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Wine Tasting: Fill Your Cellar with Jackie Elo @ The Wine Bar
Dec
10
6:00 PM18:00

Wine Tasting: Fill Your Cellar with Jackie Elo @ The Wine Bar

JW Thornton presents a rare tasting (and opportunity to purchase) of a few of the world’s exceptional wines. Grab your friends and join us just in time for the Holidays! We will be showcasing wines from Napa Valley, Walla Walla, Chateauneuf du Pape, Burgundy, Bordeaux, Champagne and more. In addition to tasting some awesome wines, we will be giving away 4 bottles worth $50 each!

All tasting wines will be 15% off this night only.

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Wine Class: Celebrate With Champagne!
Dec
12
6:00 PM18:00

Wine Class: Celebrate With Champagne!

When it comes to celebrations, nothing makes the occasion as special as the real deal—Champagne—perhaps the world’s most famous wine.

Join Divit Cardoza as he shares his deep knowledge of this historic region. Champagne, the wine, is named after the region where it is grown, fermented and bottled: Champagne, France. Nestled in the country’s northeastern corner, near Paris, the only labels that are legally allowed to bare the name “Champagne” are bottled within 100 miles of this region (according to European Law). In addition to location, Champagne also receives its distinguished name because of the grapes used to produce it. Grown in a mild climate with chalky and mineral rich soil, the flavor of these grapes is truly unique. 

This tasting will include appetizers and desserts from the Co-op Kitchen.

This is one of our most popular tastings and sells out quickly, make your reservations early!

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Class: Celebrate With Champagne @ Richard's
Dec
15
2:00 PM14:00

Class: Celebrate With Champagne @ Richard's

When it comes to celebrations, nothing makes the occasion as special as the real deal—Champagne—perhaps the world’s most famous wine. This year, the event will be held in the Banquet Room at Richard’s downtown restaurant. And, as in the past, he will be offering some tasty bites to pair with the bubbles. This is one of our most popular tastings and sells out quickly, so make your reservation early!

(This tasting will be hosted by the Boise Co-op and takes place at Richard’s, 500 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise ID)

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Wine Class: Sparkling Wines of the Roederer Family with Scott Sprague
Dec
18
6:00 PM18:00

Wine Class: Sparkling Wines of the Roederer Family with Scott Sprague

BUILDING UPON A 200-YEAR TRADITION OF WINEMAKING EXCELLENCE

Roederer Estate Brut is the first California sparkling wine to be produced by Champagne Louis Roederer, further building upon a 200-year tradition of fine winemaking from this family owned company. Roederer's unique winemaking style is based on two elements: complete ownership of its vineyards and the addition of oak-aged reserve wines to each year's blend or cuvée. Jean-Claude Rouzaud, then president of Champagne Louis Roederer and fifth generation descendant of the founder, selected the 580-acre Anderson Valley vineyard and winery site in 1982. Rouzaud, who has since handed down the family tradition and position to son Frédéric Rouzaud, believed that estate-owned vineyards were essential to ensure top quality wine, and had searched California for ideal growing conditions throughout the course of several years.

Join us for this special tasting with Scott Sprague, Fine Wine Specialist from Idaho Wine Merchant.

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Wine Tasting: Fill Your Cellar with Jackie Elo @ The Village Store
Dec
19
6:00 PM18:00

Wine Tasting: Fill Your Cellar with Jackie Elo @ The Village Store

JW Thornton presents a rare tasting (and opportunity to purchase) of a few of the world’s exceptional wines. Grab your friends and join us just in time for the Holidays! We will be showcasing wines from Napa Valley, Walla Walla, Chateauneuf du Pape, Burgundy, Bordeaux, Champagne and more. In addition to tasting some awesome wines, we will be giving away 4 bottles worth $50 each!

All tasting wines will be 15% off this night only.

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Class: Le Paint - Dip, Dab, Drink! "Winter Camp"
Dec
20
6:00 PM18:00

Class: Le Paint - Dip, Dab, Drink! "Winter Camp"

Join us for a fun evening creating your own piece of art! All materials are included and no experience is necessary, you will be provided acrylic paints and a 16" x 12" piece of weathered wood. Instruction by Boise Art Museum Art Instructor and local artist, Lisa Benson.

This month's painting will be "Winter Camp" - perfect for a gift!

