Escape the Every Day Through Wine Tasting in Eagle

Wine Tasting in Eagle


Escape the Every Day Through Wine Tasting in Eagle

By Michelle Ochsner

More than just an indulgence, wine is an experience warranted by nothing other than an occasion to celebrate taste. Even though the affair is celebrated in the most exotic places in the world, one doesn’t have to travel far to enjoy the spirit of wine.

A European tradition, grape-growing, and winemaking are a growing industry in Southern Idaho. Eagle accompanies several vineyards that prepare fertile soil for the ideal root system with winemakers that personally care for grapes that thrive because of the valley’s four seasons. As the fruit becomes dormant in the cold winter and luscious in the summer with hot days and cool evenings; winemaking in Eagle ranks among the best.

Starting with Idaho’s rich fertile soil, vines are prepared to grow the finest grapes and stored to age in ways to create a first-rate flavor. Selecting how to store wine is a specialty of its own. Wines are aged in French, American, and Hungarian Oak Barrels in climate-controlled areas and when ready; bottled with a label as special as the wine it’s self.

Novice or masters, the variety of accompaniments to explore are lavish to modest. The process, by which one experiences wine, depends on many circumstances. With several venues for all occasions, Eagle bids formal tasting rooms (some with food pairing), education classes, and entertainment. Some offer club perks while others are more casual. Many establishments include live music while others have the honor of hosting special events such as weddings.

Many vineyards in Eagle have received prestigious recognition from the Idaho Wine Commission, Northwest Wine Press, and assorted wine festivals. In tasting rooms, visitors gain better insight and understanding of wine directly from the winemaker’s.

The Eagle Food and Wine Festival is a fundraising event that benefits local charities. The festival promotes donations for charities such as the Landing Community Center, Wyakin Warrior Foundation, and Meals on Wheels by promoting the best local restaurants and wineries in the area.

The festival’s contact, Mary, enjoys visitor’s reactions to the winemaker’s passion and enthusiasm. For her, the event brings the community together and provides a good, long-lasting impact. “Eagle has a very special spirit of community that you can count on to rally for a good cause.  We are lucky that our event has been so heartily embraced by not only Eagle but the entire Treasure Valley!  There is a great desire to embrace and support local endeavors – restaurants, wineries, and charities.”

For pleasure, special occasion, or local charitable event; Wine symbolizes culture, style, and fun.



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Save the Date!

This year’s Eighth Annual Eagle Food and Wine Festival will be on Saturday, September 13th from 6-9 p.m.at BanBury Golf Course in Eagle. This year’s beneficiaries will be the Boys and Girls Clubs of Ada County, which serves more than 4,000 children in the Valley, and the Eagle Food Bank.



Eagle Showcases Local Art in Many Ways

Artists in Residence


Eagle Showcases Local Art in Many Ways

By Michelle Ochsner

Discovering a piece of art that speaks to you is like discovering your one true love. For some, it’s as easy as breathing. Others, walking on glass would prove less difficult. When one does find a connection with a particular work of art, it’s a love affair to remember.

The residents of Eagle are encompassed with art and those that create it. From abstract sculptures nestled in along the streets of the town, to the fine-oil paintings hung in a gallery, local artists contribute everlasting wonderment to this amazing community.

On any given day, residents can walk around town to view pieces placed throughout this quaint community. As an ongoing commitment to the community, The Eagle Arts Commission promotes and creates projects for the City of Eagle and welcomes creative ideas for public art projects.

Local artists have a unique opportunity to express themselves, display, and sell their work at various venues in Eagle. The residents of Eagle selected the artists in 2006, ten local artists created outdoor sculptural benches for the Eagle business corridor. The benches were installed in 2007, for all to appreciate.

Local artist Kelly Beach uses oils to paint and convey a world she wants you experience.  Her work’s displayed at Gaia Studios & Gallery on 1st Street in Eagle. “I typically do landscapes and serious animal paintings but every once in awhile I like to use humor.”

The artistic culture in the city is supported not only by the community, the local government advocates for the arts as well. Among the many occasions sponsored by the city is The Eagle Saturday Market that’s located downtown. Residents can stroll through town at 9:00 a. m. to 1:00 p. m. and enjoy live music, arts, crafts, local produce, and fresh flowers along with herbs and specialty food items.

First Friday in Eagle is a community affair bringing art, shopping, and culture for the entire family. Experience some of Idaho’s best galleries, food, and entertainment from 4:00pm – 9:00pm in downtown Eagle. Encounter dazzling fused glass art at Fusions Glass Studio, breath-taking displays at Finer Frames, or take notice of music while viewing a municipal art collection.


Eagle Mural Project is Eagle’s newest addition to its municipal art collection is located on the back of the Liquor Store building at 74 W State Street, just West of Eagle Road.

Live music by local performing artists; Andrew Coba, Carter Freeman, Justin Nielsen, and many more.


Storage Auctions May Lead to Bounty, or You May Come Up Bust

Storage Wars


Storage Auctions May Lead to Bounty, or You May Come Up Bust

By Michelle Ochsner

Treasure hunting; Mans journey of discovery with high hopes of striking it rich. The excitement of finding priceless items captivates and allures even the most frugal. Storage auctions are Americans latest attempt to get rich quick and these buyers are no different from any other treasure hunter.

A Storage Unit is repossessed by the facility owner in an attempt to recover the debt by auctioning off items found inside. Auctions are publicly listed online with real-time listings and in classified advertisements found in the paper.

