Like Mike Tyson, wine is usually robust, is often boxed, and should never influence tattooing decisions. Imbibe the spirit of a champion with today's Groupon: for $40, you get a wine-making class, plus one bottle of wine at Port Gardner Bay Winery in downtown Everett.
Overseen by wine virtuosos Chris and Linnea Covington, Port Gardner Bay Winery crafts specialty nectars amid an intimate boutique setting. The two-hour wine-making course schools students in proper techniques for fermenting grapes and de-purpling teeth with a one-hour lecture followed by hands-on training. Appetizers and wine tastings keep stomachs happy and the class lighthearted, after which each student takes home a bottle of personally churned vineyard wine to conclude the evening. In addition to offering a wide range of wines and a welcoming tasting room, Port Gardner keeps its karma clean by using recycled bottles, and by supporting adults with special needs through employment opportunities.
Port Gardner Bay Winery
In the barrel room at Port Gardner Bay Winery, Chris Covington stays vigilant watching over casks of reds and whites with the anticipation and pride of a master winemaker. After learning that his engineering and chemistry knowledge could be put to use fermenting grapes and crafting unique alcoholic nectars, Chris began experimenting with the wine-making process, eventually producing his own wines independently. Today, Chris crafts vintages ranging from cabernet sauvignons and merlots to malbecs and gewürztraminers, earning him a spot in Evening Magazine's "The Best of Western Washington". In addition to his day-to-day production duties, Chris also hosts frequent events, from tastings featuring live performances from local musicians to wine classes that discuss the wine-making process and dispel rumors that the best way to crush a grape is by breaking its heart.