Skip to main content

EMVY & GRC BridgePress: Making wine with a little help from their friends.

I adore the Saturday drop-in wine tasting at the Rocket Market. Each Saturday afternoon from 4 - 7 pm, you can meander in and sample wine and sometimes beer in the atrium from the people who craft and sell them in this market. It's a casual and intimate approach to wine, where you can sip and chat wine with the passionate people behind the label. The Rocket market is located at  726 E 43rd (Just off the top of Grand on the South Hill). Frequent Sip's Weekend 'O Wine report for all the RM's winescapades.


Yesterday had the delicious pleasure of trying not one but two local labels, which have partnered with Grande Ronde's Dave Westfall and John Mueller, who provided a special opportunity for these budding winemakers while adding extra variety to the list of wines available through the combined operations. Under this cooperative arrangement the new winemakers created top-quality products without the risk of spending a lot of money for equipment and contracts. Making wine with a little help from their Friends. EMVY operates under their own license as will GRC BridgePress in the near future. The Wine Cellar (Grande Rhone's downtown tasting room) features EMVY and GRC BridgePress wines. 


It was a pleasure to meet Mark and Valerie of  
EMVY Cellars, who produces approximately 100 cases of a single Bordeaux style red wine appropriately entitled DEVOTION. What a treat to taste a vertical of the 2002, 2003 and 2005 vintages. Each had its own unique character expressing the brilliant fruit of the prestigious Seven Hills vineyard in Walla Walla.  


Vertical tasting at The Rocket Market
SIP TIP: It is recommend that DEVOTION is allowed some breathing room - aerate prior to drinking.



2002 DEVOTION (56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 44% Merlot)  - This debut vintage is impressive to say the least. Well-balanced with intense fruit such as black currant and dark cherry with a trace of earthiness.


2003 DEVOTION (53% Cabernet Sauvignon 47% Merlot) - This is a more robust wine in comparison to it's supple predecessor. Deep and flavorful with structure, you can expect the black currant and earthiness but with bright cherry and hints of chocolate and a trace of smoke. This is the one that captured the attention of my palate, being my favorite of this vertical tasting.



2005 DEVOTION (58% Cabernet Sauvignon 42% Merlot) -  Layers of structure and balance. Deep, dark cherry fruit, earthy undertones with a hint of cedar and a zing of spice. Bravo! Wait, maybe this one is my favorite.


You can try DEVOTION AT the Grand Rhone "Wine Cellar" located at the corner of 2nd & Lincoln in downtown Spokane. EMVY is the newest member of the Spokane Winery Association and is participating in Holiday Wine Festival which takes place Novemeber 19-21 at area wineries. 
Russian artist Alexei Kasantzev is the featured artist on the Devotion labels, which are stunning and special.

EMVY Devotion Labels

GRC BridgePress 
GRC BridgePress Cellars, a venture by Brian and Melody Padrta whose debut into winemaking was with a 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon from Seven Hills Vineyard in Walla Walla. It was bottled under the Grande Ronde license, although the Padrtas now have their own license and the proud distinction of being Washington State's 600th winery.

The name BridgePress refers to the roots of the friendship between the Padrtas and Westfall, who met years ago through bridge tournaments often played at the Ridpath Hotel. The wine label uses images from playing cards. Winemaking is a game they play very well.  Let's just say I'm imPRESSed with GRC BridgePress. Starting with good fruit from the renowned Seven Hills Vineyard (Walla Walla) is a well played hand. It was a pleasure to meet Melody.

2007 CABERNET SAUVIGNON (85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, 3% Malbec)   This is an elegant, well structured wine. Dark cherry with toasted vanilla overtones had me instantly captivated. Lovely!

2007 MERLOT (84% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Malbec) I was slightly starstruck when I tasted this marvelous Merlot. RICH, full-bodied with notes of coffee, chocolate and deep dark cherry. I stayed fairly composed about my discovery but knew right then and there that this was a wine I'd have a future with. It was LOVE at first sip.
BridgePress Merlot paired with Rocket Market's Nanaimo Bar - YUM!
You can try BridgePress at the Grand Rhone "Wine Cellar" located at the corner of 2nd & Lincoln in downtown Spokane.  BridgePress will participate under Grande Rhonde Cellars in the Spokane Winery Association's Holiday Wine Festival which takes place Novemeber 19-21 at area wineries. 


Thank you for the delicious afternoon, SIP

Follow EMVY on facebookFollow GRC BridgePress on facebook
1 comment

Popular posts from this blog

Marys & Mimosas - Booze for Breakfast

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…

Urban Living - Spokane Style 

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…

Spokane Coeur d'Alene Living magazine's "Best Of" reader poll results.

SPOKANE COEUR D'ALENE LIVING MAGAZINE'S 2010 BEST OF WINNERS


Feature Story
by Kevin Finch, Sarah Hauge, Laurie L. Ross (aka SIP), and Blythe Thimsen
(look after the write up for the intials of the author)

Look up the word “best” in a Merriam Webster Dictionary, and you will get the following result:

1best
adj \best\
Definition of BEST
superlative of good

1: excelling all others
2: most productive of good : offering or producing the greatest advantage, utility, or satisfaction
3: most, largest

We’d like to suggest a fourth definition:

4: top pick, no one is better . Further definitions of the “Best” are as follows:

BEST FINE DINING, MOST ROMANTIC, BEST HAPPY HOUR FOOD and BEST DESSERT
Clinkerdagger
621 Mallon Avenue, http://www.clinkerdagger.com/
Talk about fine dining domination! 2010 is the fourth year in a row that you voted Clinkerdagger the top spot for an elegant meal out. Gold medals in three other categories (Most Romantic, Happy Hour Food and Best Dessert) gives the …