Vandals Uncorked Wine Club
Welcome to Vandals Uncorked! U of I’s first-ever wine club features excellent-value wines produced by wineries with a Vandal connection. Join now to have award-winning varietals from regional wineries delivered to your door by Vandals Uncorked.
Fall 2019 Selected Vineyards and Wines
Aromas of magnolia blossoms and grapefruit transition into explosive flavors and juicy acidity.
Education paved the way for success at Clearwater Canyon Cellars. Karl Umiker ‘00 earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry (University of Arkansas) and a master’s in soils (University of Idaho) focusing on soil chemistry, later serving as a research support scientist at the U of I for more than 10 years. Coco Umiker ’04 earned bachelor’s degrees in microbiology, molecular biology and biochemistry (University of Idaho) and a Ph.D. in food science (Washington State University) in the enology and viticulture program. Her doctoral research focused on wine microbiology. Their education has empowered them to explore the many facets of grape growing and wine making in the Pacific Northwest.
In 2003, the Umikers began planting vines on their family’s Idaho Century Farm, nestled in the Lewis-Clark Valley of Idaho and Washington. A year later they pooled their resources with three other couples to establish Clearwater Canyon Cellars, the 15th winery in the state at the time. The operation is now solely owned and operated by the Umikers and is well established in a state-of-the-art facility surrounded by their Umiker Estate Vineyard. They are the fourth generation of their family to live and farm there.
Inky dark purple in color with aromas of fig and currant and brooding dark fruit flavors on the mid-palette. This heavy bodied wine has rich texture, structure and lingering chalky tannins.
Gregg and Mary ’89,’99 Alger: farmers, winemakers, owners and parents.
Raised on Southern Idaho farms, Gregg and Mary found the ideal spot of Chicken Dinner Road to raise two boys: Jacob, a U of I undergrad majoring in Food Science in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and Joshua a junior at Vallivue High School. As grape growers, winemakers, row crop farmers and parents, Gregg and Mary focus on varietals that grow best in Idaho’s Snake River Valley AVA, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, Malbec and Merlot to name a few.
As Huston’s proprietor’s Gregg and Mary have their fingerprints on every aspect of grape growing and wine making, from pruning, fruit positioning, and harvest to wine making, blending and bottling they know each barrel from the vineyard to the bottle. As members of the Sunnyslope Wine Trail Association and the Idaho Wine Industry, both are immersed in all aspects of this growing AVA. Gregg has served on the board of the Idaho Wine Commission and Destination Caldwell with a focus on Agri-Tourism and Economic Partnerships. Both strive to ensure that visitors to Huston Vineyards have an authentic experience in the area by holding unique, 100% local Farm to Fork Dinners, World Malbec Day Celebrations and Specialized Tastings for Groups.
Although both ventured off the farm to gain degrees from Idaho universities, and both worked in the business world for many years, the lure of the land and the desire to produce wine from Idaho’s unique terrior brought Gregg and Mary back to their roots. With shared upbringings of dawn-to-dusk chores, 4-H and FFA ribbons and a passion for agriculture, both treasure the backdrop of thriving vineyards and blooming flax fields and a beautiful sunset over the Owyhee Mountains is their daily reward.
2016 Petit Sirah Cabernet Sauvignon Blend
50% Petite Sirah, 50% Cabernet Sauvignon
Inky dark purple in color with aromas of fig and current and brooding dark fruit flavors on the mid-palette. This heavy bodied wine has rich texture, structure and lingering chalky tannins.
Pair with black peppercorn crusted rib eye, Hoisin glazed pork ribs, rosemary and garlic lamb chops and smoked mushroom risotto.
Sweet peach, mandarin orange and apricot flavors are dominant while the tropical notes form a more subdued complexity to the wine. This Moscato has just enough acidity to balance the sweetness with a bright ambrosia salad character. The finish is weighty although not cloyingly sweet.
