The Woodinville Winers visit Project V

  • Written by Mike McClure and Terry Morse

During one of our “research” days, we ventured into Project V Distillery & Sausage Company, one of five distilleries that now call Woodinville home.

We were checking out wineries in the north warehouse area and saw their sign which intrigued us. After all, how often do you see a distillery and sausage company? Entering Project V is like entering a time warp.

The distillery is decorated with all kinds of vintage items, including a 1960’s Volkswagen bus in the middle of the distillery.

You could spend all day taking in the items that adorn the walls of this place.

Equally striking is the homemade still in the back of the building, which looks like something that Willy Wonka would operate.

This still is an evolution of many years of tinkering while perfecting their art of making spirits.

Pipes and valves surround stills and boilers in an almost beautiful example of distilling chaos.

It was surprisingly interesting how they produce their vodka and the art of the process.

The company is the brainchild of Joe and Anita Sprauer who grow winter wheat on their family farm.

Wheat has been grown on their fields just outside Winthrop, Wash., continuously since 1889 and is “the” optimum ingredient for their premium vodka.

We were greeted by Mo, who gave us the 10-cent tour of the place and let us taste the vodka.

Project V offers four different vodkas, namely their Single Silo (80 proof), Distiller’s Cut (100 proof), Double Silo (160 proof) and Chai Infusion.

At these proofs, we only tried a small sip of each, but were pleasantly surprised.Though these vodkas got stronger per taste it was a complete 180-degree turn-around from tasting wine.

The most interesting was the Double Silo, which with only one sip warmed us up on the cold day we were visiting.

Also of note is the sausage they make, which is a nice complement to the vodka.  In Project V fashion, the ingredients are locally sourced and the sausage is handmade.

All of the processes and stills in the building were designed from the ground up by hand.

This makes for truly handcrafted vodka, including grinding the grain, producing the mash and hand bottling each bottle. The personal attention to detail means that there is a fair amount of passion contained in each bottle. Project V is located at 19495 144th Ave. NE, #A-130, Woodinville.

The tasting room is open Fridays from 4 - 7 p.m., and Saturday-Sunday from noon - 5 p.m.  Tastings and distillery tours are free of charge.

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