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Latah Creek Winery Celebrates 30 Years

Spokane, WA (July 9, 2012) – Latah Creek Wine Cellars celebrates 30 years of wine making this July. Enjoy anniversary event specials from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday, July 14 and Sunday, July 15, at Latah Creek Wine Cellars located in the Spokane Valley.

Latah Creek is well known around the region for producing a variety of wine, including one of the best Merlots in the state of Washington, according to Wine Spectator Magazine. To celebrate 30 years in business, Latah Creek is offering 20% to 30% off all wine cases, and 30% off all gift shop items and food.

Molly Allen from KZZU 92.9FM will be at Latah Creek from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday, July 14, to help Latah Creek celebrate their 30th anniversary. On Saturday, July 14, 10% of all purchases made will be donated to Safety Net, a program assisting foster youth in the region.

Latah Creek is a family owned and operated business. Mike and Ellena Conway are committed to producing high quality wine and have been joined by their daughter Natalie in the family business. Mike Conway was recently recognized by the Washington State Wine Commission as one of the Washington state wine industry “groundbreakers”. Latah Creek produces approximately 15,000 cases of wine annually using grapes from Washington.

See the history of Latah Creek Winery as featured in the 2010 issue of Spokane Wine Magazine

Latah Creek is located at 13030 E. Indiana Ave. Spokane, WA 99216, and is open 9 a.m. -5 p.m. daily. For more information about the winery visit www.latahcreek.com, or call 509.926.0164.

Spokane First Friday Wine Fun

In subtle but noticeable ways the personality of the city of Spokane changes at the end of the first week of each month. That’s when our spirits rise and Friday night is suddenly a bit more festive than the usual drop-down-on-the-sofa-with-a-beer night in front of the TV. Suddenly people aren’t thinking about driving straight home or heading out of town the minute they shut off the computer and push away from the desk. This is the night for a party at “our place.” Facebook chats are initiated. Phone calls are exchanged. Texts are sent. Emails go out. Plans are made.

As the day fades, bright lights spill out of the windows of downtown shops, galleries, wine bars and businesses. The city’s sidewalks are a constant parade of men and women out to have a good time on a beautiful night; some dressed to the nines in sky-high heels, short skirts, silk ties and jackets, others still in workplace Friday-casual khakis. Some are come-as-you-are in jeans and t-shirts. It doesn’t matter what you wear.

This is First Friday in Spokane. There is a different vibe in the air. This is the night the party stays here in town. It’s when friends gather at a favorite meeting spot and the air is filled with the sound of laughter, the congenial clatter of knives and forks on pottery plates and the ring of wineglasses as they touch in a friendly toast. It’s when established and “new kid on the block” local artists bring out their best work and turn unexpected venues into chic uptown, upscale and upwardly mobile gallery spaces. Wine flows, friendships deepen and relationships take it up a notch.

First Friday is Spokane’s night on the town, when art, music, food and wine shine brightest and everyone comes out to play.

Visit the Downtown Partnership First Friday web site

Grande Ronde Winery

The “In” Places to Be

Spokane boasts a number of distinct First Friday districts, each with its own unique flavor and signature winery or tasting room.  Here are a few on our list of favorites:

Grande Ronde

Located in the heart of downtown Spokane across from the Steam Plant restaurant at 906 W. 2nd Avenue , Grand Ronde Cellars, produces single vineyard and Bordeaux Blend red wines from Seven Hills and Pepper Bridge vineyards. The tasting room holds an artist’s reception from 5- 7 p.m. on First Friday. Be there. Be Ronde.

Barrister Winery

Housed in a funky rail-side building down one of the coolest alleys in town, Barrister Winery, at 1213 West Railroad Avenue, is the go-to the place for First Friday avant-garde art and down-home blues. The monthly artist’s reception runs from 5-7 pm with wine by the glass or bottle. Beacon Hill catering provides a tasty “bistro buffet” from 6-8pm.

