Telaya News
September 16th, 2014 by Telaya Wine Co.

Idaho Wine Harvest

Have you seen the latest about Telaya?

KTVB Telaya

KTVB filmed a great segment about the beginning of our harvest last week. It highlights some of the things we are doing and how we are getting ready for harvest, which started in earnest yesterday. Every year we do little and big experiments. These help us to understand winemaking better and possibly prove new ways of making better wine. We are always looking for new fruit to bring in, new styles to try out, and new ways of aging wine.


September 10th, 2014 by Telaya Wine Co.

Soil and Wine

If you talk to many winemakers, or vineyard managers they will tell you that apart from keeping healthy and happy vines, soils have the biggest impact on a given wine’s characteristics. Different textures of soils (think small grain vs. large grain and any mixture in between) can affect how a grape vine grows in the soil which will ultimately affect the quality of the fruit taken from the crop. Different chemical make up of soils (is it high in iron, low in calcium, have no organic matter…) can influence the different chemical uptake a plant has from the soil and that may show up directly in the make up of the fruit harvested.

Weitz Vineyard Idaho Soil

The Idaho Wine Commission just received a grant to study the soils of the Snake River Valley AVA (SRV AVA). This will help attract more growers and help to establish more validity for the wine industry in Idaho because it will provide more knowledge, on top of what we already know about the region.

If you want to learn more about the grant and how it will help the Idaho Wine Industry, click here.


September 5th, 2014 by Telaya Wine Co.

Meritage – merit+heritage

Meritage wines are known as high quality Bordeaux style blends. The story behind their name and make up of the blends is quite interesting. There is a rule in winemaking, any wines that are less than 75% of a single varietal cannot be named for that varietal. As blends became more popular, there was a need to name wines something other than varietal. A group of vintners came together with the idea that merit and heritage are the basis for great wines. So Meritage was created to name some great, old world style blends.

Red Meritage

Most people know about Meritage Reds, which according to “the rules” must be a blend of Cabernet Suavignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot, or Carmenere. The blend must contain at least two of thos varietals and must not contain more than 90% of any one varietal.

But have you heard of a white Meritage?! We just learned about it.

It must be a blend of at least two varieties of the Bordeaux region – Suavignon blanc, Semillon, or Muscadelle du Bordelais – and the blend cannot have 90% or more of any of the varietals.

Have you had a white Meritage? Where can we get one?

White Meritage


August 27th, 2014 by Telaya Wine Co.

Great Northwest Wine

We are very lucky in the Northwest to have lots of people who go out on their own and make a business out of their passions. Andy Perdue and Eric Degerman did just that. They watched the Northwest Wine Industry start to grow and change and knew the loved wine and the Northwest… so Great Northwest Wine was launched.

Great Northwest Wine

In 1997 Eric and Andy started writing and publishing Wine Press Northwest magazine and a weekly e-mail newsletter. They take a journalistic approach to writing about wines and wineries all over the Northwest. Idaho wines have a special place in their website and publications. We were lucky enough to spend some time getting to know them and they have published a fantastic article about Telaya.

If you would like to read the article visit their site here. After you listen to the podcast with Earl and Eric let us know what you learn… did you know that Earl and Carrie got engaged in Seattle?! We as their team learn things everyday we work with them. We’re looking forward to doing more of these interviews and having more of our story to share, thanks Eric and Andy!


August 12th, 2014 by Telaya Wine Co.

Idaho Wines 2014

Telaya Wines

We are gearing up for another Idaho Wine Competition. The competition comes around every September and is usually hosted out at Sunny Slope. It is a wonderful time to learn about what all the wineries in Idaho are doing and how their current vintages are faring.

We are lucky in the industry to have an Idaho Wine Meeting in February. During the meeting we try to sit down and talk about the previous harvest (in this case fall 2013) and taste through wines that were made that fall. In the course of the discussion and tasting we can see what did really well and generally see how people thought the growing season went. When we tasted through the 2013 juice (some of it wasn’t even finished fermenting!) this February, we were all ecstatic! All of the Idaho wines were tasting great. And for all of you Idaho Cabernet fans, 2013 was a phenomenal year.

