Flamin' Joe's loves chicken wings, slinging the pub staple in increments of anywhere from 6 to 200 bone-in and boneless wings accompanied by an array of sauces and seasonings. Aside from each family-friendly location's over 20 HDTVs, special-recipe sauces, ranked from the mild Naked to the extra-hot Widow Maker, provide zesty alternatives to milder rubs and sauces such as orange-ginger, mango-habanero, and huckleberry barbecue. Draft beers, such as PBR and Full Sail, also complement sandwiches such as The Hangover burger, a juicy burger topped with an egg, bacon, american cheese, and Joe's code 3 sauce. Flamin' Joe's hosts special events throughout the week, such as trivia competitions every Wednesday night.
Vintner Tim Nodland approaches blending his wines like arranging a song, which makes sense, because as a professional jazz musician he possesses an astute sense of creativity and balance. He describes his winery as being “more like a musician’s studio” and his wines as “liquid art.” Nodland's musical background inspires the names of wines such as "Bebop" and earned his winery a mention in Wine and Jazz magazine. Nodland Cellars produces only one red wine and one white wine every year, allowing the winery to focus all of its energy on refining each vintage. Nodland's meticulously selected grapes, sourced from quality Columbia Valley vineyards, are each handpicked before enjoying a gentle press in stainless steel. Each vintage, aged in 100% new french oak, uses a blend of six grapes, primarily made up of cabernet sauvignon and merlot, which recalls a classic bordeaux from the late 1700s or early 1800s. Nodland's private blend’s complex Old World flavor comes from rare carmenere grapes, which were wiped out in Europe by a phylloxera blight in the 1800s.
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.
The owners of Spokane Winery Tours wanted to make a career of enjoying good food and drink, and realized the only thing they needed to do it was a bus. They created a logo, slapped it on the side of their first Wino Wagon, and began living their dream. They take groups of wine lovers and neophyte drinkers alike on tours Valley wineries, teaching them about the process behind creating a bottle. They also ferret out some of the best samples for the region has to offer for their guests to try.
The folks behind Zythum Brewing are passionate about supporting the local community. They use locally grown hops, employ local businesses to build their taps, and regularly promote local events. The beer, brewed with old-school methods, emerges in eight different varieties, ranging from the robust and smoky porter to a bright, citrusy IPA. Visitors can head to the tasting room to sip samples, which also include root beer and other handcrafted sodas.
LeftBank Wine Bar's cozy European ambience makes it the perfect place to relax with a group of friends, share a pizza or cheese platter, and sip a glass or bottle of more than 50 different wines. Teardrop chandeliers sparkle overhead and lantern-style sconces cast a soft glow over the room, illuminating diners seated at the bar or roasting marshmallows by the fireplace. Nearby, a rotating selection of local artwork peppers the pale yellow and exposed brick walls. Several nights a week, musicians here entertain guests with live performances.
LeftBank also draws people in with its extensive wine selection. It pays homage to its home state by focusing on local wines, including sips from Barili Cellars winery in Spokane and Bergevin Lane Vineyards in Walla Walla. But the wine bar doesn?t limit itself to one region, including on its menu varietals from around the world. Local beers on tap are also available and pair well with small phyllo-dough-wrapped bites, such as those stuffed with chicken, ranch, and spinach.