Unlike Similac Baby Formula, which is reserved for babies and experimenting teens, wine can be consumed by adults. Separate the towerers from the toddlers with today's Groupon to Latah Creek Winery in Spokane Valley. The family-owned winery produces about 17,000 cases of wine annually, which is an impressive feat considering the delicate details and number of meteorites that go into making each wine. This is immediately perceptible upon the first waft or sip when one is presented with any of the winery's varietals. Latah produces wines with natural balance and complexity, much like a toddler gymnast.
Among the 12 white and red wines produced at Latah, the family of winemakers is especially proud of the Latah Creek Vinosity ($20), a Cabernet-Syrah-Zinfandel blend of dark, intensely fruity flavors that bear hugs the wine's full-bodied aroma. Other crimson concoctions include the 2008 Sangiovese ($11) and the 2008 Merlot ($16), which peacefully coexist alongside white wines such as the 2008 Chardonnay ($12) and the sweet citrus notes of the 2008 Reisling ($9).
- With the Vinosity blend, Petit Verdot, Sangiovese and the newest release Monarch Red, Latah Creek is making strong positive movement into quality red wine production. – Spokane Wine Magazine
- Although it's known for its merlot, customers seem more interested in the wide variety of sweet wines. A May wine is a specialty here. – Frommer's
Latah Creek Wine Cellars
In 1982, Mike Conway walked away from more than a decade of large-scale wine production at E.&J. Gallo, Parducci, and Franzia Brothers to open Latah Creek Wine Cellars with his wife, Ellena. Today, with help from their daughter Natalie, they package more than 17,000 cases each year. The trio devotes much of their winemaking expertise to their most popular bottles, which include a riesling, Huckleberry L'Atah, and a chardonnay that Wine Press Northwest describes as "exotic and hedonistic." They develop each varietal with a minimal amount of processing and handling to keep flavors intact and prevent grapes from having reasons to make tell-all appearances on afternoon talk shows. The team can also swathe bottles in personalized wine labels for special occasions such as weddings and birthdays. The winery welcomes visitors to amble through its tiled walkways and arched courtyard, around the winemaking facilities, and into a gift shop teeming with trinkets and a well-stocked wine-tasting bar.