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ACI hosts Idaho wine and cheese class May 4

2007. 04. 18.

CALDWELL – Albertson College of Idaho (ACI) will host an Idaho wine and cheese class on Friday, May 4 from 4 to 6 p.m. in Simplot Dining Hall.

This is the third year that CofI has hosted the class, which gives participants an opportunity to sample locally produced wines and cheeses.
This year's wines are:
  • Bitner Riesling
  • Hells Canyon Cabernet
  • Sawtooth Syrah
  • Williamson Viognier
  • St. Chapelle Ice Wine
Cost for the class is $25 per person and reservations must be made by April 30. Please call Mary Bitner at 459-5300 to reserve.

Idaho's wine region, which is the 8,263 square mile Snake River Valley from Twin Falls to southeast Oregon, was recently granted American Viticulture Area (AVA) status. The designation is for grape-growing regions that produce wines with a distinctive style and taste.

The Snake River Valley has 15 wineries and 46 vineyards. It includes Ada, Adams, Boise, Canyon, Elmore, Gem, Gooding, Jerome, Owyhee, Payette, Twin Falls, and Washington counties in Idaho and Baker and Malheur counties in Oregon.

The class will be conducted by Erik McLaughlin, owner of Richard's in Hyde Park and 8th St Wine Co. in Boise. McLaughlin is a Boise native, who returned four years ago after living in the San Francisco Bay Area.

McLaughlin has an extensive background in the food and wine business and is considered one of the country's premiere wine experts. He was the corporate wine buyer for Cost Plus World Market, ran a large wine brokerage company and has been an award-winning sommelier. He is also the president of Veraison Consulting, a wine and food consultancy.