Wine Country Escape

Woodinville: Never the Same

How to explore the new arrivals in western Washington's wine tasting epicenter.

By Sean P. Sullivan September 14, 2021

Tasting room newcomer the Jaine Cottage.

Image: Brooke Fitts

The truism of Woodinville: The town is always changing. Each year brings additional wineries plying their trade; occasionally a new tasting area emerges. Even longtime aficionados can fill an entire day exploring these recent arrivals.

Start in the Hollywood District at the former DeLille Carriage House, now done up in shades of white and known as The Jaine Cottage. This is the tasting room for a new winery from the people at Matthews; it’s dedicated to white and sparkling wine. As the name suggests, the space has a classic cottage charm—light, bright, and cozy, with outdoor seating.

The building’s former tenant, DeLille, now occupies a multilevel facility in the old Red Hook Brewery. Stop for lunch at The Lounge at DeLille Cellars and fortify yourself with fresh pasta, salads, or shareable snacks in a handsome industrial room before heading north to the Warehouse District to check out two excellent new wineries.

Quiddity founder Greg Peiker pours a taste.

Image: Brooke Fitts

The first is Quiddity from winemaker Greg Peiker—another success story from Northwest Wine Academy in West Seattle. Like many Woodinville wineries, the tasting room is short on frills, high on top-quality wines—and these Rhône-style reds are some of the most impressive new offerings to come out of Washington in the past several years. It’s tempting to linger, but push onward to nearby Category 5 Cellars. Owner and winemaker Jason Smith spent more than two decades in tech (yes, that is a circuit on the winery’s label) before returning to his agricultural roots. For the wines, Smith mixes fruit from warm and cooler vineyards and brings the best of both.

A spread from Lifted Taco.

Image: Brooke Fitts

Finish up the day exploring Woodinville’s fledgling tasting zone, Woodin Creek Village. The new development is home to apartments, tasting rooms, restaurants, and even a nail salon. Neighborly Woodin Creek Kitchen and Tap opened here recently with a broad menu, plus a great beer list, while Lifted Taco down the street puts everything from beets to pork belly to fried cheese inside corn and flour tortillas.

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