This was really a great weekend! Robin had her cousin Maria Allen and Maria’s sister Maria de Fatima Donato and Fatima’s son Victor here. They had a long 28 hour plane trip from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and were glad to stop and rest for a while. Fatima spoke some English and Victor did an excellent job with the language. Maria did a lot of translation from English to Portuguese and vice versa. Marnie opened her AirBNB to them for a couple of days and we thank her for that. The photo above is of Victor, Fatima and Maria. Here are some more photos of the Snake River AVA and wine country tour that we took, thanks to Winery Seekers, Dan and Kathy Johnson. We did stop for a good meal at The Orchard House in the Snake River AVA at Marsing. A great tour and I know that everyone enjoyed it. Enjoy these photos and remember you can Left-Click any of them to see them larger. Cheers and Happy Trails. It was great to meet Fatima and Victor and to see Maria again.
Victor, Fatima and Maria.
Fatima and Maria, sisters and Maria is Robin’s cousin by marriage.
Maria Allen, Robin’s cousin.
Off on the Snake River AVA winery tour. Here we go!
First stop – Indian Creek Winery in Kuna, ID
A Dragonfly met us on the way to the winery.
Tammy Stowe McClure, wife of the winemaker Mike McClure at Indian Creek, and Victor try arm wrestling. Tammy is a very accomplished rock climber. Need I say more?
Fatima and Maria discuss the winemaking process while Victor listens.
The tasting room at Indian Creek Winery.
A fantastic Reserve Pinot Noir from Indian Creek. Lay this one down for a while.
Next stop is Sawtooth Winery. Here are just some of the 500 acres of vines that they have.
Fatima, Victor and Maria all listen to what Brit is telling them about the wines.
In the barrel room at the winery. Kathy Johnson, tour guide, leads a discussion.
On the way to Koenig Distillery and Winery, we passed this Horseshoed Horse. Interesting.
Koenig Distillery and Winery. They have an excellent Potato Vodka and they have justed started a line of Idaho Bourbon.
Victor and Fatima enjoy the tasting room.
Maria and Fatima compare notes.
Vodka and Bourbon at Koenig.
Bitner Vineyards is next. We did stop for lunch and some very good food at The Orchard House. Thank-You Kris and Staff for a great experience, again!
The Snake River Valley from the Bitner Winery veranda.
Fatima and Maria enjoy the wine.
Kathy Johnson, Fatima, Maria, Robin and Victor on the veranda.
And our last stop was at Williamson Orchards and Vineyard.
Headed to the orchard shed and the tasting room.
Patrick Williamson, vineyardist, has us try some of their wines.
Peaches from the orchard.
Potatoes and Onions
Just a super good day! Thank-You everyone for making this a success. We all enjoyed it immensely. Cheers! Kathy Johnson submitted the following photos for your enjoyment. Thank-You Kathy for the photos.
Bob and Robin
Dan and Bob
Checking wine for clarity at Sawtooth Winery.
Bob, Maria, Dan and Fatima in the barrel room doing a barrel tasting. It’s gonna be a good Chardonnay.
Ron Bitner pours some wine at Bitner Vineyards.
Thank-You Fatima, Victor and Maria for being here on the beautiful Boise weekend. Happy Trails!