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Nodland Cellars

That is so cool, he makes his own alcohol,” exclaimed Tim during a family reunion trip with Tracy’s extended family. By the fall of 1999 Tracy and Tim acquired some Walla Walla Cabernet, hit the books, talked with winemakers and began experimenting with making wine. Over the years, one wine turned into five different wines and by 2007, Nodland Cellars became Spokane’s lucky 13th winery. Those early pre-release years were all about education and refining the process. Classes at UC Davis, Walla Walla Community College and the “school of hard knocks,” says Tracy led to their passion for “creating a small amount of the best wine we can make.”

The Nodland Red Blend is a traditional, pre 1870 style, Bordeaux blend. They drive across the state to source all six original Bordeaux varietals; Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot, and even Carmenere The majority of their fruit comes from one acre each at Pepperbridge and Seven Hills vineyards. Their blocks are next to the same blocks used by Leonetti, Reininger, and Pepperbridge. When the vintage is right, Tim and Tracy also craft a Riesling and have recently introduced a 100% Carmenere and Rockin’ Red blend.

Tim is a lawyer by day and an accomplished jazz musician. Tracy is always hard at work at the tasting room and their 1200 square foot wine making facility. She is a talented artist. “I make wine, I drink wine, and I paint wine,” says Tracy. Often times you can arrive in the tasting room and find Tracy painting something new while Tim jams on his guitar. Tracy even puts a little bit of Nodland wine into every painting. The residue sentiment is collected when they clean the barrels and that dark inky purple paste is added to anywhere wine is used in a painting.

Tim’s love of jazz and Tracy’s love of art is how the Nodland Cellars label was born. Tim and Tracy discovered artwork by Tim Rogerson and as luck (or fate) would have it, Mr. Rogerson agreed to paint the label and created a beautiful image of Tim on guitar, and Tracy on the microphone (with a glass of wine in her hand). The Nodland’s produce 400 cases per year and self distribute almost 100% of the product through their mailing list, tasting room and local restaurants and retailers. Tim and Tracy would love to keep production low but are always looking to expand if the fruit is special.

Location: 11616 E Montgomery Rd

Hours: Saturday 12-4pm (call ahead)

Phone: 509.927.7770

Website: www.nodlandcellars.com

Twitter: @nodlandwine

Facebook: Search Tim Nodland

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


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