Showing posts from October, 2013

Barrister Cab Franc

True Love.  As I sat beside him slowly sipping wine, I ever so softly whispered, "I love you." He turned, stared deep into my eyes and asked, "Is that you talking or the wine?" Confidently I replied, "It's me....talking to the wine." Barrister Cab Franc, you've captured my heart. Photo Credit:  Ifong Photo

Custom HalloWINE labels

Spook your guests with Halloween wine labels. Copy these labels and print it onto vellum paper, glue image onto the bottle and voila, instant makeover for a spook-a-luscious party. Okay, you could just pick up Whitestone's Scared to Pieces but I do so like this idea.  Happy HalloWINE!  (Photo Credit: Bliss Journey)

Halloween Candy & Wine pairings

Happy HalloWINE! As you may know, besides the wine thing, I have a thing for chocolate. Though it can be a spendy vice, I like fine chocolate. Currently, I am obsessed with local Pixie Dust Chocolates, Chocolate Myracles and Seattle's Theo. But come this Halloween you may have a bucket or pillowcase full of the drug store varieties that are calling to you after the little goblins have gone to bed. What's a girl to do, but dip into the unattended Halloween stash and pair them with wine. Sticking to some classics, here are a couple pairings to try: • Almond Joy and Sparkling (Mt. Dome Brut is a perfect pairing with almonds and it enhances the coconut) • Snickers and Sangiovese (Latah Creek Wine Cellars   gives you a red that won't overpower the whole-lot-going-on in this candy bar) • Three Musketeers and Ice Dessert Wine . (Kiona slowly nibble sip the sweet stuff)     • Milky Way Dark Chocol

Townshend Cellar: Toast of the Town

  As published in Spokane Coeur d'Alene Living magazine September 2013 (Graphic by Spokane Cda Magazine) Issue release party and new tasting room grand opening was held at September 19th, 2013 Townshend Cellar. Photo by SIP

Cork or Screw Top

Looking for CLOSURE Call me a traditionalist, but it just seams wrong, even cheap/sleazy to have a screw top on fine wine. Oh, I can see the purpose or at least the ease of it. Screw tops are easy to open and close, with no additional equipment required. Admittedly, I have had some good wine from fine winemakers who have chosen screw top enclosures. This makes me wonder: Is my future is cork-free? After long deliberation, I can appreciate the screw top closure for certain occasions. Nowadays, one cannot carry a corkscrew just anywhere, so the use of a screw top could be necessary under certain circumstances. Maybe it’s all in the name: “screw” top. That even sounds dirty and cheap (and not in a intriguing way). But am I just resisting inevitable change? Let’s look into some alternative closures. Wine consumers buy wine sealed with natural cork over any other closures. In the competitive wine industry, that may be enough right there to stick with the norm. I se

Best of Everything!

Best Of The City 2013 Graphic by Spokane Cda Living magazine Write ups by Sarah Hauge (SL), David Heemann (DH), Jennifer LaRue (JL), Laurie L. Ross aka SIP (LLR) , Cara Strickland (CS), Blythe Thimsen (BT) Dust off your finery and break out your dancing shoes, it’s time to celebrate the 9th Annual “Best of the City!” For nine years, Spokane Coeur d’Alene Living has been asking our readers to tell us who is the best of the best when it comes restaurants, events, people places, services, products and more in the Spokane and Coeur d’Alene area. We hope you will enjoy reading about all of our “Best Of” winners on the following pages. And to our winners, thank you for making the Spokane and Coeur d’Alene area one of the best places in which to live! PEOPLE WE LOVE!!! NEWS ANCHOR, MALE Dan Kleckner, KHQ Dan has been calling Spokane (and KHQ) his home since 1985. Starting as a Sports Director and making his way through the ranks to become an integral part of the