Food Notes: Bodovino prepares to open in Boise

doland@idahostatesman.comJuly 18, 2013 

Bodovino will be using the WineEmotion wine dispensing system.


The impending Bodovino wine bar is starting to become reality. After a few months of tending to final details, getting bids and plumbing, and working on an outdoor fire pit at the corner of 8th and Broad streets in BoDo, hammers started swinging this week, says J Bates, who does marketing for Bodovino.

The concept is new for the Treasure Valley. It's a self-serve, pay-per-ounce wine bar that uses state-of-the-art wine-dispensing machines.

The more than 100 wines on tap will range from the $10 to $20 target to vintages that retail in the hundreds of dollars. You will swipe a prepaid card - available in the retail shop - at the machines to get the amount of wine you want.

Bodovino will occupy the former Piece Unique & Shoez and Mr. Peabody's Optical Shoppe spaces at 404 S. 8th St. with its tasting and retail rooms. It will spill over into the 8th Street Marketplace's atrium with a patio and also will have an outdoor patio along Broad Street.

You can buy craft beers by the bottle and a few on draft at a bar, and a deli counter will offer paninis, sandwiches, salads and other lighter fare.

Bates says they're shooting for a September opening. Go to


It's the Sun Valley Wine Auction weekend, and if you're heading up to Ketchum, you still can get tickets to some of the larger events, including the popular Grand Tasting and Picnic at Dollar Mountain Lodge, 6-9 p.m. July 20. You'll find an array of gourmet food from area restaurants and a large selection of wines to taste. This year's musical guest is the jazz-funk band Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds. Tickets are $75 at and include a commemorative glass.

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