gary lirette realtor: Seasons of Sandpoint, Idaho - A Photographic Journal: February 2012, 3rd Edition - 03/31/12 03:38 AM
This series of blog entries features the various seasons in and around Sandpoint, Idaho. Sandpoint, North Idaho, Schweitzer Mountain Ski Resort, and Lake Pend Oreille have been featured in the national news repeatedly over the last several years. Autumn of 2011 found Sandpoint, Idaho being voted America's Most Beautiful Small Town by Rand McNally, and in the winter of 2011/2012 Schweitzer Mountain Ski Resort was named the Best Ski Resort of the Season byUSA Today/Rand McNally.
Real Estate in Sandpoint has been on the rise approximately 7% a year for three years, much in part due to the decrease in pricing. … (3 comments)

gary lirette realtor: Seasons of Sandpoint, Idaho - A Photographic Journal: February 2012, 2nd Edition - 03/29/12 11:31 PM
This series of blog entries features the various seasons in and around Sandpoint, Idaho. Sandpoint, North Idaho, Schweitzer Mountain Ski Resort, and Lake Pend Oreille have been featured in the national news repeatedly over the last several years. Autumn of 2011 found Sandpoint, Idaho being voted America's Most Beautiful Small Town by Rand McNally, and in the winter of 2011/2012 Schweitzer Mountain Ski Resort was named the Best Ski Resort of the Season byUSA Today/Rand McNally.
Real Estate in Sandpoint has been on the rise approximately 7% a year for three years, much in part due to the decrease in pricing. … (3 comments)

gary lirette realtor: Seasons of Sandpoint, Idaho - A Photographic Journal: February 2012, 1st Edition - 03/29/12 11:20 PM
This series of blog entries features the various seasons in and around Sandpoint, Idaho. Sandpoint, North Idaho, Schweitzer Mountain Ski Resort, and Lake Pend Oreille have been featured in the national news repeatedly over the last several years. Autumn of 2011 found Sandpoint, Idaho being voted America's Most Beautiful Small Town by Rand McNally, and in the winter of 2011/2012 Schweitzer Mountain Ski Resort was named the Best Ski Resort of the Season byUSA Today/Rand McNally.
Real Estate in Sandpoint has been on the rise approximately 7% a year for three years, much in part due to the decrease in pricing. … (3 comments)

gary lirette realtor: Wine of the Day - Apex Syrah: Sandpoint Blog - 10/05/11 05:48 AM
Apex Syrah Was $24.68 and the New Great Lower Price!
$9.98
This great buy is one of our best values this year. This special buy in allows you to try one of the Great Syrahs from Washington State for a price we’ve never seen before. Salute!
Apex Cellars was launched in 1988 and has grown to be one of Washington's most respected wineries. Apex and Apex Ascent cover the spectrum from reserve-caliber, vineyard-designate wines to wines that be can beenjoyed everyday. Over the years, Apex Cellars has become known as a winery youcan trust - a producer of consistently outstanding … (0 comments)

gary lirette realtor: Wine of the Day: Sandpoint Blog - 09/29/11 06:36 AM
Efeste Big Papa Old Block Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
 
93 points and a Cellar Selection in the Wine Enthusiast, the 2007 scored 94 points and 95 in the Wine Spectator.
 
An immense wine, inky purple, packed with black and purple fruits, laced with smoke and espresso, and finished with fine-grained, substantial tannins. This Cab lives up to its name––it’s a Big Muthah as well as Papa, and should be cellared for optimal expression.
 
Few wines get these kinds of scores and you won’t find this wine for this price anywhere but Yoke’s.
 
I am very proud of our … (2 comments)

gary lirette realtor: The Best Wine in the World - K Vintner's Royal City, Sandpoint Wine of the Day: Sandpoint Blog - 09/27/11 03:42 AM
2008 Royal City Syrah – Charles Smith Wines
This ‘K Vintners’ Syrah scored 99 points in the Wine Advocate and the ’06 scored the unheard of, never awarded and coveted 100 points in the Spectator. It is a rare wine, and last year we were allocated just two bottles. Our rep must be growing, because this year we were allotted two cases. We are down to just four bottles left.
They get just one ton of the syrah grapes grown for this wine to the acre. Every vintage seems to get better. Deeper than the ’06, more luxurious than the ’07. … (1 comments)

