Out wine tasting and want to head to dinner? Wouldn’t it be great to take that bottle you just purchased and continue your experience with your meal? Most restaurants will charge you $10-$20 as a corkage fee to drink a wine not purchased from their list. Modeled after similar programs in Yakima and San Francisco, Barrister Winery has teamed up with a number of Spokane’s finest restaurants to encourage visitors to “Wine Local and Dine Local.” We think we have some of the finest restaurants in the state, right here in Spokane and we want to help drive people experience them,” says Greg Lipsker co-owner and winemaker.
Under the program, which begins July 31, visitors to Barrister’s downtown tasting room will receive a card which entitles them to take a bottle of wine purchased at the winery that day to a participating restaurant which will waive the corkage fee for Barrister’s customers. The card is only good on the day of purchase.
Many of the restaurants Greg approached were excited to be a part of the program. “We only received slight opposition from one place who thought of themselves as more of a destination place and didn’t want to join,” says Greg. To date Moxie, Sante, Scratch, Wild Sage, Ambrosia Bistro and Wine Bar, Luna, Spencer’s, The Melting Pot and the Downriver Grill are participating in the program. In time, Barrister hopes the program will expand to include additional restaurants.
Expanded New Hours
With the new program, Barrister is excited to announce expanded hours. Greg jokes, “We’re here anyway and just about every day of the week people will knock on the back alley door and come in to taste wine.” Barrister Winery located in downtown Spokane in the Davenport Arts District at 1213 W. Railroad Avenue is now open Tuesday through Saturday from noon until 5:00pm and until 10:00 pm on First Fridays. For more information call 465-3591.
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