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The 30-foot tent houses patio heaters and fire tables for guests to stay warm outside.

In honor of Small Business Saturday on Nov. 28, Goose Ridge Estate Winery is supporting local artists with the special series of wine typically only available for club members.

The work of Woodinville artist Amy Lighthall, who creates art for homes, products and the luxury hotel market, is featured on each bottle in the series. Tiffany Stetson, general manager of sales at Goose Ridge, said the specific selection will be 25% off. 

“We love supporting local artists,” Stetson said.

Small Business Saturday is a day dedicated to supporting small businesses and communities across the country. Founded by American Express in 2010, this day is celebrated each year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

With the latest announcement from Gov. Jay Inslee, Stetson said Goose Ridge has taken various steps to shift toward outdoor seating in response to the Nov. 15 executive order banning indoor dining. 

She said the Woodinville tasting room is creating “cozy corners and outside tasting retreats” for guests. There is now a 30-foot tent in the parking lot with patio heaters and fire tables, she added. Guests may also purchase different styles and colors of Carhartt beanies and plush blankets to keep warm.

“Now that we have to pour for people outside in the winter, we want to make sure that they’re comfortable,” Stetson said. “You name it, we’ve tried to do it.”

Stetson said the tasting room is serving hot mulled wine, also known as Gluhwein, for warmth. Hand sanitizer is also available for purchase at a lowered price, plus it’s also located on each tasting table for use at any time. 

“I think it would very easy to blame our governor right now,” she said. “But for us, we just want to be successful as a business and also support our community at the same time.”

Adjusting to the governor’s order takes a lot of work and money to do, Stetson noted. She said wineries need to get permission and approvals from various entities before moving their tasting businesses outside. 

Goose Ridge had to work with the city of Woodinville and the building’s landlord to get permission for use of outside space. Before utilizing tents, the fire marshal needed to approve them. Additionally, the Liquor Control Board requires “alterations requests” in order for businesses to change to outside service.

“It isn’t just an easy switch for us,” Stetson said.

She said the cost of propane continues to add up during the cold months. The nationwide shortage of propane is hiking up costs since everyone is using them right now, she added.

City staff and the Liquor Control Board have been “excellent” in trying to support local businesses, Stetson said. 

She added that local organizations, such as the Woodinville Chamber, Woodinville Wine Country,  and Visit Woodinville, were also helpful with getting past a lot of “red tape.” Similarly, she said the Washington Wine Institute and Washington State Wine Commission started sending out information and resources directly after Inslee’s announcement.

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