Seasoned barkeeps fill glasses with the aromatic pours from a rotating selection of 12 wines, and the cellar stocks a slew of bottled vintages from Idaho wineries to far-flung international locales. Guests can also indulge in sips of 38 domestic and international beers. It's all a part of the new ownership at Corkscrews, who complement their libations with a freshly concocted menu that showcases pizza, salads, a spread of cheeses, and desserts, from cheesecake to ice cream with almonds. On top of filling Corkscrews' cozy environs with daily live entertainment, the owners enjoy renting out the facility and its team of wine handlers for private events such as holiday parties and Flat Earth Society meetings.
Muse Bistro and Wine Bar dazzles diners and sates stomachs with a rotating menu of artfully designed and presented entrees built from seasonal ingredients and market-fresh fish. Lasso stampeding appetites with starters such as calamari fritti dredged in crispy panko crumbs and sidled up next to a lemon-basil aioli. Though entrees change weekly, like a fickle gorilla's opinions on foreign affairs, offerings include dishes such as top sirloin garbed in a sherried mushroom ragout and joined by a sidecar of vegetables and whipped potatoes. Gastronomic gurus tickle market-fresh fish en papillote with basting brushes coated in sun-dried-tomato-basil butter before nestling the piscatorial provender atop a bed of flavor-enhancing aromatics.
Woodriver Cellars’ vine alchemists pluck the fruits of their scenic vineyard in the Snake River Appellation to create a full suite of wines. Visitors to the rustic tasting room lounge upon dark, wooden furniture near a stone hearth, enjoying hors d’oeuvres and sips of the winery’s vintages, which include chardonnay blends, reislings, merlots, and malbecs. Eye-catching works from local artists line the tasting room’s walls as the resonant sounds of regular live musicians tickle ears. The expansive vineyard grounds act as a pastoral vista for weddings and parties, containing a quartet of bocce courts for friendly competition or tense discussions over whether a grapefruit can be used as a substitute ball.
Payette Brewing Co. is an interesting mix of tradition and rebellion. It's founder, Mike Francis, gave up the corporate life to roll the die on a new venture in one of America's most time-honored industries. Using a 15-barrel brewing system, Mike and his staff cultivate high-quality brews in traditional styles—stouts, ales, and lagers—that aim to embody the adventurous spirit of Idaho and their own penchant for skiing, hiking, and kayaking. Inside the tasting room, they pour pint glasses or offer smaller samples for those who can't commit to one beer just yet.
Piloted by a professional driving staff, Boise Party Bus's fleet whisks between 16 and 24 clientele away on celebratory jaunts customized for special occasions and tours. Each non-smoking ride arrives equipped with a full bar, hardwood dance floor, and miniature water park built into the tire rims as a driver accommodates requests you make throughout the trip.
Alongside services for private parties, Boise Party Bus's passengers charter the fleet for the Best of the Northwest Wine Tour or Snake River Valley Vineyard Tour to sample boutique wines at five local destinations. Guests on The Great Idaho Brew Tour make pit stops at up to six of the state's best brewers for pours of craft brew on a voyage that Boise Weekly lauds as "a genius idea."
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.