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Spokane Holiday Wine Festival Brings a Flood of New Releases

Twice a year, wine lovers in Spokane are treated to a slew of new wines. With all the new juice hitting the market, it can be difficult to keep track. In the Spring and Fall, many of the previous vintages whites are released. Red wines that spend months slumbering, developing their layers of flavor in French oak barrels, emerge to fulfill their destiny. 2010 is no exception. With 17 wineries participating in this year’s Spokane Winery Association Holiday Wine Festival, there will be no shortage of new wine to add to your cellar or holiday wine party. Stop by and enjoy Friday through Sunday 11-5 pm.

Enjoy your journey to the Spokane wineries this year. Below is a list of new releases for you to enjoy. Download the map before you go!

Tips to Enjoy Your Holiday Wine Festival

  • Hydrate and eat – you want to ensure you don’t go overboard. Drink lots of water and don’t drink on an empty stomach.
  • Spit – While unattractive to think about, if you are going to be enjoying several winery’s flights of wine, sipping and spitting is encouraged. Wineries will have dump / spit buckets available.
  • Purchase wines that you like – Event weekends like these are an excellent opportunity to explore a winery’s line up of wines. Wineries pour a great deal of wine during the weekend and it is always courteous to purchase.
  • Be aware of the people around you – Some of the winery tasting rooms and bars are small. Be aware of people around you who are trying to experience the same wine you are enjoying. Step away and share the juice.
  • Tasting fees – Most wineries charge a small tasting fee that is usually refundable with purchase. Remember that these wineries are local small businesses and are in business to bring you joy, not to give away free wine.
  • Don’t drink and drive – Small one ounce pours can quickly add up. It is better to bring a designated driver than to risk any potential of injury or run in with the law.

Barrister Winery

Barrister is releasing their Barrister’s Block proprietary blend of some of the best barrels from previous vintages. If you like Rough Justice, you’ll love Barrister’s block. Greg and Mike are also releasing their 2007 Morrison Lane Syrah.

Caterina Winery

Caterina is releasing the new C-4 Red Blend! C-4 is a robust blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Syrah inspired by great “Super Tuscan” wines of Italy. In addition to the new wine, enjoy great discounts on previously released wines.

Grande Ronde

The new Seven Hills Cabernet Sauvingon release (another 90 point wine spectator score), and the famous Seven Hills Merlot. Seven Hills is one of the top rated vineyards in Walla Walla and the U.S.

Knipprath Cellars

Cold weather and warm Alpine Wine, nothing is better. Stock up before the snow shuts you in

Latah Creek

Mike Conway and family are excited to release their Monarch Petite Sirah and Monarch Red. Stay tuned for the December 3 release of the Monarch Zinfandel. Each Monarch series wine has a unique label featuring local artwork from Edward Gilmore.

Liberty Lake Wine Cellars

Enjoy the newest generation from Liberty Lake Wine Cellars, Gary’s Legacy. This Cabernet Franc-based blend is released in honor of Shelly’s father, Gary, who passed away last year.

Lone Canary

Big news from the little yellow bird. Not only is Lone Canary introducing four new wines (09 Gewurztraminer, 09 Pinot Gris, 08 Syrah, and the new LC-5 Red Blend), Lone Canary has a brand new look. Check out the new label!

Nodland Cellars

Time after time, Tim and Tracy Nodland impress with their new releases. Get an attitude adjustment with the new Bad Attitude merlot based blend and enjoy a special treat with the brand new 100% Carmenere Avant Guard.

Robert Karl Cellars

Joe and Rebecca always delight and this year will not disappoint with the release of the 2007 Gunselman Bench Cabernet Sauvignon, 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, and the 2007 Inspiration Red Wine.

Whitestone Winery

Last year Whitestone Winery caused quite a festive frenzy with the release of their Pieces on Earth blend. Version two is here and is only available for a very limited time. The Pieces series (Pieces of Red, Love You to Pieces, Scared to Pieces, and Pieces on Earth) is quickly becoming a local favorite.


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