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Leaps with WINE.

Happy LEAP Day!

I'm going to suggest putting down the wine first.

(Photo credit: eisandnose)

First Friday Art Walk. Wine is LIQUID ART.

BE A PART OF ART (03/02/12)

Indulge in a bounty of artists in diverse mediums during the First Friday Art Walk. Oh and take in some WINE as well.

Sip's FIRST FRIDAY includes only places that also pour wine. After all. wine is liquid Art and this is a WINE blog :) All venues will be open Friday, March 3, 2012 from 5:30-8:00PM unless noted otherwise. SIP has added a few participating wine/art stops that aren't on the official list which is at available at

(The * is for Spokane wineries)

Sip's list is only art stops that include WINE, which is liquid art. DOWNTOWN:
*Barili Cellars
608 W. 2nd
Join Barili Cellars on Friday, March 2, from 4 to 9 p.m. and enjoy four current wine releases, paintings by artist Jim Dhillon, and live music by Celtic Rock band, Free Whiskey. Call 995-4077 SIP TIP: Don't miss sipping the Cabernet Sauvignon.

*Market Place Wine Bar
Featuring metal mobile, wall and floo…

Wine about the weather

Welcome to The Grape Escape: 509 Edition

Grape Expectations

Let this site be your guide for things to do and places to go in and around the 509. Whether you live in Eastern Washington or just visiting, 509 is more than just an area code. It’s a way of life. You'll adjust quickly to the lack of traffic and instead make time to enjoy the great outdoors.

In the winter we go to the mountain (5 regional ski/snowboard resorts) and in the summer to the lake (76 area lakes). Bike Trails, hiking, camping and white water rafting are also quite popular in the 509.

And finally there’s the wine. Eastern Washington is the second largest producer of wine in the country and home to 5 out of the State appellations: Yakima Valley, ColumbiaValley, Walla Walla Valley, Red Mountain and Chelan. From the Yakima Valley all the way to Spokane, grape vineyards cover the landscape where apple orchards used to thrive. From these vineyards that some of the finest wines in the world have emerged. Spokane is becoming a destination for wine. Come taste…

Forget Love, I'd rather fall in Chocolate.

Do you dream in CHOCOLATE?

 If you are not sure how to get your chocolate fix, don't worry; I took on the tough assignment of checking it out for you. I discovered some local indulgences, listed according to the three all important Ws: WHO WHAT & WHERE. Scroll down to see where to get your fix.
Everybody loves the idea of pairing chocolate and wine, and with good reason. It's a dynamic duo which evokes romance. What's not to like? Don't you love it when someone says says red wine and dark chocolate are good for you? But the flavors of chocolate and wine aren’t always that compatible. Here are some tips for a blissful union:
Chocolate and Wine Sip Tip #1: Pair lighter chocolates with lighter wines; darker chocolates with full-bodied wines. Go from light to dark in your tasting session, starting with milk or lower percentage cacao chocolates and their corresponding wines.
Chocolate and Wine Sip Tip #2: Suggestive pairings for Milk Chocolate: Merlot,  Riesling (d…