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Liberty Lake Wine Cellars

Liberty Lake Winery’s story is not uncommon; a hobby that grows beyond the boundaries of a single cellar. What separates Doug and Shelly Smith is their passion for the Liberty Lake and Spokane community. “If we could just enjoy a glass of wine with everyone in our area, we’d be happy,” says Doug.  Originally Doug was experimenting with home brew when Shelly encouraged him to make something she could enjoy too. Realizing that their concentrated kit wine wasn’t up to par with what they were experiencing at wineries, they asked for tips from places they visited. “Good wine comes from good fruit,” was the response.  Obviously not one to ease into things, Doug and Shelly went from experimenting with 20lbs of grapes from Costco to buying and crushing 4 tons of grapes from the Walla Walla area.

Their 2005 vintage was released in 2008 and their current releases (from Red Mountain AVA) consist of Syrah, Merlot, Second Generation Red Blend, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Heritage (a reserve red wine). The tasting room / production facility, among the treetops overlooking Liberty Lake, is where Doug and Shelly crush, ferment, store and sell their max capacity of 500 cases. While slightly out of the way for most Spokanites, Liberty Lake Wine Cellars is a must stop on your to do list. During the summer months enjoying a glass on the deck that overlooks the lake is a highlight for any wine lover.

While Doug and Shelly enjoy masquerading by day as city employee (Liberty Lake) and health care consultant respectively, you can’t help but notice the glint in their eye when they talk about their love of wine and sharing it with the community. “It’s hard and dirty work with lots of long days but we always have fun,” says Shelly. That hard work is paying off as Liberty Lake Wine Cellars is taking in award after award at regional and national competitions. One look at their line-up of wines is reminiscent of the medal count of the recent Olympic Games.

“Our goal is to make wine we enjoy and hope others enjoy it too.” Stop by their tasting room and you’ll soon agree.

Location: 1018 S Garry Rd, Liberty Lake

Hours: Saturday’s weather permitting (call ahead)

Phone: 509.255.9205

Website: www.libertylakewinecellars.com

Twitter: @liblakewine

Facebook: Facebook.com/LibertyLakeWineCellars

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


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