Overripe Imaginings

Photo by Guy Hand.

My memory may be indistinct, but I recall more than one Idaho grape grower alluding to warming temperatures affecting the ripening of red grapes. And with recent plantings and harvesting of notoriously late ripeners—Mourvédre, Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon—I tested my theory by surveying grape growers, winemakers and experts in Idaho viticulture. The answers were resounding: slightly, possibly, not so much and it really doesn’t matter.

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Of Pintxos and Kalimotxos- The San Inazio Way

Tony Eiguren lifted a bottle of Bereziartua Basque cider above his head and let a stream of honey-hued liquid splash into a thin glass on the table. The cider, ever so slightly effervescent, gave off a pungent waft of sour apple that was even more puckering when it hit the tongue.

“It seems to be one of those things where you’re really into it and you love it or it’s … Read More

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Wild About Huckleberries

Photo by Annie Fenn.

In the thick of the short picking season, I am plagued by huckleberry envy. Grinning hikers emerge from the woods, their lips stained purplish-blue and their buckets overflowing. Friends smugly stash gallons in the freezer to keep them supplied until the next huckleberry season. Everyone seems to be finding more huckleberries than I.

The Mountain Huckleberry, a wild cousin of the blueberry, is prized for its … Read More

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Weed Dating: What on Earth?

The rugged, outdoor type gets silently down on one knee. With sleeves rolled up and hands that denote signs of hard, honest labor, he utters with genuine sincerity the six little words every woman on the planet so desperately wants to hear:

“What can I do to help?”

In a subdued show of humility, he kneels beside her and bows his head, raising hopeful eyes for a brief moment, as … Read More

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