As a fourth-generation Idaho native, winemaker John Danielson is a lifetime resident of the Snake River Valley AVA. Raised in Cambridge, John worked in the general store and John Deere dealership owned and operated by his father and grandfather, and on the ranch owned by his mother’s family.
After graduating from The College of Idaho with degrees in marketing and management, John began a 23-year career with Albertsons, Inc. Ready for a new challenge, John became an independent business consultant in 1998. In 2005 he took on the assignment of planning a winery for an enthusiastic group of wine lovers. For John, this was the beginning of an exciting new career.
He spent many hours interviewing winemakers and volunteering in wineries in Idaho, California and Washington to learn first hand about the winemaking process. As a complement to his practical experience, John has completed a certification in oenology and viticulture from the University of California at Davis.
John loves the camaraderie of the wine industry. Today, Vale wines are testimonies to his attention to detail and the desire to produce high-quality wine. John will be in the Wine Shop on Friday, and Holly Wright will cover the Saturday pouring.
2011 Vale Chardonnay, $15.99
A creamy nose of honeysuckle, warm butter and toasty oak is beautifully complimented on the palate by bright fruit and moderate acidity that leads into a silky finish. Fifty percent of the juice was aged in new and neutral American oak with bottonage and malolactic fermentation. Fifty percent saw stainless steel. Blended together for the best of both words worlds, this is an excellent food wine. Just 162 cases produced.
2010 Vale Rendezvous Red, $22.00
A blend of mostly Cabernet and Merlot with splashes of Syrah and Petit Verdot, this meaty wine offers a nose of warm baking spices and raspberries. The palate showcases bramble berries and silky tannins with a nice acid backbone and a warm spice finish. 172 cases produced.
2010 Vale Cabernet Sauvignon, $24.00
Bright red fruits along with some blackberry, cassis and hints of toasty oak. A dusty finish reflects the terroir of the Snake River Valley. Excellent food wine, 112 cases produced.