Vintage Spokane will be hosting it’s third annual event on August 4th, 2013, and I found myself in a rather lucky position to attend a preview of it last night. Wineries from across the state of Washington show up to showcase their wines and food is provided from local vendors. This year Masselow’s Restaurant, located in Spokane’s only four diamond rated Northern Quest Resort and Casino (okay, so it’s really located in Airway Heights…) will be the featured food for the event. Vintage Spokane promises to be a hit with over 50 wineries expected to be in attendance and with food from Masselow’s Restaurant, Spokane Club and Pacific Seafood. If what I found last night is any indication to the upcoming event, it is certain to be a success!
This was my first trip to Masselow’s Restaurant. Chef Bob Rogers is a kind man who takes great pride in his work and in his kitchen. He kindly offered a tour of his castle, for as he stated, “I love show and tell.” If you are like me, and ever catch even a brief moment of shows like Kitchen Nightmares, you may wonder what the scene is really like from where your meal just came from. Stepping into Masselow’s intimate dining room, I am pleased to say the kitchen is ever just as lovely, clean, and organized as any top shelf chef should expect. It is quite clear Chef Rogers takes great pride in his culinary art. With a few canned exceptions (i.e. coconut milk), everything is made in house, from scratch, down to the delicious salted caramels and even the crackers they serve. While kept simple, the food was truly wonderful. I’m no foodie, but what was presented by Masselow’s was everything I could expect from such a restaurant. Lobster tail in a simple butter sauce, bacon wrapped scallops, duck prosciutto, and kobe tenderloin sent the pleasure centers of the brain on fire. Paired with the right wine and well…
One winery present, both in bottle and in person, Patit Creek brought in their 2010 Tempranillo to pair with the steak. Unconfirmed, but I am certain that was THE pairing of the night. I hope to recreate the experience tonight with some grilled tenderloin and the 2009 vintage, but I’m no Chef Rogers. There is so much more to say on our experience last night, and quite frankly, no words I have would do justice. I write on wine, not food. Ben from Spokane’s own Nectar Tasting Room wrote up a wonderful piece on Masselow’s Restaurant. I would encourage you check out Vinotology: My Vintage Spokane Preview at Masselow’s.
So what about the wine? As already stated, Vintage Spokane will be hosting
approximately 50 wineries on August 4th at Northern Quest Resort & Casino. I am sad to say many of our beloved Spokane favorites will not be in attendance this year; this is no reason to skip out, however, as many other wonderful wineries will be present: Patit Creek Cellars, Maryhill Winery, SuLei Cellars, Hard Roe to Hoe, SkyLite Cellars, Mercer Estates, Revelry Vintners, and Castillo de Feliciana Vineyards, to name a few. In addition to these wineries, Stella Artois will be at Vintage Spokane to taste their Belgium beer in their famous Chalice. Perfect for Spokane’s typical warm August weather, Windermere White Wine Bar will be available to keep you cool and refreshed throughout the event with Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, and more.
Maryhill’s Viongier presented at the preview caught my attention, and I certainly could not get enough of it. SkyLite Cellars Syrah was another wine that I highly recommend you search for when you make it to Vintage Spokane. In fact, Nectar Tasting Room will have quite the arrangement of wines, none to steer you wrong. Patit Creek is a must to stop by! I won’t leak what fabulous wines will be poured, but I promise you won’t be disappointed. Oh, and Yours Truly would be happy to take you through them all :)
A few quick notes on the wines I tasted last night:
Maryhill 2012 Viognier ($16): Notes of sweet pineapple and honey blossom. A rich mouthfeel, buttery, yet surprisingly crisp on the finish paired beautifully with lobster.
Skylite Cellars 2008 Syrah ($29): Presents with black cherries and sweet baking spices on the nose. The palate is smooth with dark stone fruits and a hint of oak; the finish is smooth and lingers with dark chocolate.
Patit Creek 2010 Tempranillo ($33): Deep earth, smoky and slightly peppery on the nose. The palate mimics with leathery tones and dusty earth, and a lingering finish with firm tannins and rose petals. Pair this bold red with barbecued red meats, or the savory tenderloin of Masselow’s.
Goose Ridge 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon ($35): The nose presented with light cherry fruits, and a palate with a bold mouthfeel of notes earth and spice.
Hard Roe to Hoe 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon: Black cherry and green bell pepper welcome your senses, and flow naturally into a palate of earthy, dark stone fruits, with bell pepper on a finish, creating a beautiful balance.
If you find yourself interested in attending Vintage Spokane, you can purchase tickets through Nectar Tasting Room or by visiting Vintage Spokane‘s website. I believe you will find the event quite worthy for both what you will get from it, as well as for a portion of proceeds being put toward Spokane Youth Sports Association (SYSA). Great wine. Great food. Charity. Need I say more? August 4th, Northern Quest Casino & Resort. I hope to see you there!