Thursday, November 8, 2012

HOLIDAY WINE FESTIVAL 2012.: A game plan for winos.

The much anticipated  Holiday Wine Festival is NEXT weekend (November 16th-18th from Noon - 6pm). With 19 wineries and 2 associate tasting rooms participating, you're going to need a plan of attack, having to hit 5-6 locations a day to complete the mission of not missing a thing.

Hopefully, you are well-trained and ready to take on this premier wine event. Ready, Set, SIP!

Please post pics on the SIP of Spokane - The facebook page so we can share with our fellow locapours (lovers of local wine). If you tweet, add the hashtag #SPOWINE

All 21 Spokane Winery Association (SWA) members are excited to share with you their award winning wines and unique holiday gift ideas. These liquid artists cordially invite you and your friends to join in on the delicious festivities.

What to expect:
* Sample current vintages and special releases * Sample unique gourmet foods * Save money with Special “Holiday Wine Fest" discounts * Mingle with fellow wine lovers (locapours)  * Splurge at the wineries’ gift shops which will be filled with GRAPE Holiday Gift ideas. 

With almost 4000 followers on Sip of Spokane, we can't all go in the same exact order, but here's a suggested schedule for those wanting to complete this delicious challenge.

DOWNTOWN 1: Barrister Winery, Barili Cellars, Whitestone Winery, Cougar Crest, Grande Rhone Cellars, Broadview Dairy Tasting Room (3 labels at this location: Caterina, Lone Canary and Mountain Dome).
(8 labels, 6 stops) *


DOWNTOWN 2: Robert Karl Cellars, Overbluff Cellars Vintage Hill, Marketplace Wine Bar (2 labels at this location: EMVY and Bridge Press) and Nectar Tasting Room (4 wineries at this location: Hard Row to Hoe, Northwest Cellars, Skylite andTerra Blanca).   
(9 labels, 5 stops) *


VALLEY/Outlying Areas: Knipprath, Latah Creek, Nodland Cellars, Arbor Crest (2 wineries at this location Arbor crest and /van Löben Sels Cellars). Then either before or after go to  Liberty Lake or out orth to Greenbluff to visit Liberty Lake Cellars and Townshend.  
(7 labels, 6 stops).

*Alternate to add to Downtown 1 or 2: Arbor Crest/van Löben Sels  has a downtown tasting room at Riverpark Square (3rd floor) or you can go to the picturesque Arbor Crest Cliff House which is included in #3 Valley.


The SWA also has a handy-dandy map available at each and every participating location or
Click here to print one out http://www.spokanewineries.net/map/


If you want to be a SIP Roving Reporter, just snap photos of your Holiday Wine Festival adventure for a SipTV video slide-show recap of the big weekend. Send photos to sipofspokane@gmail.com and be sure to include the location and name of the photog.

Remember its "HIP TO SPIT"
Be safe and enjoy our local flavor.

Hope to see you in a winery. Its going to be a GRAPE weekend. 
Sip XO 
(Photo Credit: BHW1)



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