Local Wine Events and Classes 

If you couldn't swing a ride out to last summer's Sunnyslope Food and Wine Festival, you're in luck this time around. The festival's organizers, Grow Local USA, are putting on a similar event closer to town. On Saturday, Aug. 24, and Sunday, Aug. 25, from noon to 8 p.m., the Waterfront at Lake Harbor will host the inaugural Idaho Food and Wine Festival. The fest will boast local wineries Bitner Vineyards, HAT Ranch, Huston Vineyards, Sawtooth Winery and Cellar 616, along with local eateries Angell's Bar and Grill Renato, Papa Joe's, Kanak Attack and Brown Sugar Soul Food.

Tickets run $35 for one-day general admission or $45 for a two-day weekend pass, and include a swag bag, a wine glass, a tasting card to all wineries, and ample samples. The event will also include artisan booths, a classic car show and live music. For more info, visit idahofoodandwinefestival.com.

Speaking of local food and wine, Idaho Botanical Garden is hosting The Garden Table Tuesday, Aug. 27, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. in the Meditation Garden. This month's installment will feature a cooking demo with samples from The Basque Market at 6:30 p.m., along with music by local Basque musicians. Dinner and wine will be available for purchase. The final Garden Table event will take place Tuesday, Sept. 24, from 5:30-8:30 p.m., with eats from Calle 75 Tacos, wine from Split Rail Winery, and music from Thomas Paul. General IBG admission fees apply. For more info, visit idahobotanicalgarden.org.

And in other local wine news, the House of Wine, formerly Wine Wise LLC, is launching a four-part series of classes exploring local wine production. The first course will look into Grape Growing and Harvesting Saturday, Aug. 24, at a TBD local winery. According to the House of Wine's website, a maximum of 25 students will "walk the rows and discuss all that happens in the life of a vine from shoot growth to harvest and experience what characteristics winemakers desire in regard to fruit quality. Topics that we'll cover but are not limited to include: what makes a vineyard go from good to great, tricks to grape identification and the keys to wine grape evaluation."

The class runs from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and costs $75 per person, including a catered lunch. Other classes in the series include Crush and Alcoholic Fermentation Saturday, Sept. 28; Pressing, Aging and Maturation Saturday, Oct. 19; and Blending and Finishing Saturday, Nov. 16. The last three classes are located at House of Wine, 107 E. 44th St. in Garden City. For more info or to register, visit thehowofwine.com.

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