillo grows well in Idaho because the volcanic soil and moderate four season climate are similar to the Basque region of Spain.

Zeppole Baking

There were bites to go along with the wines. We really enjoyed Zeppole Baking Company’s freshly baked Artisan Breads, Idaho Beef Council’s tasty Skirt Steak Satay on skewers, Artichoke and Feta Parmesan Dip with crisp crostini, Fruit, Cheese and tasty Caprese Skewers with Balsamic Glaze and olive oil. The prettiest hit overall were the stunning Cupcakes provided by local catering company Leslie Charles Events.

Sippin’ In The City 2017 was a truly fun time! We tasted some new wines and were even able to purchase them on site as well. Idaho Wines just keep getting better and better!


Until we eat & drink again …..


By Carol & Joe Davis

Dining Detectives