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Savor Idaho raises funds for wine-industry scholarships, marketing

A sold-out Savor Idaho event June 13 benefited the Idaho Botanical Garden in Boise, which hosted the second annual food and wine festival, and supported marketing efforts at the Idaho Grape Growers and Wine Producers Commission.

Full financial results were not available as of June 16, but people were standing outside the venue “looking for tickets and holding up signs,” commission Executive Director Moya Shatz said in an interview. More than 900 people bought tickets at $40 each.

More than $1,000 was raised for the fledgling Idaho Wine Education Foundation via a Wheel of Wine prize wheel sponsored by Zions Bank, she said. The commission is in the process of setting up the foundation, which will provide money for scholarships to viticulture (grape growing) and enology (wine studies) programs, she said.

The first scholarship is expected to be awarded next spring by the foundation, which so far has raised about $2,500, Shatz said. Last year’s Savor Idaho event raised seed money for the foundation.

Wine sales from Savor Idaho benefited the Idaho Botanical Garden, she said. From event ticket sales and sponsorships, money over and above expenses supports the Idaho Grape Growers and Wine Producers Commission and will go toward continuing marketing of Idaho wine, she said.

“We were just extremely excited that so many people attended the event,” Shatz said. Savor Idaho sold out two days in advance, she said.

Savor Idaho drew participation from 30 wineries, 23 restaurants, five exhibitors, 17 sponsors, and a number of volunteers and interns. The event featured more than 90 wines to sample and “many delicious items from some of the top restaurants around the Treasure Valley,” the commission said in a release.

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