From vine to vino

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Winemaker Michael Haig pours a 2005 merlot at Whitestone Winery.

Arbor Crest Wine Cellars Perched atop a 450-foot cliff overlooking Spokane Valley, Arbor Crest's home resides at the historic estate of Spokane inventor Royal Riblet. Sample from their more than 20 wines at the Cliff House tasting room or attend any number of summer events, including concerts, art festivals and a classic car show. 4705 N. Fruit Hill Rd., Spokane Valley • 927-9463 •

Barili Cellars  Barili — Italian for "barrels" — started as a small partnership between two families in 2008 and continues to evolve. Although production has grown to around 500 cases, they still consider themselves a boutique winery focused on quality and craftsmanship, using Washington-sourced grapes for their fruit-forward reds, blends, port and dessert wines. 608 W. Second Ave. • 953-3795 •

Barrister Winery Created by two lawyers, Barrister describes their limited-production red wines and small quantities of whites as lush, fruit-forward in flavor, with a silky mouthfeel and soft tannins. Their railside warehouse winery and tasting room is popular during First Friday Art Walk. If you go, try the Cabernet Sauvignon, which won a gold medal in both the 2014 Sunset International Wine Competition and Great Northwest Wine Competition. 1213 W. Railroad Ave. • 465-3591 •

Bridge Press Cellars They source their grapes from both established and promising new vineyards and are mostly known for their Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, including the 600 Blend they created to honor becoming Washington state's 600th licensed winery. Check out their tasting room at the Market Place, located inside the historic former home of the Foresters of America Hall. 39 W. Pacific Ave. • 838-7815 •

Camas Prairie Winery Camas Prairie Winery is the oldest independently owned winery in Idaho and the official producer of University of Idaho's Vandal Crest wines. Their unusual line includes Muscat Canelli, a Gewurtztraminer and the award-winning 2013 Lemberger. Visit their downtown Moscow tasting room, where you can also try Camas' expanding line of mead. 110 S. Main St., Moscow, Idaho • 208-882-0214 •

Coeur d'Alene Cellars Coeur d'Alene Cellars promotes the "art of fine wine." Co-owner Sarah Jane Gates' artwork is featured on the labels of the current 13 wines they produce, like the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon recently rated 19/20 by Wine Enthusiast. Coeur d'Alene Cellars' tasting room also hosts such events as Murder Mystery Theater and live music. 3890 N. Schreiber Way, Coeur d'Alene • 208-664-2336 •

Emvy Cellars This boutique winery sources all their fruit from the esteemed Seven Hills Vineyard and Pepper Bridge in Walla Walla for their Bordeaux-style red blend, Devotion. The grapes in their Veba Rouge wine also come from vineyards in the Columbia Valley. Taste both at the downtown Spokane Marketplace Winery they share with Bridge Press Cellars. 39 W. Pacific Ave. • 838-7815 •

Grande Ronde Cellars Sourcing their grapes from Walla Walla's Seven Hills and Pepper Bridge vineyards, Grande Ronde ages their single-vineyard wines and blends in 100 percent oak. Seven of those wines have received 90+ scores from Wine Spectator. Their subterranean tasting room is a popular destination for live music and art events. 906 W. Second Ave. • 455-8161 •

Knipprath Cellars Knipprath, a family-owned and operated boutique winery, focuses on Northwest-grown Portuguese and Spanish grape varieties. They produce limited-quantity Iberian wine varietals and New World Ports, such as the Spanish Nudge, their Syrah Port aged with coffee and cinnamon. 5634 E. Commerce Ave. • 208-699-3393 •

Latah Creek Wine Cellars Recently celebrating their 33rd anniversary, this family-owned winery has consistently produced award-winning wines, including two bronze (Monarch Red, 2011 Malbec), two silver (2014 Moscato, 2013 Riesling) and a gold (Huckleberry d'Latah) at the recent Sunset International Wine Competition. Check out their website for co-owner Ellena Conway's recipes — featuring wine pairing notes — from her collection of self-published cookbooks. 13030 E. Indiana Ave., Spokane Valley • 926-0164 •

Liberty Lake Wine Cellars A beautiful view of Liberty Lake and Mount Spokane, live music and occasional painting parties are all reasons to stop by this community-based winery. Their nine wines, of course, provide even more reason, including 2015 Finger Lakes Wine Competition winners: the 2011 Tempranillo and Petit Verdot and the 2009 Merlot. 1018 S. Garry Rd., Liberty Lake, Wash. • 255-9205 •

Merry Cellars Merry Cellars crafts eight wines, ranging from the 2012 Sauvignon Blanc from the Wahluke slope to a 2011 Sangiovese from Stillwater Creek Vineyard to several Bordeaux-style reds. Located in Pullman, the winery and tasting room overlooking the rolling fields of the Palouse also hosts a summer concert series. 1300 NE Henley Ct., Pullman, Wash. • 338-4699 •

Mountain Dome Winery When they first formed in 1984, Mountain Dome winemakers Michael and Patricia Manz and Michael's brother John Mueller pressed their grapes in the family's geodesic dome home. They still provide that intense focus to their six sparkling wines using the traditional champagne method of yeast-fermenting in the bottle, like the Cuvée Forté, a blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. 3808 N. Sullivan Rd., Building 18, Suite J, Spokane Valley • 534-9062 •

