Vandals Uncorked – U of I Alumni Wineries
The University of Idaho supports Idaho agriculture. Always has, always will. And one of the fastest growing segments of the Idaho agriculture scene is wine.
The number of wineries in the state has more than quadrupled in the past 15 years from just 11 in 2002 to more than 50 today, according to the Idaho Wine Commission. And, although few of us realize it, the very first wineries in the Pacific Northwest were located in Idaho.
Many of those Idaho wineries are owned and operated by fellow Vandals with degrees in food science, agronomy, agri-tourism, and business. Vandals with those same degrees also work in the wine industry nationwide.
That’s worth celebrating. “Vandals Uncorked” is the newest program offering from the U of I Office of Alumni Relations. The wine club will give alumni and friends the opportunity to subscribe to two separate, four-bottle deliveries of wines with some Vandal connection.
Orders for the first delivery open today and are expected to arrive in time for year-end, holiday festivities. We are still working on specific dates for ordering in the spring, but will plan on making them available in time for commencement gifts and Mother’s Day. This fall’s delivery will feature wines from two of Idaho’s finest wineries.
Lindsay Creek Winery, perched on the bluffs above the Clearwater River outside Lewiston, was founded in 2007 by viticulturist and winemaker brothers Art and Doug McIntosh. The McIntoshes represent three generations 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. Lindsey Creek won the Governor’s Award for Agriculture this year.
Crossings Winery in Glenn’s Ferry 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, wife, brother and sister are all Vandals, and his son Dashiell is currently a student.
Proceeds from “Vandals Uncorked” will help support a wide variety of alumni programming.
So let’s raise a glass to our fellow Vandals working in wine in Idaho and beyond.
Cheers, and go Vandals!
Kathy Barnard, ’81 Executive Director
University of Idaho Alumni Association
Vandals Uncorked Wine Club features excellent value wines produced by wineries with a Vandal connection, delivered right to your door.
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.