I had a great time at the grand opening of the Cellar 616 Winery tasting room on the Basque Block in Boise and next to Bar Gernika. There is a permanent link in the side bar to Cellar 616. Here, though, is a Link to their website. Ken Rufe and his wife are friendly and ready to answer any of your questions about their wines and their winery. One of their wines, a 2011 Viognier, is a Bronze Award winner from the 2012 Idaho Wine Competition and, after trying some, I can see why. It is surprisingly different, with a hint of cinnamon on the nose. Well worth a purchase. Here is a brief commentary directly from their web site.
Cellar 616 goals and commitment are to produce an approachable well balanced quality wine with the personal attention to detail using a traditional winemaking approach to ensure that the grapes will produce a consistent wine. We enjoy the winemaking life style and friendships from meeting new people and the support from many local winemakers in Idaho. The winemaking industry in Idaho is a close family who are always willing to help one another. I especially want to thank Martin Fujishin (Fujishin Family Cellars) and John Danielson (Vale Wine Company) for their camaraderie and encouragement in helping make our dream become a reality.
Here are some more photos from today. I bought these two wines and am anxious for Robin to try them. I think they are very good. Cheers and congratulations to Cellar 616!