Perry and Penny grew up together near Prosser, Washington in the 1970s, and were close friends throughout elementary school. More than 20 years later, the two rekindled their friendship but it wasn't all smooth sailing from the start. That year, Penny started making fortified blackberry wine, which Perry described as, "indescribably undrinkable." More than a little annoyed by this harsh judgment, Penny challenged Perry to do better. The result of this winemaking challenge was four cases of merlot that won a second-place ribbon among the amateur entrants at the Puyallup Fair. Stina's Cellars grew from this initial success, and over time production grew and grew, until finally the team was able to move into a small facility and officially open the winery for business in 2006.
At the winery, Perry and Penny—joined by helpful family and friends—make small batches of wine using grapes grown throughout eastern and western Washington. The type of wines they make changes frequently, but past bottles have included a dark and fruity syrah balanced by its bold tannic structure as well as an amber-hued roussane with hints of poached peaches and a pronounced nuttiness reminiscent of sherry. These wines appear on store shelves and restaurant menus throughout the region, but can also be sampled inside Stina's Cellars tasting room. Visitors are encouraged to stop in, try some samples, and attempt to guess which wine bottle contains a wish-granting genie.
Every time he begins a new handcrafted batch, winemaker Philip Coates strives to bring out the elemental flavors of his Washington-grown grapes. A limited production schedule lets Philip and his team spend more time on each varietal, de-stemming grapes by hand before fermenting batches with native yeasts and aging them. Next, they fill, cork, and wax each bottle by hand before applying labels designed by local artists.
Though his repertoire has grown since 21 Cellars’ inception in 2003, Philip’s specialty remains bordeaux varietals, including a 2009 malbec and the 2006 Pont 21 cabernet sauvignon, which _Seattle _ magazine deemed Washington’s top new wine of 2011. Alongside wine by the bottle, staffers pour samples of current wines at weekly tastings at 21 Cellars’ own tasting room.
Beneath the exposed beams of a vaulted ceiling, rows of dark tables serve as a platform for Cork! A Wine Bar’s spectrum of reds and whites. Sourced primarily from the Northwest, these vinous sips pair with a menu of warm flatbreads, rich cheeses, and pots of fondue that melt and bubble like a herd of Peeps lost in the desert. Patrons can sidle up to the bar for a pour of shiraz or a sudsy beer before kicking back in one of Cork's two lounge areas where espresso-hued leather chairs huddle together around low-lit lamps and small tables.
You can't beat the classics. Stop in at Tacoma Wine Merchants for some good home American cooking.
Complement your meal with a beer or wine from this restaurant's delightful drink menu.
For quick and easy parking near Tacoma Wine Merchants, park on the street.
Tacoma Wine Merchants offers outdoor bike racks for cyclists.
So when you're in the mood for some delicious American dishes, don't look further than Tacoma Wine Merchants.
Massimo Italian Grill knows how to perfect pasta, and foodies rave about its cream-of-the-crop Italian eats.
Whether rocking a gluten-free lifestyle or looking for something low-fat, this place will serve you just what you need.
Pair your entree with a glass of wine or draft beer — this restaurant has a fully-stocked bar to complement your meal.
At this restaurant, kids of all ages are welcome.
Celebrate the start of a great weekend at Massimo Italian Grill's great happy hour.
Wifi is on the house at Massimo Italian Grill, so bring along your tablet or laptop.
The patio tables outside of Massimo Italian Grill are the perfect spot for a summer meal.
If you're heading to the restaurant on a Friday or Saturday, don't get stuck in line with the rest of the crowds — reservations are accepted.
The food's ready when you are. Come on in or carry out.
We'll let you park onsite to help get you closer to our scrumptious menu.
Cyclists will also appreciate the plentiful space to lock up their bikes outside the restaurant.
Checks are bigger than average at the restaurant, so prepare your wallet.
For prime Italian fare, Massimo Italian Grill is one of the highest-rated restaurants around.
All your favorite Italian dishes under one roof? It's not a dream. It's Massimo Italian Grill.
Morso's fresh deli offerings attract lunchtime visitors looking for a simple sandwich or salad.
Whether you have something to celebrate or just need something to take the edge off, the drink menu at this restaurant won't disappoint.
At Morso, diners can score happy hour deals.
Morso is a suitable restaurant for both large and small groups.
When the weather is nice, hurry to Morso to grab a spot on the patio.
Weekend visitors to the restaurant are well advised to take advantage of the reservation system — crowds tend to pack the place on Fridays and Saturdays.
Leave the fancy duds at home — patrons at the restaurant dress informally.
Morso is known for serving great food, and they are able to serve it at your next event with their excellent catering.
Bring your car to dinner and easily find a space in the area — street parking is available, as is a nearby lot.
You'll also find plenty of safe spaces to lock up your bike if you prefer to cycle to the restaurant.
A visit to Morso will set you back less than $30 per person, so you can make it a regular part of your schedule.
In Gig Harbor, no deli does it better than Morso, not even close.