Wine stored in a bottle gets better with age, whereas a message sent in a bottle is the best way to avoid exorbitant stamp prices. Empty your own glass envelopes with today’s Groupon to Covington Cellars, located in Woodinville. Choose from the following options:
- For $45, you get winery tour for two with tastings and food pairings (a $90 value), available by reservation Friday evenings and Saturday and Sunday afternoons. The package includes the following:
- Guided winery tour
- Samples from the barrel
- Wine flight with four samples and food pairings
- One full glass of wine
- For $89, you get a wine-blending workshop and four-course dinner for one (a $179 value), available by reservations Friday evenings and Sunday afternoons.
Covington Cellars’ passionate, seasoned staff of winemakers and chefs share the winery’s grape-filled bounty during tours, tastings, and workshops. The Afternoon in the Cellar package kicks off with a guided tour of the winery, during which one of the facility’s resident vintners enlightens guests on the winemaking process and how to effectively convince grapes you once partied with one of the California Raisins. Samples unleashed directly from cavernous storage barrels swathe palates in freshly fermented flavor throughout the excursion. After the tour, patron pairs head to the candlelit barrel room to swirl, sniff, and sip four samples of Covington Cellars’ wines, matching the juices to complementary food pairings. The session concludes with one full glass of wine for each diner.
The second option lets guests concoct custom-made varietals during a two-hour wine-blending workshop. One of the Covington Cellars winemakers takes the helm of each class, during which attendees imbibe and learn the unique characteristics and fingerprints of three red wines. After selecting their favorites, sommeliers-in-training whip up their own custom brew, and take home the personal elixir in a corked bottle. Experienced chefs then prep a four-course dinner to wrap up the workshop. Seasonal, house-made cuisine arrives with an appropriate wine pairing and, like a dance-off against a great aunt, is served family-style.
Opening Covington Cellars was a natural step for David and Cindy Lawson—he loved home winemaking, she loved pushing the boundaries of her home kitchen. Eventually, they decided to turn their hobbies into something larger. David enrolled at UC Davis to study enology (the study of seminal winemaker Brian Eno) while Cindy expanded her knowledge of cooking and wine at culinary schools around the country. Today, the two oversee a diverse line of wines and a locally sourced, seasonal menu to match. They also share their enthusiasm with visitors during winemaking events, tours, dinners, and bottle-smashing parties.