Napa has its vineyards, Walla Walla has its vistas, but Woodinville? It has an industrial park. The Warehouse District in the north end of Woodinville—close to the intersection of Highway 522 and Northeast North Woodinville Way—is home to about 50 wineries and tasting rooms, elbow to elbow between loading docks. Monthly Third Thursday events (woodwarewine.com) coordinate tastings with a pay-once, drink-all-evening setup, but most wineries are open for business on weekends for an intimate look at winemaker work spaces. Try these six stops.

 

1Sparkman Cellars
Here’s where to go when you’re ready to paint it black: The winery’s Darkness Syrah scored high on Seattle Met’s 2013 100 Washington Wines list, and it lives up to its name. There’s much less gloom in the small outdoor patio. 19501 144th Ave NE, Ste E400, 425-398-1045; sparkmancellars.com

 

2. Robert Ramsay Cellars
Beige buildings and loading docks are no excuse to skimp on sophistication—inside this tasting room the wall is a deep red and the ceiling an inky black. Originally known for syrahs, the label is now popular for mourvèdre, a powerful red made from a Rhone-style grape. 19495 144th Ave NE, Ste 235, 425-686-9463; robertramsaycellars.com


3. Kestrel Vintners
All the vino is produced out in Prosser, but the bird-happy winery has plenty to share in its warehouse space, thanks to the full kitchen. Cheese pairings rotate almost monthly, and the winemakers select flavored salts to taste after the wine. You don’t miss actual barrels and tanks when you’re dining on the patio. 19501 144th Ave NE, Ste C900, 425-398-1199; kestrelwines.com

 

4. Des Voigne Cellars
The good vibe in this tasting room might be from the jazz-themed wine labels, the tunes playing overhead, or simply the large, fluffy dog that welcomes visitors. Winemaker Darren Des Voigne can even suggest a good song to pair with each wine. 19501 144th Ave NE, Ste B500, 425-415-8466; dvcellars.com


5. Project V Distillery
Too much wine? Try spirits. The chai-infused vodka is the most popular tipple, at least until the distillery finishes aging its whiskey. Tastings are free, held in a distillery decorated with a yellow piano and purple bathtub; the “Pork Saves” neon signs refer to pork sausage made by Bucking Boar Farm, which is sold uncooked. 19495 144th Ave NE, Ste A130, 425-398-1738; projectvdistillery.com

 

6. William Church
Some tasting rooms represent Walla Walla or Tri-Cities wineries, but all of William Church’s wine is made in this production facility. Drink the 100 percent viognier and selection of reds right underneath the barrels they were aged in. Try not to knock any over. 19495 144th Ave NE, Ste A100, 425-482-2510; williamchurchwinery.com


Published: October 2013

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