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  • WEDNESDAY, JULY 31, 2013

    For Padrtas, the Bridge for now, future

    Bridge Press Cellars opened in 2009 with the immediate distinction of being the state’s 600th winery. In the four years since, both the industry and Melody and Brian Padrta’s small …


  • WEDNESDAY, MAY 29, 2013

    Partnership proves to be a Grande blend

    Grande Ronde Cellars began as a partnership between four men with the same love – for grapes from the Walla Walla valley. Dave Westfall, David Page, John Mueller and Michael …


  • WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24, 2013

    Partnership keeps Barili going strong

    Serendipity and a grape delivery helped launch Barili Cellars, and that same combination is helping usher the boutique Spokane winery into its fifth year. Marlene and Russ Feist opened the …


  • WEDNESDAY, MARCH 27, 2013

    At Vintage Hill Cellars, the interest is in the mix

    Cody George didn’t set out to make wines that spent five years in oak barrels, but at Vintage Hill Cellars that is what has happened. The self-taught winemaker said the …


  • WEDNESDAY, FEB. 27, 2013

    Emvy Cellars shows Devotion to winemaking

    Emvy Cellars was born under the wing of Grande Ronde Cellars and alongside Bridge Press Cellars. Valerie and Mark Wilkerson started their small winery in 2002 with help from winemakers …


  • WEDNESDAY, DEC. 26, 2012

    Mountain Dome, Townshend a nice blend

    For 20 years, it has been possible to ring in the New Year with sparkling wines made in the shadow of Mount Spokane. Mountain Dome Winery was started in 1984 …


  • WEDNESDAY, OCT. 31, 2012

    Overbluff Cellars vintners deliver big wines, look to move on

    John Caudill and Jerry Gibson connected over fine wines, so it seems right that they’re now making them together. The self-taught winemakers are the cabernet drinkers behind the wines at …


  • WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 26, 2012

    Coeur d’Alene Cellars brings Washington wines to Idaho

    One of Washington’s great family wineries isn’t in Washington at all. For a decade, the Gates family has been hauling Washington grapes across the state line to make award-winning wines …


  • WEDNESDAY, JULY 25, 2012

    Haigs embrace view from Whitestone

    Twenty years ago, Walter and Judy Haig were entertaining friends on the deck of their Lake Roosevelt summer home when the conversation turned to the history of their 1,000-acre property. …


  • WEDNESDAY, JUNE 27, 2012

    Cougar Crest Winery let creativity guide winemaking

    As a pharmacist, Debbie Hansen’s job was straightforward: Provide the right pill in the right dose to the right patient at the right time. Winemaking is different.


  • WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25, 2012

    For Gunselmans, wine is the name of the game

    Someone named Robert Karl occasionally stops by Robert Karl Cellars in downtown Spokane. He is not the owner.


  • WEDNESDAY, MARCH 28, 2012

    Pend d’Oreille Winery thrives from afar

    SANDPOINT – Stephen Meyer was so eager to break into the wine industry that he took the first job he found: catching gophers. “After I proved myself in the vineyard …


  • WEDNESDAY, MARCH 30, 2011

    Grapevine: Washington state’s chardonnays deliver a fresh taste of spring

    Spring is here – at least officially – and thoughts begin to turn toward wines well suited to warm days and outdoor settings. It’s fun to look ahead to the …


  • WEDNESDAY, DEC. 29, 2010

    Enjoy a special bottle of wine but first handle with caution

    With New Year’s Eve bearing down on us, it is a good time to ask yourself, “Do I have any special occasion wines tucked away in my wine cabinet?” If …


  • WEDNESDAY, OCT. 27, 2010

    The crush of fall appears promising for wine drinkers

    Autumn is an especially exciting time for both wineries and wine drinkers. This year’s harvest has been a nail-biter, as a result of the summer’s unusually cool weather, and a …


  • WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 29, 2010

    Washington wines hold their own in price and quality

    These are challenging times for wineries, which are facing increased global competition and rapidly falling prices for their wines. California brands that once commanded $100 and more a bottle are …


  • WEDNESDAY, AUG. 25, 2010

    Aromatic whites present a pleasant summer option

    In many wine publications, reviews and restaurant wine lists you may notice the phrase “aromatic white wines” popping up. It’s an interesting concept, and may lead you to explore some …


  • WEDNESDAY, JULY 28, 2010

    Sparkling wines a refreshing summertime option

    It’s a fact that more than three-quarters of all Champagne sales occur between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t enjoy good bubbly year-round. Well-made, dry sparkling …


  • WEDNESDAY, MAY 26, 2010

    Oregon winery thrives on focused approach

    My general advice to small, startup wineries is to focus. Make something your calling card. Don’t try to make 30 different wines until you’ve figured out how to do three …


  • WEDNESDAY, FEB. 24, 2010

    Time for merlot to take its spot at top

    It’s baaaack. The wine that wine geeks love to hate. The wine that famously was drunk out of a spit bucket in the movie “Sideways.” The wine that new research …


  • WEDNESDAY, JAN. 27, 2010

    Three Spokane wineries offer up lively releases

    Some splendid new releases have livened up my tastings this week, with three Spokane wineries in the spotlight. At Caterina ( www.caterina.com), a major tasting room renovation is under way, …


  • WEDNESDAY, NOV. 25, 2009

    Looking for holiday bubbly? Check the Blue Book

    Wine Blue Book is an online/e-mail buying guide that regularly compiles reviews and scores on hundreds of wines, lists them by price and ranks them by value. A free trial …


  • WEDNESDAY, OCT. 28, 2009

    Several Washington wines make Best Buy list

    There is no question that tough times are upon us for grape growers, wineries and retailers. But for consumers, there are more outstanding value wines than I’ve seen in a …


  • WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 30, 2009

    Wine enthusiasts should take in fermentation experience

    Crush is on, in full-ferment mode, and there is no better time to visit your Spokane wineries. Walk in and you are almost certain to see grapes arriving, being sorted …


  • WEDNESDAY, JULY 29, 2009

    Summer a good time to expand wine interests

    Hot weather demands cold wines. But that doesn’t mean you have to stop exploring new varietals and regions. In fact, summer is arguably the best time to hit the trail …


  • WEDNESDAY, JUNE 24, 2009

    Lake Chelan area looks promising for quality wines

    Washington’s 11th and newest American Viticultural Area – the Lake Chelan viticultural area – was officially approved on May 29. Located at the far northwest corner of the sprawling Columbia …


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