Grapes, much like water, naturally exist in three forms: solid, liquid, and raisin. Imbibe the fruit's most drinkable state with today's Groupon: for $30, you get a one-hour private wine tasting for up to 20 people at Northwest Mountain Winery in Olympia (up to a $100 value) .
Northwest Mountain Winery coaxes out the juices from Washington grapes under the dutiful gaze of experienced winemaker Ray Curtis, creating classic fermented flavors in select handcrafted batches. A private one-hour tasting allows guests to gather up to 20 of their closest friends or favorite stuffed animals for a comprehensive sampling of 10–12 of Northwest Mountain Winery's wines in 1-ounce pours. Bottles of the 2008 Columbia Valley cabernet franc sport a silver medal from the 2011 Capital Food & Wine Festival as well as subtle hints of black pepper and red cherry. The 2009 Columbia Valley chardonnay's vibrant fruit and stainless-steel aging contribute to its bright citrus flavors, and the 2007 Columbia Valley syrah exudes hints of black pepper and spices bold enough to approach ruffled livers with a government-approved peace treaty. Curtis also yeastifies grapeless fruits, crafting sweet peach and tart blackberry wines.
Northwest Mountain Winery immerses guests in the enological experience, dressing its space with red couches and barrel chairs. Full bottles and staff members with half-full outlooks on life set the scene for kissing-quality grape mashes.
Northwest Mountain Winery
While other teenagers were trying to steal sips from their dad’s vintage wines, Ray Curtis was dreaming of making his own. Ray’s career began at Shawnee Vineyards, where he was a jack-of-all-trades, bottling, labeling, and racking the central Ohio winery’s signature varietals. After moving to the Northwest 10 years ago Ray opened Olympia’s Northwest Mountain Winery, which lies along the idyllic South Sound Wine Trail and specializes in handcrafted wines of his own invention. Patrons populating the tasting room can enjoy such creations as the 2009 Columbia Valley syrah, which posits its flavor bouquet of dark cherries, cola, and smoked cedar to studious taste buds, or the Mountain Majesty, a medium-bodied blend of cabernet sauvignon, merlot, and zinfandel. The Firebreathing mead earned a bronze medal at the Seattle Wine Awards for its surprising hints of honey and jalapeño, which delightfully complement spicy Thai dishes or bees with a taco craving.
2825 Marvin Rd. NE
Olympia, Washington 98516