Experienced buyers know all too well that the odds of finding that rare life-changing item are slim to none. But the hunt keeps them coming back. However, as exhilarating as it seems, cleaning out a unit is hard and sometimes expensive work.

Winning a bid on a storage locker packed with garbage bags and shabby boxes will almost always cost you money. By the time you pay for the unit, hire people to help clean it out, pay for gas, and dump fees you’ll be in the negative. There are occasions when you’ll find a hidden treasure that pays for the bid and then some; but for the most part, garbage is garbage.

Furniture and appliances are items that will make money. High-end household property with neatly packaged boxes or totes are a buyer’s best bet. The contractor’s tools and scrap metal also pay well. These will bring in the most profit. However, these will also be expensive units because of everyone bids on them.

With TV shows like A&E’s Storage Wars, regular bidders are dramatically impacted. Newbie’s swarm the scene making ridiculously high bids, drive prices way too high. The lure of an event brings more people and higher bids.

Many storage units are untidy and disorganized, so an optical illusion can make items seem to be in far better condition than they actually are. These units will often go for more than $1500.  Upon entry, the buyer discovers that those pieces are damaged beyond repair and it’s off to the dump. These units often fool even the most skilled professionals.

Idaho laws and regulations are strict and with eight years of experience, Meridian storage manager, Diana LaBeau knows the ins and outs. “It’s not like the TV shows. Auctions last about ten minutes and then everyone goes home. State law requires bidders to sign in and no one is allowed to touch the contents until a purchase is confirmed; we can’t even enter. Storage managers go well out of our way to prevent these auctions. It’s definitely a last resort and we don’t enjoy them because some people are losing everything including family heirlooms. Some have lost their jobs while others are destitute. It’s sad.”

Owners usually do not make a profit from auctions.  As a business, it’s necessary to try and make up the loss of revenue and unfortunately this is how it’s done.

There are Moles, and Then There are MOLES

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Identifying Moles

When it’s time to call a doctor

By Michelle Ochsner

Skin cancer is the most common of all cancers in the United States. Being proactive by examining your skin regularly helps reduce your chances of developing melanoma, the most serious type of skin malignancy.

The best defense against melanoma is the usage of sun protection barriers. Noted in the 2011 Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology sunburns and indoor tanning are the main contributors to skin cancer. Less than 40% of children wear sun protection, and 34.4% of adults had burns from ultraviolet lights from the sun. The CDC declares up to 90% of melanomas are due to exposure to UV rays.

No matter your age, it’s never too early to self examine moles and check for signs of skin cancer. Detection is important to catch cancer of the skin early. The ABC’s of Melanoma and when to contact a doctor are:

Asymmetrical Shape: It isn’t necessary for the mole to be in any particular shape. However, the mole should not show a discrepancy from one side to the other.

  • Border: Normal moles are regular in uniformity. The border should not be ragged, blurred, or uneven.
  • Color: Moles can be exceedingly light, or nearly black. If there is an assortment of color, such as brown, red, white, black, or blue, a medical consultation is essential.
  • Diameter: The mole should not exceed 6mm in diameter, the size of a pencil eraser.
    Elevation: There are many moles raised from the skin that are not malignant.

Nevertheless, get them checked. Always better to be safe.

According to the Melanoma Research Foundation, most moles on the body are benign. It is important to check your skin regularly as most melanomas are found by the person, not a doctor. Those with more than 100 moles are at higher risk and will benefit from yearly checkups.

The most effective way of prevention is to know your body. You’ve only got one, and you know it better than anyone else. A good way to track a mole is to take pictures and compare those photos yearly. If there are signs of cancer, contact your doctor immediately.


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Ways to Improve Your Home’s Efficiency

By Michelle Ochsner

Heating and cooling your home can impact your energy cost up to 50 percent.  Here are some tips to help reduce those costs and increase comfort.

  • Upgrading or adding insulation will give your home an adequate thermal barrier that most houses lack, depending on the year it was built. Insulation levels are measured by R-Value to determine the heat flow. The higher the value the more resistant. In the Treasure Valley, energystar.gov recommends having R49 in an uninsulated attic, R38 to existing insulation, R20 for wall insulation, and R30 for floor insulation.

Check with the local power company as they may have insulation incentives through certain home improvement programs.

  • Seal all heating and cooling ducts and seams with duct sealant or metal-backed tape to prevent air leaks. Wrap with insulation to greater prevent seepage to stop air from getting through the thin metal walls. This improves energy costs by up 20 percent. If the ducts in your home are difficult to get to, call an HVAC contractor. Compare prices and ask friends or family who might know of a reputable company. Ask for referrals, and call them.  Protect your investment by hiring a contractor who is legit.
  • Upgrade old windows throughout your home. Windows can let the cool air in during the winter and hot air during the summer. The department of energy recommends replacing old windows, skylights, and glass doors with more efficient frameworks to prevent air leaks. Look for National Fenestration Rating Council, NFRC, ratings when selecting a better performing window. Select double pained windows with wood, vinyl, or fiberglass frames that include compressing seals for a more airtight fit.
  • Shading accessories are a great way to help save on energy costs. Thermal drapes that are thick and heavy will not only block out solar heat but also prevent cool air from seeping in. One can also add an insulated lining behind the drapes for an added layer. Place vertical thermal shades or shutters on windows facing east and west. On inside south-facing windows, put up horizontal shades or shutters. Outside your home place overhangs, awnings, or plant trees and shrubs to block out sunlight.