Whitestone Winery

Carnegie Square, anchored by the stately former Carnegie Library Building, is where you will find  Whitestone Winery tasting room at 115 South Cedar.  First Friday festivities include live music and appetizers from 6-9p.m.

Whitestone Winery

Whitestone Winery

Vintage Hill Cellars

Vintage Hill Cellars holds court in the south-of-downtown SoDo district at 319 West 2nd Avenue. Just-released 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot from the Walla Walla Valley and an urban vibe make this a must-stop winery on your First Friday tour.

Nectar Tasting Room

One of Spokane’s newest wine-scene landmarks, Nectar Tasting Room, at 120 North Stevens, is a not-to-be-missed stop on the First Friday wine trail. With rotating exhibitions of art from local talent, the best in live music and over 40 wines from five Washington wineries to be enjoyed by the bottle or the glass, Nectar is First Friday headquarters for those in the know.

Nectar Tasting Room Spokane

Nectar Tasting Room

Marketplace Wine Bar

Emvy Cellars and Bridgepress Cellars joined to create Market Place Wine Bar and tasting room, located at 32 West 2nd Avenue,  just a few months ago and already they have garnered fans of both the wines and the location.

Nodland Cellars (City of Spokane Valley)

Nodland Cellars, 11616 E Montgomery Drive, is spearheading the Spokane Valley winery presence in the monthly Art Walk held in conjunction with Spokane’s First Friday celebrations. Stop in for fine wine, fine art and live music.

Cheryl-Anne Millsap is a Spokane-based writer and editor. She can be reached at catmillsap@gmail.com

Vintage Spokane Set for June 5, 2011

The first annual Vintage Spokane wine event is set for June 5, 2011 at the Lincoln Center in Spokane, WA. Vintage Spokane is intended to be the replacement event for Taste Washington, which was canceled by the Washington Wine Commission (WWC) after several successful years at The Davenport Hotel. Vintage Spokane is organized by the same promoters of the Taste Washington event, Varsity Communication. Varsity Communication organizes many WWC events including Taste Washington Seattle, 20 Something and more.

Vintage Spokane will be held at the beautiful Lincoln Center events facility and promises to have 75 Washington Wineries and 20 local eateries represented. This number is a slight departure from last year’s 100+ winery participants. While we are sad to see the event leave the elegant Davenport Hotel, we will not miss the smaller crowded rooms. While smaller, The Lincoln Center space offers two open areas which will help with the overall flow of the event.

Ticket prices are not currently available on the web site and the site currently shows 17 participating wineries and 0 participating restaurants. With the event only 6 weeks away, look for a major PR and marketing push to make it a success. New this year is the support of a local charity. A portion of the proceeds of the event will benefit Hospice of Spokane.

Visit their web site at VintageSpokane.com and follow them on Twitter @vintagespokane and on Facebook.

UPDATE:

Spokane Wine Magazine connected with the people at Vintage Spokane and have learned that ticket prices are on sale for $60 and are available online through their web site and at Arbor Crest, Latah Creek, Nectar Tasting Room, and a few other select location. The winery list continues to grow and as of 5/10 there are 30+ wineries participating and several restaurants and local caterers. It looks like the event is shaping up to be a fun one that you won’t want to miss!

*Look for Spokane Wine Magazine at the event as a media sponsor.

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.

Spokane Weekend Wine Events Nov 5-7

Wholly wine events! It seems like this event lists gets longer and longer every week. My favorite Friday of the month is here, FIRST FRIDAY. This month features a brand new First Friday Spokane Valley Art Tour. There is plenty to wine about in this city. Looking for more? Next weekend are two signature events for Spokane wine and food lovers. Look below for information on Epicurean Delight and Cork & Keg. Don’t forget that Spokane Wine Magazine hits the streets on Wednesday, November 10!

