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Pull Tabs, Not Corks: The strange folks at Split Rail discuss La Boheme

Photo by Guy Hand.

“Winemaking sucks,” Split Rail owner Jed Glavin declared, hovering over a clattering line of silver cans. “You invest all this money and then you just sit around for a couple years with it tied up in barrels full of wine.”

Although Glavin is still committed to traditional winemaking with a line of bottled wines, this spring he decided to try something new: ditching the barrels—and the … Read More

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Powder and Pomace: Pend d’Oreille Winery’s Steve Meyer lives the dream in Sandpoint

Photo by Janel Gion.

The lure of fresh powder has shaped Steve Meyer’s life profoundly. In 1985, Meyer took a gap semester before enrolling in college. He bought a one-way ticket to France and packed his skis.

“I figured I would get a job in the Alps as a ski patrolman or a ski instructor,” he said. “Along the way, I stopped off to visit an acquaintance who was a … Read More

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The Rise of Bigwood Bread: Ketchum company opens new organic baking facility and café

Photo by Guy Hand.

Nestled in the light-industrial district of Ketchum—where half of the houses are empty most of the time, where restaurants struggle to make it through “slack” season and where transients and transplants strive to make a living—a thriving bakery burns through 10,000 pounds of organic flour every week. And that’s on a slow week. During peak season, that number doubles.

Bigwood Bread has weathered the seasons in … Read More

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Blissful Foods, Beyond Gluten-Free

Daphne Taylor’s love of cooking and baking started with her large New England family.

“My grandmother was French, a great cook and a waitress for 50 years. My grandfather was a butcher. My mom was one of 11 kids, and her job in her family was cooking.”

Growing up, Taylor experienced how good food brings people together. “It was our luxury, our entertainment, how we related to people,” said Taylor. … Read More

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