I Support ID Wines

Even thought the Idaho Wine Competition is… well, a competition… you will find no lack of camaraderie. The Idaho Wine industry has no love lost between wineries and companies in the industry, because we are all so excited to see what everyone in the industry is doing differently.

Speaking of different, come in and learn what we do differently.


July 25th, 2014 by Telaya Wine Co.

Wine-derful Boise

We are transplants to Boise, but we have fallen head over heels for the valley and all that it has to offer. Skiing in the winter, river running in the summer, biking all year long, not to mention how stunningly beautiful it is. With all of these wonderful reasons it is easy to choose to stay, but more importantly we have met the most wonderful people in this amazing place. Some of our friends have been working on their own versions of why Boise is such great place, we would love to share them with you.

Check on these links to see some of the great things Boise has to offer, and perhaps learn a little bit about our amazing city and state.

Love Letters to Boise - Jess Flynn via The Huffington Post

If you have another article, picture, or video of our wonderful home please share it with us. You can share it directly to the website, or to any of our social media outlets. We can’t wait to hear why you love Boise and Idaho.


June 12th, 2014 by Telaya Wine Co.

How to Wine Taste

Every week we have different people come through the winery from many paths of life. Some are avid wine tasters and travel the globe over looking for new and interesting wines and for others it is their first time in a tasting room. With those novices in mind, as well as those experts who are always looking for more information, today we want to focus on how you should go about wine tasting.

First off you should wear comfortable clothing and shoes. You might get a surprise and get to go into the vineyards (not so much in our urban winery setting, but elsewhere it is very possible), might get a tour of the production facility, or you might spend more time on your feet than you would expect. Also in the morning, don’t load on the cologne or perfume. We appreciate how wonderful you smell, but you might have trouble picking up on all of the wonderful aromas in your wine glass.

When you get to the winery or tasting room don’t be afraid to use the dump bucket or spittoon. You don’t have to consume all of the wine that is poured for you in order to taste it. If you consider yourself a light weight and are out at a tasting to really learn about the wines and winery, don’t be embarrassed to spit. In the process make sure you really move the wine around your mouth and even slurp it a little bit so you can get all of the flavors around your mouth to get the full flavor and mouth feel of the wine. Just a disclaimer I would recommend practicing at home or not being too vigorous the first few times you spit into a spittoon, splashing is still possible in those small containers.

If you are lucky enough to get a barrel tasting at a winery there are a couple of tips that the person who is pouring might appreciate. When the person who is pouring brings the wine thief out of the barrel either hand your glass to them, or hold it close to their glass. Wine thieves work great, but drip. If you get too much wine in your glass or want to spit and don’t have a spittoon, find a drain on the floor and spit or dump into it. The more accurate you can be the better. Making wine requires a lot of cleanliness, so the least amount of cleanup needed for an impromptu tasting in the barrel room, the more you will be appreciated.

During a tasting ask questions. Don’t be embarrassed by how little you know and never assume the question might be too complicated. Most wineries are small businesses and the person serving your wine probably has helped in production as well – on the bottling line, in the cellar, maybe even in the vineyards! The more questions we are asked the more we can ensure you are having a great time with us and our wines.

If you have any other questions about wine tasting or other wine related questions, please send them our way! We would love to enhance your education with wine.

Earl Thief


May 29th, 2014 by Telaya Wine Co.

Magnets in Wine Making


Photo Taken by Sam Palmer

Photo Taken by Sam Palmer

Don Kavanaugh wrote a very interesting article on Wine-Search this week about the use of magnetized particles and speeding up the process of making Champagne. The research done on this method of wine making takes a little explanation.

When making Champagne, fermentation of grapes into wine and bottling are much like other wine productions. At the bottling stage for sparkling wines the winemaker adds a sugar and yeast liquid that will sit in bottle and re-ferment creating all of the wonderful carbonation that Champagne is known for. The bottle then sits, sometimes for years, with the yeast in it until it goes through the riddling process. Riddling is the slow process of turning bottle while slowly moving them from a horizontal storage position to a vertical position where the bottle is stored on its head. This allows the yeast to settle in the neck of the bottle and often takes at least a month to do correctly. The neck of the bottle is then frozen and the bottle opened. The frozen part with the dead yeast cells is removed so the wine remains clear, the Champagne is immediately re-corked so that little to no carbonation is lost.