All Weekend   

Tri Cities Wine Festival (5/6)- The Tri-Cities Wine Society is pleased to announce that the 32nd Annual Tri-Cities Wine Festival will return to the Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick.

Take a tour of the local wineries. Most are open. Visit this link for hours, reviews, wine recommendations, videos and more.  

Enjoy great local wine at The Davenport, Left Bank Wine Bar, and Niko’s Wine Bar

Arbor Crest Annual Case Sale (through November 14)

Friday, November 5

First FridayEnjoy an evening of drawings, paintings, prints, sculpture, ceramics, photography and other visual art. Take in diverse live performances, including music, dance and theatre and don’t forget the exceptional shopping and dining Downtown has to offer.

  • Arbor Crest – Melissa Cole’s “nature related, intricately patterned, heavily textured, acrylic paintings on wood and canvas.” Meet Melissa, 6pm, musician: Maxie Ray Mills 6-9:30pm
  • Whitestone Winery – 6-9, music by Hot Club of Spokane, appetizers, wine tasting & new art!
  • Barrister Winery – Ben Joyce and Father Bruno! Artists’ reception, Beacon Hill’s Bistro Buffet, 6-8pm. “Lonesome” Lyle Morse’s acoustic blues, 7-10pm.
  • Grande Ronde – 906 W. 2nd (across from the Steam Plant) Exhibiting new work by Paul Presnail
  • Robert Karl – 115 W. Pacific Local artist, Teri Beal’s work.
  • Caterina / Lone Canary – Displaying the work of Doyle Wheeler of Ammo-Head design, live music by Kari Marguerite, & Saunders Cheese will provide cheese plates to go with glass pour wine specials.
  • Barili Cellars – 4-9pm, new wine releases, featuring live music by Fawnell Myfanwy & the art of Debbie McCulley, who paints with pastels, watercolor, oils & acrylic.
  • Vintage Hill Cellars – Suwanee Lennon is a wedding, portraits and travel photographer in Spokane, but travels the globe for her imagery. Her passion is capturing images that tell stories of human lives. Tasting Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot Rosé, and “The Vintage.”

First Friday Spokane Valley Art Tour – Valley wineries and art galleries team up for the first ever art tour in the Spokane Valley. The event is called First Friday Spokane Valley Art Tour, to begin November 5, 2010, 5:30-8:30pm

Latah Creek Wine ReleaseJoin them Friday November 5, for the release of MONARCH PETITE SIRAH, with a brand new label! It is also First Friday Valley Art Tour. Stop by to enjoy gourmet food and wine tasting. 5pm-8:30pm

Nectar Tasting Room Sneak Sip at Sante Restaurant – Owner / Chef Jeremy Hansen has prepared a wonderful six course dinner paired with six wines featured in the new Nectar Tasting Room; $60

Partners for Progress Kopanga ProjectEnjoy an event that will change the lives of thousands of people. Into Africa dinner wine and auction to benefit the Partners for Progress Into Africa Kopanga Project. 6PM, at the Lincoln Center

Wine Styles – Come enjoy 4-5 different 1 oz tastes of wine and a full glass of your favorite for just $10! Wine Club members enjoy this event for $7.50! 6-9pm 8801 N Indian Trail Rd

Rocket Market Washington State grows some of the best Merlot on the planet, in my humble opinion, and just because some movie bashed the varietal SIX YEARS AGO, doesn’t mean anything. Merlot is excellent. Find out why. 7pm. 343.2253; 726 E 43rd Ave. $19

Vino Wine Shop: Taste six outstanding wines from Gifford Hirlinger. Taste them all (6 wines) for $5.  Includes cheese and crackers3:00-5:30pm; 222 S. Washington

Davenport Hotel: Live music from 8pm – midnight

Left Bank Wine Bar: Charles Tappa and Fly Right play traditional swing and bossa nova standards 8-11pm. Charles Tappa, guitar/vocals; Mike Baker, flugelhorn; Shawn Towry, bass. 108 N Washington.

