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Wine mag honors local restaurants

Six area restaurants have been honored by Wine Spectator magazine for their wine lists.

The magazine has compiled a list of the world’s best restaurant wine lists since 1981. This year, 3,793 restaurants in 50 states, 76 countries or territories and on 11 cruise ships were given awards. To receive the program’s entry-level Award of Excellence, a restaurant must have “an interesting and diverse selection of 100 or more wines that are well presented and thematically match the restaurant’s cuisine in both price and style,” according to a news release.

The list includes five Spokane area restaurants:

Churchill’s Steakhouse, 165 S. Post St.; Ciao Mambo, 818 W. Riverside Ave.; Masselow’s, Northern Quest Casino and Resort, 100 N. Hayford Road, Airway Heights; Max at Mirabeau, Mirabeau Park Hotel, 1100 N. Sullivan Road, Spokane Valley; The Palm Court Grill, the Davenport Hotel, 10 S. Post St.

In North Idaho, there was only one award winner: The Cellar at 317 Sherman, 317 E. Sherman Ave., Coeur d’Alene.

The complete list of winners is featured in the Aug. 31 edition of the magazine, which will be available on newsstands July 23.

Lentil fest finalists announced

The top five finalists in the annual Legendary Lentil Cook-off have been chosen from 116 entries from 24 states.

The recipes include: Crimson Lentil Granola from Patricia Franks of Valleyford; Balsamic Lentil Stew from Ashley Loyning of Portland, Iron Skillet Lentil, Feta and Bacon Pizza from Lisa Speer of Palm Beach, Florida; Springtime Lentil Soup, from Mary Leverette of Columbia, S.C. and Lentil Carrot Cake from Donna Kelly of Provo, Utah.

The finalists will prepare their recipes for judges at the National Lentil Festival at 2 p.m. on Aug. 17. The first 100 people will take part in the public tasting and vote for their favorite in the people’s choice category. The recipes will be published in a cookbook available at the festival and online. The National Lentil Festival,, takes place Aug. 16-17 in Pullman.

Cold coffee class Saturday

Cool off with a lesson on iced coffee this Saturday.

Roast House coffee owner Deborah Di Bernardo will host a free class on cold-brewed coffee Saturday at the warehouse and roasting facility, 423 E. Cleveland Ave., Suite C. Stop in at 10 a.m. to learn about making the best cold brew at home and taste a variety of cold brews. Reach Roast House by calling (509) 995-6500.