Fresh on the heels of the 2010 Wine Bloggers' Conference, I jumped in a car with Josh Wade (Drink Nectar) and Joe Roberts (1WineDude), and headed out to Josh's stomping grounds of Spokane. I really hadn't gotten much of an opportunity to talk with Joe while we were in Walla Walla, so I enjoyed getting to spend some time chatting with him. After all, it's not everyday that you get the opportunity to ride in a car with the Wine Blog Award winner for best overall wine blog.
Upon arriving in Spokane, we met up with Pam Scott with the Spokane Conference and Visitors Bureau, as well as Eric Whang (Bricks of Wine) at the Davenport Hotel. I took a brief moment to get myself settled in at the hotel, and then we took off for an evening of food, wine, and live music at Arbor Crest Wine Cellars.
Arbor Crest hosts a Summer concert series every Sunday at their beautiful estate from June until September. Nothing pairs with a good Syrah like some cheese burgers and a little classic rock. There were some nice wines, including a very enjoyable Syrah and a Bordeaux blend called Dionysus. I really can't say enough about how beautiful the location is. The view down on the city is incredible, and the property is filled with flowers and has fun features, such as a giant checker board. The winery seems to be an ideal place for a little Summer R&R, and I wasn't at all surprised to learn that Arbor Crest is a popular spot for weddings in Spokane.
Although I have had a great time here in the Northwest, and really enjoyed the evening at Arbor Crest, I was ready to have a nice quiet evening back at the Hotel, so it was nice that the night's activity wrapped up fairly early to give us a chance to rest a bit. I don't know if anyone else needed it, but I know I did.
I am looking forward to getting to spend some more time in Spokane, learning more about their wines and the history of the area. If our first stop is any indication, I think that we are in for a great day tomorrow.