Saturday, November 6

Whitestone Bratwurst – Burgers – and Wine

Whitestone fires up the grills and invites you into the production facility to try the wine as it is fermenting! This is the event if you have ever wanted to experience being a winemaker for a day. All of the current releases will be available to try and buy. This will also be the final day to buy Scared to Pieces! This event is $5 at the door (free for wine club members and guest). 115 N.E. Main St. Wilbur, WA

Taste the Spirit – Spokane wineries support the West Valley Education Association. Enjoy wine and a live auction at Center Place event facility from 6:30-9:00pm; 2426 N. Discovery Place

Bottles Wine Tasting:  Featuring the wines of Latah Creek Winery from 2-5pm 3319 N Argonne

Huckleberry’s Wine/Beer Tasting –Vinum Wines from around the world. $5 for 5 wines 2-4pm 926 S. Monroe

Rocket Market: – Drop in tastings…always a fun time with Matt – 726 E. 43rd Ave

Left Bank Wine Bar – Live music. While you’re there ask Jen or Lauren to make you a special wine flight. They’ll surprise your taste buds. 108 N. Washington

Vino Wine Shop – November featured wines. Taste them all (6 wines) for $5.  Includes cheese and crackers – Visit anytime between 2-4:30; 222 S. Washington

Sunday, November 7

Get out to a winery! – Always a handful of Spokane wineries open. Enjoy! Trezzi, Townshend, Lone Canary, Mountain Dome, Latah Creek, Arbor Crest, Knipprath and Caterina are open.

Wine Radar

  • Spokane Wine Magazine Hits the Streets (November 10) – Distribution begins of the first issue of Spokane Wine Magazine. We hope to have copies in all the wineries by the weekend of 11/12.
  • Epicurean Delight (November 12) – One of the signature events of the year. More than 1000 people enjoyed last year’s event to benefit the Inland Northwest Blood Center. Enjoy fine dining, wine and microbrews at the Spokane Convention Center
  • Get a Bad Attitude at Nodland Cellars (November 12) – BAD ATTITUDE RELEASE PARTY! The newest wine from the Rock and Roll series, BAD ATTITUDE red wine $20 retail, will be released at an event to be held from 6-9pm. Special release party, wine, food and song. 
  • Wine Styles 2 Year Anniversary Celebration -(Nov 12-13) Come enjoy all day tastings of various Washington wineries. Wine Styles will have live music, hors d’oeuvres, door prizes, raffle and much more! Amazing sales for everyone! Stock up for the holidays: 10% off 3 bottles, 15% off 6 bottles, 20% off 12 bottles, 30% off 18 bottles. All premium wines (bottles valued at $50 or more) are buy one, get the 2nd 40% off! 8801 N. Indian Trail Rd.
  • Cork & Keg (November 13) – Mirabeau Park Hotel; $45
  • Liberty Lake Wine Cellars – (November 14) Visit Sunday, November 14th from 1-5pm as they release their third generation of red blends: Gary’s Legacy Red. This Cabernet Franc-based blend is released in honor of Shelly’s father, Gary, whom they lost this year. Gary was integral to the winery operations, and so on his birthday, they will release this wine in his memory.
  • Spokane Winery Association Annual Holiday Wine Festival (November 19-21) – Spokane wineries open their doors for fantastic holiday celebration with seasonal decorations, specials, and many new releases

Spokane Weekend Wine Events October 29-31

As harvest wraps up for many wineries the ghosts and goblins emerge from their hiding places. There are no tricks, only a liquid treat awaits you behind the doors of the Spokane Wineries. As Matt from Rocket Market says, “big kids need treats too,” and we couldn’t agree more. Take a look at the long list of events and don’t miss the “Wine Radar” for some fantastic liquid libations!

All Weekend   

Take a tour of the local wineries. Most are open. Visit this link for hours, reviews, wine recommendations, videos and more.  

