Grapeworks Distilling turns wine into vodka

  • Written by Briana Gerdeman

Woodinville is home to a multitude of wine-, beer- and spirits makers, so perhaps it’s only natural that someone would combine two types of alcoholic beverages in an unconventional way.

At Grapeworks Distilling, founders and co-owners Sal Leone and Celeste Larenas-Leone distill wine into vodka. The resulting vodkas, most made from single varietals of grapes, are clean and pure, with a subtle fruity taste.

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Play video games on a smartphone with local company’s controller

  • Written by Emily Hamann

The Woodinville company Bensussen Deutsch and Associates foresees a world where instead of sitting down in your living room to play the latest Call of Duty release, you simply pull out your phone, anywhere, any time.  

“That’s a high powered computer system that you carry around in your pocket,” said James Szubski, director of marketing at BDA. Szubski said the computing power of smartphones surpasses that of handheld gaming devices. So, it makes sense that your iPhone or Android phone can handle a lot more than Candy Crush.

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Real Estate Transitions: Tips on buying new construction

  • Written by By The Blue Team: Michelle Blue & Ashley Farrington, Windermere Woodinville

Thinking about buying a new home? It is a slightly different purchase than residential resale where you need to consider the seller’s emotions and plans, so make sure you plan accordingly and take the right steps to optimize your new home buying experience. Here are just a few tips for you to consider.

Timing: To get the best deal on a new home, pay attention to timing. Builders are businesses and so they are more likely to offer a price reduction, or a “hidden discount” by paying for closing costs or home appliances and upgrades at no charge, in the following situations: (1) end of quarter/end of year closings; (2) homes that are already built or within weeks of completion; (3) first couple homes in a development to get sales started; and (4) last couple homes in a development — when they want to close out the site.

Contracts: Builders require their own contracts, so make sure you understand what is and what isn’t included in the price (appliances, landscaping, decorator options, etc.) as it is much easier to negotiate for items to be included before you enter into the agreement. Warranties can really vary, so know what is and isn’t included and during what time frames and whether it is transferrable to the next owner should you decide to sell during the warranty period.
Inspections: Yes, you should get an inspection on a new home since it is always easier to get repairs done before you close than after — no matter what warranty is offered by the builder. Remember, things can get done incorrectly or be missed with new construction. Here are some potential big-ticket red flags:

•    Sticky doors: If the home is new, it shouldn’t have sticky doors and windows — this can be an indicator of more serious structural problems.
•     Diagonal cracks: Anything more than a hairline crack should be checked out. Straight vertical cracks are more likely to be insignificant than diagonal ones.
• Puddles near the foundation: When it rains, do puddles form against the home’s foundation? This could be a sign of problematic landscape grading that could lead to flooding in your basement or crawl space.

It is also good to do an Internet search for reviews of the builder to see what, if any, recurring problems they have had in other neighborhoods they have built. Make sure your inspector looks for those potential defects on your home.
Want to explore your options? Contact The Blue Team — working twice as hard for you and providing a team of experts to guide you in all your real estate transitions!

Woodinville High School Theatre presents ‘The 39 Steps’

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Woodinville High School Theatre Company is excited to present the upcoming fall play, Patrick Barlow’s “The 39 Steps.” The show runs Oct. 22-25 at 7 p.m., and Nov. 1 at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m., in the Woodinville High School Theater.

“The 39 Steps” is a theatrical interpretation of Alfred Hitchcock’s classic spy thriller of the same name. For those unfamiliar with the original film version of “The 39 Steps,” it involves the murder of a secret agent, who, before her death, enlists the help of a suave Englishman, named Richard Hannay. Both the police and foreign spies pursue Hannay across England and Scotland, as he attempts to discover the nature and whereabouts of the top secret “39 Steps.”
In typical film noir style, the movie is filled with suspense-filled chases, daring escapes, witty banter, a dashing hero, a dynamic ingénue and a sinister foreign agent. For the theatre version, a cast of ten actors attempts to play the hundreds of characters and extras from the film, and recreate the dramatic train, plane, and car chases live on stage — with highly suspect, yet hilarious success.

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Woodinville artist turns paintings into unique gifts

  • Written by Emily Hamann

A graduate degree in veterinary molecular biology isn’t usually a prerequisite if you want to be a painter, but it has all been part of the journey for Stacie Clark.

“I have always loved the mystery of science,” Clark said.

In college, she got a fellowship to study whirling disease in trout in Montana rivers. Something was killing the fish. She helped figure out what it was.

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