The Frugal Wine Gal: Cinder Winery


I cannot believe how quickly the summer is going already! All of these warm temperatures have been making me crave very cold, crisp, and fresh white wines (enjoyed on the patio of course!). Just recently I was able to take a long road trip with my husband, and we explored some very interesting wine regions. Our journey brought us to Boise, Idaho where we had our first taste of the wines coming from this gorgeous state! We were there on a day that not too many wineries were open, but luckily the Cinder Wineries tasting room is open 7 days a week. That is where I discovered my latest find, the 2013 Laissez Faire White Table Wine. Laissez Faire is a second label for Cinder, and this blend really impressed from the very first sip!

I didn’t know a lot about the Idaho winery scene until we stayed in Boise, but I am so glad that I took the time to check it out. While the area is still up and coming, they already have 51 wineries as of 2013. The Snake River Valley AVA (American Viticulture Area) is where Cinder gets most of their grapes. All of the grapes in the Laissez Faire white blend come from this region. There are some really warm temperatures in this state, so I was able to taste wines like Tempranillo and Syrah. There are about 1500 acres of grapes planted in the whole state, so many wineries also source from Eastern Washington (where the climate is similar). All in all, I look forward to trying more wines from this region. I loved everything I tried at both Cinder, and Telaya Winery, both of which share the same tasting room.


Cinder winery is a business with quite a history. Melanie Krause is the owner and winemaker, and started the brand in 2006. Before that she worked at Chateau Ste. Michelle on their Canoe Ridge brand as the assistant winemaker. After returning to Idaho, she decided to start up her own label. The actual location of their winery facility and tasting room is in Garden City, Idaho, very close to Boise. They shared the space for many years but finally have the whole place to dedicate to a wine facility. They also feature guest wineries like Telaya and Coiled. If you stop by on the weekend you can taste three wineries in one place!

The inside of the Cinder Winery – so spacious and beautiful

The Laissez Faire White Table Wine was so good that I toted the bottle with me on the 1.5 mile walk to our hotel in 90 degree weather. I knew I just had to share it with the world, and the journey was totally worth it. The color of this wine was like light straw, and on the nose I got scents of crisp citrus like grapefruit. There was a freshness to this wine that was present throughout. Flavors of peaches, ripe apples, and notes of green flavors really stood out on winethis. By green flavors I mean it was almost vegetal, but in a great way. This wine was just so fresh and enjoyable. The finish is long and lingering, yet not too dry. Versatile is a great way to describe this wine. It would be great with almost any food pairing (seafood would be a great choice though!), and it would drink fantastic all by itself.

The Idaho wine scene really blew me away. I look forward to finding more wines from this region and experiencing all that this state has to offer. For only $16 this wine was just perfect, and really represented how delicious Idaho wines can be. Try this! You will love it. Cheers!





(Special thanks to Alan for the feature photo.What a gorgeous view of the Snake River Valley!)

Wine lover and student. I love finding great wines at fantastic prices that are affordable for anyone and everyone. Both Oregon and Washington have some amazing options and I look forward to sharing them with everyone. Cheers!

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