Who says that wine tasting or brewery visiting is only for singletons and dinks? Woodinville’s Des Voigne Cellars, and now its first-of-its-kind B Side Brewing, offer a little something for everyone. From a new lineup of craft beers from B Side Brewing, to current releases from Des Voigne Cellars, to activities and games for kids, read on for the inside scoop on Woodinville’s first full production brewery and winery.
Located in the Woodinville Warehouse District on Artisan Hill, Des Voigne Cellars is the business “baby” of owners Lissy and Darren Des Voigne, who have two kids of their own (ages 9 and 11). “When my wife and I opened Des Voigne Cellars over a decade ago, we had more than wine on our mind,” said Darren Des Voigne. “We wanted to create a gathering place to bring wine lovers and beer enthusiasts together.” Opening at its new location earlier this year, Des Voigne Cellars is the first-of-its-kind to combine the best of both worlds, providing craft beer and locally produced wine within a single space. Psst… Darren’s extensive collection of vintage jazz records are the inspiration behind the funky, music-inspired wine labels and his love of beer was the inspiration behind B Side Brewing.
Keeping Kids Entertained
Lissy and Darren Des Voigne know that happy kids equals happy parents. That’s why Des Voigne Cellars and B Side Brewing offer games for kids, as well as chalk to color all over the concrete floor. Plans are currently in the works to add shuffleboard and additional kid-friendly games and activities. Plus, B Side Brewing is set to serve up root beer on tap for under-21-ers and those longing for a good ol’ frosty mug of root beer. “Wine tasting, responsibly, is a perfectly lovely afternoon out for a parent with their children,” said Lissy Des Voigne. “When you sit down and have a glass of wine, you don’t just have wine, it’s really about the whole experience of it.”
Insider Tip: Visit on a sunny day and enjoy the fresh air, with the large doors rolled up and open, and nosh on a treat from the revolving food trucks on site most Fridays and some Sundays (check their website for the current schedule).
The Tasting Scene
Unlike other wineries in the area, Des Voigne Cellars’ tasting room was designed with a jazz club feel (the husband and wife duo see the winery as jazz, and the brewery more rock n’ roll), which means you won’t find a shortage of music on site. Check their calendar for upcoming release parties which feature great music and a chill vibe or consider renting the space for your next big event or party.
While Your’re in Woodinville Wine Country
Taking your crew to Woodinville can be a fun experience for all. If you haven’t been lately, there’s a lot more than just awesome big name concerts at Chateau Ste. Michelle. Local wine makers, quaint tasting rooms and chill breweries are literally around every corner er vineyard. Most wine tasting rooms allow kids, but some are more kid-friendly than others. According to Des Voigne, the owners of Two Vintners have kids of their own and have made their winery munchkin-friendly, along with others like Novelty Hill Januik, which sports a large outside patio and play area complete with bocce and a giant Jenga game.
If you’ve got a kid-free afternoon, check out a few other local wineries in Woodinville (there’s over 130!), including Auclair Winery (boasting a noteworthy 2015 Sauvignon Blanc that was the earliest commercial wine harvest ever in Washington State last year), Gorman Winery (definitely try The Bully and The Evil Twin, our personal faves), Genoa Cellars (which offers a tasty Ketch red and Wind Eye Rosé) or Obelisco Estate’s beautifully-hued Cabernet Rosé.
photo: Jennifer Davis
Whether you visit Woodinville sans kids or with your brood in tow, today’s wineries (and breweries) like Des Voigne Cellars, know how to please the whole family.
Des Voigne Cellars & B Side Brewing
14125 N.E. 189th St., Suite B
Woodinville, Wa 98072
Have you enjoyed Des Voigne Cellars’ jazzy wines or rockin’ beer? Have another Eastside winery or brewery favorite? Tell us about it in the Comments below.
— Jennifer B. Davis