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Seattle for wine lovers – Decanter

Perched on the northern finish of the USA’s West Coast within the shadow of the snowcapped Cascade Mountains, the Pacific Northwest’s largest metropolis is famend for recent substances from sea and land enhanced by artistic, worldly cooks. From a 20-seat ‘punk rock’ restaurant to an iconic wonderful eating establishment, or a Parisian-style wine bar to a pure wine emporium, Seattle’s distinctive neighbourhoods alongside the tidal canals, lakes, and the spectacular Puget Sound abound with stunning treasures.

You can find that Seattle and the close by city of Woodinville with its 100-plus tasting rooms is awash with native wines from the second-largest wine producing state within the USA. And though Seattle is residence to tech giants resembling Microsoft, Amazon, and Google, the meals and wine scene is surprisingly intimate and unpretentious. Simply keep in mind to convey a raincoat, except you go to the Emerald Metropolis through the summer time months.


Credit score: Eric Tra

Seattle’s 200-plus miles of shoreline make for the last word seafood metropolis. A wonderful place to expertise the area’s marine bounty is at one among James Beard award-winning chef Renee Erickson’s eating places. Though the The Walrus and the Carpenter impressed American superstar chef and TV character Anthony Bourdain to deem the restaurant’s oysters and Muscadet combo as ‘excellent happiness’ throughout his Seattle go to in 2012 – launching the beloved Seattle chef to nationwide fame – Erickson’s Westward, on the shores of Lake Union, will get our vote for one of the best bivalve-slurping waterfront spot within the metropolis. Seize a seat on the patio for spectacular views of bobbing boats and Seattle skyline. One other Erickson spot, The Whale Wins, within the hipster Fremont neighbourhood, options wood-fired fare and a extra experimental wine checklist highlighting low-intervention wines. Our ‘excellent happiness’? The Whale Wins’ flash-roasted Hama Hama Manila clams bathed in vadouvan curry, pickled rhubarb, lime, and misome with a glass of 2021 Walla Walla Grosgrain Albariño from Phillips Winery.

2501 N Northlake Means
206 552 8215

Pike Place Market

Credit score: David Newman

Based in 1907, bustling Pike Place Market is without doubt one of the oldest and largest repeatedly working public markets within the USA. Two unbelievable wine emporiums stand out among the many a whole lot of locally-owned stands and outlets. Pike and Western Wine Store has been a purveyor of wonderful wines since 1975. The present proprietor, Michael Teer, is a fan of Italy’s Piedmont area we noticed a Vajra Langhe Nebbiolo 2020 for beneath $26 alongside collectable bottles of Barolo and Barbaresco  nice German Rieslings and small producer wines. You could possibly spend ages perusing the cabinets, that are studded with Teer’s private tasting notes. ‘We style all the things we promote,’ he says, including that he’s excited in regards to the creativity popping out of small European producers. One other should for wine-lovers, DeLaurenti Meals & Wine, has an equally storied historical past. Since 1946, the family-owned meals emporium has drawn locals and guests to Pike Place Marketplace for specialty charcuterie, cheese, and gourmand specialties from world wide. The eclectic wine part, curated by wine purchaser Tom Drake, focuses on minimal intervention wines from Europe and small farm-crafted Washington wines. We favored the Mark Ryan wines from Washington’s Pink Mountain AVA, Savage Grace from the Columbia Gorge, and Rhône-style blends from Devium in Walla Walla.

Pike and Western Wine Store
1934 Pike Place
206 441 1307

DeLaurenti Meals & Wine
1435 1st Avenue
206 622 0141

Purple Café and Wine Bar

Credit score: Feed It Artistic

This downtown Seattle show-stopper includes a thirty-foot tower of wine in the course of the 300-seat glass-panelled restaurant, and over 60 wines by the glass. Regardless of the buzzy, dramatic vibe, there’s loads of room for a extra intimate expertise across the bar or at one of many tables flanking the brick internal wall. Select from among the many dozen ‘duo’ tasting selections that pit a Pacific Northwest New World wine in opposition to an Outdated World wine of the identical grape selection. We loved a Columbia Valley Cabernet Franc from Stillwater Creek Winery subsequent to a Rouge de Minière Bourgueil. The pours are beneficiant, as is the meals, which options seasonal and regional mains together with cheese and charcuterie boards.