Nodland Cellars Their reds are a modern interpretation of French traditions, heavy on the Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, sourced from top-notch vineyards throughout the Columbia Valley. All processes are hand-done, and final blends are meticulously tested to ensure the necessary complexity and ageability. Look for labels like Bebop Dry Riesling that reflect owner Tim Nodland's lifelong music career. 11616 E. Montgomery Dr., Suite 70, Spokane Valley • 927-7770 •

Overbluff Cellars Specializing in crafting small batches of big wines, Overbluff Cellars hails from downtown Spokane. Their 2012 Oh Jerry was a hit in New York when local chef Jeremy Hansen included it in his pairings at a recent James Beard Foundation dinner. 620 S. Washington St. • 991-4781 •

Patit Creek Cellars Although located in Walla Walla, Patit Creek Cellars extends to additional tasting rooms in Woodinville and in downtown Spokane, across from the Davenport Hotel. A newly installed cheese case (manned by their certified cheesemonger) offers guided food pairings like something to go with their silky Semillon Ice Wine. 822 W. Sprague Ave.• 868-4045 •

Pend d'Oreille Winery  With two decades as a trailblazing winery and community partner in Sandpoint, this winery continues to innovate, including a LEED-certified renovation to a historic turn-of-the-century building which now houses their tasting room and popular Bistro Rouge Cafe. Their lineup of 18 wines includes whites, rosé, blends, ports and reds, like the 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, which won a Double Gold medal at the San Francisco International Wine Competition. 301 Cedar St., Sandpoint, Idaho • 208-265-8545 •

Robert Karl Cellars Winemaker and physician Joe Gunselman applies scientific precision to crafting small batches of wine like their 2009 Claret, which received an Excellent rating from Wine Press Northwest and a double gold at the Seattle Wine Awards. Join Robert Karl's "health club" wine club for discounts and invitations to special events. 115 W. Pacific Ave. • 363-1353 •

Sheppard Fruit Wines Jim and Julie Sheppard joke that "no grapes were harmed" in the making of their elderberry, blackberry, cranberry, huckleberry, pear, rhubarb, or raspberry wines. Made from fruit surrounding their Harrison, Idaho, home, Sheppard wines might be fruit-forward, but they're aged to promote a drier, more complex flavor. 102 N. Coeur d'Alene Ave., Harrison, Idaho • 208-660-1842 •

Small House Winery Started in 2013, Sandpoint's Small House Winery earned a silver in the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition for their 2010 Red Blend, a feat they reproduced the following year for their 2012 Red Blend. They recently added a rosé and are bottling a private label for Ivano's Ristorante called Vino di Tavola. 1636 Baldy Park Dr., Sandpoint, Idaho • 208-290-2016 •

Townshend Cellar Recently relocated from their former Green Bluff location, Townshend Cellar opened their new tasting room in Spokane Valley in late summer 2015. Their reputation is for producing meticulously crafted batches of dessert and port wines as well as reds. T3, for example, is a multi-vintage, multi-varietal blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc. 3808 N. Sullivan Rd., Building 18, Suite J, Spokane Valley • 238-1400 •

V du V Wines Two families and two slopes in the Columbia Valley combined to create a small but growing winery with handmade wines that emphasize subtleness, like the recently-released 2012 Merlot and 2013 Triad red blend. Their 2012 Pinot Noir earned an outstanding rating from Great Northwest Wine. 12 S. Scott St. • 747-3200 •

van Löben Sels Cellars Kristina van Löben Sels is also the winemaker for Arbor Crest, but she and her husband reintroduced their family label in Washington after it originally released in California. They produce a chardonnay, a Cabernet Sauvignon and the Bona Dea blend, a smooth wine with aromas of chocolate, maple sugar and black raspberry. 4705 N. Fruit Hill Rd. • 981-8199 •

Vintage Hill Cellars Located in the heart of downtown Spokane, Vintage Hill maintains a strong relationship with numerous vineyards, including The Foothills, Seven Hills, Milbrandt and several along the Wahluke Slope. The most recent release is the 2008 Cabernet Franc from Burgess Vineyard, aged 80 months in French oak. 319 W. Second Ave. • 624-3792 •

Wawawai Canyon Winery Their innovative approach to winemaking includes using cover crops and bug-loving turkeys to manage their vineyard, which produces a range of red and white blends like their recent Sangiovese. The winery's events facility and tasting room open to their barn, which boasts great acoustics for concerts like the Shook Twins and John Craigie. 202 S. Montgomery, US 195, Uniontown, Wash. • 338-4916 •

Whitestone Winery The Haig family founded their vineyard in 1992 on the shores of Lake Roosevelt, resurrecting a centuries-old tradition flooded during the building of Grand Coulee Dam. The Pieces of Red is a blend of their other three varietals — a bright Cabernet Franc, bold Cabernet Sauvignon and oak-aged Merlot — all with grapes from their Creston-based winery. 10 N. Post St., Suite 8 • 838-2427 •