Potatoes aren't all Idaho's known for: state's wine industry is booming

BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) - Tickets were sold out at Boise's fifth annual Savor Idaho, a local wine and food tasting event.

Idaho wine makers say that's because buying local wine is catching on. Since 2002, the number of wineries in the Gem State has grown from 11 to around 50.

Moya Dolsby, Executive Director of the Idaho Wine Commission, says Idaho's Snake River Valley is prime land for growing grapes. And when the wine comes from so close, she says wine drinkers reap the benefits too.

"The wine's affordable. You can have it for your Tuesday night wine, and you don't have to spend fifty dollars on a bottle," she said.

In 2009, Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter named June "Idaho Wine Month".