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Potter Wines 2016 Calendar of Events

When you have so many circus balls up in the air, sometimes dropping one means it doesn’t immediately get thrown back into the mix. It gets picked up, dusted off and then some clown steals it and throws it in your face while shouting “Rookie!”. Such is the case with this poor blog these last couple months.

But know this, readers out there: I will always keep trying to juggle this circus (because I kind of love it).

This time I’m back to reveal some things we’ve been working on during the “slow months” (lies!) at the winery. in 2016, you’ll find us at many of the same places as last year, with some exciting additions.

This is not an exhaustive calendar as we’re always adding new events and tastings as they get organized, so check back periodically for updates. If you’d like to receive our (very sporadic) newsletter with occasional open house announcements and VIP promotions, simply email me at crystalpotter@potterwines.com with the subject line “Newsletter Subscription”.

Lastly, be sure to like our Potter Wines Facebook Page to be absolutely certain of where we’re at any given week.

Here’s where to find us through the year!

Potter Wines 2016 Calendar of Events

*Important Note: You will find us every Saturday at BOTH farmers’ markets in downtown Boise through October. Giving this disclaimer right now saves me from typing in every Saturday date for the next six months. The Boise Farmers’ Market and The Capital City Public Market are our favorite homes away from home!

March:

The Nightclub & Bar Show. Photo Credit: chilledmagazine.com
The Nightclub & Bar Show. Photo Credit: chilledmagazine.com

April:

  • Saturday the 2nd: Opening day of The Boise Farmers’ Market. This one is near and dear to our hearts, as it’s where we originally launched in Boise. Find us there every Saturday through October. Open 9am to 1pm, located @ 10th & Grove Streets.
  • Tuesday the 12th: Women & Wellness event at Thrive Chiropractic. Come by and drink some wine and enjoy other fun life necessities! 5:30 to 7:30pm, located @ 04 S. Orchard St., Boise, 83705.
  • Saturday the 16th: Opening day of the Capital City Public Market. Last year we were visiting members and this year we’re happy to say we’re sticking around! Find us there every Saturday through October. Open 9:30am to 1:30pm, located downtown on 8th Street.
  • Saturday the 23rd: Taste 208. This year is the fifth anniversary of this event and our first year of participation. With 55 local and regional vendors serving samples of beer, wine and spirits, you hardly have a reason to miss this! 6-9pm, located at Payette Brewing, 733 South Pioneer Street (River St. between 12th and 14th).
The Boise Farmers' Market
The Boise Farmers’ Market
May:
In addition to all Saturdays at both farmers’ markets…
  • Friday the 20th: Wine, Women & Shoes. With a fashion show, wine tasting, designer shopping and shoes, this is bound to be a stellar evening! Proceeds go to women’s and children’s charities, so there’s lots to love here. 6:00 to 9:30pm @ The Boise Centre.

June (Idaho Wine Month!):

In addition to all Saturdays at both farmers’ markets…

  • Thursday the 2nd: First Thursday with Buy Idaho at the Ward Hooper Gallery. Sip on wine while you browse the iconic Idaho artists’ collections. Buy Idaho is also celebrating their 30th anniversary and will be selling their Commemorative 30th Anniversary Buy Idaho Calendar featuring beautiful scenic images by – you guessed it – Ward Hooper himself. 5:00 to 9:00pm, located @ 745 W Idaho St.
  • Friday the 3rd: First Friday at Whole Foods Boise. These fun food and drink events inside the store benefit local non-profits. There’s wine, beer, food, demos and even live music. Buy your ticket for $5 when you get there and come hang out with us! 4:00 to 7:00pm, located @ 401 S. Broadway.
  • Sunday the 12th: Savor Idaho. Don’t even slightly hesitate to get your tickets for this major Idaho wine event, as they always sell out! The Idaho Wine Commission and other sponsors do a terrific job putting on this soiree every year and we always look forward to it. 2:00 to 5:00pm, located @ Idaho Botanical Gardens.
Savor Idaho 2015
Savor Idaho 2015
July:
All Saturdays at both farmers’ markets.
Psst! Stay on alert for an event thrown together with Boise Brewing this month! It’s gonna be SHANDY-TASTIC!
(Update: The above-mentioned event did happen on First Thursday in July and it was indeed shandy-tastic. If you missed hearing about it, it’s because you should be following along at our Facebook page. Go now, I’ll wait…)
  • Friday the 29th @ Canyon County Fair, inside the O’Connor Field House. The fine folks at Buy Idaho are including us in their showcase of Idaho-only booths! Stop by for samples and to purchase your own. 12 to 10pm, located at 2207 Blaine St, Caldwell, 83605.
August:
In addition to all Saturdays at both farmers’ markets…
  • Thursday the 4th: First Thursday at Salon Apothecary. There’s going to be wine (ours!), appetizers, a mobile botox party (it’s true!), and giveaways. This fun salon is owned by four ladies who are a hit to hang with and get styled by! 5-8pm. Find them in the Sola Salon store front at 1197 W Main St.
  • Watch for an update on our participation in Salsa Fest at North End Organic Nursery (Always on a Sunday in August, always a big spicy blast!).

