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Idaho Wines & Generation Rescue 

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Idaho Wines at Snowbird
I'm happy to report that wines from Idaho aren't made from potatoes. In fact, the Snake River Valley of Idaho's volcanic soils, cool desert climate and high elevation vineyards are especially well-suited for growing Viognier, Tempranillo and Syrah. You can sample Idaho wines for yourself on Saturday, Feb. 20, at Snowbird's World Class Wines From Idaho dinner featuring Cinder Wines, which begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Lodge Bistro.

The dinner will feature the husband and wife winemaker/owner team of Melanie Krause and Joe Schnerr, along with a special menu and wine pairings. It's no wonder that Krause got into the fermented grape biz, as she grew up in Boise and worked a huge family garden that included "a collection of 40-plus varieties of grapes." The evening kicks off with fresh Pacific oysters and Cinder Dry Viognier 2014, followed by a course of chicken confit and Cinder Chardonnay 2014. A serving of cioppino with Cinder Tempranillo 2013 will precede main course choices of sous vide bavette steak or mushroom ravioli, paired with Cinder Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2013. The evening closes with dessert and local artisan cheeses served with Cinder Syrah 2013. Dinner with wine pairings is $99 per person or $69 for dinner only. Phone the Lodge Bistro at 801-933-2145 (ext. 3042) for reservations. For more information, visit

GenR Launch Party
GenR—short for Generation Rescue (—is a group of "young and influential humanitarians between the ages of 25 and 40 who have joined forces with the International Rescue Committee (IRC) to help people survive and rebuild their lives." The group is currently working to respond to the refugee crisis in Europe. On Tuesday, Feb. 23, GenR in Salt Lake City celebrates its official launch with a party at Publik Coffee Roasters (975 W. Temple, 801-355-3161, that will feature international cuisine catered by Spice Kitchen Incubator (, and prizes such as Utah Jazz tickets, a Moab Vacation package, a talk by celebrity chef Viet Pham and much more. To purchase tickets ($65-$75), visit

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