By Kori ~ July 10th, 2009.
During our recent trip to Spokane, we had the pleasure to visit Mountain Dome Winery, the only dedicated independent sparkling wine producer in the state of Washington, and interview winemaker Erik Manz. Founded in 1984 by Erik’s parents, Michael and Patricia Manz, Mountain Dome is located on 84 acres just outside of town in the foothills of Mt. Spokane. Mountain Dome produces 3,500 cases per year using Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes in the methode champenoise or traditional method.
When we met Erik and tasted his wines at the Spokane tasting at Barrister Winery, we were impressed not only with their quality but also their value. All four Mountain Dome sparkling wines (Non-vintage, Vintage, Rosé, and Cuvee Forte) have a QPR of 5 bangs for your buck.
Erik was kind enough to give us a tour of the Mountain Dome facilities and answer our questions on a variety of topics. He shared the history of Mountain Dome Winery, gave us insight into his winemaking philosophy, and took us through the step-by-step process of making sparkling wine. I became particularly fascinated with the sparkling winemaking process when I was studying for the CSW (Certified Specialist of Wine) exam in 2007. So I thoroughly enjoyed having Erik walk us through the process so we could “see” it firsthand. Be sure to watch the video and see for yourself.
Here are some key clips from our interview:
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