Spokane's Cork District kicks off wine season with Spring Release Weekend

Spokane's Cork District kicks off wine season with Spring Release weekend

SPOKANE, Wash. - Spring Release Weekend is considered to be the kick off of wine season in Spokane.

Between 23 tasting locations and over 30 new wines to taste, it's the perfect way to treat mom for Mother's Day.

Michelle Ensinger and her friends have participated in the event for nearly a decade.

"It's a good time to just relax and have good conversation, good friends, good wine, no kids!" Esinger said.

The weekend allows the wineries and tasting rooms to showcase their new wines.

"This is an opportunity for people to come into the winery to see where we make the wines and taste the wines," said Greg Lipsker, co-owner of Barrister Winery.

This is the 12th year Barrister Winery has participated in Spring Release Weekend. Even though they event has added more venues over the years, they still get a great turn out. Lipsker said around 1,000 people come out, each year brings new faces through the door.

"We're a little off the beaten path so many people don't even know we exist until we walk through the door," said Lipsker.

Lipsker said the event is crucial for business.

"It's very important to all the wineries... This gives them an opportunity to showcase their wine and introduce their wineries for people who may not know they exist," said Lipsker.

Spring Release always falls on Mother's Day and if Ensinger has anything to say about it, it's a great excuse to drink and learn about the wine.

"As busy mom's I would say non of us know what goes into the wine. So every time we go to the table and learn something new about what we're drinking," said Ensinger.

The event continues on Sunday from noon-6pm. For more information click here.