Maryhill Wine Tasting Room
The Mayhill Winetasting room opened in Spokane on November 18th this year. The highly marketed grand opening of their new 5,000 square foot tasting room in Kendall Yards was presented with much fanfare, live broadcasting of a popular radio station, free wine tasting, and huge crowds.
The well-appointed tasting room is located in the new building between Nectar and the Inlander on the south side of Summit Pkwy. It has fabulous views of the Spokane River, The Monroe Street Bridge and Downtown. The outdoor patio will be very nice in the summer months. Because it is in Kendall Yards, there is plenty of free parking and lots to do.
Maryhill Winery is a beautiful destination winery outside Goldendale Washington overlooking the Columbia River. Maryhill Winery has two tasting rooms including a reserve tasting room as well as tours. You can enjoy wine by the bottle or the glass out on the terrace with spectacular views of Mt Hood.
Maryhill Winery opened in 2001 and has grown into one of the largest wineries in the state; producing 80,000 cases of wine per year. In 2015, Wine Press Northwest named Maryhill Winery the Pacific Northwest Winery of the Year. Despite being quite remote, Marryhill is one of the top-five most visited wineries in the state.
Maryhill Winery is not an estate winery, as they partner with 13 different growers and utilize 24 unique vineyard locations. Because of the diversity of the vineyard locations and wide variety of grapes, Maryhill offers a good representation of Washington wines.
Maryhill has three wine series to choose from, each at a different price level. Their most affordable is the Classic Series which is crafted to be an affordable everyday wine; bold, flavorful and pairs well with food. They range in price from $14 to $26 before any discount. The second tear is the Proprietor's Reserve and they range from $15 to $44. They are limited production and represent the best blocks of the vintage. The Vineyard Series wines are small lot vineyard designated wines from highly regarded Washington vineyards and are offered only to their premium wine club members.
Maryhill Winery has a 4,000 seat amphitheater where they host concerts in the summer. They always attract all-star lineups like John Legend, Counting Crows, Willie Nelson, Earth, Wind & Fire and Bob Dylan. Their 2017 concerts were Carlos Santana, Steve Winwood, ZZ Top & The Doobie Brothers, Goo Goo Dolls & Phillip Phillips and Michael McDonald & Boz Scaggs.
They will announce the 2018 lineup in the spring. They attract many of the same names as Chateau Ste Michelle in Woodinville but because they are more remote, the tickets are less expensive and better seats will be available. Of course there is wine for purchase and they also have a food plaza with local food vendors. There are several options for concert seating to include general admission grass seating where you can picnic.
We were there for the grand opening of the Spokane tasting room, we fought the crowds, we listened to what they had to offer and we drank the Kool-Aid. Being free spirit wine drinkers for nearly a year without membership affiliation to any wineries, we put that irresponsible lifestyle to an end that day. Our membership offers us some good discounts and access to their Vineyard Series wines but it came with a pretty hefty wine order commitment. One determining factor for our decision was that the premium club members get first access to concert tickets. I have hopes for a good lineup this summer so we can go see a couple of concerts.
Written by:Todd Hays