1225 4th Avenue
206 829 2280

Le Caviste – Bistrot à Vins

Native hospitality trade of us collect after work at this cozy Parisian-style wine bar within the bustling coronary heart of town, however singles will really feel snug right here too. Proprietor, and sommelier, David Butler hand picks every wine (together with the ten crus of Beaujolais at all times on the checklist) and costs them for on a regular basis enjoyment. Don’t miss the charcuterie, AOC fromages, and easy French requirements such because the killer steak tartare and home made pâté. Since 2013, Le Caviste has persistently ranked as one greatest wine bars within the USA. Most likely as a result of right here, as Butler says, ‘wine is for all times, not for worship.’ Additionally:  L’Oursin, close to the Seattle College campus, is one other should for Francophiles. The spacious bistro with a pleasant bar and open kitchen helmed by French chef/proprietor J.J. Proville wins for Gallic consolation meals (steak frites, confit de canard, wine-friendly salads). And co-owner Zac Overman, the wine director, may have you laughing with the quirky descriptions that enliven his eclectic checklist of wines.

Le Caviste
1919 seventh Avenue
206 728 2657

1315 East Jefferson Avenue
206 485 7173

Off Alley

Credit score: Riva Keller

If there’s one place to expertise the huge potential of Seattle as a novel, world-class eating vacation spot in the present day, it’s at Off Alley. This ‘unusual little restaurant’ (these are chef-owner Evan Leichtling’s phrases) within the culturally-diverse Columbia Metropolis neighbourhood seems Michelin-star-worthy meals from a tiny open kitchen to the soundtrack of Leichtling’s favorite punk rock and grunge bands. Off Alley’s self-proclaimed ‘Puppet Grasp’ Meghna Prakash – a former lawyer with household roots in Chennai, India – found a ardour for pure wines whereas working in Paris, the place she and Leichtling – a Seattle native who has cooked in a few of Spain and France’s high kitchens – met and fell in love. Ask to see Prakash’s ever-changing wine checklist, hand-written in a dog-eared pocket book or, as she advised us, ‘discuss to me and I’ll pour you one thing enjoyable’. Our stuffed smoked quail with saskatoon berries and child lima beans paired with a Cara Sur Criolla Chica 2020 from Argentina’s Valle de Calingasta introduced tears to our eyes, it was that good. We couldn’t agree extra with ‘Ash, 21’ who scribbled his appreciation on the wall of the john: ‘My coronary heart hurts I like Off Alley a lot.’

4903 ½ Rainier Ave South
206 488 6170


Credit score: Kevin Scott

Seattle households have celebrated particular events at this Relais & Châteaux fine-dining institution since 1950 – a storied legacy that third-generation house owners Brian and Mark Canlis take critically. However in addition they ushered in a brand new period in Could, 2021 after they employed Aisha Ibrahim because the restaurant’s seventh government chef. The primary girl to carry that place, Ibrahim has shifted the prix-fixe menu focus from steaks to sustainability. 4 months later, the brothers employed Linda Milagros Violago, whose hospitality profession spans the globe, as the primary girl to go up the enduring restaurant’s award-winning wine programme. Managing seven sommeliers and round 22,000 bottles, Violago says that the historical past of the cellar is the historical past of the restaurant: ‘A narrative that’s consistently being re-written and revised with every era.’ The wine workforce, she provides, is lucky to have house owners who perceive the worth of wine within the context of eating ‘as celebration, as storytelling, as a chunk of historical past’. Greater than ever, she says: ‘Our wine checklist is turning into an expression of variety – not simply of wines and areas, however of the individuals on the wine workforce.’ Professional tip: if you happen to can’t get a reservation within the eating room, walk-ins are welcome on the bar and piano lounge.

