Next to live music and arguments about whose father could fell the largest redwood, wine makes the best pairing with fine cuisine. Explore this mythical duo with today's Groupon: for $20, you get a wine experience for two (a $20 value) plus a bottle of the 2006 Private Blend red wine (a $30 value) at Nodland Cellars in Spokane Valley (a $50 total value). The wine-tasting room is open on Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m. Today's Groupon is not valid on November 18, 19, or 20.
Nodland Cellars carefully handcrafts one red and one white wine each year. The wine experience for two allows tasters to sip, swirl, and swallow each of Nodland’s wines while learning about winemaking, wine-and-food pairing, and how to bully a bad wine back into a grape. Sippers leave the experience with a bottle of the award-winning 2006 Private Blend, which floods tongues with layers of fruit and spice and follows in the footsteps of a vintage French wine by fusing together the six red varietals of a traditional bordeaux. Among the varietals incorporated into Nodland’s Private Blend is the rare Carmenère grape, an obscure blending grape that had been lost from Europe long ago only to be rediscovered more than a century later masquerading as a talk-show host in Chile.
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, which can be experienced at his new tasting room located in the Historic Davenport District of Downtown Spokane, 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.
11616 E Montgomery Dr.
Spokane Valley, Washington 99206