An in-depth knowledge of wine can enliven humdrum dinner parties, just as an in-depth knowledge of dynamite fishing can enliven foundering job interviews. Give palates an executive education with today’s Groupon to Matthews Estate Winery in Woodinville. Choose between the following options:
- For $22, you get a wine-tasting package for two (up to a $55 total value). The package includes:
- A tasting for two in the winery’s tasting room (a $20 value).
- $20 toward wine, excluding Matthews’ Blackboard wines.
Two sommelier wine-bottle openers (a $15 value)<p>
- For $69, you get a private tasting and hors d’oeuvres for up to eight people in the winery’s cellar (up to a $160 value).<p>
Veteran vintner Aryn Morell’s richly textured yet accessible wines have appeared on Seattle Met’s list of 100 Best Washington Wines and have earned Matthews Estate Best Winery accolades from 425 Magazine. Located on a lush 8-acre property with majestic views of the valley, the tasting room pours classic vintages, that include its refined claret, made from the same traditional vineyard sources as its flagship red wine, and its lively sauvignon blanc, a crisp, Loire-inspired wine complex enough to deconstruct gender dynamics in The Little Mermaid while dancing on the taster’s tongue. After sipping, sampling, and taking in tasting tips from the winery’s friendly experts, each oenophile departs with a commemorative bottle opener identical to the ones used by Matthews’ sommeliers.
Alternately, those wishing for a deeply exclusive experience without spending the night alone in a tub of pâté can opt for a private tasting in the estate’s cellar, which fetes a party of up to eight people with a selection of artisan cheeses, meats, and chocolates in combination with Matthews’ featured wines. Private tastings require a reservation at least seven days in advance.
Matthews Estate Winery
Located in the heart of the Woodinville wine country, winemaker Aryn Morell focuses on the creation of bordeaux style and single varietal vineyard-designated wines using grapes grown in Washington State. A diverse selection of wines, from sauvignon blanc to cabernet, embodies the unique affinity between the hills, vines, and winegrowers of Washington state. Matthews Estate Winery also accommodates guests in an on-site bed and breakfast, and performers often play live music to accompany tastings and special events.