Thoughtful plans about the future aren't generally on one's mind while drinking, but winemaker Brad Sherman broke the mold one evening. While sipping wine, he saw his career path blaze brilliantly before him, and he suddenly knew he wanted to become a winemaker. After volunteering at wineries in Seattle and Woodinville, he joined the Boeing Wine and Beer Makers Club, where he honed his craft in 2000. He then collaborated with other wine makers and earned his distributors license, and in 2009, he moved his already burgeoning winery into the Wine Warehouse District of Woodinville.
Today, he produces small-batch wines, including Sangiovese, Tempranillo, syrah, monastrell, sauvignon blanc, and grenache blends, many of which have won awards, including the 2010 primitivo, which boasts a balance of ripe fruit and blackberries with hints of spice and tobacco. In his spacious tasting room, he invites visitors to learn more about his wines while sipping a variety of his most recent favorites.
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.
Stewart and Julie Patey ensure restful evenings in the Everett area with comfortable mattresses from Ergomotion, Reverie, and Restwell. With the help of their knowledgeable sales staff, they dispense advice and help outfit sleeping chambers with elegant bedroom furniture and accessories. They keep bedrooms safe and clean with an inventory of hypoallergenic pillows and waterproof Protect-A-Bed mattress protectors, which guard against stains, bacteria, and dust mites. Upon delivery of a new mattress, Stewart and Julie can also take away the old mattress, which they in turn donate to charity or use to build forts.
It’s static-free, stain-resistant, wind-proof, and warm. And like any versatile crop, it’s harvested on farms—from the backs of sheep. Since 1976, Cloud Nine Sheepskin has specialized in products made from sheepskin. Its fibers boast a laundry list of naturally beneficial qualities, including its ability to stay warm even when wet. Sheepskin slippers, rugs, seat covers, hats, and boots make up some of the more than 500 products in the company’s stock, and each item is guaranteed to be free of sheepskin-disguised wolves looking to sneak into your closet and get their paws on some of those shoes dogs are always going on about.
With 65 years of image-enhancing experience, Aaron Brothers brings singular design, craftsmanship, and style to each custom framing assignment. Offering individualized design consultations, Aaron Brothers carries a collection of more than 700 unique frame moldings in fine woods and metal, as well as 400 different conservation-grade mats. While prices for each job vary, Aaron Brothers charges $101 for an 11.5''x13.5" custom frame with a mat, UV- clear glass, mount, and fitting. Customers can also get a 7"x9" custom frame with tempest mat, UV-clear glass, mounting, and basic fitting for about $78. Each Aaron Brothers location features a team of designers and master artisans, as well as an assortment of hanging supplies. Bring in treasured works of art and Aaron Brothers’ certified preservation experts will help hinder time's attack on photographs, newspaper clippings, and Mesolithic magazine covers.
Exclusively using estate-grown fruit, Goose Ridge Vineyard & Estate Winery allows palates to roam through a sampling of their flavorful reds, whites, and blends. While sitting by the fire in the warm-colored tasting room, vinophiles can swirl, sniff, and taste a sampling of the native wines. Tastings make a perfect afternoon activity any day of the week, as pairs sip on sophisticated libations and ask Googe Ridge's savvy staff about certain grapes. With a $25 credit, fermentation fans can take home a bottle of Goose Ridge's wine, from the crisply floral 2010 riesling to the 2006 Sol Duc Meritage, made from 73% cabernet sauvignon, 18% merlot, 5% petite verdot, and 4% the love of George Foreman ($14–$50).