A fully operational winery since 1987, Sawtooth Winery was once under the care of the Pintler family, who had used their parcel of land as pasture for years. But the rolling, south-facing hills were a bit too robust to be limited to one use, and in 1982 15 acres of grapes were planted. Today, Sawtooth is one of the largest vineyards in Idaho, and those same vines produce the plump grapes destined become one of the eight wine varietals crafted onsite. Those wines have garnered Sawtooth a variety of honorable accolades and press, including a Winery of the Month designation from the Idaho Wine Commission.
Nestled on a sloping, well-manicured hillside, Ste. Chappelle Winery transports visitors to a gothic chapel in France. Rows of grapevines intersect with the stout, picturesque building, which houses a tasting room equipped with tall archer’s windows on all sides. There, 20 varieties of wine are uncorked by resident oenophiles, splashed into awaiting glasses for sampling or dyeing mismatched neckties. In the warmer months, crowds gather with blankets and bottles on the lawn for live music events, held as part of a summer concert series.
With its sun-dappled outdoor patio, laid-back vibe, and cozy interior permeated with the sounds of live music, The Blue Moose Cafe has established itself as a local favorite for informal eats throughout the year. On the converted bungalow’s porch, umbrellas and ceiling fans create a comfortable ambiance that caused one Boise Weekly food critic to proclaim the eatery “hard to beat” when it comes to "casual summertime dining." Inside, hardwood floors and quirky artwork line the space, where cushioned stools dress ranks in front of a wood-and-granite wine bar.
No matter where you choose to sit, however, the savory selections from the kitchen staff’s eclectic repertoire are the stars of the show. On top of daily specials, which can include everything from green-chili chicken enchiladas to salmon pinwheels with garlic mashed potatoes, the cooks maintain an established menu of lunch classics. They toss crisp salads with ingredients such as fresh bay shrimp and housemade peanut sauce and prepare 19 gourmet sandwiches, including clubs, melts, and grinders. On Friday nights, live bands entertain crowds with original songs and SAT prep questions set to a melody.