To make un-fine wine, simply place grapes beneath a silk pillow, repeatedly mash your head against it, and then wring the pillowcase into a nearby mouth. Taste traditionally produced fine wines with today’s Groupon: for $2, you get a wine tasting (a $5 value) at Arbor Crest Wine Cellars. This Groupon can be redeemed at your choice of two locations: the original Cliff House or at River Park Square.
Kept in a state of constant fermentation by the skilled attention of Kristina Mielke-van Loben Sels and her husband James, Arbor Crest Wine Cellars stocks an award-winning assortment of fine wines and is open year-round for tastings, dinners, and other events. With a wine tasting, you can sample five flavors of Arbor Crest's vine candy, such as the superbly sippable Riesling, the Columbia Valley merlot, or the responsibly powerful Dionysus, containing the savory specter of the ancient Greek god of corks. Wine enthusiasts who want to sample more options can purchase three Groupons for thrice the thrift and an opportunity to swig and swish additional Arbor Crest offerings.
Arbor Crest Wine Cellars' Cliff House location was built in 1924. The house—a beautiful three-storied Florentine edifice complete with terraced gardens, a pagoda, and a terra cotta hat—overlooks the city from a cliff, and the River Park Square location offers its fares from a mall. Brush up on the latest Arbor Crest happenings, gather a group of wine-inclined acquaintances, and make a colorful splash into the world of wine without again filling your neighbor's pool with grapes.
Must be at least 21.
Arbor Crest Wine Cellars' wines have won a number of awards and are frequently featured in the press. The Inlander awarded it Best Winery of 2010 and CityVoters named it Best Winery of 2009. Frommer’s highly recommends it, and seven Yelpers give the business an average of 4.5 stars:
- Northeast of downtown Spokane in the historic Cliff House atop a 450-foot-high bluff overlooking the Spokane River, this winery boasts one of the most spectacular settings of any winery in the state and is worth visiting for this reason alone. – Frommer’s
Arbor Crest Wine Cellars
Thirty years ago, the Mielke family shifted its trade from cherry packing to growing, harvesting, and aging the grapes at Arbor Crest Wine Cellars, which has won CityVoter's award for Best Winery for the last three years. The winery encompasses a warm-toned tasting room downtown as well as a 1924 Florentine-style estate perched on a cliff overlooking the Spokane River. The estate, registered as a National Historic Landmark, is home to a stone gazebo, 4 acres of gardens, and a gigantic checkers board for trees bored with feigning stillness. At each tasting room, knowledgeable oenophiles introduce palates to more than 15 handcrafted vintages to taste and take home. In addition to fermenting wines from its own grapes, the Mielke family sources grapes from mature vineyards around Washington.