Most of the wines you find at the “Big Name” grocery stores are produced in huge quantities for National Distribution to a
mass-market. Naturally, the powers that be assume the market wants wines that do not require the consumer to give any thought to what they are drinking. In other words, wines that are simple, insipid, and uninspiring. We strive to discover wines that are interesting, multi-dimensional, and as natural as possible. As it turns out, these are generally produced in limited quantities by small, family-owned wineries that craft wines with love, attention and environmental stewardship . When you buy these wines you are paying for the wine in the bottle – not a multi-million dollar facility and a huge marketing budget.
Pilgrim’s wines are personally selected by Certified Wine Specialist Sara Ray, and our beer selection boasts over 350 varieties from all over the world, including Northwest Micro-Brews, Imports and Organically produced beers and ales.
Before joining the Pilgrim’s Market team, Sara Ray spent her informative years between Southern California and North Idaho. She returned to Coeur d’Alene in 2007, at which time she took a position in Pilgrim’s Beer & Wine Department. From 2008 to 2011, she worked closely with Sam Lange, Pilgrim’s then sommelier. As her love for wine and palate increased, she decided to take the Society of Wine Educators Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW) Course. In February 2011, she became a CSW, and, later that year, spent 3 days in Oregon's Willamette Valley attending Oregon Pinot Camp and Workshops - a program that you must be chosen for out of hundreds of applicants.
As the manager of Pilgrim’s Beer & Wine Department, Sara selects her wine and beer by looking for quality, drinkability, price point and diversity. She also values small production, local and family owned and operated wineries, and strives to carry only the finest organic and gluten-free selection available, and loves receiving brew (especially unusual and hard-to-get) recommendations from her customers.
Cinco de Mayo
Enter to Win!
See our in-store display!
American Craft Beer Week
Daily Microbrew Tastings
5/13 – Ft. George & Two Beers
5/14 – Crooked Fence, Payette & Cascade Lakes
5/15 – NoLi Brewhouse (Northwest Local)
5/16 – Odell Brewing
5/17 – Great Divide & Hale's Ales with Cheese Pairing
5/18 – Laughing Dog (1pm, Northwest Local)
Beginner’s Homebrew Class
Limit 25 people.
Call: (208) 676-9730
With Michael Brown
From Vineyard Brands
New To Pilgrim’s!
McCall Brewing Co.
Meet the Brewmaster