Located 30 minutes outside of Boise, Idaho, family-owned and operated Indian Creek Winery embodies that old saying “Work hard, play hard.” Bill ‘61 and Mui Stowe started the winery in 1982 to craft premium wines from the best grapes in the heart of Idaho’s Snake River Valley appellation. Their 18-acre Estate Stowe Vineyard is one of the oldest vineyards in Idaho.
In 2005, Bill and Mui’s daughter Tammy Stowe-McClure ‘05 and husband Mike McClure ‘05 came on board as the second generation of winemakers and continue the success of this growing winery. As a second generation Vandal, Tammy graduated in 2006 and applies her degree in Fine Arts to design the winery labels. While at U of I, Tammy was on the Track and Field team and used her finely honed track skills to compete on American Ninja Warriors (seasons 7-9) as the “Wine Warrior.” Tammy’s husband Mike was a distinguished student at U of I and received his degree in geology in 2005. He's passionate about creating beautiful and balanced wines and believes it all starts in the vineyard. His work has garnered several gold medals and recognition from wine industry publications in his 14 years as Indian Creek’s winemaker.
This imaginative and full bodied red blend delights the senses with the smells of smoke, raspberry and eucalyptus. The slightly sweet taste of dried fruit is the first of many layers of flavors you will taste. Currant, vanilla, molasses and a hint of asparagus and roses help define its many flavors while the medium tannins provide the backbone of this wine.
Lindsay Creek was founded in 2007 by winemaker brothers Art and Doug McIntosh and their families, who made their first “hobby” wine in 2009. Four years later, they started work on the winery building, nestled just outside Lewiston, Idaho. That year, they crushed 18 tons of fruit and began to realize their dream of producing excellent wines.
The McIntoshes represent three generations of Vandal alumni. Doug received his undergraduate degree from U of I in agricultural economics and earned a certificate in Viticulture from nearby Washington State University, where Art earned a certificate in enology. Doug and Art’s mom is a Vandal, as are Doug’s wife Brenda, both of their sons, and Art’s daughters. Many McIntosh aunts, uncles, in-laws and cousins are Vandals too.
Lindsay Creek’s motto is “Taste our commitment.” That commitment to excellent winemaking garnered them the 2017 Idaho Governor’s Award for Excellence and Marketing in Agriculture for marketing Innovation. The McIntoshes were celebrated for their efforts with regard to both their harvest Ridge Organics, a local premium whole-wheat organics line, as well as their work with Lindsay Creek Vineyards to develop or increase sales of Idaho food or agriculture products.
This irresponsible blending of flavors would pair nicely with a big steak, while its chalky tannin structure would allow it to also go well with pork, lamb or even chicken at the beach, on the boat, or that backyard BBQ.
As a member of Vandals Uncorked, you'll enjoy these great benefits:
- Two regular shipments per year (November/December and May/June) of specially selected, high-quality wines.
- Each shipment includes four bottles of premium wine proudly created by members of the Vandal family.
- Winemaker profiles and tasting notes with each shipment.
Vandals Uncorked offers outstanding wines for less than you can buy them at the winery. Each shipment of four wines will cost $100 to $130, plus tax, shipping and handling. Membership is open to everyone (21 and over) and makes a great gift for Vandal moms, dads, grads and friends. Join now!
Bitner Vineyards, Caldwell, ID
Established in 1981, family-run Bitner Vineyards is in the rich, beautiful area of the Snake River Valley in Caldwell, Idaho. Owners Ron and Mary Bitner have been dedicated from the start to helping build up the wine-growing community in Idaho and are proud to be a part of the new frontier of Idaho wine.
The Bitners’ Vandal roots run deep. Ron worked for University of Idaho Extension 1976 -1980 and was Idaho’s first integrated pest management specialist. He has been on numerous agriculture boards with University of Idaho over the years and continues to work closely with University of Idaho Food Technology center in Caldwell.
