Coeur d’Alene Cellars Has Local Ties

Most people like to hear a “local boy makes good” story. I think a “local boy makes good wine” story sounds even better. Let me fill you in on the details. Bob Harris, a graduate of Sehome High School, is co-owner of newcomer Coeur d’Alene Cellars, located about 45 minutes east of Spokane. Along with […]

Champagne & Sparkling Wine

Cristalino Cava Brut Non-Vintage (about $8): A terrific Spanish sparkler with a some apple and citrus flavors and a crisp, dry finish. You’ll be hard pressed to find a better sparkling wine in this price range.

Barrister Reds Continue to Impress

Added Note: Barrister Winery 2003 Red Mountain Merlot received a silver medal at the Tri-Cities Wine Festival on November 12, 2005 and was also was voted as the People’s Choice. Those attorneys from Spokane are back again and they’re making my life difficult. No, there’s nothing litigious involved, it’s just attorney/winemakers Greg Lipsker and Michael […]


Wilridge Winery 2002 (about $25): I tried this little gem at the Zephyr Bistro near the Hotel Bellwether. The grapes are grown in the highly acclaimed Klipsun Vineyards in Washington’s Red Mountian appellation. It’s a lighter style red with hints of spice and bright red currant and cherry flavors. Outstanding!

Be Careful When Purchasing Organic Wines

You’ve probably noticed an increasing amount of space being dedicated to organic fruits and vegetables at your grocer. Wines made from organically grown grapes are also rising in popularity, and as they continue to claim more space in the wine section it’s important to know the specifics behind them. The USDA sets the standard for […]

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