gary lirette realtor: Pend Oreille Arts Council – Supporting the Arts and so much more: Sandpoint Blog - 09/26/11 04:09 AM
I recently had Kim Brown Queen on my show North Idaho Arts & Adventure. I’ve known Kim since she first came to town and we interviewed her right after she took over the reins at POAC. By all accounts, Kim has done an outstanding job, and while there are other groups and organizations that support the arts, without POAC, I doubt Sandpoint would be the art town many consider us to be.
This was one of the first questions tackled by Kim.
Q – POAC is a strong force in promoting the arts in our area. There are other groups … (0 comments)

gary lirette realtor: A Wine Tasting with Gordy Venneri of Walla Walla Vintners: Sandpoint Blog - 09/25/11 12:12 PM
Over the last two weeks I have been to several wine tastings and met with the winemakers from some of our region’s best wineries.
Last week I met Welcome Gordy Venneri, Owner/Winemaker of Walla Walla Vintners. Now, to be fair, we carry virtually every wine they make, so I wasn’t there to be sold. I was there to sample his wonderful wines and you should, too.
See, in 1997 when I wrote my first book, Passion For Wine, I stated that Washington State was the best wine producing area in the world. I have to tell you, I was living in … (1 comments)

gary lirette realtor: Pathways to Peace - A way to learn to live life to the fullest: Sandpoint Real Estate Blog - 09/24/11 02:01 PM
Erica Nizzoli appeared on my North Idaho Arts & Adventure radio show telling us about Pathways to Peace.
This five week course teaches students to:
Ground & Balance easily
Learn to use your personal Guidance systems
Practice true Forgiveness & Unconditional Love
Improve Communications & Relationships
Open your heart safely in ways you never thought possible
I’ve known Erica ever from the days when I delivered Focaccia dough to Eichardt’s back in the day. Erica is a Certified Core Belief Restructuring (CBR) Practitioner. Many of the tenets of this program are ones I have experienced through thru the Life Skills … (1 comments)

gary lirette realtor: Drug Drop-off Program - An interview with Tarah Neujahr of BGH: Sandpoint Blog - 09/15/11 07:30 AM
I interviewed Tarah Neujahr, Marketing and Communications Director of Bonner General Hospital Tuesday on my radio show: North Idaho Business. Tarah was on the show to talk about the Bonner County Drug Drop-off Program.
One in five teens nationwide experiment with drugs, often perscription that they get from relative's and friend's medicine cabinets. While often the drugs are consumed, just as often they are simply thrown away when the user discovers they don't get them high, or they have a bad experience.
The program doesn't accept needles or liquids, but is anonymous and is a great benefit to our environment.
Here … (0 comments)

gary lirette realtor: Sandpoint & North Idaho Autumn Recreation Guide 2011 - What's new this Fall: Sandpoint Real Estate Guide - 09/15/11 06:49 AM
Every year I put out North Idaho's only Fall Recreation Guide. With Schweitzer Mountain Ski Resort (Top 25 Ski Resorts-Skiing Magazine) right above Sandpoint, and 148 square mile Lake Pend Oreille at our shores, summer and winter are our natural draws.
However, last year, we had a beautiful and extended Autumn season. In fact, it was so wonderful, three national articles touted our region.
This year portends to be the same. Point is, there is lots to do during Fall in North Idaho.
Here is the link to the North Idaho Fall Recreation Guide.
Here are some pics to entice you:
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gary lirette realtor: Interview with Kyler Wolf about the upcoming Wild & Scenic Film festival: Sandpoint Blog - 09/14/11 01:57 PM
I worked with Kyler in real estate for years. Currently he is the Board President of the Clark Fork – Pend Oreille Conservancy.
Kyler was on my North Idaho Business show to talk about the upcoming Wild & Scenic Film festival on October 7th & 8th at the Panida Theater.
Here is how the interview went:
Tell me a little about the Clark Fork – Pend Oreille Conservancy:
The Clark Fork-Pend Oreille Conservancy (CFPOC) is a land trust that works with the landowners and organizations in the Clark Fork River and Lake Pend Oreille watersheds to protect, maintain, and enhance natural … (0 comments)

gary lirette realtor: Sandpoint Waterfront for the 2011 Season: Sandpoint Waterfront Blog - 09/14/11 01:37 PM
To be honest, the Sandpoint market is still not where it should be given our discounted pricing currently. If you are looking for waterfront property at any of the bigger (or even smaller) more popular lakes anywhere in the country, chances are you will pay more than in and around Sandpoint, Idaho.
Still, that being said, my team and I are having a pretty good year.
Last Monday we had an accepted offer on our third waterfront sale this season. We specialize in waterfront and water view properties in Sandpoint and this region of North Idaho. Two were on Lake Pend … (1 comments)

