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GLENNS FERRY — It’s hard to pass up a glass of wine — especially, if it’s one of the best in the Northwest.

Crossings Winery in Glenns Ferry was recently named Idaho’s winery of the year by Wine Press Northwest magazine.

The winery was selected for the honor based on results from an annual wine competition in December. Two of Crossings’ wines won a platinum award, among 11 total platinum awards given out.

One of the winning wines, the Bleu Noir, is made using Austrian grapes blaufränkisch, grown at the Glenns Ferry winery.

“It is just a very smooth red wine — very similar to pinot noir, but a different version of grape,” winery spokeswoman Phylicia Stitzel said.

The winery also won an award for its Cabernet Franc. Judges noted it’s one of the smoothest of its kind they’ve tasted in the Northwest, Stitzel said. Its grapes are grown in Hagerman by Zabala Vineyard. 

Want to visit the winery? Tours, which run 40 minutes to an hour, are 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. The cost is $15 per person.

“That just kind of takes you through the cellar and the wine process of what we do here,” Stitzel said.

A winemaker leads weekend tours and talks about “how wines are made and what makes them special,” she added. “It’s a very informative tour for people who may not know much about wine.”

If you have a large group, you can also call to request a tour at a different time.

Crossings Winery has been up and running since 1985. Previously Carmela Vineyards, a new owner took over about four years ago and renamed the business.

There’s a tasting room and restaurant at the winery, as well as a golf course.

The winery is already gearing up for one of its biggest annual events, the Grape Stomp Festival Sept. 16-17. Visitors have a chance to stomp grapes, listen to live music, visit vendor booths and take a tour of the winery.

If you’re looking for a weekend getaway, the winery has 16 RV spots and two cabins close to the Snake River.

Each rustic cabin has a queen-sized bed, Stitzel said, and has a “very romantic atmosphere.”

*This story was edited April 24 to correct information about where grapes are grown for the winery's Cabernet Franc.


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