Wine O’clock Wednesday: Northwest Totem Cellars

Photo: Flickr, QuinnDombrowski

This week’s tip is one you’ll want to follow-up on — a unique wine tasting experience awaits you at the stunningly gorgeous home of the Sheridans of Northwest Totem Cellars in Woodinville.

Photo: Flickr, QuinnDombrowski

When I think about tasting wine at Northwest Totem Cellars, I’m overloaded with praise. And it’s not just about the rich Cabernet Franc or the bold Low Man Red Bordeaux blend! Every Saturday, winemaker/owner Mike Sheridan and his wife/co-owner, Kate, pour their good juice in the beautiful kitchen of their amazing home. Don’t take my word — go see it for yourself!

Their home is big, bright and airy, with fireplaces as the centerpiece of incredible stone walls, high ceilings, so many windows, an abundance of cedar and — not surprisingly, with a name like Northwest Totem Cellars — decorated with art by Native Americans and First Nations in Canada.

The names of some of their wines — Potlatch, Low Man and Qo-né — also “pay respect to a life and people that once depended on, respected and revered their environment and the living world,” Mike explains. Following that tradition, his red wines are closed with elegant glass stoppers, which are more environmentally friendly than cork.

“We hope you enjoy our choice. Just cut the foil as you do when opening any wine and give it a ‘thumbs up,’” Mike says.

The Sheridan’s lovely home is open for wine tasting every Saturday through Memorial Day. After that, you can taste there one Saturday a month. It’s worth the trip to Woodinville!