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.
At Dorota’s Cosmetics and Spa, experienced aesthetician Dorota Williams rounds out Shaping USA Fitness & Dance Studio's array of classes with a variety of relaxing spa treatments. Dorota thoroughly analyzes facial terrain before performing skincare services such as a smoothing microdermabrasion or chemical peel. She is also trained to wax away unwanted body hair and can professionally tint eyelashes, eyebrows, or Matchbox-car windows.
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.
Corks and Canvas Events, like a work of fine art, came about by pairing a good idea with a passion to create. The founders both came from the marketing world, where they spent their days devising campaigns and events to inspire their audiences to take action. A shared love for art and wine inspired them to bend their action-creating talents toward a new goal?hosting painting and wine events in area wineries and wine bars, allowing guests to "uncork their creativity" and promote the burgeoning Washington wine industry in a social setting.
Their idea took the form of Corks and Canvas Events, where experienced artists lead guests step-by-step through the painting creation process. Guests re-create various paintings, everything from lush vineyard scenes to preening roosters, while sipping on glasses of local wines.
Long before they were making wine, Derek Berger and Scott Heinrich brewed beer together in the 90s. That, they might tell you, was the start of it all?beer-making transitioned to wine-making, relationships with some of Washington's top vineyards, and a newfound appreciation for the centuries-old art. Their tastes evolved into an appreciation for wine, and eventually they were crafting Sangiovese-based red blends, showcasing their Washington interpretation of Italy's Super-Tuscan-style blends. Today, their operation has grown into Genoa Cellars, where they produce Tuscan?style wines from Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and Merlot. Participants can sample their wines, experiment with chocolate and wine pairing, and take home a bottle to have on hand for special dinners or occasions.