Spokane area wineries are getting ready for the annual spring release party this weekend.
The wineries open the doors to the public Friday, Saturday and Sunday during Mother's Day weekend for wine tasting, spring releases and fun. The tasting rooms are open noon to 6 p.m. each day.
Fans of Bridge Press and Emvy Cellars will want to help the wineries celebrate the grand opening of their new winery and tasting room at 39 W. Pacific Ave. Workers were putting the final touches on the outside patio and fence there.
The lineup of other participating wineries includes:
Arbor Crest Wine Cellars, 4705 N. Fruit Hill Road and 808 W. Main, 3rd Floor
Barili Cellars, 608 W. 2nd Ave.
Barrister Winery, 1213 W. Railroad Ave
Bridge Press Cellars, 39 W. Pacific Ave.
Cougar Crest Estate Winery, 8 N. Post St., Suite 6
Emvy Cellars, 39 W Pacific Ave.
Grande Ronde Cellars, 906 W. 2nd Ave.
Latah Creek Wine Cellars, 13030 E. Indiana Ave.
Liberty Lake Wine Cellars, 1018 S. Garry Road, Liberty Lake
Nectar Tasting Room, 120 N. Stevens St., will have wines from Hard Row to Hoe, Northwest Cellars, Skylite Cellars and Terra Blanca.
Nodland Cellars, 11616 E. Montgomery Dr., Ste. 70, Spokane Valley
Overbluff Cellars, 620 S Washington St.
Robert Karl Cellars, 115 W. Pacific Ave.
Townshend Cellar, 16112 N. Greenbluff Road
Vintage Hill Cellars, 319 W. 2nd Ave.
Whitestone Winery, 8 N. Post Street, Suite #8
There is a map at the Spokane Winery Association website.
I noticed a few longtime Spokane wineries were missing from this year's list, so I made a few phone calls.
Jill Rider at Townshend Cellar said there are no longer plans for a tasting room in the Spokane Valley at the Townshend winemaking facility, so wines from Caterina Winery, Lone Canary and Mountain Dome Winery won't be poured during the spring release weekend events.
Owner Don Townshend previously purchased the wineries and had plans last fall to open a tasting room for them on Sullivan Road in the Spokane Valley. However, the wines are still available at stores around town and online.
Townshend Cellar wines will be poured at the tasting room at Green Bluff for the weekend.
Knipprath Cellars also is missing, but I couldn't reach anyone there to get more details. It looks like they are no longer members of the Spokane Winery Association, but may still be hosting a spring release event of their own. I'll update with details as I get them.
UPDATE: Knipprath Cellars will be open for spring release. I overlooked an event on the winery's Facebook page when I made the earlier post. The winery will be open noon to 6 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday as well. Knipprath Cellars is at 5634 E. Commerce Ave.