Groucho Marx famously said, “I’d never belong to any club that would accept me as a member.” He was obviously not a wine enthusiast. For some, the word “club” conjures up something elite and expensive. For others, it’s a place to rave until 3 in the morning. In Woodinville wine country, a club is a way to elevate your wine experience through a host of delicious privileges and rewards offered by your favorite winery.
Let’s face it, it can be hard getting excited for the holiday season when we start seeing signs of it in August. We all want to make this time of year special, but we can drive ourselves crazy and exhausted trying to do so. If only we could find a way to relax and enjoy the simple things that make the holidays fun and meaningful. Sure, it’s supposed to be a time of giving, but maybe that’s where all the pressure comes from. This year, instead of putting so much effort into the usual obligations and the ephemeral desires of others, why not spend a bit more time on the simple things that brighten your season?
With so many winemakers, microbrewers, cideries and distillers now making their home in Woodinville, it can be hard to choose where to begin tasting. For visitors and locals alike, a perfect place to start is the Junction. Located just north of North Woodinville Way on 144th Avenue, the Junction contains all the essential elements of the Woodinville experience within a short stroll. Home to six wineries, a microbrewery, a distillery and a cidery, there’s something here for every imbibing inclination, and plenty of parking that allows you to easily ditch the car and explore on foot. The buildings were originally designed as an auto complex, and the large garage doors roll up and back to give the entire neighborhood an open-air feel. Tables, patrons and tasting flow seamlessly to the outdoors, lending a casual, sidewalk café atmosphere.
Written by Shannon Michael, Woodinville Wine Country
Look around any community, and you’ll find local gems to visit, whether they are established, well-known businesses, or places steeped in history. Woodinville has many such gems.
Beginning with the Woodin family in 1871, many families soon settled the area once a railroad line was extended in 1888. By 1920, the region was dotted with dairy and produce farms, including the 200-acre Hollywood Farm, owned by Frederick Stimson.
Showcasing Woodinville’s finest reserves, new blends and limited release wines at The DeLille Chateau on Sunday, October 25
Harvest your passion for fine Washington wine—and raise a toast to the bountiful fall season—with Woodinville’s most distinguished winemakers at the first annual WineCraft: Harvest Wine Auction, to be held on Sunday, October 25, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at The DeLille Chateau, located at 14208 Woodinville-Redmond Road NE, Redmond, WA 98052.