Lisa Benson is a professional artist and graphic designer who specializes in still life, animals and landscape acrylic and watercolor paintings. Lisa has been exposed to the arts for as long as she can remember. Her paintings are color-inspired and upbeat. As much as Lisa loves creating and painting, she is also passionate about sharing her knowledge of painting with others as an art instructor at the Boise Art Museum and for her own business - LePaint paint parties. Lisa also taught middle school art for 12 years and worked at CBS Broadcasting as a graphic designer in Seattle before moving to Boise 3 years ago. Lisa believes strongly that “art is therapy” and there are no mistakes in art! Creating art is truly about the process. Lisa says, “LePaint gives me the opportunity to be creative every day. I have found my calling and I love what I do!”

Your first glass of wine and appetizers will be included in the class cost.

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Uncorked Wine Tasting: Hightower Cellars
Dec
8
5:00 PM17:00

Uncorked Wine Tasting: Hightower Cellars

In the Uncorked!  Wine Bar

Back in September, Sam attended on the Washington Wine Road Trip, where she visited dozens of wineries in vineyards across Washington. Although there were several memorable stops and wines along the way, her experience at Hightower Cellars stuck out the most. From the fabulous hospitality of owners Kelly and Tim, to gorgeous view of the Red Mountain AVA, to tasting some truly special wines, the day was perfect. And now, we're SO excited to share these wines with you. Come taste from 5-7p for $14.

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Saturday Wine Tasting
Dec
8
2:00 PM14:00

Saturday Wine Tasting

At the Tasting Counter in the North End Main Store 

For that more intimate Holiday dinner party, here are a few selections to serve, great values for not a lot of money.

  • Robert Hall 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, $17.99

  • Four Graces 2017 Pinot Blanc, $17.99

  • Les Hauts De Milly 2016 Bourgogne Blanc, $15.99

  • Refugio 2017 Pinot Noir, $22.00

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First Friday Tasting
Dec
7
4:00 PM16:00

First Friday Tasting

At the Tasting Counter in the North End Main Store

Our biggest sale of the month, First Friday, and we will be pouring some great Holiday wines and the best part is, they are 15% off that day.

  • 2015 Canvasback Cabernet, $30.00

  • 2016 Duckhorn Chardonnay, 24.00

  • 2017 Lulumi Pinot Noir, $14.99

  • NV Hebrart Brut Rose, $54.00

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Wednesdays With Wine
Dec
5
4:00 PM16:00

Wednesdays With Wine

At the Tasting Counter in the North End Main Store

The holiday parties are starting so here are some wines that won't break the bank, for that big party you are throwing or going to.

  • Eola Hills 2015 Pinot Gris, $11.99

  • Eola Hills 2015 Pinot Noir, $10.99

  • Ca' Momi 2015 Rosso, $9.99

  • Honoro Vera 2016 White Blend, $9.99

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Tuesday Night Flights: South Africa: Beyond Pinotage
Dec
4
5:00 PM17:00

Tuesday Night Flights: South Africa: Beyond Pinotage

In the Uncorked!  Wine Bar

South Africa as a wine growing region gets a little bit overlooked. Although there's nothing wrong with Pinotage (a crossing of Cinsault and Pinot Noir that's known for it's campfire-smoke and pungent fruit notes), it does provide a sense of singular identity for a corner of the world that has so much more to offer. Come taste 3 of our favorite South African wines from 5-7p for $10. 

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EVENT: Annual Wine & Cheese Sale!
Dec
2
11:00 AM11:00

EVENT: Annual Wine & Cheese Sale!

It's time for our Annual Wine and Cheese Sale! From Asti Spumante to Zinfandel, and Manchego to Mozzarella, we have wines and cheeses to suit everyone's palate. And to celebrate our love for these fine creations, we have an awesome sale and sampling event every year!

Join us Sunday, December 2 from 7am to 10pm. Take 25% off all cheeses* and 15% off all wines*, all day long!

Delicious samples of select wines and cheeses will be available from 11 am to 5 pm (wine sampling starts at 12 pm) in both grocery stores and the Boise Co-op Wine Shop. It's the perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon!

This sale takes place in both grocery stores and the Wine Shop.

*regularly-priced items only; cannot be combined with other discounts or offers.