Enjoy great local wine at The Davenport, Left Bank Wine Bar, and Niko’s Wine Bar

Friday, October 29

Whitestone Winery – Michael Haig takes his pumpkin carving talents PRO! Stop by for a special pumpkin carving, treats from Taste Café, and music from Kari Knudson. Special door prize to the best guy and girl costume! Kick of the Halloween weekend and get some SCARED to PIECES wine (only a few cases left) 6:00-9:00pm

Riverpark Square Arbor Crest – Join Spokane favorite, Dan Conrad. Stop in and listen to this incredible local musician from 6:00 to 9:00pm.

Wine Styles – TGIF Wine tasting with new winery, Castillo de Feliciana from Milton-Freewater. These are wines you won’t find anywhere in town. $15 gets you a sample of each of their wines and a full glass of your favorite! You don’t want to miss this! 6-9pm 8801 N Indian Trail Rd

Bottles Wine Tasting:  Taste the wines of California’s Bogle Vineyards. Come meet Dustin from Eagle Marketing as he shares the tale of Bogle wines with us and sample the Petite Sirah along with several other award winning wines from the Bogle family. 5-8pm; 3319 N Argonne

Rocket Market Why should the little kids have all the fun? Big kids like treats, too! Taste a selection of incredible red wines with chocolate to match! 7pm. 343.2253; 726 E 43rd Ave. $19

Vino Wine Shop: Friday, October 29, taste six outstanding wines from two Walla Walla wineries. Taste them all (6 wines) for $10.  Includes cheese and crackers3:00-5:30pm; 222 S. Washington

Davenport Hotel: Live music from 8pm – midnight

Left Bank Wine Bar: Live music with starting at 8pm, no cover –60 wines by the glass and a wonderfully eclectic atmosphere – 108 N Washington.

Saturday, October 30

Painting with Spirits at LLWC –  Liberty Lake Wine Cellars welcomes artist Polly Power from 1-4pm. Enjoy great wine and learn to paint. All skill levels welcome. Learn more and register here

Wine Styles Halloween Party – Costume Party! Cash prize for winners in these 3 categories: Best Couple, Best Man and Best Woman. $20 per couple gets you a bottle of wine to share, hors d’oeuvres, and tons of fun! There will be a raffle and Spooktacular deals for all! Don’t miss this! RSVP Now! 8801 N. Indian Trail Rd.

Knipprath Cellars Harvest Festival – Taste the new Tourgia Nacioñal. Watch as they crush the last of the 2010 grapes ! Just in time for the crisp fall nights by the fire, Alpine wine is back Rumor has it the coffee port will be there too! 1-6pm 5634 E Commerce

Huckleberry’s Wine/Beer Tasting –In the Bistro with In the Bistro. “Drew’s Super Swanky Beer Tasting.” Beer and cheese tasting, with free souvenir beer glass. $5 per flight of 5 beers. 2-4pm 926 S. Monroe

Rocket Market: Saturday drop in tasting from 4-7pm: Tapiz wines from Argentina with rep Pat Hurley – This selection will knock your socks off! Taste the lineup and you will know what they mean. In a word, awesome. 726 E. 43rd Ave

Left Bank Wine Bar – Live music. While you’re there ask Jen or Lauren to make you a special wine flight. They’ll surprise your taste buds. 108 N. Washington

Vino Wine Shop – October Wine of the Month selection. Taste them all (6 wines) for $10.  Includes cheese and crackers – Visit anytime between 2-4:30; 222 S. Washington

Sunday, October 31

Happy Halloween! Enjoy the day and be safe. I hear this year will be extra spooky!

Get out to a winery! – Always a handful of Spokane wineries open. Enjoy! Trezzi, Townshend, Lone Canary, Mountain Dome, Latah Creek, Arbor Crest, Knipprath and Caterina are open.

