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Spring release weekend coming up

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.

Holiday Wine Festival begins Friday

The Spokane Winery Association will host the annual Holiday Wine Fest starting Friday, Nov. 16.

Local wineries and winery tasting rooms will be open noon to 6 p.m. Friday through Sunday for the event.

Here's a map to the wineries and tasting rooms: www.spokanewineries.net.

The Spokane Winery Association is also working with area restaurants on a corkage free program, enabling winery customers to purchase a bottle and enjoy it the same day at a participating Spokane restaurant without a corkage fee.

Details and restaurant listings may be found at www.spokanewineries.net.

Spring Release Weekend starts Friday

Spokane area wineries will host a weekend of wine tasting starting Friday at noon for the annual Mother's Day Spring Release Weekend.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday, members of the Spokane Winery Association will offer samples of new wines, tastes of wines still in the barrel and food to complement the offereings.

This year's event has new hours. The wineries will be open noon to 6 p.m. each day.

Spring traditionally marks the end of winemaking season and represents the beginning of a new wine year. Tasting fees may apply. Download a map at www.spokanewineries.net or click on the document below for details on participating wineries and their locations.


The perfect turkey wine?

If you've the unforgiving task of finding wine to pair with turkey for the upcoming holiday, here's the silver lining… It will take some research and the Spokane Winery Association can help.

Nineteen members of the association will host special events 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. today through Sunday for the annual Holiday Wine Fest.

Tasters will have the change to sample new vintages, gourmet food and wingle with the wine makers and other wine lovers. Ask the winemakers what they'll be serving with the holiday meal.

Tasting fees may apply.

Download a map with recommended tour routes at http://www.spokanewineries.net/.

I've listed the participating wineries in the extended post.