Serving Up Holiday Cheer At Liberty Lake Wine Cellars!

I am writing this month's newsletter in front of our decorated tree with holiday music in the background. It's my favorite time of the year, and I'm excited to share it with all of you! 

Our gift to you for the month of December is our Wednesday $5 glass pour of our 2012 Legacy, every Wednesday in December. This wine is always a favorite in our tasting room and the 2012 is no exception. This unique blend of 30% Petit Verdot, 21% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Tempranillo, 17% Syrah, and 12% Merlot is complex with balanced tannins from being aged in 50% new American oak for 40 months. With a nose of ripened mixed berries and the color of Japanese plums this wine brings forth the essence of Red Mountain. The result is a wine with dark intensity and a backbone which will allow it to be cellared for a decade or more.

6 Bottle Tote Sale! Stock up for the Holidays!
We’ve extended our 6 bottle tote sale for our 2014 Tahija Merlot. The perfect holiday gift for that hard-to-buy-for person in your life.

2014 Tahija Merlot – 6 bottle price $100 ($32 off, all wine club discounts apply)

Holiday Wine Glass Painting Thursday, December 6th, 6-8 p.m.
Join local artist and art teacher Becky Lathrop as she walks us through painting two wine glasses you’ll be able to drink wine out of all holiday season and beyond. $30 cost includes wine glasses for painting, all supplies, a glass of wine, and a holiday treat. Click here to sign up and reserve your seat.

First Friday December Friday, December 7th, 4-8 p.m.
It’s First Friday! Come out and listen to Scott and Kevin (formerly of Spare Parts) for music in the barrel room. Local photographer, Jeff O’Shea will be on hand to answer questions about his Liberty Lake photography. Jeff is also offering 20% off of his photography through December 7th to all LLWC wine club members (10% off photography after December 7th). Music starts at 5 but come early to grab a seat.

Closed for the Holidays
The tasting room will be closed Friday, December 21st through Thursday, January 3rd. We will reopen for January’s First Friday on January 4th with music by Mark Ward.

One Stop Shopping at LLWC!
Always the right color and size, give the gift of wine.

  • Gift Cards,

  • Wine Club Memberships,

  • Wine Baskets, or

  • Wine shipped to loved ones. The last day to order wine for shipment is Saturday, December 15th. We ship to CA, CO, ID, MT, NV, and WA.

We hope to see you at the winery in December!

Happy Holidays,
Sarah and Mark

Oh, the weather outside is frightful, but our wine is so delightful, and since we've no place to go, let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

6 Pack Sale, New Releases, and More at Liberty Lake Wine Cellars in November! 🍷

Welcome to the “New” Liberty Lake Wine Cellars… Well, kind of.
 
Mark here (Sarah usually has newsletter duty). It’s crazy to think that I’ll be putting our 3rd vintage in barrel before our first wine club release, but at the end of the day, we will simply be carrying on the tradition that started at LLWC in 2005 with Doug and Shelly Smith and their family.
 
So really, what is new? Definitely not the winemaking techniques, as Doug has been an excellent mentor. But with the ownership transition, Sarah and I had to open our checkbooks to get our contracts back for grapes in the Red Mountain AVA. We were lucky. We are now sourcing fruit from some of the best vineyards, not just in the state, but in the world. For instance, the highest scoring Malbec in Washington State history came from the Scooteney Flats vineyard, where our 2016 and future Malbec’s will be sourced.
 
Umm, Malbec? Yeah, that’s new. And a whole bunch of other varietals too. Sangiovese, Carmenere, and Zinfandel are coming, not to mention our 2017 Gewurztraminer that was released in October (it’s orange and it’s intriguing). And yes, the Cab Franc will be back soon as well. The fancy barrels with the silver emblems on them? Those are new too, and you are going to love the results.
 
So, what is not new? Hopefully, our authenticity. Our tagline of “Red Mountain. Unfiltered.” is not just about a winemaking technique. We want to share with you an expression of what wine can be given an input of amazing world-class fruit, top of the line oak, an honest day’s work, and not much else.
 
November Events
 
Wednesday’s $5 glass pour
2017 Gewurztraminer, every Wednesday in November
This orange/skin contact white wine has been a hit in the tasting room since its release on October 19th. Made in the red style, the wine gets its unique color from skin contact during the fermentation phase of production.
 
6 Bottle Tote Sale! Stock up for the Holidays!
Purchase 6 packs of the varietal listed below and receive a free wine tote. Pricing good for the month of November, while they last! (All wine club discounts apply)
2016 Tahija Dry Riesling – 6 bottle price $70 ($14 off)
2014 Tahija Merlot – 6 bottle price $100 ($32 off)
2014 Cabernet Sauvigon – 6 bottle price $150 ($48 off)
2013 Heritage – 6 bottle price $160 ($50 off)
 
Thursday, November 1st, 4-8 p.m.
Winery closed for private event
 
First Friday November
Friday, November 2nd, 4-8 p.m.
It's First Friday! Come out and listen to the great musical duo Dan & Anne. Featured Artist is Cary Gubler from Montana. Music starts at 5 but come early to grab a seat.
 