Wine Radar

  • First Friday Art Walk (November 5) – Enjoy an evening of drawings, paintings, prints, sculpture, ceramics, photography and other visual art. Take in diverse live performances, including music, dance and theatre and don’t forget the exceptional shopping and dining Downtown has to offer.
  • First Friday Spokane Valley Art Tour (November 5) – Valley wineries and art galleries team up for the first ever art tour in the Spokane Valley. The event is called  First Friday Spokane Valley Art Tour, to begin November 5, 2010, 5:30-8:30pm
  • Nectar Tasting Room Sneak Sip at Sante Restaurant (November 5) – Owner / Chef Jeremy Hansen has prepared a wonderful five course dinner paired with five wines featured in the new Nectar Tasting Room; $55
  • Partners for Progress Kopanga Project  (November 5) – Enjoy an event that will change the lives of thousands of people. Into Africa dinner wine and auction to benefit the Partners for Progress Into Africa Kopanga Project. 6PM, at the Lincoln Center
  • Spokane Wine Magazine Hits the Streets (November 10) – Distribution begins of the first issue of Spokane Wine Magazine. We hope to have copies in all the wineries by the weekend of 11/12.
  • Epicurean Delight (November 12) – One of the signature events of the year. More than 1000 people enjoyed last year’s event to benefit the Inland Northwest Blood Center. Enjoy fine dining, wine and microbrews at the Spokane Convention Center
  • Get a Bad Attitude at Nodland Cellars (November 12) – BAD ATTITUDE RELEASE PARTY! The newest wine from the Rock and Roll series, BAD ATTITUDE red wine $20 retail, will be released at an event to be held from 6-9pm. Special release party, wine, food and song. 
  • Nectar Tasting Room Sneak Sip at Wine Styles (November 12) – Here is your chance to sample 8 wines from the 5 wineries who will be participating in Nectar Tasting Room. $10 gets you a sip of each and there will even be an opportunity to buy (limited quantities) a bottle or two. 6-9pm 8801 N Indian Trail Rd
  • Cork & Keg (November 13) – Mirabeau Park Hotel; $45
  • Spokane Winery Association Annual Holiday Wine Festival (November 19-21) – Spokane wineries open their doors for fantastic holiday celebration with seasonal decorations, specials, and many new releases

Spokane Weekend Wine Events October 22-24

As the trees shed the last of their leaves we must warmly embrace the cool evenings of Fall. Winemakers across the area are welcoming the fruit that will become the wonderful nectar that we all enjoy. The gods, Dionysus and Bacchus would be proud. A visit to many of the Spokane wineries will give you a glimpse of the romantic process in action.  

Magazine update: I’m extremely happy to report that the first issue of the magazine is an advertising sell out. We kept rates low for the first issue and selling out means barely breaking even but we believe in Spokane wine and know that this publication will be an added piece to continue to help put Spokane on the map. The magazine is slated to go to print on 10/28 and should be on the shelves, so to speak, by 11/8.

All Weekend   

Take a tour of the local wineries. Most are open. Visit this link for hours, reviews, wine recommendations, videos and more.  

Enjoy great local wine at The Davenport, Left Bank Wine Bar, and Niko’s Wine Bar

Friday, October 22

Whitestone Winery – SCARED TO PIECES is finally here! Just in time for Halloween and only available for TWO more weeks. Don’t be spooked, hurry down to the tasting room at 111 S Cedar for your bottle or three! Stop by for a taste and enjoy music from singer/songwriter Colleen Rice; 6:00-8:30pm

Riverpark Square Arbor Crest – Join Spokane favorite, Nicole Lewis. Stop in and listen to this incredible local musician from 6:00 to 9:00pm.

