Show off your ability to discern the obscure fruits, types of wood, and cured meats that present themselves in a glass of fine wine. Today's Groupon gets you a wine tasting at Northwest Cellars in Kirkland, plus four bottles of Northwest Cellars’ most popular wines for just $38 (a $64 value). Uncork potential culinary pairings with your oenophile uncle, or grab your sommelier uncle for a winey picnic at sunset.
Northwest Cellars' cozy tasting room is ideal for examining the bold bouquets and expressive finishes of five different wines, each perfectly blended to create unique and complex flavor profiles that will raise an eyebrow on even the stuffiest of critics. While inferior wineries spike wine with woodchips or ham slivers, Northwest Cellars romances these flavors naturally from the grape.
Subscribers are invited for their tasting on any Saturday or Sunday from 12 - 5 p.m. Head home with two bottles each of Northwest Cellars' award-winning 2005 Merlot ($17 per-bottle value) and 2008 Adagio ($15 per bottle). The 2005 Merlot won the gold in the 2008 Seattle Wine Awards, and double gold in the 2009 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition. The 2008 Adagio is the gold winner in the 2009 Seattle Wine Awards.
- Slow to open, the wine developed to reveal plum and cassis aromas with a bright raspberry note. The flavors underwent a metamorphosis from a simple taste of fresh plums to something darker and more complex, with plums, graphite, and smoke. There was some green stemminess as well--which I always like in Merlot--and the rich aftertaste was luscious with milk chocolate notes. This was an uneniably [sic] complex and elegant wine, and would be enough to convince any Merlot skeptic still having horrible flashbacks from the 90s that the grape is worth a second try. – Dr. Debs, Good Wine Under $20
- In an era in which winemakers strive for intense extraction and deep colors, this wine’s moderate dark ruby shading to a brick-red rim is a lovely reminder of sensible restraint. Aromas of black and red currents, black cherry, cedar and lead pencil twine with a touch of smoke; in the mouth, fairly concentrated black fruit flavors are ripe and meaty and slightly stewed, as in macerated plums and cherries. There’s nothing plush or over-ripe here; the balance between the rigor of the wine’s acid and tannic structure and the vibrant nature of its sensuous appeal is deftly handled. – Fredric Koeppel, Bigger Than Your Head
Now You Know: Wine! (From the “Now You Know” Series)
Many inexperienced wine drinkers are intimidated when ordering wine at a restaurant. With the following basic knowledge, you can impress friends and order like a pro:
- Wine is a liquid made from fermented grapes that can be measured by volume, which is conjugate to its temperature and pressure.
- Wine bottles did not receive their distinctive shape to conform to the shape of wine. Instead, wine consists of molecules spaced far enough apart from each other that its shape must conform to the shape of its container.
- If wine is at rest in a uniform gravitational field, the pressure P at any point is given by P = PGZ where:
P = the density of the liquid (assumed constant)
G = gravity
Z = the depth of the point below the surface
Now you know!
The story of family-owned and operated winery, Northwest Cellars Winery, began nearly 12 years ago, when Bob Delf received a custom-labeled bottle of wine that was so terrible he poured it straight down the drain. This was troubling, especially given Bob's experiences growing up in a family of wine importers and distributors. Determined to raise the bar, Bob founded Northwest Cellars Winery, where today he creates award-winning Washington wines that can be custom-labeled for gifts, country clubs and fundraisers.