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Townshend Cellar

A typical spring day in the Northwest, the clouds are simultaneously flirting with rain and sunshine. The rolling hills are a backdrop for the start of the Rocky Mountains in the distance and the first growth of fruit trees is in the air. Visitors to the tasting room are greeted with wine that is aged to perfection as they slowly sip and watch the storm clouds pass across the sky.

Townshend Cellar has grown from a small production boutique winery to a powerhouse of quality producing over 20,000 cases per year from a selection of 20+ wines. Located 20 miles north of Spokane in beautiful Green Bluff, Townshend Cellar is a destination for wine in the heart of apples, strawberries, peaches and pumpkins.

Townshend Cellar began in 2001 with the release of their 1998 Cabernet Sauvignon, plus three other wines. That wine won the Inland Northwest’s best Cab award and the praise has never stopped. Don Townshend, owner and winemaker, attributes the success of Townshend Cellar to the Cab and the T3. T3 is a blend of Cab, Merlot and Cab Franc that was originally only available in restaurants. Customers can count on the wine to be consistent and a good value. Townshend’s signature wines spend up to 30 months in oak and another 3-4 years in bottle before being released. Sourcing 500 tons of grapes from Preston, Willard, Alder Creek and more, Townshend is committed to quality wine that he releases when it’s ready to enjoy, not when the cost sheet says so.

A surprise to many is the variety of wine that Townshend produces. From bubbles to Tempranillo, you can experience just about everything in the tasting room. A visit to Townshend Cellar will bring many highlights including Malbec, Viognier, Huckleberry Brut and even a Pinot Noir.  Prices for most of the Townshend wine is under $30, the exception being a Reserve Red blend. Don is also committed to the community creating two signature blends for the Spokane Symphony and private blends for local restaurants. Check out the ‘Diamond T’ club for 20% off of club shipments and cases of wine and 10% off bottles of wine and merchandise purchases.

The current location was voted one of the top 10 places to have a picnic by Tasting Room Magazine, so bring a picnic up, enjoy a bottle of wine and the fantastic view and sunsets at Townshend Cellar.

Location: 16122 N Green Bluff Rd

Hours: Fri-Sun 12-6pm

Phone: 509.238.1400

Website: www.townshendcellar.com

Twitter: @townshendcellar.com

Facebook: Search Townshend Cellar

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

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