Townshend Cellar has a hit with Vortex, a non-vintage Bordeaux blend of 47% Cabernet Sauvignon 43%, Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. It was recommended by a grocery store wine guy and he was oh-so right. I had a past affair with the T3, which is one of Townshend's most popular blends, so let's just say I knew I was going to like Vortex. Vortex is lighter-style red with essences of blueberries and some raspberries. As you may know, wines are named after the grape, but when its a blend the wine maker gets to name it. A vortex is a spinning, often turbulent, flow of fluid. Any spiral motion with closed streamlines is vortex flow.Perfect title for an aromic wine just swirled in the glass.
I am also a huge fan of the Huckleberry Port which posses aromas of dried black currant, huckleberry, fig and black cherry with a hint of licorice. The huckleberry, chocolate, coffee and black currant linger on making this a delicious port style wine. We all know it's the local favorite wild huckleberries from North Idaho that makes this a port to covet and crave.
This winery is definitely one to watch as the wines are consistently good. The winery has grown from two barrels of wine in 1998 to over 10,000 cases of wine today and offers over 20 different wines.
Bringing Back The Breakfast Drink Marys and Mimosas
Both the Bloody Mary and Mimosa make it
socially acceptable to drink before noon.
While this can be a problem if the drinking continues all day, on its
own, a Mary or a Mimosa is a beautiful thing. The Bloody Mary can be a meal in itself
- a healthy sounding one at that with a slightly morbid name. Bloody Marys traditionally
are made with vodka and tomato juice which is then heavily spiced and garnished.
Some say this drink was conceived in Paris in the roaring 20's. Others trace it back to the 30's as a cure to
the dreaded hangover. Either way, this breakfast cocktail has evolved with many
twists being added along the way. The Mimosa, on the other hand, is a
mainstay of the classy champagne brunch with a straightforward recipe:
champagne or sparkling wine and orange juice. Yes, this is a drink you can make
yourself. It was supposedly invented in back in 1925 at a Parisian Hotel. As
with most cocktails, there a…
This was fun! Our story and loft was featured in the Inlander Health & Home magazine. Thank you to Blythe Thimsen, writer and Young Kwak, photographer. We are also very grateful to Heather Hanley of the Tin Roof for helping us design our space. Our ensuite coffee lounge even made the cover. Additionally, the other featured urban space was one of my downtown listings. ♥️ Laurie and James Allen’s new home in Kendall Yards offers lots of light and quick access to all that downtown Spokane has to offer. A Vibrant Downtown Lifestyle is Luring Residents Back to Spokane's City Center.
"A chicken in every pot and a car in every garage!" Used in the 1928 presidential campaign, and attributed to President Herbert Hoover, the idea of a car in every garage planted a seed that took root. Over the years, along with it came the idea of the spacious house with a yard, the white picket fence and the happy, quiet life in suburban America.
Fast forward to 2018, and nowadays trading in th…
Collecting ART is addictive but never regrettable. With ART, the regret I do have is from the pieces I talked myself out of. I have a few sad stories of inexpensive ART I passed on and now the artist's work is spendy. Buying ART is not extravagant or reserved for the wealthy. For me, it's just I have my priorities straight. Think about how much ART you could own if you didn't have cable, that unused landline and you limited the times a barista made your coffee.
When embarking on collecting art - start small. Buying student art is an inexpensive way to get original art. Its like listening to a talented yet unsigned musician in a dive bar prior to making it it big. You very well could be investing in and therefore encouraging the ART world's next big thing. Buying local art enriches your community and supports the local ART scene. Incorporating original ART in your home adds an unmatched warmth, texture and depth to your space.