Idaho Wine Country Pt. 3

Reported by: Melissa Hackney
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Updated: 11/22/2013 11:22 am
For many people their wine experience begins in the grocery story trying to find the best wine, for the best price, but for the Snyder family 14 years ago, they turned an old, rundown farm into a romantic destination that will change the way you look at wine. 

"It was filthy,” said Claudia Snyder from Snyder Winery in Buhl, ID.  “It had an old out house.  It had two or three old buildings just full of skunks and rockchucks and mice.”

But Snyder had a vision.  She knew this was going to be a perfect place to start a winery and more than that, a destination spot.   

"We just sort of went from one section of the grounds to the next and started weddings so it's just totally evolved,” explained Snyder. 

The evolution not only involved making wine, but also starting a steakhouse. 

"We just have a very limited menu.  It's New York, rib eye, filet mignon wrapped in bacon, or salmon,” said Snyder.  “Everything is preorder and by reservation only."

There isn't a bad seat in the house with the tables overlooking the vineyard and rose garden and the bonus is that you can take all the time you want to admire the view. 

"We don't flip the tables like Applebee’s or somewhere like that.  We just hang out and relax and really enjoy the evening,” said Snyder. 

On top of all that, there is a cute, little cabin nestled on the grounds that would be a perfect place to stay if you didn't want to make the drive home or simply wanted a night away. 

"They’re year-round and it comes with a full breakfast in the morning and it has a nice, deep, jetted tub and a little kitchenette.  They are on the east side, so they really are quiet private,” explained Snyder. 

And the reason to make the drive out to this romantic destination was explained very simply.

"Because I hear we have the best steaks in the universe some people tell me,” laughed Snyder. 

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