Musikgarten classes elevate kinesthetic, logical, spatial, and social intelligences through musical instruction to children ages 3 months to 10 years. Each course responds to the developmental needs of a particular age group, with activities and acquired skills becoming more complex as classes ascend in age group. Family Music for Babies (ages 3–16 months) engages an adult and infant with 30–35 minutes of bouncing songs, dancing, and playing simple instruments. Curiosity curdles in amateur earthling brains and a foundation for future musical exploration is set during the Cycle of Seasons course, where children 3-1/2 to 5 years of age flirt with the foundations of rhythm and tune, coddle concentration skills, and garner the ability to self-express through sound waves. The Young Musician and Piano class, for ages 4-1/2–6 and 7–10 respectively, focus on symbolic thinking, memory, and listening acuity, and run for 55–60 minutes or until the first prodigious rock opera has been composed.
Woodinville Wine Tastings unites four wineries that sit within a pleasant walk of each other. At Davenport Cellars, patrons may sip cabernet sauvignon aged in French oak beneath impressionist oil paintings of natural landscapes. John Patterson of Patterson Cellars lets more than two decades of experience shine through in swirling elixirs. At Pondera Winery, guests mingle in a tasting room that doubles as a gallery of rotating exhibits by well-known artists as they sip red blends that show a range of crimson shades like a bull’s anger-management counselor. Bordeaux grapes from a handful of Columbia Valley vineyards dominate the shop’s cuvee, and guests at Elevation Cellars click together glasses of a sauvignon blanc that hints at grapefruit and apricot.
There's a revolution happening in Woodinville, Washington. There's no violence though, unless you count the stomping of grapes. Home to hundreds of boutique wineries, the region is beginning to rival Napa Valley as the United States' biggest wine producer. Woodinville sits at the same longitude as France's wine country, allowing for optimal adult-grape-juice production and the ability to wear a beret with dignity. Barrel Wine Tours, a co-op of Woodinville winemakers, takes guests throughout the community on tours of the distilleries and wineries of these passionate part-time vintners. On a luxury coach, participants ride to four distilleries or wineries, and three-course lunches and wine pairings occur during each tour.
Rob Entrekin's transformation from biomedical engineer to professional winemaker began with a simple question: what makes a wine taste great? This question birthed Finn Hill Winery's small-production wine philosophy. With an emphasis on detail and quality, each single-varietal, single-vineyard red or white wine comes with a distinct terroir.
Within the community is the neighboring Convergence Zone Cellars. Using grapes from premium Red Mountain AVA vineyards, winemaker Scott Greenmaker produces 950 annual cases of renowned red blends, Malbec, and white varietals. Guests can also partake in some of CZ's newer offerings, such as a Red Mountain Pinot Gris, Cabernet Sauvignon, and a Mourvedre-Syrah blend.
Woodinville is also home to Kaella Winery. With grapes from Ciel du Cheval Vineyard, Kaella produces 500 annual cases of hand-crafted signature red wines. In addition to a small number of area stores and restaurants, guests can partake in the family-owned winery's selections at their tasting room. Bottles are also available for purchase online.
Jim Petty, owner and winemaker, has high standards for wine that have motivated him to craft an array of award-winning varietals from the grapes of local vineyards. Aspenwood Cellars’ signature series boasts Seattle Wine Award–winners, such as the silver medal 2009 syrah and the bronze medal 2008 cabernet sauvignon, while the current production series includes a 2009 Elegance red-wine blend, which serenades tasters with the cherry and toasted vanilla notes that earned it a silver medal at the Washington State Fair in 2012. Aspenwood Cellars invites guests to visit on the weekends for tastings led by Jim. Guests can take the opportunity to learn about how the wine is made personally, since Jim takes a more personal approach, meeting and talking with guests about all things wine.
Warehouse District Wine Tastings exposes enophiles to the rich local culture of Washington wineries. Tastings and bottle discounts at area wineries allow guests to sample sundry reds and whites from the Yakima Valley and beyond.