Thank you for your interest in the North Idaho Enological Society (NIES), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to increasing the knowledge, appreciation and enjoyment of wine. North Idaho Enological Society members are a diverse group ranging in age, background and occupation who meet September through May.
Whether you are new to wine appreciation, or are an experienced wine consumer, you are very welcome here!
Our tasting events are social as well as educational, educational, usually focused on tasting, comparing, evaluating and learning about different wines. Each tasting usually feature four to six wines, while following a theme. Gourmet cheese, crackers and other finger foods are provided during each tasting to cleanse the palate and accompany the wine. A fee is charged for each tasting, and an advanced reservation is required.
On the third Friday of every month (October through April), we host a monthly event at Lake City Center, 1916 N. Lakewood Dr. in Coeur d'Alene. The tasting begins with a greeting wine at 7:15 p.m. as we mix and mingle with friends. The actual program starts at 7:30 p.m.
Additionally, we have three special events each year. In September, a fun event is held at a different location to kick off our wine tasting season. In December, it's a Holiday Extravaganza presenting a variety of champagne and wines with catered hors d'oeuvres, music and a wine bottle exchange. To end our season in May, an Anniversary Dinner is held at the Hayden Lake Country Club. The chefs showcase their talents with special hors d'oeuvres and an elegant five-course dinner accompanied by high-end wines paired to each course. The winemaker from the featured winery will enlighten us with information regarding the wines we are drinking.
Reservations are necessary. Join as a member or you are cordially invited to attend one of our tastings as a guest. Please call our reservation chair, Linda Pendleton, at (208) 623-3333 to reserve a spot at one of our tastings or for more information. If you have already made a reservation and find you will be unable to attend, please notify the reservation chair so someone on the wait list can attend;.
The NIES annual membership dues are $25 per person, which are due in September each year and are not prorated for joining mid-year. All members and guests must be 21 and older.
Membership benefits include:
Subscription to our monthly newsletter, The Grapevine, which highlights NIES events and is provided via email
Discounts on all NIES functions
An NIES name badge
To join NIES, we will need:
A check for $25 payable to North Idaho Enological Society
A completed membership and liability release form (click here for a printable copy of the form)
Send the check and the membership liability release form to: Linda Pendleton 6504 W. Brentwood Lane Spirit Lake, ID 83869