Beyond any of the state’s official wine appellations lies Arbor Crest Winery, located a few miles east of Spokane and known for its Sauvignon Blanc. This Mediterranean-style villa is perched on a rock promontory nearly 500 feet above the winding Spokane Valley. Of note: Arbor Crest has an experimental vineyard of premium Champagne grapes. The Arbor Crest Cliff House, a national historic landmark, is open daily for tours and tastings from noon to 5 p.m. Call 509-927-9463 or visit www.arborcrestwinery.com for more information. When in downtown Spokane, pop over to the small, charming tasting room and gift shop ofCaterina Winery call 509-328-5069.
An upscale hide-away in Winthrop, Sun Mountain Lodge, features a spectacular new wine cellar with a dining table in the middle for up to 10 people. www.sunmountainlodge.com. For wine cellar reservations, call 509-996-4766.