gary lirette realtor: Early Morning Misty Sandpoint, Idaho: Sandpoint Real Estate Blog - 09/13/11 04:32 AM
Got up this morning to ride my bike, but then decided people should know what Sandpoint looks like even on a misty day. The forecast for the day is hot and bright, but this morning is cool and the town has low lying clouds shrouding the landscape. We are a community in the mountains after all, so we live in the clouds. Here are the pics:
The Sandpoint Long Bridge
Enterin Sandpoint
Bottle Bay-Sagle Slough
Fry Creek-Sagle Slough, often called Bottle Bay
Fry Creek-Sagle Slough
Fry Creek-Sagle Slough
Lake Pend Oreille near Long Bridge 2
Lake Pend Oreille near Long Bridge. … (7 comments)

gary lirette realtor: Sandpoint Visitor Guide wins first place award Idaho Department of Commerce 2nd year: Sandpoint Real Estate Blog - 09/12/11 02:19 PM
FYI, the Sandpoint Visitor Guide won a Blue Ribbon for the second year in a row from Idaho Department of Commerce. You can read the article that was in the Bee way back in May here. Click the link for the downloadable PDF or click here to go to the online book on issuu. It is a quick and easy way to find out what to do in Sandpoint and our surrounding area.

 
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gary lirette realtor: Remembering 9/11 and why I live in Sandpoint - 09/11/11 04:11 AM

My last time in the World Trade Center was going to Windows on the World in 1997. I was in New York to sign my book deal with Hastings House. I decided to visit the Greatest Bar on Earth on the 106th (or was it the 107th) floor with my best friend and attorney, Roy Levine. Roy was there with me to go over the contracts for my book.
I had visited the World Trade Center twice before, once to have dinner at Windows on the World. Being in NY because of my book Passion For Wine, it was a … (0 comments)

gary lirette realtor: Wine of the Week - Caterina 2008 Viognier: Sandpoint Blog - 09/07/11 03:56 AM
I love my job. Great wines and in an area known for producing the best wines in the world. I moved here to do what I love. This is a big part of it. Yoke's Ponderay is meeting its sales goals as the top seller of wine in the region, and I just had an accepted offer for my third waterfront home since October.
The Caterina 2008 Viognier is an outstanding wine that is only one of two locally produced wines that made the Wine Enthusiast Top 100 Wines of the Year. It was vinified by winemaker Mike Scott and is … (0 comments)

gary lirette realtor: Bullet Points from my conversation with Kate McAllister of the Greater Sandpoint Chamber: Sandpoint Blog - 09/06/11 07:26 AM
As promised, here are the bullet points from my interview with Kate McAllister of the Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce. She's my second fav Irish gurl, and the notes are about what's going on in Sandpoint. These notes are raw, and I asked Kate for them, so don't be critical. She works smart and hard and we are so, so lucky to have her on our side. Here they are:
Radio Show
 
1.        Things at the Chamber going well:
a.        Staff Great
b.        New board members and strategic planning
c.        Leadership Program
                                                                   i.       Alumni assn Justin Dick
                                                                 ii.       … (0 comments)

gary lirette realtor: An afternoon hike to Snow Falls and the Roman Nose Lakes: Sandpoint Real Estate Blog - 09/06/11 07:00 AM
I was interviewed by Ralph Bartholdt from the Idaho Outdoor Journal this week about waterfalls in North Idaho. I have the most viewed page about our local falls, and he wanted to know more.
The issue is upcoming, and will apparently be free and around town in Sandpoint as well as other Idaho communities.
He asked for some pics, so I took the opportunity to hike the Upper and Lower Snow Falls, and then, since the Roman Nose Lakes are just up the road, I hiked to the top.
Here are the pics:
Lower Snow Falls, North Idaho
Lower Snow Falls, … (0 comments)

gary lirette realtor: Spud Cup on Lake Pend Oreille: Sandpoint Real Estate Blog - 09/06/11 06:37 AM
My realty team partner, Judy Delucchi, and I met the children of our current (and 2nd group) of clients from Texas Saturday. We met at Trinity at City Beach, formerly the Beach House.
The Spud Cup was just beginning on the lake. Took a couple of candids. It was a glorious day. Here are the pics:






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