Brandon St-Martin CS CWP CSW
"I've worked with wineries and vineyards across the USA. I envision IDAHO as being America's next (perhaps last) great wine discovery. Ever-improving vintages of Idaho wines, coupled with excellent tourism opportunities for wine lovers and outdoor enthusiasts alike, will positively reinforce the fondness people hold for this State. This is frontier winemaking, with a true pioneering spirit. Saddle up, folks! We ride at the edge of American wine." - Brandon St-Martin, Certified Sommelier
As Winery Manager, Brandon is our "Swiss Army knife." In addition to 3 Horse Ranch, he has worked in winery and vineyard operations from the Austin Texas Hill Country, to Napa Valley California, to the New York Finger Lakes and even Brooklyn NYC. He holds a bachelor's degree from Texas Christian University and certificates in winery management and marketing from Sonoma State University. Brandon is a Certified Sommelier with the Court of Master Sommeliers/French Culinary Institute, a Certified Wine Professional with the Culinary Institute of America, and a Certified Specialist of Wine with the Society of Wine Educators. Brandon and his wife, Jodi, have five daughters and live, work and play in bucolic Eagle Idaho.
In Oregon, both 2014 and 2015 were essentially dry-harvest vintages. In 2015, the earliest on record for many wineries, rainstorms rolled through at the end of August, moistened the parched, drought-hit soils, and refreshed the vines well before they neared ripeness. September was among the coolest on record. Vintners could pick at whatever they considered to be optimum ripeness. By Oct. 4, the wineries were done picking. Continue »
A warm—but not hot—growing season has produced the third straight year of potentially outstanding wines. Oregon vintners usually spend their harvest time looking at rain clouds gathering in the sky, threatening to disrupt their picking. Not this year. Winemakers across the Willamette Valley are feeling relaxed and happy. By the first week of October, many had already finished picking. Continue »
Idaho grape growers celebrated the close of a tumultuous harvest season. Grape crop yields were drastically less than those of 2014. Many growers attribute this to a precipitous decline in average temperatures during November of 2014, in which hard freezes severely restricted future crop potential crop for 2015. Continue »