Salon Apothecary

September:

In addition to all Saturdays at both farmers’ markets…

  • Saturday the 24th: Eagle Food & Wine FestivalThis is perhaps the most fun I’ve ever had as a vendor (and most events are pretty fun).  I think it’s a mix of the attendees, the wineries and the food vendors involved. Plus Mary (the organizer) goes to great lengths to make this a super smooth and exciting evening. We never miss! 6:00 to 9:00pm, located @ Banbury Golf Course.
Eagle Food & Wine Festival 2015
Eagle Food & Wine Festival 2015
October:
All Saturdays at both farmers’ markets. And…
  • Thursday the 6th: Downtown Boise First Thursday. Watch for us at Shift BoutiqueLocated @ 807 W Bannock St.
  • Sunday the 9th: Harvest Pa-Brew-Za @ North End Organic Nursery in Garden City. Wine, beer, live music, chili cook-off, fall fun galore! 2-6pm, located @ 3777 W Chinden Blvd.
  • Thursday the 13th: Buy Idaho 30th Anniversary Celebration @ Boise Centre East. This event is free and open to the public – join in on the fun and peruse the tradeshow of Buy Idaho vendors (spoiler: We’re not the only winery). 11am – 6pm.
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November:
  • Thursday the 3rd: Downtown Boise First Thursday @ Marla Junes. Sip while you shop and make your Christmas wish list. And check out our latest(red) wine release: The Ambassador. Eyebrows up! 5-8pm, located @ 811 W Bannock St, Boise.
  • All Saturdays: The Indoor Boise Farmers’ Market. The weather outside may be frightful but this indoor market is sure delightful. Buy Christmas gifts – two for you, one for them. You know the drill. Keep enjoying local breads, produce, cheeses, sauces, baked goods, jams, wine, coffee…all the important things, through December. Located @ the corner of 8th & Fulton St. 9am – 2pm.

December:

  • Saturday the 3rd, 10th & 17th at the Indoor Boise Farmers’ Market (see above for address and times).
Two bottles of Syrah + a pouch = Wine Lovers' Breakdance
Two bottles of Syrah + a pouch = Wine Lovers’ Breakdance
That’s a wrap! Cheers to a year of wine!

Pumpkin Wine and Other October Adventures in Vino

Every now and then I get the urge to lay some pictures on you. I know it’s hard for you to imagine me not running off at the fingers but I feel like October deserves less talk, more do. Less stress, more friends. Less complaining, more celebrating. Less quitting, more focus. Less depressing media, more pretty pictures. So I have those for you – the pictures, at least. It is no secret that my love for writing does not directly correlate to my photography skills. I once read that in order to have a blog everyone wants to read, you need damn good photos. *awkward moment of reflection* Looks like I’ll never be featured on Yahoo!

A little explanation about the pixels your eyes are about to dilate over: My winemaker and I have been up to a few things this month in the world of wine. We kicked off the month elbows-deep in grapes and peppers. We participated in the always-enjoyable Eagle Food & Wine Festival. From there we took a little write-off weekender with friends to Walla Walla wine country (Fact: My taste buds haven’t come home yet). Last but not least, we’ve got our annual Pumpkin Wine release coming up next weekend! What more appropriate way is there to wrap up your child’s trunk-or-treating excursion than with a bottle of festive vino? Wayyyyy better sugar high, folks.

Here’s October according to my camera:

2015 Grape and Pepper Harvest

Feast your eyes: Our local growers supplied us with over 1,000 lbs of peppers this year. Half of which went in the smoker for our Chipotle Jalapeno Wine.
Feast your eyes: Our local growers supplied us with over 1,000 lbs of peppers this year. Half of which got a  spa treatment in apple wood smoke for our Chipotle Jalapeno Wine.

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Pretty clusters all ready to go
Pretty clusters all ready to go into the crusher. I’m cheating a bit here by adding last year’s photo. Funny thing: All Syrah grapes look the same! And this year Yours Truly didn’t get any photos before they went into fermenters. Yet you still love me. You can read all about what Syrah harvest looks like for us here.