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Uncorked Wine Tasting: Cliff Lede
Nov
28
5:00 PM17:00

Uncorked Wine Tasting: Cliff Lede

In the Uncorked!  Wine Bar

Cliff Lede Vineyards was established in the early 2000s by Mr. Cliff Lede, a Canadian-born, self-proclaimed Bordeaux fanatic. With vineyards replanted by top Napa Valley viticulturist David Abreu, Cliff Lede has a special focus on producing wines from estate vineyards. Come taste four wines, including their high-end 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, for $16 from 5-7p. 

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Wednesdays With Wine
Nov
28
4:00 PM16:00

Wednesdays With Wine

At the Tasting Counter in the North End Main Store

Thanksgiving is over and now we get a break from the next Holiday Madness that starts soon. We have some wines in the wine shop, great values, that you might like to try.

  • Wildberry 2013 Two Passions Cabernet, $16.99

  • Nugan 2015 Scruffy's Shiraz, $13.99

  • Parducci 2015 Chardonnay, $11.99

  • Parducci 2015 Pinot Noir, $12.99

And we will pouring these on Wednesday in the Main Store!

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Tuesday Night Flights: Eastern European Wines
Nov
27
5:00 PM17:00

Tuesday Night Flights: Eastern European Wines

In the Uncorked!  Wine Bar

Eastern Europe has one of the oldest winemaking traditions in the world, but its presence in Western markets hasn't been widespread. Recently, there's been a surge in the availability of some pretty spectacular wines from this corner of the world. Come taste wines from Hungary and Slovenia for just $10 for our next Tuesday Night Flight. Available from 5-9p.

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Uncorked! Event: Special Screening of SOMM 3
Nov
26
6:00 PM18:00

Uncorked! Event: Special Screening of SOMM 3

Join us for this unique opportunity to see the third installment in the SOMM Series!

The world of wine hasn’t always been the way it is today. In 1976, Steven Spurrier held the Judgment of Paris, a blind tasting where American wines beat out the classic French wines and put wine on a global platform. Wine critics like Jancis Robinson, one of the most prolific wine writers, started to influence what wine people drank. And then there’s Fred Dame, father of the restaurant wine list and the man that made the sommelier profession what it is today. In SOMM 3, these three legends of the industry sit down in Paris to taste the rarest bottles of their careers. Meanwhile, Dustin Wilson gathers the greatest blind tasters of today in New York City for a secret tasting similar to the original Judgment of Paris, with the goal to see if any of the world’s Pinot Noirs can stand up to the greatest Burgundies of France. In the end, both tastings cross with results that could change the world of wine forever.

Price includes 1 glass of wine and snacks created by the Co-op Kitchen.

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Saturday Wine Tasting
Nov
24
2:00 PM14:00

Saturday Wine Tasting

At the Tasting Counter in the North End Main Store  
 
If you are reading this, you must have survived Black Friday. Why not reward yourself by taking a relaxing step back from all that holiday shopping stress? We've put together a Tour de France tasting, hitting five different regions: Burgundy, Beaujolais, Bandol, the Rhône and the Languedoc. Stop by the Co-op and tantalize your taste buds; here's what we will be pouring:

  • J J Vincent Bourgogne Blanc

  • Maris Rose de Nymphe Emue Rosé

  • Stephane Aviron Chenas

  • Pierre le Grand Crozes-Hermitage

  • Château de La Noblesse Bandol

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Uncorked Wine Tasting: Black Friday
Nov
23
2:00 PM14:00

Uncorked Wine Tasting: Black Friday

In the Uncorked!  Wine Bar

Who says that big retailers get to have all the Black Friday fun? Come drink a flight of 3 wines for just $5 (YEP we went there!). These wines are perfect for: helping you digest last night's feast; rejuvenating yourself after door busting all morning; easing the stress of your in-laws in town; and giving you motivation for Christmas decorating. 

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Uncorked Wine Tasting: Bethel Heights Tasting
Nov
21
5:00 PM17:00

Uncorked Wine Tasting: Bethel Heights Tasting

In the Uncorked!  Wine Bar

We love Thanksgiving. After all, it's an entire holiday dedicated to amazing food and wine. So we can't help but bust out the good stuff this time of year to celebrate and give thanks. And this year, to help us kick off the holiday on Wednesday, one of our all time favorite Oregon producers will be here. Heath Payne, assistant winemaker at Bethel Heights Estates, will be pouring four of his favorite wines - Estate Pinot Gris, Estate Chardonnay, Estate Pinot Noir, and ultra high-end Casteel Pinot Noir. Come give thanks and enjoy this high end flight for $16. Bring the fam (just not the kiddos) and kick off your Thanksgiving perfectly. Psssst - have we mentioned that Pinot Noir is absolutely perfect on the Thanksgiving table?!

