In September, Cougar Crest Estate Winery celebrated the Grand Opening of their new tasting room at 8 North Post, Suite 6 in the Downtown Art District of Spokane, Washington. All of the Cougar Crest product line is available at this location, including tasting, organized flights, and glass pours. Local artists are showcased in the gallery for viewing and sales. The tasting room is open Thursday – Monday, Noon- 7pm. “This new location, in the heart of Spokane, will bring our winery into the daily lives of the people who have shown us their whole-hearted support for the last 10 years” said owner and winemaker Deborah Hansen. Raised and educated in Eastern Washington, Deborah and husband Dave have been waiting for the opportunity to expand Cougar Crest Estate Winery into the bustling Spokane market for over a year. The new tasting room is affiliated with the Spokane Winery Association, the Spokane Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the Greater Spokane Chamber of Commerce. The tasting room is also open for all of the “First Friday Artwalk” events held downtown on the first Friday of every month.
The Spokane connection continues with tasting room manager Sam Crosby. Sam grew up in Spokane and also went to school at Gonzaga. “I am excited to introduce Spokane to some well rounded Walla Walla wines.” The location on Post Avenue is adjacent to the Davenport Hotel and across the street from the popular Post Street Ale House. Visitors will enjoy the 1500 square foot modern space with a beautifully under-lit bar as the central piece. Just down the street is shopping at Riverpark Square.
Cougar Crest Estate winery was established at the Walla Walla Airport in 2001 by Deborah and David Hansen. Owners of 50 acres of vineyard, all in the Walla Walla Appellation, they have sold wine grapes to other wineries for years. The move into making wine has been a natural progression for two people with strong backgrounds in science and a love of fine wine. The University of California at Davis offered many winemaking classes that both David and Deborah attended. The first vintage was 900 cases. Cougar Crest is currently producing between 8,000-12,000 depending on harvest.
Cougar Crest’s line up of 17 wines will be available in various tastings for guests to enjoy.
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N. 8 Post Suite 6; Spokane, WA 99201
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