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Posts published in “Day: January 16, 2015”

The Idaho winemaking tale

strickland MICHAEL


The Idaho winemaking tale is ripe and ready for picking. It all starts with the grapes, according to the Idaho State Historical Society.

Peppershock Media Productions of Nampa, Idaho has adopted this story and developed an outstanding new film. The feature length Idaho Wine From Bud to Taste Bud is ideal for introducing students to documentaries and media literacy. The work also promotes local business in order to increase economic viability and to highlight Idaho’s vineyards and wineries in the national arena. It has uses for teachers and learners across the curriculum.

The video will explore from bud to tastebud–including culinary features. It will highlight the past and fruitful future, as well as educate and explore modern agricultural, specifically viticultural, practices by seamlessly blending the voices of those whose lives are impacted by the Idaho wine industry.

Idaho is considered, by some, part of the new frontier of grape-growing areas in the United States. The first grapes planted in Idaho were actually grown in Lewiston in 1864, according to an official state website,

“In Idaho we're the oft-forgotten 'other' state in the Pacific Northwest, said John H. Thorngate Ph.D., formerly a professor at the University of Idaho, now Applications Chemist, Research & Development, Constellation Wines U.S. “Which is rather ironic, considering that the first wineries in the Pacific Northwest were located in Idaho, and that Idaho had a nationally renowned wine industry until Prohibition, as in other regions, closed the industry down.”

Students will benefit from classroom explorations of many such little known gems of Idaho history. An article dated September 5, 1865 in the Idaho Statesman reported that a vineyard of Royal Muscadine cuttings had been planted early in the spring of the previous year (1864) and it had survived the winter well and was beginning to produce grapes.

Economics and business classes can learn more about Idaho’s fruitful future. says that the Idaho wine industry has been a steadily growing community for the last 30 years with remarkable growth in the past decade. With 11 wineries in 2002, Idaho is now home to more than 50, with over 1,200 acres of grapes planted. In order to see the impact Idaho wine industry is having, the Idaho Wine Commission completed an Economic Impact Study in 2014. The results were startling. It was concluded that the Idaho wine industry had a $169.3 million dollar impact in 2013 and created nearly 1,250 jobs. This growth led to an increase in visibility, more tourism, an enhanced reputation, and has created tremendous opportunity for expansion. (more…)

On the front pages


Here’s what public affairs news made the front page of newspapers in the Northwest today, excluding local crime, features and sports stories. (Newspaper names contracted with location)

Low broadband usage by schools across state (Boise Statesman, Nampa Press Tribune, Moscow News)
Batt, Andrus blast Otter's DIE agreement (Boise Statesman, Lewiston Tribune)
Asotin Sheriff deputizes police at Clarkston (Lewiston Tribune)
Should farmer get more water to grow organic? (Moscow News)
Canyon P&Z struggles over ethanol plant (Nampa Press Tribune)
Movement launches to save Pocatello post center (Pocatello Journal)
Conflicting ed budgets from Otter, Ybarra (TF Times News)

Springfield mill, razed in July, to be rebuilt (Eugene Register Guard)
ACLU spreads police-encounter app (Eugene Register Guard)
Giving high schoolers college credit explored (KF Herald & News)
Brammo Inc of Talent sold to Polaris Industries (Medford Tribune)
Blue Mountain College looks at free college plan (Pendleton E Oregonian)
Hermiston reports lower crime rate (Pendleton E Oregonian)
Portland will defer now to state road budgeting (Portland Oregonian)
Federal timber payments to counties cut (Salem Statesman Journal)

No sponsors found for football ferry (Bremerton Sun)
Gun rights supporters protest in Olympia (Spokane Spokesman, Vancouver Columbian, Bremerton Sun)
Flu kills five people in Snohomish (Everett Herald)
Businesses benefiting from low gas prices (Longview News)
Liquor board pays $192k to critic to file no more (Longview News)
Does McCleary ruling cover higher ed too? (Tacoma News Tribune, Olympian)
Nippon Paper and Louisiana firm sue over plant (Port Angeles News)
Outlining what's next for Bertha (Seattle Times)
Limited use of broadband in Idaho schools (Spokane Spokesman)
Bill addressing oil train safety (Vancouver Columbian)
Yakima considers rough intersection (Yakima Herald Republic)