Continuing the Vandal tradition, daughter Amy Bitner attended U of I from 1994 to 1996. During her time at U of I, she worked at its Extension center in Parma as a bug scout, conducting research on sustainable farming in alfalfa seed.
Basalt Cellars, Clarkston, WA
Business partners Rick Wasem and Lynn DeVleming founded Basalt Cellars in 2003 with a shared passion for creating rock-solid, age-worthy wines. Their success was immediate with their 2004 Merlot winning “Double Gold” and “Best of Class” at the Tri-Cities Wine Festival. Combined with their wine-loving staff, Holly (Jacobson) Bonnalie ‘06 and Leisha Evangelho, Basalt Cellars has one mission: produce awarded and respected wines from the finest vineyards in Washington State, as well as local vineyards located in the Lewis Clark Valley AVA.
University of Idaho holds near and dear for Basalt staff member Holly. She was involved in the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority for four years and married fellow Vandal and Sigma Chi fraternity member Geno Bonnalie’07, who proudly played beloved Vandal mascot “Joe” for a year. A fateful phone call from Basalt Cellars owner Wasem brought her to Clarkston where she applies her microbiology degree. Her passion for wine and science has provided the perfect “blend” (pun intended) for her career in the wine industry over the last 10 years.
Indian Creek Winery, Kuna, ID
Family-owned and operated Indian Creek Winery embodies that old saying “Work hard, play hard.” Bill ’61 and Mui Stowe started the winery 1982 to craft premium wines from the best grapes in the heart of Idaho’s Snake River Valley appellation. Their 18-acre Estate Stowe Vineyard is one of the oldest vineyards in Idaho. Bill was a proud University of Idaho Vandal who earned the Idaho Wine Commission’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
In 2005, the Muis’ daughter Tammy Stowe-McClure ‘06 and husband Mike McClure ’05 came on board as the second generation of winemakers and continue the success of this growing winery. Tammy applies her degree in Fine Arts to design the winery labels. While at U of I, Tammy was on the track and field team and used her finely honed track skills to compete on American Ninja Warrior (seasons 7-9) as the “Wine Warrior.” Mike was a distinguished student at U of I and received a bachelor’s degree in geology. He's passionate about creating beautiful and balanced wines and believes it all starts in the vineyard. His work has garnered several gold medals and recognition from wine industry publications.
Lindsay Creek Vineyards, Lewiston, ID
Founded in 2007 by viticulturist and winemaker brothers Art & Doug ‘81 McIntosh, Lindsay Creek is truly a Vandal family vineyard. The McIntoshes represent three generation of Vandal alumni: the brothers’ mom is a Vandal, along with Doug, his wife Brenda ‘07 and both sons, and Art’s daughters are all U of I graduates. Many aunts, uncles, in-laws and cousins are Vandals, including cousin Chris McIntosh ‘78, who heads up U of I’s Agricultural Economics & Rural Sociology Department.
Lindsay Creek Vineyards started its vineyard with only 150 grapes. Currently they own and operate over 11 acres of vines. The transition from wheat to growing quality wine grapes has been fast-paced, educational and extremely rewarding. Both Art and Doug have nearly twenty years combined experience in viticulture and enology and each have been certified by WSU. Through first-hand experience, consulting with regional experts and a passion in producing premium wines, Lindsay Creek Vineyards was created.
Crossings Winery, Glenns Ferry, ID
Crossings is one of Idaho’s oldest locally owned, family-owned wineries, and was named the 2017 Idaho Winery of the Year by Wine Press Northwest magazine. Owner and general manager Doug Jones ‘88 is a second-generation vintner with deep Vandal roots. Jones served as editor of the Argonaut student newspaper and a senator in the Associated Students University of Idaho as an undergraduate. His parents, brother, sister and wife Elizabeth ‘92 are all Vandals, and his son Dashiell is currently a student.
Located in scenic Glenns Ferry, Idaho, Crossings has grown to be a one-stop winery and culinary destination, offering award-wining wine, upscale dining, golf, public and private events, and over-night accommodations.