The bracing Italian-style brandy known as grappa flows from a vintage hammered-copper still and into oak barrels for aging at Soft Tail Spirits, a craft distillery that gathers its grape pressings from local Washington wineries. An Old-World still's 58,000-BTU burners boil up fresh batches of grappa, with characters of pear and apple-tinged Giallo and the pleasingly grainy sangiovese. Meanwhile, a multistep distillation process whips up batches of Soft Tail Spirits' sipping vodka, the slightly rebellious offspring of Washington State apples that took home the bronze at the 2010 World Spirits Competition in San Francisco. Lead distiller Matthew welcomes visitors to the distillery for tours in which he shows off the facility, including the hammered-copper alembic he affectionately calls “Maggie,” before doling out samples and bestowing grappa converts with souvenir glassware for future bacchanalian feasts or Flat Earth Society meetings.
With hands gripped to the wheels of karts capable of cresting 45 miles per hour, up to 12 racers hum around the hairpin turns and straightaways of K1 Speed's indoor track during adrenaline-spiking sprints toward the podium. This brand of excitement can be found at all 20+ locations, where racers eschew the fumes and inflammatory skywriting of gas kart exhaust for European, eco-friendly electric karts designed to instantly accelerate out of curves, which are bordered by safety barriers that absorb impacts.
Signature service: Cork and Click Photography Wine Tour
Staff Size: 1 person
Average Duration of Services: 2?4 hours
Brands Used: Patit Creek Cellars and Forgeron Cellars
Pro Tip: Be sure to charge your camera battery the night before.
How is your approach different than that of other professionals in your field?
We teach photography using hands-on instruction in a small intimate group [that feels] more like a book club than a class room. We keep our class sizes around six students and teach at different wineries in Woodinville. Not only do you get hands-on photography instruction, but you get to taste great Washington wines while you learn.
What's one tip for first-time customers that will make them feel like regulars?
Relax and enjoy the experience. Don't be afraid to ask questions. Even if they are the same questions over and over. Cork & Click classes are about having fun and truly learning how to use your camera to catch that moment.
When and how did you first develop a passion for your work?
Christiana, the instructor, has had a passion for photography for over 15 years. Initially learning photography was a challenge, and she wished there was a class like this when she was learning. Now that she is a professional photographer, she teaches photography the way she learned and loves to empower people to understand their camera so that they can capture [moments].
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
Christiana has a passion for teaching photography. She has been teaching at the Wineries in Woodinville for over two years and has 100% positive feedback from customers. Christiana's approach to teaching is very relaxed with lessons and exercises that are easy to understand and can be used after the class to continue to learn and become a better photographer.
Staff Size: 1 person
Average Duration of Services: 30?60 minutes
Pro Tip: Don't wear clunky shoes.
Parking: Parking lot
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Obstacle courses with real hot lava.
Recommended Age Group: Kids
What is one fun, unusual fact about your business?
You won't hear our students' landings. It's a little secret called "ninja noise." This helps keep impact low, and stealth high.
As the old adage says, "Stuff happens." What training do you and your staff have to stay ahead of the unexpected?
Coaches are legitimately certified to teach Parkour, holding multiple parkour certifications. We are expert momentum anticipators and course creators. We minimize risk through safety drills, multi-level skill progressions and strength milestones. [Instructors are] First Aid? and CPR-trained in case anything happens. However we have not had one serious injury in the three years we've been coaching due to our safety protocols.
What is the experience customers can expect, and how do you make it special?
Through our classes students can expect to experience life-changing techniques. Ranging from the simple truths of how to squat sustainably to how to traverse lava while having fun and collecting speed and style points.
From their winery in Walla Walla to their tasting room in Woodinville, Ed Dudley and his team of Patit Creek Cellars demonstrate their devotion to artisan wine. They carefully select and squish grapes to produce their flagship style of Cabernet Sauvignon, which carefully balances savory and fruit profiles, and the Merlot, which pins aromas of black cherry and chocolate with undertones of dried herbs. They also fill glasses with white varieties that include Chardonnay and a dry Riesling.
In their winery?s tasting room, which boasts a breezy covered patio, patrons sample new releases and sip wines by the glass when not creating symphonies with the glasses? rims.