Huston is the Gateway to Idaho’s Wine Country and the well-traveled Sunnyslope Wine Trail. Established in 1911 as the agriculture portal to Southwest Idaho’s urban communities, Huston provided the transportation hub for farmers to ship fresh fruits and vegetables via the Boise Interurban Railway.
Locavore wasn’t just a philosophy but a way of life as surrounding towns received the freshest produce from the market basket of Huston and the nearby farming community. Today, Huston is the home of Huston Vineyards, a boutique vineyard and winery established in 2006. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah were planted and thrive on this site of rich volcanic soil and long sunny days.
2012 Huston Chicken Dinner White, $15.99
Pale straw color and tropical fruit aromas of pineapple and honeydew melon are the introduction to this off-dry white wine. Flavors of green apple, apricot and a hint of honeysuckle create a crisp yet balanced mid-palate and finish. 2012 Chicken Dinner White pairs well with apricot and walnut-topped baked brie, spicy Asian noodles with ginger dressing, fish tacos and mango salsa, and chicken (of course).
2011 Huston Merlot, $27.00
Deep ruby red color and aromas of smoky bacon and black cherry with flavors of cedar and vanilla are sure to please the most particular palate. This Merlot is well structured yet elegant, finishing very velvety smooth. Huston Vineyards 20011 Merlot pairs well with teriyaki-glazed chichen skewers, butter nut squash risotto, braised lamb shank, roasted pork tenderloin or ancho chile-opped ribeye.
2011 Huston Malbec, $29.00
South-facing slopes along the Snake River atop rich red volcanic soil provide excellent conditions for growing Malbec in Idaho. Huston Vineyards Malbec presents deep garnet colors and aromas of dried blueberries and allspice. This medium-bodied wine displays supple tannins and flavors of plum and black raspberry with a finish that is spicy and lingering.