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Alumni Offices

Physical Address:
1212 Blake Ave. Moscow, ID

Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3232 Moscow, ID 83844-3232

Phone: 208-885-6154

Fax: 208-885-6975

Email: alumni@uidaho.edu

Directions

Physical Address:
322 E. Front Street, Suite 200 Boise, ID 83702

Phone: 208-364-4030

Fax: 208-364-4035

Directions

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 2020 Wine Selections

Mel’s Victory Red by Jovinea Cellars

Tasting Notes: Boysenberry, Plum, Red/Black Cherry, Violet, Sage, Pepper, Black Olive, Herbs, Toffee and Coffee. Complex, bold dry red. Aged in Neutral French Oak. 98 Cases Produced.

Located in the Clearwater Canyon, Michael and Lisa Grigg relocated to the Lewis-Clark Valley in 2011 with one goal in mind – to start a winery. The winery became a reality after eight years of dreaming, planning, and unexpected adversity. The family-run operation produces small-lot, artisan wines with plenty of character and a hint of jovial flair. The focus for Jovinea is letting each vintage show their true colors with minimal intervention while being a bit playful and approachable.

Jovinea, (pronounced joe-vinh-A-uh) is a combination of the words “jovial” and “vinea” (Latin for vine). The name reflects the joy of finally seeing their dream materialize.

2019 Riesling by Lindsay Creek Winery

Tasting notes: A German-style Riesling with just a hint of sweet, 2.2% residual sugar that is very pleasing on a warm afternoon when served chilled. It will taste crisp and clean with loads of fruit flavors such as apricot, citrus, pineapple as well as honey and some minerality. Grapes are from the Columbia Valley in Washington State.

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 eared 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.

Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec by Huston Vineyards

Cabernet Sauvignon tasting notes: Huston Vineyard’s Cabernet Sauvignon is rich dark berry color and aromas of currant and black cherry with dark fruit and earthy flavors. This full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon has rich texture and a lingering finish.

Malbec tasting notes: Rich blackberry colors and aromas of dried blueberries and allspice, this full-bodied wine displays flavors of plum and black currant with supple tannins and spicy yet lingering finish.

Gregg and Mary ’89,’99 Alger: farmers, winemakers, owners and parents. Raised on Southern Idaho farms, we found the ideal spot to raise our boys (one of which, Jacob a U of I student studying Food Science in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences), farm and cultivate a vineyard and wines of distinction on Southwest Idaho’s Chicken Dinner Road, adjacent to Huston, Idaho. Huston Vineyards has made its unique mark amid the collection of notable wineries along the Sunnyslope Wine Trail of the Snake River Valley AVA.

As Huston’s proprietors, we are meticulous in every way, from start to finish, having our fingerprints on everything from pruning shears to fruit and clone selections, from racking, barreling and bottling to collaborations and oversight. As members of the Snake River Valley AVA and a popular stop on the Sunnyslope Wine Trail, we are immersed in the Idaho wine industry, and very active participants in fostering the distinct wine experience of the region.

Although we ventured off the farm to gain our Idaho college educations, the lure of the land and the mystique of winemaking brought us to Huston. With our shared upbringings of dawn-to-dusk chores, 4-H and FFA ribbons and a mama’s warm kitchen — this is where we weave the fabric of our lives. With the backdrop of the lavender shades of our blooming flax field, to the deep burgundy stains of our harvest crush, our sons raise colorful, fresh vegetables, priced to sell. Growing and aging is not reserved for the vineyard alone! And the beauty of a magic-hour sunset over the Owyhee Mountains is a daily reward.

Support Vandal Connected Wineries in Idaho and around the country.

Vandal Connected Wineries

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!

Juliaetta Rose by Colter’s Creek Estate Vineyard

In 2007, their love of earth and wine led Melissa and Mike ‘87 Pearson to purchase an abandoned vineyard in Juliaetta, Idaho. They have since focused on the expansion and maturation of Colter’s Creek Estate Vineyards. Nestled along the Potlatch and Clearwater Rivers, the vines are carefully maintained to produce outstanding fruit.

2017 Renaissance Red by Clearwater Canyon Cellars

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.

White Iris by Indian Creek Winery

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 1982 to craft premium wines from the best grapes in the heart of Idaho’s Snake River Valley appellation. 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.

2017 Rick’s Red by Basalt Cellars

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.

2018 Albarino by Clearwater Canyon Cellars

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 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.

2016 Petit Sirah Cabernet Sauvignon Blend by Huston Vineyards

Gregg and Mary ’89,’99 Alger: farmers, winemakers, owners and parents.

Raised on Southern Idaho farms, we found the ideal spot to raise our boys (one of which, Jacob a U of I student studying Food Science in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences), farm and cultivate a vineyard and wines of distinction on Southwest Idaho’s Chicken Dinner Road, adjacent to Huston, Idaho. Huston Vineyards has made its unique mark amid the collection of notable wineries along the Sunnyslope Wine Trail of the Snake River Valley AVA.

2016 Moscato by Indian Creek winery

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 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.

Irresponsibility Red by, Lindsay Creek Vineyards

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 eared 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.

Basalt Cellars, Clarkston, Wash.
NV Semillion-Sauvignon Blanc and 2015 Rim Rock Red

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.

Clearwater Canyon Cellars, Lewiston, Idaho
2018 Albarino

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 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.

Bitner Vineyards, Caldwell, Idaho
2015 Erletxe/Tempranillo

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.

Clearwater Canyon Cellars, Lewiston, Idaho
2016 Merlot

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 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.

Huston Vineyards, Huston, Idaho
2015 Cabernet Sauvignon and 2016 Dry Riesling

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.

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.

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.

Alumni Offices

Physical Address:
1212 Blake Ave. Moscow, ID

Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3232 Moscow, ID 83844-3232

Phone: 208-885-6154

Fax: 208-885-6975

Email: alumni@uidaho.edu

Directions

Physical Address:
322 E. Front Street, Suite 200 Boise, ID 83702

Phone: 208-364-4030

Fax: 208-364-4035

Directions