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Wednesdays With Wine
Nov
21
4:00 PM16:00

Wednesdays With Wine

At the Tasting Counter in the North End Main Store

Take a break from that last minute Turkey Day shopping and stop by the Co-op for a free tasting of three sure-to-please wines. We've got a Bordeaux that's perfect, especially if your taste runs towards roast beef, lamb or ham, a red Rhône that would go great with that perfectly stuffed turkey, and a sparkler that would make for a terrific start to the festivities. Here's the line-up:

  • Mille Bolle Prosecco

  • Château Vrai Caillou Bordeaux Supérieur

  • Château Gigognan Côtes du Rhône

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Wines For Your Thanksgiving Table
Nov
20
5:00 PM17:00

Wines For Your Thanksgiving Table

We've got ALL your Turkey Day wine needs here for our next Tuesday Night Flight - Thanksgiving Edition! Michael Molinengo, our favorite Frenchman, will be here pouring his picks for the Thanksgiving table. Sparkling Rose to kick off your day and help you out in the kitchen, an absolutely scrumptious German Riesling from an extra special vineyard to cut through all the fatty, rich foods on your plate, a Beaujolais to pair with the whole Thanksgiving plate so you can forget about the cranberry sauce altogether, and a fancy Chateauneuf du Pape to finally prove to your mother-in-law that you have great taste in wine. Taste all four wines for $12, then stock up for Thursday!

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Saturday Wine Tasting
Nov
17
2:00 PM14:00

Saturday Wine Tasting

At the Tasting Counter in the North End Main Store 

By French law, Beaujolais Nouveau cannot be released before the third Thursday of November. This fresh and fruity charmer is made from grapes that were hanging on the vine just weeks before. It’s a celebration of this year’s harvest, which makes it a great choice for the Thanksgiving holiday. This year we’re bringing in five different Nouveau for your tasting pleasure. It's your chance to try before you buy.

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Wednesdays with Wine
Nov
14
4:00 PM16:00

Wednesdays with Wine

At the Tasting Counter in the North End Main Store

It's not exactly the Judgement of Paris, that famous wine tasting back in 1976 that pitted California against France, but our midweek tasting does feature two wines each from both locales. Stop by to see if your palate prefers the Old World style or the New. Here's the line-up:

From California:

  • Fox Glove Chardonnay

  • Fox Glove Cabernet Sauvignon

From France:

  • Lulumi Chardonnay

  • Lulumi Pinot Noir

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Uncorked Wine Tasting: A Taste of Austria
Nov
13
5:00 PM17:00

Uncorked Wine Tasting: A Taste of Austria

In the Uncorked!  Wine Bar

If you don't know much about the wines of Austria, don't feel bad. You are not alone. While many people are familiar with Gruner Veltliner, that's usually where it ends. But Austria is so much more. They produce some of the best Riesling in the world, typically bone dry and beautifully aromatic. And if you have never had a Zweigelt, that wonderfully fruit forward red charmer, you are in for a treat. We're offering a flight of three wines for just $10.00. Here's what you will be tasting:

  • Knoll Loibner Gruner Veltliner

  • Gobelsburg Riesling

  • Renner Zweigelt

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 Saturday Wine Tasting
Nov
10
2:00 PM14:00

Saturday Wine Tasting

At the Tasting Counter in the North End Main Store  

 Join us as we venture down to the land of Oz and Kiwi. From Australia, it's the St. Hallet Poacher's Semillon/Sauvignon Blanc blend and Jamsheed illaj Syrah.

From New Zealand, we'll be tasting two from Seven Terraces Winery, both their Sauvignon Blanc and their Pinot Noir. What's not to like?

