Our mission at House of Wine is to be perpetual teachers and students of wine science. Essentially we’re addicted to knowledge and passing that “wine wisdom” onto others. Whether conducting tests in the laboratory, researching and implementing new winemaking methodology for a client, or teaching wine professionals and enthusiasts about wine, we believe in the power of learning. And learning is something that we never plan to stop doing.
“There is no knowledge that is not power”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
The House of Wine’s Backstory
In the Beginning
Venturing into the “wild west” of winemaking, Kathryn “Kat” House moved to Boise, Idaho in 2010 to pursue her dream of having it all with a wine-focused life and a family. Her first year in Idaho was spent as a wine production consultant for various wineries, an enological volunteer at Cinder Winery, and educator across Idaho while raising her son, Kellen.
At the start of harvest 2011, while 8 months pregnant with her second child, Kat was approached with the opportunity to purchase a wine laboratory. Fulfilling her life-long dream of owning a business, Kat and her family took the plunge into entrepreneurship and became the owner, enologist, and principal wine educator for the business. Between harvest analyses, caring for a toddler and a newborn, and learning the ins and outs of running a small business, that left little time for sleep. But as they say, no rest for the wicked!
The past two years have been a whirlwind! From our humble beginnings our little wine laboratory has grown up significantly with the addition of new fancy, schmancy technologies . Our wine courses are known across the Treasure Valley as the premiere wine education classes in the area and demand for private courses and special events grows. And Kat? Well, she continues to be one of the few who loves what she does: raising two amazing kids and a husband all while teaching, learning and making great wine. While it’s not always easy, it is always an adventure!
The Idaho wine industry is one of the most promising emerging regions in the United States. With high viticultural potential, skilled winemakers, and fantastic community support, the quantity and quality of wines produced in the past ten years has increased tremendously. House of Wine is proud to be a part of this revolution by working together with our colleagues to grow the Idaho wine industry into nationally and internationally competitive wine producer.
Yet, while we champion our local cause, it’s not our only love as the world of wine is broad and wide. We strive to grow our business to educate and serve local and national wine drinkers as they learn about our favorite beverage. There is nothing quite like falling in love the first time and with wine, you can do it again and again. With so many unique varieties and regions, there’s a wine (or 10) for everyone’s palate. We hope to expand our offerings in the upcoming years with new and exciting wine courses, once-in-a- lifetime experiences, and more technology with which to geek out. Please join us on the path to wine enlightenment!