The Rainy Tour

Lunch for the Bridal Party Wine Tour at The Orchard House

Lunch for the Bridal Party at The Orchard House

Even when the weather doesn’t cooperate there’s still fun to be found on the Sunny Slope. With a total of 26 people on the tour last Saturday, May 22nd, Idaho Winery Tours shined through. The Sun.. not so much. It was rather cold for the date. I doubt temps got above 55.

My only other complaint for the day was that my camera’s battery died the moment I went to take the first picture. Luckily, modern technology prevailed and I was able to get this one from my phone. There may be more out there, but I’ll have to wait to hear back from my trusty wine tasting troops.

We picked folks up at three different locations at three different times, and went around to 7 different wineries. It was great to have everyone at The Orchard House for lunch at the same time. It gave me a chance to chat a little with everyone, and of course have one of their world class swiss cheese burgers. Each group got raves from the tasting rooms.

I had a nice surprise when I was introduced to Martin Fujishin of Fujishin Family Cellars.  I got the inside skinny on his activities, and look forward to adding his tasting room as a stop on the tour. Yup, the area is growing and I am excited for the prospects. With all that everyone is working on out in Idaho’s Wine Country, it won’t be long before I’m forced to get a fleet of vans, busses, perhaps even a horse and carriage.

But I digress. I had a few guests that had to make flights back east to Hoosier country (That’s Indiana, in case you didn’t know) as they were in town for a convention of college admissions counselors, so we did a bit more running around than usual. Of note was the snow shower that occurred on our return to The Grove Hotel in Boise so these jet setters could grab luggage and hop on The Grove’s Shuttle to Boise’s sprawling airport. I hope they got out on time! The weather didn’t look to good for flying. Snow in Boise on the 22nd of May. What the…?

We also had a bridal shower party. Congratulation and we wish you the best of luck. I’m sorry I didn’t get all the details, but it wounds like the wedding is going to be a wonderful occasion.

Wet though it was, the list of wineries goes something like this: Ste. Chapelle, Williamson’s, Bitner’s. Koenig’s, Hell’s Canyon, and Indian Creek, where the pot belly stove warmed everyone up. Wine dogs, Jimi(Bitner) and Dahlia(Indian Creek were as friendly as all the vintners and folks at The Orchard House, and several bottles went home with our guests.

No matter what the weather, we’re so happy to be able to help you to experience all this burgeoning area has to offer. The people are so friendly, the scenery is beautiful(even on a rainy day), the food is fantastic and wine is simply wonderful. Let’s just hope someone flips the summer switch soon.

Thanks to all who participated, servers and tourists alike. Idaho Winery Tours looks forward to having you back again soon.

Cheers and Good Cheer!

5 comments to The Rainy Tour

  • Nice to see you blogging about this good topic.

  • Heyy, Found your blog on Google and I will definatley be recommending and coming back to the site! =)

  • Amy

    George you are such a great host!!! Thank you so much for meeting all our needs! What a crazy crew we are, college admissions and high school counselors!! I enjoyed all the winery’s you took us to. I took notes and will search out some of those wonderful wines! I did make my flight and got home on time! Thanks again for going above and beyond for us!

  • Christie

    George you are such a great host!!! Thank you so much for meeting all our needs! What a crazy crew we are, college admissions and high school counselors!! I enjoyed all the winery’s you took us to. I took notes and will search out some of those wonderful wines! I did make my flight and got home on time! Thanks again for going above and beyond for us!

  • Jenny

    George! You were as wonderful as all the comments on your website said you would be. Thanks so much for getting everyone back to the hotel to catch their flights and for showing us a great time, despite the weather. I’m confident that the Idaho Wine Country will be a topic of conversation all around the Northwest this week as a result of our afternoon with Idaho Winery Tours. Thank you very much!

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