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Each week (not weekend, mind you), restaurants in the Lewis-Clark Valley host a number of tailored events that cater to fun-loving, adventurous wine lovers, their search for a taste of the region and something new in a stemmed glass.
Mid-week starts with Wine Down Wednesday at Tomato Bros. where you can get 40% off the purchase of any bottle of wine all day. Any wine … and there are some great labels on their wine list. Pair your bottle with a 1/2 price appetizer during Happy Hour from 4 to 6pm and you’re set for nice how-do-you-do.
Wednesday also means Women Who Wine, from 5 to 7pm, at Quality Inn & Suites. Not just for women – men are also welcome to enjoy complimentary tastes of featured wines along with 40% off all bottle purchases and glass pours of the featured wines. Add a half price appetizer and it’s a complete night out with a river view.
Wine O’clock Thursdays, from 6-8pm, The Exchange in Red Lion Hotel brings something a little different to the table. With the purchase of your choice of 3 different flights, ranging from $5 to $15, you’ll receive 10% off the purchase of any bottle of wine. Each flight brings 5 tastes of wine and for those of you choosing to make a night of it, pair your flight and bottle purchase with dinner and receive 20% off the entire bill.
The Basalt Cellars Tasting Room, in Clarkston, Washington, is open Monday through Saturday from 12-5:30pm. Be sure to taste the triple-award winning 2007 Merlot, when you go.
Regular tasting hours for Clearwater Canyon Cellars are on Saturdays from 1 to 5pm, May thru Christmas. The Renaissance Red and Lochsa are local favorites and, if you’re lucky, there’ll still be some Carmenere.
If you’re looking to make an extended tour of the region’s wineries, download this Google Map for directions to Basalt Cellars and Clearwater Canyon Cellars in the LC Valley and Colter’s Creek Winery, Camas Prairie Winery, Wawawai Winery and Merry Cellars on the Palouse.
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