Coloring Between the Wines
Thursday, November 15th, 5-7:30 p.m.
Coloring books aren't just for kids. Join Jessica Esposito for the fun and to melt the stress away by coloring and sipping on fine wine! $25 includes a coloring book, colored pencils, and one glass of wine. Registration and prepayment required. Click here to register.
 
Holiday Wine Fest AND 2016 Merlot and 2016 Malbec Release
Friday, November 16th noon to 8 p.m.; Saturday, November 17th, noon to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, November 18th, noon to 5 p.m.
An annual tradition with the Spokane area wineries. Sample our newest releases – 2016 Merlot (Gold Medal winner at Northwest Wine Summit) and 2016 Malbec (Silver Medal winner at Northwest Wine Summit) Visit our tasting room for some festive fun and to stock up for your holiday parties.
 
Closed for Thanksgiving
Wednesday, November 21st through Sunday, November 25th
We’ll be closed to allow our staff time with their family and friends.
 
Ritters Garden & Gift Ladies Night – Off Site
Thursday, November 29th 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
We’ll be pouring wine at Ritters Garden & Gift for their annual Ladies Night. For more information, visit their website.
 
LLWC Book Club
Tuesday, December 4th at 6:30 p.m.
We’re combining book club for November and December. Check out our website after October 30th for the next book club selection.

We’re looking forward to seeing all of you at the winery, Cheers!
Mark & Sarah

Crush Continues!

October is looking to be a CRAZY month. Crazy but fun, and we hope you’ll join in the fun. Our schedule includes crush events, a Ladies Night, special releases, off-site events, and more! Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to see what’s happening this very minute and visit our website for details on events.
 
Our October Wednesday $5 glass pour is our 2014 Tahija Merlot. Come enjoy a $5 glass each Wednesday in October.
 
First Friday Music
Friday, October 5th, 4-8 p.m. 
Back by popular demand, Scott and Kevin (previously from Spare Parts) are kicking off our October fun. Montana artist, Cary Gubler is our featured artist for October and November. He’ll be on hand to answer any questions (art or other) on Friday. Music starts at 5, but come early to grab a seat. We’ll be playing on the patio weather permitting.
 
Crush It!
Saturday, October 6th, 12-5 p.m.
Have you ever wanted to stomp on grapes like Lucy and Ethel? Now’s your chance! Every Saturday that we pick up grapes you can Crush It! at the winery. For $25 you’ll get the opportunity to stomp on some grapes, dye a tea towel to take home, and get one glass of wine of your choice. This is a pop-up stomp, since the grapes come when they’re ready. Make sure to follow us on Facebook to find out when new grapes arrive. 
 
Fall Ladies Night
Thursday, October 11th, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
It’s Ladies Night! Grab your girlfriends and head to the winery. This fall we’re featuring vendors Joyce Henry with NannaBees providing honey body products, Caryn Adaryn a local potter, and Morgan Allen with Rodan & Fields. The winery opens at 4 and vendors will be on hand from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
 
Halloween Bottle Painting with Becky Lathrop 
Tuesday, October 16th, 6:00 p.m.
Becky Lathrop is back to help you create your own spooky house, light up wine bottle decoration. The class is $30 and includes all painting supplies, bottles and lights, one glass of wine, and candy. Space is limited and prepayment is required. Follow this link to sign up.
 
2016 Gewürztraminer Orange Wine Release                                          
Friday, October 19th, 4-8 p.m.      
Orange wine (or skin contact wine) is made just as a red wine is made. Using a white grape, in this case Gewürztraminer, once the wine is crushed it is then left to ferment on the skins for approximately six weeks. Our process includes bringing the sugar content to zero to produce a dry wine. The time spent on the skins and seeds is what gives the wine the orange color. Festive for this time of year, come try this amazing wine!
 
LLWC Book Club
Tuesday, October 30th, 6:30 p.m.
The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn
Book club is the last Tuesday of each month. Everyone is welcome at book club and there is no fee to attend.
 
Hallo-Wine
Wednesday, October 31st, 4-8 p.m.
We couldn’t let this holiday pass without a party. It’s Wednesday, which means $5 glass pours of our 2014 Merlot. And for Halloween we’re offering $5 glass pours of our newest release, our orange 2016 Gewurztraminer. We’ll have festive popcorn, chili, and a raffle for anyone who comes in dressed up (wine themed costumes receive two raffle entries). Need not be present to wine, uh, we mean win.
 
For our north side customers, we’ll also be pouring wine at Ritters Garden & Gift for their bridal event on October 3rd and at their Fall Festival on October 12th. 

Wine Club Members, don't forget about our "Friends" promotion which continues through November 9th. Bring in your friend, sign them up for wine club, and receive a $25 gift card to use in the tasting room.

We'll see you at the winery!
Mark & Sarah