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, and red blends at Pondera Winery show a range of crimson shades like a bull’s anger-management counselor. Bordeaux grapes from a handful of Columbia Valley vineyards mingle in the shop’s cuvee, and guests at William Church Winery stroll beneath walnut-hued barrels, clicking together glasses of a pinot gris that hints at lemon zest and green apples.
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.
With the help of his uncle Tom Campbell, who just happens to be a seasoned enologist and viticulturist, Bijal Shah and his wife Sinead founded The Woodhouse Wine Estates in 2004. The winery's vintages are brought to life by Jean Claude Beck, whose winemaking genes reach back to Alsace, France, where his family estate has been crafting wine since 1579. The team at Woodhouse focuses on expressing the unique terroir of each grape?s origin, yielding balanced, mature wines marked by full flavors. Inside the tasting room, chandeliers sparkle over a long bar, where visitors can sip pours of any number of select wines.
Despite moving to the Northwest in 1971, David Hayward never lost track of his southern roots. Friends and family members enjoyed the South Carolina native's barbecue in the ensuing decades, but it wasn't until 2009 that David got the chance to share his down-home cooking with the public by opening Carolina Smoke.
Every morning begins the same way for David: he loads his smoker with a fresh batch of mesquite, alder, hickory, and cherry wood pellets. He then slow-cooks beef brisket, pork ribs, chicken, hot links, prime rib, and other meats for hours so they absorb a smoky flavor. Carolina Smoke doesn't hide its meats beneath a layer of sauce. Instead, sauces arrive on the side so customers can savor the meats' natural flavor or add sauce as they see fit.
The menu of southern comfort foods isn't limited to barbecue sandwiches and platters. Carolina Smoke also offers a number of side dishes, including jalape?o cornbread, smoked mac 'n cheese, and collard greens. To balance the smoky flavor of the barbecue, diners can sip on glasses of Carolina sweet tea or lick one of the post office's new Big Time Tangy stamps.
Hankering for a side of fries? Try the grub at Russell's, a tasty restaurant serving American-style fare.
If you want a dainty meal, go elsewhere. If you want a craveworthy dish, get to Russell's.
A night out deserves a drink to celebrate, and Russell's has the perfect selection of beer and wine to go with your meal.
Russell's is well-known for being able to seat large parties.
Great place to bring the whole family with great food and a business casual dress code.
If you need to get somewhere fast, the restaurant also serves up grub to go.
Feed the gang at your next get-together with catering from Russell's as well.
Ample parking is available in the area.
Cyclists are in luck. Russell's provides bike parking.
You'll typically spend about $30 per person to dine at Russell's, so plan your budget accordingly.
Reviewers rave about the dinner menu at the restaurant, though breakfast and lunch are also served.
Elevated Sportz combines the gravity-defying fun of a trampoline center with the enchantment an indoor playground in one all-encompassing entertainment arena. Inside the two-sectioned play center, bouncers can hurtle into the air and play games of dodgeball and basketball on wall-to-wall trampolines equipped with protective pads. On the other side of the building, a multi-tiered jungle gym with hiding spaces, twisting slides, and ball pits entices younger visitors to expunge pent-up energy or practice stealth maneuvers for upcoming cookie-jar raids. Visitors watching their family and friends defy gravity can relax in the cafe with a sandwich and a smoothie while surfing free WiFi.