Lemme brush my shoulder off a little bit! Two years ago, I nailed a a Valentine's Date for my fiance (just a few weeks after we started dating) that he loved so much that it's now a tradition for us every year!

He'd lived in Idaho longer than me and loves wine, so I was super surprised that he'd never been to any of the wineries in the Sunnyslope Region of Caldwell.  Thanks to the Idaho Wine Run, I had and it became one of my favorite places in the state.  So I made the executive decision to surprise him with a visit to wine country! Here's how it came together:

Gather Your Supplies

I went to Gordman's and bought a cheap set of wine glasses.  I filled each of them with gold crushed glass, purple glass pebbles and put a piece of rolled up green paper inside each of them.  Each of those papers had the address of a winery or restaurant on the Sunnyslope.  I loaded each glass into a picnic basket loaded with snack meat and cheeses.


My fiance had NO idea what was going on when he started unrolling the papers.  I told him to just get in the car and drive to that address.  When we got in the car I loaded up a Valentine's Day playlist on my phone of songs that we both really loved.


That year our day took us to samplings at three wineries that weekend.  I picked Bitner, Koenig and Ste. Chapelle but there are over a dozen wineries on the Sunnyslope.  We enjoyed tastings at all three and an awesome chocolate fountain at Ste. Chapelle.  The last address in the basket was Orchard House, a few miles down the road.  We enjoyed a dinner at the cute, country restaurant before heading home.

Michelle Heart/TSM Boise
Michelle Heart/TSM Boise

If you're planning to do the EXACT same date that we did, you're in luck! This upcoming weekend is Wine and Chocolate weekend on the Sunnyslope and most of the wineries have something special planned for the occasion.  Check out the link below to find out more!

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