Spring Barrel Tasting features a budding Spokane wine scene

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by KREM.com/Danielle Grant

NWCN.com

Posted on May 6, 2011 at 6:28 PM

SPOKANE -- New Inland Northwest wineries are opening in the Spokane area. The Spokane Winery Association is working to market the area as a wine tasting destination.

Nectar Tasting Room on Stevens Street opened its doors in January. Owner Josh Wade isn’t letting the tough economy slow him down.

“For us it was a matter of timing. I built a business using social media and there was a lot of traction and momentum to do it,” said Josh Wade.

Nectar Tasting Room features several different vineyards. Wade explained to KREM 2 News that the individual vineyards split the shop’s rent. He believes that cost saving plan allows budding wineries to flourish.

One winery even opened its tasting room today at the new Spokane Public Market.

“We thought it’d be a great way to support Downtown Spokane and to get our wines in our own tasting room,” said Valerie Wilkerson from Emvy Cellars.

The winery just received their license this week. Wilkerson describes the new business venture as an act of love.

All the local wineries open their doors this weekend. Spring Barrel Tasting starts Friday night for Mother’s Day Weekend. Local tasting rooms open their doors through Sunday. Tasting rooms stretch from Downtown, Spokane Valley, and to Greenbluff. The seasonal event includes 18 stops and features 25 Washington wineries.

The Spokane Wintery Association website offers maps of the Spring Barrel Tasting tour.

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