Eagle Food and Wine Festival

This was our second year at this event. You can read my recap of our lovely first experience last year here. This year we were paired alongside Bardenay Eagle Restaurant and Chef Travis, who is definitely a culinary inspiration here in the valley.

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I don't know how Mary, the savvy organizer of this tremendous event, gets the weather right every time.
I don’t know how Mary, the savvy organizer of this tremendous event, gets the weather right every time.

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This event is to-date my favorite because of the wonderful people who attend (foodies and winos are good people!) and because so many of the friendliest people we know in the wine industry also participate. It ends up feeling like a family gathering with the best food and wine in town.

To get your hands on tickets and keep tabs on the restaurant/winery line-up in 2016, visit eaglefoodandwine.com.

Walla Walla Wine Country

I don’t even know how to give this place enough credit. The charm, the scenery, the food, the bed and breakfasts, the red, RED wine. Wine so big and bold we could chew it. To me, that is a very welcome thing. I am already planning our next trip.

*Disclaimer: These photos don’t even begin to capture all of the wineries we went to nor do they sum up all of our favorites. They are photos I took either the first day before my wine-euphoria superseded everything else, or the second day before things got a liiiiittle uncoordinated (but still so, so good).

Ah, L'Ecole. Where the host knew our names, our website, our agenda before we even shook his hand. Where the reserve tasting tour of this old school house made us swoon, and where the French very much left their mark many moons ago.
Ah, L’Ecole. Where the host knew us all before we even shook his hand. Where the reserve tasting tour of this old school house made us swoon and where the French very much left their mark many moons ago.
Their barrel room. I know...hideous, right? Pfft...
Their barrel room. I know…hideous, right?

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"Hmm...do I like the 2003 or the 2007 better?" These are choices we should be faced with EVERY day, friends.
“Hmm…do I like the 2003 or the 2007 better?” These are choices we should be faced with EVERY day, friends.
My winemaker. Probably hating that I took this of him but good thing great wine makes caring about that trivial stuff a low priority.
My winemaker. Probably hating that I took this of him but good thing drinking great wine makes caring about that trivial stuff a low priority.
Walla Walla Vintners. Wait until you see this next one...
Walla Walla Vintners. Wait until you see this next one…
...Exactly. 'Nuff said.
…Exactly.
A fun pit stop before lunch.
A fun pit stop before lunch.
Then there's THIS guy. At Sleight of Hand Cellars.
Then there’s THIS guy you may recognize. At Sleight of Hand Cellars.
We wrapped our wine tour up with a glass of this scenery, at Pepperbridge.
We wrapped up our wine tour with a glass of this scenery, at Pepperbridge.

2015 Pumpkin Wine Release

This is a fun one, friends. If you get into the fall season at all you probably embrace the pumpkin theme as a backdrop for life right now. Our Pumpkin Wine runs with that. As with any vintage of wine, every year is completely different and it typically takes two years from start to bottle, plus a lot of extra steps (we roast every pumpkin before throwing them into fermentation). This year the result is a sweeter, spicier wine than last year’s (think clove and pumpkin pie spice, not hot sauce).

This specialty goes for $20/bottle. Email me at crystalpotter@potterwines.com for pre-order info or come down to either of the farmers' markets in Boise on Saturday, October 31st.
This specialty goes for $24/bottle. Email me at crystalpotter@potterwines.com to order or come down to either of the farmers’ markets in Boise on Saturday, October 31st to pick up a bottle.

This is a very small-production run which means we sell out before Thanksgiving. We’re debuting it on Halloween day at The Boise Farmer’s Market and the Capital City Public Market.

Pumpkin pie in a bottle!
Pumpkin pie in a bottle!

Happy October wine-ing!

Potter Wines 2015 Calendar of Events

This post was originally written back in March of this year, when August seemed so very far away. Fast forward to today and it’s time to start thinking about 2016 (business-wise, that is). I’ve updated our Calendar of Events a bit and will continue to do so as we book events for the holidays as well as solidify our indoor market dates. Remember: To be absolutely certain where we are during any given week, check out our Potter Wines Facebook page.

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‘Tis the season! As in, wine event season. My winemaker and I had a brief break in wine events (Jan/Feb/March are typically slower months in the wine industry) which allowed us to focus on a whole host of other projects, many of which you’ll see introduced throughout 2015. In my mind, this “break” meant we would be caught up on business paperwork and home projects…HA! You silly, silly girl with your free thinking!

