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.
As a member of the 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!
To celebrate the launch of Vandals Uncorked, the first 100 orders will receive a special gift in their first shipment: a Vandals Uncorked bottle opener or wine stopper. Join today and receive your first shipment and special gift in time to celebrate the holidays with wines from the Vandal family.
Lindsay Creek Vineyards, Lewiston Idaho
Founded in 2007 by viticulturist and winemaker brothers Art & Doug McIntosh, Lindsay Creek is truly a Vandal family winery. The McIntoshes represent three generation of Vandal alumni: Doug and Art’s mom is a Vandal, along with Doug, his wife and both sons, and Art’s daughters. Many aunts, uncles, in-laws and cousins are Vandals, including cousin Chris McIntosh, who heads up U of I’s Agricultural Economics & Rural Sociology Department.
2013 Irresponsibility Red Blend
This red blend combines of Lindsay Creek’s award-winning Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Aged in 75% new French Oak and 25% 2nd and 3rd year oak, it was then cellared an extra six months to allow the flavors to develop and mature more.
Tasting Notes: Full bodied with the smells of smoke, raspberry and eucalyptus with the slightly sweet taste of dried fruit (currant) plus vanilla, molasses and a hint of asparagus and roses help define its many flavors while the medium tannins provide backbone.
Paring Notes: The 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. It is also a wonderful choice to drink by itself, when only a big, well-structured red wine will do.
A German-style 100% Riesling with just a hint of sweet, 2.5% residual sugar that is very pleasing on a warm afternoon when served chilled. Grapes are from the Columbia Valley in Washington State.
Tasting Notes: Crisp and clean with loads of fruit flavors such as apricot, citrus, pineapple and honey, along with some minerality.
Paring Notes: Pairs well with most white protein foods as well as with pizza, spicy Thai or Chinese dishes.
Crossings Winery, Glenns Ferry, Idaho
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 is a second-generation vintner with deep Vandal roots. Doug served as editor of the Argonaut and a senator in the ASUI when he attended. His parents, brother, sister and wife are all Vandals, and his son Dashiell is currently a student.
2014 Blue Noir
The estate-grown, black-skinned Blaufränkisch or Lemberger grape is typically grown in Germany and Austria. In Glenn’s Ferry, Idaho's hot summers and volcanic soil produce a more complex, spicy wine.
Tasting Notes: Dark as a moonless Idaho night it starts with aromas of dark cherry and blackberry. Plush spicy black pepper tannins balance off red jam fruity acids.
Paring Notes: Grilled meats, hamburgers, meatloaf, heavy pasta sauces.
- Platinum 2016 Wine Press Northwest
- Gold 2015 Seattle Wine Awards
- Gold 2014 Idaho Wine Competition
- Bronze 2016 San Francisco International Wine Competition
- Bronze 2015 Great Northwest Wine Competition
2014 Cabernet Franc
Grown at Mandeville Vineyards in Hagerman Valley. Cab Franc is popular grape at Crossings Winery and very food-friendly.
Tasting Notes: Black cherry flavors with a spicy peppercorn finish of anise and clove.
Pairing Notes: Spicy dishes, tomato based sauced pastas, chili.
- Platinum 2016 Wine Press Northwest
- Gold 2015 Idaho Wine Competition