If you love adventure, wine, and delicious food in an unforgettable setting, then Wine on the Middle Fork of the Salmon is your perfect vacation. Between the Middle Fork’s exciting Class IV waters, magnificent landscapes, and indulgent wine and food-filled evenings at camp, you’ll wish you never had to leave.
Vintner: Precept Wine
Chef: Michael Trevors aka Rhody
As the Pacific Northwest’s largest, privately held wine producer, Precept Wine has over 30 years of experience in the industry resulting in more than 800 combined best buys and scores over 90 points. Founded in 2003 by Andrew Browne and Dan Baty, Precept is a world-class wine producer with vineyards in Idaho, Washington, Oregon, and New Mexico.
Chef Rhody comes to our Wine on the River trip with over 30 years of gourmet experience and has cooked in some of the finest establishments in the country. Classically French-trained, his repertoire transcends many cultures and ethnicities. He has been a regular chef on our Middle Fork wine trips for many years and always garners rave reviews with his wild, Idaho-centric menu featuring trout, duck, and buffalo. When not on the river, he can be found cooking backstage at many popular music festivals in the nation for some of the best musicians around. Personable and full of colorful stories, Chef Rhody adds a fun element while offering fresh, made-to-order dinners in challenging environments.
About This Trip
Spend your days on the Middle Fork of the Salmon rafting exciting whitewater through dramatic landscapes. Experience spectacular alpine scenery, enchanting forests, and sheer granite gorges that will leave you in a constant state of wide-eyed wonderment as you head downriver. Your guides will lead you on explorations through lush green fields and forests to places you would swear are straight out of a fairytale. You may even get to soak in a natural hot spring and explore caves decorated with Sheepeater Indian pictographs. After all the relaxin’, splashin’, and whitewater action, you’ll be ready for an evening of wine and food guaranteed to be unlike anything you’ve ever experienced.
After pulling into camp for the day, everyone will unload the rafts, and you can find the perfect spot to set up your tent for the night. Once you’re all settled, the real fun begins as you gather around for an enlightening wine tasting with a representative from Precept Wine, perfectly paired with delectable h’ordeuvres by Chef Rhody. As educational as it is fun, you’re sure to gain a deeper appreciation for wine and the passionate people who produce it while you learn about what makes every bottle unique.
While you continue wine tasting or relaxing in camp, Chef Rhody will be getting ready to wow you with his gourmet brilliance, serving up dishes made with fresh, local ingredients that put a spotlight on the best Idaho has to offer. You’ll sit at linen-draped, candlelit tables with your fellow rafters and break bread. The conversation will be flowing, the food and wine will be abundant, and laughter will fill the air. As you head to bed with a satisfied stomach and happy heart, you’ll ponder the memories made that day as the mellifluous river lulls you to sleep.