Wine Styles – TGIF Wine tasting, Stop by for the tasting! 8801 N Indian Trail Rd

Rocket Market Italian Piedmont – So many of great wines come from Northern Italian region of Piedmont. Barolo, Barbaresco, Amarone, Ripassa and more. Taste and learn what makes centuries of winemaking so special.7pm. 343.2253; 726 E 43rd Ave. $18

Vino Wine Shop: Idaho is more than spuds. Enjoy the wines of Sawtooth Estate Winery from 3:00-5:30pm; 222 S. Washington

Davenport Hotel: Live music from 8pm – midnight

Left Bank Wine Bar: Live music with Mike Dwyer starting at 8pm, no cover –60 wines by the glass and a wonderfully eclectic atmosphere – 108 N Washington.

Saturday, October 23

Nodland Cellars Crush PartyJoin Tim and Tracy as they bring in the last of the 2010 harvest. This is a fun opportunity to get in on the action and maybe even leave with some purple feet. 11am -4pm 11616 E Montgomery Ste 70

Huckleberry’s Wine/Beer Tasting –In the Bistro with Richard Hepworth of Cavatappi Distributing. Northwest wines from Balboa, Ross Andrew, Domaine Pouillon and Cavatappi. $5 per flight of 5 wines; 2-4pm 926 S. Monroe

Rocket Market: Saturday drop in tasting from 4-7pm: Enjoy the wines from Red Mountain’s Masquerade cellars. You’ll enjoy visiting with winemaker Bill Kimmerly as you sip his sparkling wine, viognier and big reds. 726 E. 43rd Ave

Left Bank Wine Bar – Live music. While you’re there ask Jen or Lauren to make you a special wine flight. They’ll surprise your taste buds. 108 N. Washington

Vino Wine Shop – S.O.S. Stuff off the Shelf Saturday, October 23, taste six value wines from France and Italy, right off the shelf.  Drop in between 2:00 and 4:30pm, we close at 5:00pm. Taste them all for $5.  Includes cheese and crackers – Visit anytime between 2-4:30; 222 S. Washington

Sunday, October 24

Townshend Cellar at Sante Restaurant – Nine courses guaranteed to push the envelope on food as you know it. RSVP to Anthony at Santé – Make your reservation by 10/10 and receive $30 off the dinner! 315.4613; $120; 5:30pm

Get out to a winery! – Always a handful of Spokane wineries open. Enjoy! Trezzi, Townshend, Lone Canary, Mountain Dome, Latah Creek, Arbor Crest, Knipprath and Caterina are open.

Wine Radar

  • International Champagne Day(October 28) Put a little sparkle in your life with some French Champagne. Enjoy with friends at a party or from the comfort of your home. Learn more…
  • Painting with Spirits at LLWC – (October 30) Liberty Lake Wine Cellars welcomes artist Polly Power from 1-4pm. Enjoy great wine and learn to paint. All skill levels welcome. Learn more and register here
  • Nectar Tasting Room Sneak Sip at Sante Restaurant (November 5) – Owner / Chef Jeremy Hansen has prepared a wonderful five course dinner paired with five wines featured in the new Nectar Tasting Room; $55
  • Partners for Progress Kopanga Project  (November 5) – Enjoy an event that will change the lives of thousands of people. Into Africa dinner wine and auction to benefit the Partners for Progress Into Africa Kopanga Project. 6PM, at the Lincoln Center
  • Epicurean Delight (November 12) – One of the signature events of the year. More than 1000 people enjoyed last year’s event to benefit the Inland Northwest Blood Center. Enjoy fine dining, wine and microbrews at the Spokane Convention Center
  • Get a Bad Attitude at Nodland Cellars (November 12) – BAD ATTITUDE RELEASE PARTY! The newest wine from the Rock and Roll series, BAD ATTITUDE red wine $20 retail, will be released at an event to be held from 6-9pm. Special release party, wine, food and song. 
  • Cork & Keg (November 13) – Mirabeau Park Hotel; $45
  • Spokane Winery Association Annual Holiday Wine Festival (November 19-21) – Spokane wineries open their doors for fantastic holiday celebration with seasonal decorations, specials, and many new releases!