Wine collector Bing Crosby, who dropped out of Gonzaga law school in 1925 to seek fame, would be proud to sing the praises of the wine scene in his hometown.

Between Spokane, Spokane Valley and the Idaho Panhandle cities of Coeur d'Alene and Sandpoint, there are 19 wineries and five tasting rooms. A Spokane city councilman has even created a marketing concept for the Inland Northwest's emerging wine scene, coining it "The Cork District" with references to the "Spokane Valley Cluster" and "Mount Spokane Cluster."

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