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$20 for a distillery tour with vodka made from apple and grappa barrel tasting and long-stemmed souvenir grappa glasses for two (a $40 value)
$36 for a distillery tour with vodka made from apple and grappa barrel tasting and long-stemmed souvenir grappa glasses for four (an $80 value)
The lead distiller guides duos and quartets along a distillery tour before guests sample 84- to 100-proof grappa at various stages of the aging process. Tours are available Friday through Sunday 1:00-4:00pm, call for reservations.
Soft Tail Spirits
Golden streams of the bracing Italian-style brandy known as grappa flow from a vintage hammered-copper still and into oak barrels for aging at Soft Tail Spirits, a craft distillery that gathers its grape pressings from local Washington wineries. An Old-World still emits exuberant lute solos while the 58,000-BTU burners boil up fresh batches of grappa, with varietals such as pear and apple-tinged Giallo and the pleasingly grainy sangiovese. Meanwhile, a multistep distillation process whips up batches of Soft Tail Spirit’s sipping vodka, the slightly rebellious offspring of Washington State apples that took home the bronze at the 2010 World Spirits Competition in San Francisco. Lead distiller Matthew welcomes visitors to the distillery for tours in which he shows off the facility, including the hammered-copper alembic he affectionately calls “Maggie,” before doling out samples and bestowing grappa converts with long-stemmed glasses for future bacchanalian feasts or Flat Earth Society meetings.
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