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Caterina and Lone Canary Winery

Historic building; check. Central location; check. Fantastic outdoor space; check. Rich heritage; check. Respected winemaker who is dedicated to quality product. CHECK! The building at 905 N Washington is home to two wineries with similar roots, divergent paths and are now on track for bright futures. Caterina Winery and Lone Canary call the Broadview Dairy building home.

Caterina’s roots date back to 1993 with winemaker Mike Scott, who served as winemaker until departing to start Lone Canary in 2003. As a pioneer of the Spokane wine scene, Mike Scott’s Caterina developed a strong reputation. Time progressed, and with Mike’s departure, it seemed that Caterina had lost its way with a split personality of winery, bar, and music venue. In 2009, the winery was in danger of closing its doors forever.

Lone Canary, after a battle with Wild Turkey over a wild name, set up shop just east of downtown and developed quite a reputation with its Sauvignon Blanc, Birdhouse Red, Merlot, and Barbera. Struggling to take flight and with the departure of a financial partner, the brand was up for sale.

Enter, Don Townshend. Don is the winemaker and owner of Spokane’s Townshend Cellar. Widely respected for quality wine-making, Townshend “cut his teeth” on wine at Caterina Winery. Picking up winemaking skills from Mike Scott, Preston Winery and others, Don’s connection to Caterina and Lone Canary is strong. In March 2009, the ownership of Caterina approached Don with an offer to buy their assets. Hating to see Spokane lose such a treasure and seeing the potential for Caterina, Don stepped in to take over ownership. Later in the year, the opportunity presented itself of acquire Lone Canary as well.

While the wines may be sold in the same facility the style and winemaking is completely different. Both brands have an established identity and unique offering of wine. Townshend is committed to each winery focusing on a unique aspect of Washington terroir. Under Don’s leadership Caterina is returning to the quality that customers had grown accustomed to in the 90’s and Lone Canary is continuing to provide wines that people have come to love. Both wineries each received strong validation of their efforts with Caterina receiving high praise in Wine Enthusiast and Lone Canary being named a rising star in Paul Gregutt’s new book.

Regardless of your history with either winery, a stop by the Broadview Dairy building should be in your near future.

Location: 905 N. Washington

Hours: Wednesday – Sunday 12-6pm (later on First Friday)

Phone: 509.328.5069

Website: www.caterinawinery.com / www.lonecanary.com

Twitter: @clooneycanary

Facebook: Facebook.com/CaterinaWinery / Facebook.com/LoneCanary

This article was published in the November 2010 issue of Spokane Wine Magazine

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