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Wine Tasting

Wine on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River – 6 Days

Join OARS and Browne Family Vineyards for an indulgent six days of Wine on the Middle Fork of the Salmon in Idaho with gourmet meals by Chef Rhody




August 27, 2024 - September 1, 2024



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: Browne Family Vineyards, WA
Chef: Michael Trevors aka Rhody

Inspired by the greatness of one man— owner Andrew Browne’s grandfather, William Bitner Browne—integrity and excellence are the standards upon which Browne wines are created. As a curator of the brightest talent, best vineyards, and the divining rod of winning concepts at Precept Wine, where Andrew serves as its CEO, his groundbreaking feats across the wine industry carry through to his own family legacy in wine, Browne Family. This is premium Washington wine, made with the utmost quality and enjoyment in mind. Browne Family Vineyards was 15 years in the making before its first vintage ever debuted. Vineyards, winemakers, and cellar masters committed to world-class wine production were carefully and deliberately selected to represent the best of the Columbia Valley AVA. To date, Browne has received more than 30 scores of 90 points or higher from critical reviews.

Chef Rhody cooking up a storm on the river

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

Rafting on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River in Idaho

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 Browne Family Vineyards, 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.


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