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The Woodinville Winers visit Covington Cellars

  • Written by Mike McClure and Terry Morse
Covington Cellars (www.covingtoncellars.com) is located in the North Industrial area of Woodinville which is home to about 40 wineries. T

his group refers to themselves as the “Woodinville Warehouse Wineries” and even has their own website (www.woodwarewine.com).

Covington Cellars can be accessed by turning onto 142nd Street from N. Woodinville Way and then looking for the winery A-board signs. Or better yet, download the map from the website as there are no signs from the main road.

The Warehouse Winery area is a wine tasting paradise.  In reality, a serious wine taster could take several days in this area alone to go through all the tasting rooms.

Don’t be fooled by the exterior appearance of a business park.

This area is full of tasting rooms and in many cases small production wineries. Each stop is a unique experience.

When we first pulled up to Covington Cellars, we could hear sounds of people having a great time with much laughter and conversation going on behind the warehouse doors.

As we walked into the building the paradigm was immediately transformed from being in a business park.

The owners have done an incredible job of transforming this space into a full production winery and event space.The tasting room was inviting with the tasting bar near the front door. As you look around you immediately notice that this is more than a tasting room.  The entire facility takes up six warehouse bays and includes full wine production capability as well as a full commercial kitchen.

We were greeted by Cindy Lawson (Cindy and her husband David are the owners) who spent time with us telling us about the wines and history of Covington Cellars.

Because of Cindy’s passion for food they have combined the two into this unique experience.

They offer several lunch type entrees (made daily by their in house chef Trinity) which can easily be paired with a variety of wines that are produced onsite.

They also do a winemakers dinner once a month as well as private events.

Cindy was a terrific host.  You can see her passion for this winery and the food they serve.

She shared some great stories like how they actually started making wine in Covington in their garage.  Their friends encouraged them enough to open their winery in Woodinville in 2005.

She said their biggest reward since opening this winery is all the friends they have made from all the visitors over the years. Cindy considers her customers to be an extension of her own family.

We tried several of the wines they were tasting that day.

Our favorites were the 2007 Prima Micela, the 2007 Reserve Syrah and the 2007 Cabernet.

All of these wines are made in small quantities by artisan winemakers, sometimes less than 100 cases.

Their wines range from $16-$48 in price.

The tasting room is open Fridays from 1–5 p.m., Saturdays from 12 noon – 5 p.m. and Sundays from 1 – 5 p.m.

In addition, you can order wine by the glass and kitchen specials on Friday evenings from 5 – 9:30  p.m.

The winery has a Facebook page that posts the specials each week.

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