Nevertheless, we have a LOT in store for you this year. As soon as we launch our next project you can bet I’ll be running off my fingers right here. But in the meantime, if you’re local to Boise, are new in town or are planning a visit, here’s where you can find us for the next seven months. Some dates are tentative and we are always adding events as they come up. So if you want to be completely sure whether we’re at a specific farmer’s market or venue on a specific day, your best bet is to check our Facebook page.

And remember, you can ALWAYS find us and buy online at www.jalapenowine.com!

Potter Wines Calendar of Events (Through October 2015)

March:

  • Sunday the 15th: Fred Meyer Tasting. 12 to 4pm (Located at Glenwood and Chinden in Garden City)

April:

  • Thursday the 2nd: First Thursday at Gallery Five18. I will be pouring our Jalapeno Wines as well as our Riesling and Jalapeno Lemonade by the glass. Come visit me and see some terrific local art! 5 to 9pm, located at 518 S. Americana Blvd.
  • Saturday the 4th: Opening day of The Boise Farmer’s Market! We made our big debut at this market last year, we’re more than thrilled to return as members. Open 9am to 1pm, located @ 10th & Grove Streets
  • Saturday the 11th: The Boise Farmer’s Market (see above for times and location).
  • Saturday the 18th: Opening day of The Capital City Public Market! This is our first appearance at this market, we’re excited to add it to our 2015 line-up. Open 9:30am to 1:30pm. located downtown Boise on 8th street We’ll also be at The Boise Farmer’s Market (see above for times and location).
  • Thursday the 23rd: The Oak Tree. A special Mother’s Day event with giveaways, raffles, massages and wine! 5 to 8pm, located at Americana Terrace, between the river and the entrance to Kathryn Albertson’s Park.
  • Saturday the 25th: Both The Boise Farmer’s Market and The Capital City Public Market (see above for times and locations).
Boise Farmer's Market
The Boise Farmer’s Market; Photo Credit: BoiseFoodieGuild.wordpress.com

May:

 

Capital City Public Market
The Capital City Public Market; Photo Credit: Idahostatesman.com

June (Idaho Wine Month):

  • Thursday the 4th: First Thursday at Boise Art Glass, 5-9pm. Yes, we love pouring here so you’ll find us here often. This place is a blast!
  • Saturday the 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th: The Boise Farmer’s Market and Capital City Public Market
  • Sunday the 14th: Savor Idaho. This event is always top-notch, on beautiful grounds (at the Idaho Botanical Gardens) and loads of fun. Get your tickets fast though before they sell out, because they will!
  • Monday the 29th: Bodovino, 5-7pm. Join us for tastings to celebrate Idaho Wine Month. 404 S. 8th St, Boise 83702
Savor Idaho
Savor Idaho; Photo Credit: Savoridaho.org

July:

August:

September:

September events are loosely scheduled due to unforeseeable harvest times/travel. Check out our Facebook page for updates.

Boise Art Glass
Boise Art Glass; Photo Credit: Basilhaydens.com

October:

Eagle Food & Wine Festival at Banbury Golf Club
Eagle Food & Wine Festival at Banbury Golf Club

This takes us to the busy holiday season, where we’re adding events frequently and will be in at least one of the indoor markets on Saturdays. Watch for another update to this post sometime in October (which is also about the time I’ll be telling you all about our nifty Christmas gift boxes…ooooh, aaaah!).

A Food and Wine Festival Recap

Golfing was very much a normal weekend activity for many of the approximately 5,000 people who lived in the town I grew up in. And as you might expect to hear from a small-town girl, my uncle was the manager of the city golf course which meant I spent a lot of time there. So naturally, I joined the high school golf team. Now it would make for some boring writing if I told you I went on to be one of the golf greats of my town, right? As it is, I am best known on the course for driving my grandma’s golf cart straight into the porta-potty my mom was using at the time. No embellishment of the facts there.

I’m a terrible golfer. I could probably be good at it, at least in some capacity (I’m a really fast walker), but that would require me to get excited about some part of the game and…I got nothin’. As you may have caught on by now, I’m more likely to be the girl drinking in the clubhouse or running laps around the course. Actually, the best thing I can think of to do at a golf club is have a food and wine festival!

Enter: The Eagle Food & Wine Festival at the Banbury Golf Club in Eagle, Idaho. Von and I signed up last spring to pour our wines at this event knowing it was to take place on our anniversary. I suppose when you really like what you do and when you get invited to participate along with nearly 30 other wineries and restaurants at a sell-out event that benefits a great organization and takes place at a well-respected golf club, you don’t hesitate to say yes. Or maybe you realize you’ve been married long enough that working together at a cool event like this one IS kind of a great way to celebrate your marriage and the fact that yes, although you may know exactly how to push the other person’s buttons, you still genuinely like one another. I guess in our case it was a nice pairing of both situations.

