The authentic west embraces a host of creative arts as well as adventures in nature, all of which receive their due in our Showcase Events.

We are partnered with SIHA (the Sawtooth Interpretive and Historical Association), providing support for their Forum and Lecture Series as well as their new educational efforts through the Redfish Center.  This summer docents from the Center will lead weekly walkabouts at the Ranch, highlighting IRMR flora and fauna for our guests.  We also will plan additional sessions based on particular guests’ interests.

John Rember will once again join us throughout the summer to read from his growing body of work, including selections from Traplines: Coming Home to Sawtooth Valley.

Summer Music

The porch as ever will be the place to enjoy our local dinnertime musicians on Sunday, Monday, Thursday and Saturday evenings throughout the season. Favorites Muzzie Braun, Bruce Innes, Chuy’s Shoebox Revue, Spare Change, and Dewey, Pickette and Howe will join us once again.  The completed schedule will be posted in the spring.

2012 Summer Events

August 18: Bruce Innes’ Annual Sunset Concert: Plan to join us for dinner or the night to experience this signature Idaho Rocky event – music magic with Bruce Innes in the intimate setting of the Ranch. Please call for reservations, as the concert is limited to our dinner and overnight guests.

August 31, September 1 and 2: Annual Wine Weekend, with John Alonge, the wine heretic. Friday’s event is complimentary for Ranch dinner and overnight guests; Saturday and Sundays’ seminars are $50 per person, $75 per couple, and are open to Ranch guests and others who wish to participate. Please call for reservations for this popular event.

Friday August 31: Comparing California wines to European.All Ranch and dinner guests are invited to participate in this pre-dinner session, compliments of the Ranch.  A head-to-head tasting that will open your eyes (and palate) to the many stylistic differences between European and US wines. You’ll learn about the specific vineyard and winery practices used to create these remarkably different wine styles.

Saturday September 1 at 1pm: The Wines of Northern Spain. Enjoy another adventure in John’s World Wine Explorer Series. Taste the great wines of Spain’s northern growing regions as we explore the history, culture and traditions that make them unique.

Sunday September 2 at 10am:  Find the $100 Wine.  Did you ever wonder if those high-priced, highly rated wines are really worth the money? This session will begin with a discussion of the factors that influence the price of wine, followed by an exploration of how we really perceive wine aromas and flavors. We then will have a “blind” tasting of three red wines, one of them a high scoring, high priced wine, the other two under $20 a bottle. Without the help of the hype and the fancy label, see if you can find the $100 wine by taste alone.