The new research studied how to settle the yeast in the neck of the bottle more quickly – this would cut down on labor costs, time costs, and possibly the consistency of clarity. A team at the University of Ljubljana found a way to attach magnetic nanoparticles to the yeast, and then use magnets to pull all of those yeast particles into the neck of the bottle. Instead of up to or more than a month, the riddling process can take less than 20 minutes!

The studies also took into affect comparative sensory tests, to make sure the magnetization of the yeast did not affect the mouth feel, bubble size, flavor, or aroma for a consumer. Even with these precautions, we must start to wonder how these advances in microbiology and chemistry change our winemaking techniques and the overall wine we are making? Do you think our wines should remain purely made in the old-world style, with little to no testing, no filtering, no fining, etc.? Or should we use all of these new tools that have been made available to us through scientific discovery?

If you have questions or would like to know more about these winemaking techniques, come in on Friday and Saturday between 12:00-6:00 to chat with Hailey about sparkling wine production. Or you can always facebook and email us.


May 20th, 2014 by Telaya Wine Co.

Is Wine Gluten Free?

Several friends have been diagnosed with gluten sensitivities and even our own Carrie has her own battle with gluten. With the question of gluten free foods and clean eating, we stumbled upon a question, is all wine gluten free?

The most basic “recipe” for wine involves just two ingredients, wine and yeast. That’s it! So simple, yet it makes such a wonderful and complex product… but that is where things get complicated. The aging and polishing of the wine is where gluten might be introduced. Yes! That’s right, gluten might be introduced into the winemaking process, but don’t fear my gluten free friends, it is extremely uncommon and in very low levels.

Gluten can be introduced into wines in two ways, some wineries make a paste with flour to help seal up leaks in the joints between the barrel head and the staves (some wineries used to purchase barrels that had been treated like this, but the practice has become obsolete), when wine is aged in that barrel it comes into contact with the paste and thus gluten is introduced into the wine. One other but even more rare instance, is when gluten is used as a fining agent. This is a very unlikely way to have gluten become an issue because fining is a process where protein is introduced to the wine and it collects other particles that then make the protein heavy and sink to the bottom. The wine is then siphoned off of the heavy stuff. That means the gluten would collect other particles and sink to the bottom of a vessel and be left with other unwanted parts of the wine, which would not be reintroduced into the wine.

When aging in barrels with a gluten paste or using gluten as a fining agent, the tests that have been done on wine to measure the presence of gluten have shown that if there is any present it is only about 10ppm, and the legal threshold to claim a product is gluten free is 20ppm.

If you have a gluten intolerance or celiacs and need to make sure you are not consuming any gluten, ask some key questions before purchasing a wine:

1. Has this wine been aged in oak?

2. What kind of fining agents do you use in your winemaking process?

Asking these questions will allow you to make an educated decision about whether the wine you want to consume is gluten free or most likely gluten free. If a wine is aged in oak, but there are fining processes used in wine making… then the gluten probably has dropped out and is at less than 10ppm. And while you’re asking these questions to be sure the wine is safe for your body to consume, you will also sound like you know a ton about the winemaking process.

Telaya wines are made with barrels that have not been treated with flour paste, and we do not use gluten in our fining processes. To Carrie and all of you other gluten free warriors out there, to your journey my friends!


April 23rd, 2014 by Telaya Wine Co.

Best of Treasure Valley – Vote Now!

Telaya has been nominated for Best Local Winery in the Idaho Statesman Best of the Treasure Valley 2014!

Visit this link to vote for your favorite restaurants, wineries, parks, and so much more!

We are so lucky to work with many of these wonderful businesses: ForkCafe VicinoMai Thai, Gino’s, BarbacoaBodovinoThe Riverside HotelIdaho StampedeR Grey GalleryBoise CoOpWhole FoodsSavor Idaho, and so many others that were nominated. If you want to learn any more about the wonderful businesses on this list, just click on their name and a new page will open to their website. Some of these restaurants are award winning and have James Beard Nominated Chefs! We are so lucky to live in such a dynamic and beautiful place. Let’s all vote for the best local businesses that we have! We can’t wait to find out who wins in all of the categories of the Best of the Treasure Valley. Let us know what some of your favorites are.