We arrived early to set up our table and admire the grounds, which I’d been to numerous times (for brunch, in case you were thinking I’d actually pay the money to embarrass myself golfing at a place like that). We took a few moments to grab some photos and play ‘Where’s the Wine?’

I kept waiting to get kicked off. I harbor that much guilt when it comes to my past behavior on golf courses.
I kept waiting to get kicked off. I harbor that much guilt when it comes to my past behavior on golf courses.
It's safe to say that if you didn't see our table at this event, you clearly had enough to drink.
It’s safe to say that if you didn’t see our table at this event, you clearly had enough to drink.

As you may notice we had somewhat of a flashy table. I think we were the only winery to bring our own custom tablecloth and signage. We don’t believe in being subtle about what we do – there’s nothing subtle about jalapeno wine.

So we set up shop and argued about my control-freak behavior (I don’t even know I’m doing it, I swear). We had over 2 hours to kill before the event began and the place was pretty quiet. (We learned that although the contract states to be set up within a certain time-frame, most people just do what they want and set up an hour before start time. As a former event planner that would give me an ulcer.) So we traveled up the road a mile for appetizers and a drink at Bardenay Restaurant & Distillery. Waitaminute! Was this an impromptu anniversary celebration?! No kids, no chores, no entertainment, just us? Well I’ll be! It was indeed. Anniversary acknowledged, cheers to us! A cheese plate for everyone!

Back at the event we were able to sneak in a tasting of some of our local winery friends’ wines. We’d never met the people behind Cellar 616 nor had we tasted their wine so that was a treat (Ken is super nice and down to Earth). Also on our must-have list was Periple. I adore Angie, the winemaker and one-woman team behind the biz, and her wines also happen to be very, very good. Particularly her Syrah although I have yet to try her Tuesday Night White which sold out at the event. Another favorite is Mouvance – Judy (one of the owners) seems like an absolute real person (to stay true to the use and definition of the word ‘real’ on this blog – she seems unfiltered and not full of artificial ingredients). Mouvance makes some of my favorite whites and their Viognier did not disappoint.

On the restaurant side of things, we were paired up with Wild West Bakery (located in Eagle) and they brought their gluten-free lemon bars and red velvet bites to showcase. Dangerous! Suuuuure, put the personal trainer by the baked goods. Well played. Naomi (the owner) is fantastic and I liked her from the moment we spoke on the phone two months ago. Meeting her in person to talk food and wine and have her serving next to us was a great time. There’s talk of her carrying our mild jalapeno wine mixed with lemonade in her bakery next summer!

Although we didn’t have much time to sample food once the festivities began, we did get to sneak in the balls-on-a-stick from 3 Girls Catering which chef Lisa was so kind to bring us in exchange for “some of that hot wine!” That woman is a riot, we just enjoy her spirit and she drinks chipotle wine by the glass, folks. Do not mess with her and DO eat their food (it’s balls-on-a-stick good).

Another scrumptious showing was by Chef Dean Fuller from the Boise Hotel & Conference Center/Castle Ranch. I’d heard about his wonderful gourmet food and use of local ingredients. Turns out his reputation is just as it should be. First let me say I think I’m the only person in the world besides my mother who doesn’t like bacon. Nothing ethical involved, I just don’t care for it and in case you’re wondering I do eat pork otherwise. Now back to Chef Fuller – the guy had baked his own potato chips (Idaho potatoes, be certain) and topped them with a piece of bacon, chocolate something-or-other (sweet bliss) and some chili pepper flakes and maybe some sea salt…I’m probably completely missing it but he accomplished something incredible – he made me like that bacon a LOT. I went back for seconds. Okay…thirds. At any rate, nicely done, Chef.

As for our take on the event from our side of the table – it was a hit. We were pouring our mild and chipotle wines as well as our Riesling and the feedback, excitement, conversations and reactions going on around our table were so encouraging. I only wish we had a camera to tape the reactions we get upon first sip of the jalapeno wines, followed up with their commentary once people realize they love it. We met people all the way from Cape Cod, Massachusetts who were excited to see and try something new. I can’t believe I get paid to do this stuff! Oh…that’s right, I don’t. I do get paid in wine and good-time vibes from doing events like this one.

At the end of the night we packed up our wares, said our thanks, nice-to-meet-yous, see-you-next-years and goodbyes and we picked up the kiddos from grandma and papa’s. Another year together and another fun event under our belts. Looking forward to seeing what next year brings! I can pretty much guarantee you won’t see me on a golf course before then…

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