After a 17 year slumber and 30 million dollar facelift ,this long awaited comeback proved worth the wait. The Davenport is an elegant world class hotel, that makes me want a time machine to go and check out this ultra chic era of the early 1900's. Commercial real estate developers and now local super heroes Walt Worthy and his wife, Karen, bought the empty landmark for $6.5 million in May 2000 with a goal of returning it to its original spender, only better. It proved to be no easy task as it had major issues and needed to be taken into modern times while being true to the history. Detailed refurbishing and artisans from all over the world contributed to the best comeback story of the region. The stunning lobby hosts one of my favorite large fireplaces and makes this not only a grand hotel to stay at but a great place for dinner, events or just to hang out at. Original owner and waffle king Louis Davenport , now represented by a life size sculpture reading a paper in lobby would be proud. as a peacock of the refurbished hotel. A must stop in Spokane, even if you just have time for a self guided tour. You'll feel like you're at a museum, but you may want to book a room and enjoy the amenities and unsurpassed service.
(Published in Spokane Couer d'Alene Living Magazine, November 2008, Best Of...) Note: Picture courtesy of the Davenport Hotel
ICE WINE COMMETH: December 2013 UPDATE. Record-breaking low temperatures in portions of the Pacific Northwest made it ideal conditions for the picking grapes for ice wine. Ste. Michelle Wine Estates harvested and began crushing grapes at Columbia Crest in Paterson, Washington, after temperatures in the Horse Heaven Hills dipped to 10 degrees. Frozen berries of Riesling on the vine are about to be picked near Paterson, Washington. It's also happening in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley, where conditions made for one of the earliest harvest of ice wine. ABOUT ICE WINE: Frigid temperatures produce a winter gift for Washington wineries. Remember that 2008 winter bitter cold weather? Well it had a delicious upside. It has allowed Northwest winemakers to harvest the rare and delectable Ice Wine. Ice wine (or icewine, as one word, or in German, Eiswein) is a type of dessert wine produced from grapes that have been frozen while still on the vine. The sugars and ot
"Wine and cheese are ageless companions, like aspirin and aches, or June and moon or good people and noble ventures" M.F.K. Fisher, Vin et Formage. Washington State is not yet necessarily known for cheese. But the culinary landscape of Washington is dotted with well-known and well-anointed cheeses and cheese makers having Washingtonians take pride in their products. It seams only appropriate that the nation's second largest wine producing region, have a handle on cheese as well. Though there are other notable cheese makers in Washington State, a good EAST vs.WEST rivalry is represented by Cougar Gold and Beecher's. First a few basics about Wine and Cheese, that may just be the dynamic duo of the culinary world. The just go so well together and even though it really comes down to personal taste, certain guidelines have been proven favorable in pairing this iconic food couple. Here are some of those basic truths: • White wines match best with soft cheeses and
Latah Creek Wine Cellars was asked for your help in choosing a new label for the Monarch Red series. The label features art by Edward W. Gilmore. The Original painting that inspired the label hangs in the tasting room. Artist rendition prints and giclees are available to pair with your wine.The new labels were designed by BHW1, Scott Kneshaw designed the one on the left, which is currently on the delicious Monarch Red. Thanks for your vote. Here were the results: At Latah Creek Winery. Over 500 votes were cast during their 28th Anniversary celebration weekend. Votes from the weekend with nearly 500 corks: #1 - 24% #2 - 35% #3 - 8% #4 - 19% #5 - 15% After looking at the results, Mike Conway thinks should have had either #3 OR #5 as they were variations of the same theme so both weren't needed. The clear-cut winner though was #2 - very similar to what they did initially but with black background. SIP of Spokane had 129 votes. Here's where we voted: #1 - 21% #2 - 33% #3 - 5