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Uncorked Wine Flights: Lemelson Vineyards Wine Flight
Nov
7
5:00 PM17:00

Uncorked Wine Flights: Lemelson Vineyards Wine Flight

Oregon’s Lemelson Vineyards began as a dream back in 1999—a dream to create a winery that celebrates innovation in technology, sustainability in agriculture, and tradition in winemaking. Eric Lemelson started Lemelson Vineyards with the intention of building something that would not only serve our consumers, but also the longevity of the pristine state that he calls home. Utilizing organic farming methods and gravity flow production, we craft estate grown Pinot noir, Pinot gris, Chardonnay, and Riesling from some of the finest vineyards in the Willamette Valley. 

Jackie Elo from Ketchum based J.W. Thornton Imports will be in the Wine Bar on Wednesday, November 7 from 5 to 7 pm to help guide us through a trio of Lemelson wines--$12 for the flight. Here’s the line-up.

  • Tikka’s Run Pinot Gris

  • Thea’s Selection Pinot Noir

  • Stermer Vineyard Pinot Noir

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Wednesdays With wine
Nov
7
4:00 PM16:00

Wednesdays With wine

At the Tasting Counter in the North End Main Store

Chateau Maris has been creating something of a revolution in the typically conservative Languedoc region of France. English ex-pat Bernie Eden has led the charge toward organic and biodynamic farming. The winery, constructed of hemp blocks, is beyond green, requiring no heating or cooling, with a negative carbon footprint. Of course, none of that would matter if the wines didn’t measure up. They do, but drop by the Co-op for a free taste, and judge for yourself. Here's what we will be pouring:

  • Maris Minervois Blanc

  • Maris Rose de Nymphe Emue Rosé

  • Maris Minervois

  • Le Carignan de Maris

  • Maris La Touge

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Uncorked Wine Flights: A Taste of Sicily
Nov
6
5:00 PM17:00

Uncorked Wine Flights: A Taste of Sicily

If you are not familiar with the wines of Sicily, you should be, and here’s your chance. We are featuring three exceptional wines from a pair of equally exceptional wine makers.

First up, the Voria Pet Nat from Marco Sferlazzo, a pharmacist from Palermo whose thoughts kept coming back to the smell and feel of his grandfather’s wine press. In 2002 he found and bought  35 acres of vineyard, and never looked back.

Next, Arianna Occhipinti, a burgeoning cult figure in the biodynamic movement. Arianna tends to 35 acres of olive groves and 13 acres of vineyards in the land around Vittoria, southeastern Sicily. From the beginning, she embraced the idea that in winemaking you must, “Accept the diversity of soils, the slope of the ground, the altitude, and the originality of a vineyard. To accept means to respect.” We’ll be featuring her 2016 Il Frappato, and her 2015 Tami Nero d’Avola.

Drop by the Wine Bar Tuesday, November 6, between 5 & 7 pm—just $10 for the flight of three.

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First Friday Wine Tasting
Nov
2
4:00 PM16:00

First Friday Wine Tasting

At the Tasting Counter in the North End Main Store  

It's our biggest sale of the month, and as a part of that, we are offering 15% off on five great wines. You'll want to stop by on Friday to take advantage of all the store-wide deals (and a free taste of wine), but if you can't make it then, we'll have the wines open again on Saturday from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. Here's what we will be pouring: 

  • Lucien Albrecht Brut Rosé

  • Domaine des Braves Regnie Beaujolais

  • Guy Robin Chablis Cuvee

  • Domaine Musset-Rollier Chateaupanne Blanc

  • Rodney Strong RR Pinot Noir

Even though the weather's taking a turn toward the cool, we haven't given up on drinking those oh-so-tasty rosés. Recent wine publications have confirmed that we are not alone. Retailers across the country are reporting rosés are not just for summer any more, with sales going strong throughout the year. To help you join the ranks of dedicated rosé drinkers, we're featuring a pair of our favorites each week at 15% off the regular price. This time around it"s one from Corsica, the Terra Corsa Rosé, and one from Argentina, the Michel Torino.


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Wednesdays with Wine
Oct
31
4:00 PM16:00

Wednesdays with Wine

At the Tasting Counter in the North End Main Store

It's Halloween and we want to help you get your spook on. Stop by for a special tasting of wines that are perfect for your All Hallow's Eve Celebration. You can give them a try before you buy a bottle to enjoy as you give out treats or watch your favorite scary movie. Here's the line-up:

  • Zombie Zin

  • Jawbreaker Cab

  • Forbidden Red

  • Walking Dead Red

  • Dead Zed Red

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