2576 Aurora Avenue North
206 283 3313

Learn how to Prepare dinner a Wolf

Credit score: Geoff Smith of LookatLao Studio

Named after the well-known MFK Fisher e book, Learn how to Prepare dinner a Wolf is one among Seattle’s nicest neighbourhood eating places. We just like the Queen Anne location for the charming vibe. Intimate tables, a convivial bar, and a unbelievable wine checklist that includes Italian and Pacific Northwest wines complement soul-satisfying Italian-inspired classics resembling pork chop with apricot agrodolce, smoked farro and celery root purée, or squid ink pasta that style nice with a glass of Barbera or Sicilian pink from Mount Etna. Depend on the simpatica wine director, Meg Posey, to level you in the appropriate route. Additionally: Italophiles and pasta-lovers will need to dine at Spinasse – Seattle’s most atmospheric trattoria – for Piedmontese specialities resembling antipasti and handmade tajarin plus a famend wine checklist masking the gamut of northern Italian wines.

Learn how to Prepare dinner a Wolf
2208 Queen Anne Avenue North
206 838 8090

1531 14th Avenue
206 251 7673

Beast and Cleaver

Credit score: Amber Fouts

Love meat, scrumptious wines and noticed dick? Then this nook butcher shop-slash-restaurant within the Ballard neighbourhood is for you. The wines are chosen and poured by genial Grasp Sommelier Nick Davis, who went to highschool within the neighbourhood. You’ll must name forward to snag one of many 16 seats at this vacation spot eating spot, particularly for the Thursday and Friday tasting menus dreamed up by British butcher/chef/co-owner Kevin Smith. It’s exhausting to go fallacious with the likes of koji aged beef, inexperienced garlic butter & lemon balm paired with Madrone Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon from Washington’s San Juan Island. Tuesday and Wednesday are à la carte with small plates, steaks, house-made terrines and sausages together with wines by the glass. It is a place to eat and drink with gusto. Simply be sure you save room for the right dessert and wine pairing, resembling our noticed dick and César Florido Moscatel Dorado.

2362 Northwest eightieth Avenue
206 708 1400

Brimmer & Heeltap / Halfseas Wine / Pink Arrow Espresso

Credit score: Will Foster

Espresso, meals, and wine – multi function handy Ballard nook constructing with a candy historical past because the native grocery retailer. From 7am-2pm locals collect at Pink Arrow Espresso for brews, breakfast or lunch within the flower-filled backyard café. From noon-9pm, the motion shifts to the brand new bottle store, Halfseas, that hyperlinks the backyard to the restaurant. There, you’ll discover a broad collection of wines that, as supervisor Emily Riley notes, ‘have a narrative, are made in concord with their surroundings, and supply a testomony to the 12 months and the individuals making them’. Come sunset, the trustworthy neighbourhood vibe continues at Brimmer & Heeltap, both within the charming backyard or the indoor ‘Penny Room’, which is paved with hundreds of cash collected by proprietress (and Washington wine enterprise veteran) Jen Doak, who will allow you to select a bottle to go together with your wine-friendly dishes. We suggest the chilled almond soup with verjus, inexperienced apple and arbequina olive oil and the grilled pork collar with summer time squash, lava beans, and sansho pepper.

425 NW Market Avenue
206 420 2534

Imperfetta and Rae Vino

Credit score: Kyler Martin

These two owner-run pure wine outlets opened lately and at the moment are hitting their stride. Each hidden gems present a secure area for natty wine exploration – whether or not you’re dipping a toe into the basic pure wine class or curious in regards to the wilder, label-driven stuff.  Imperfetta is owned by Celia Barber, who rode LA’s pure wine wave within the twenty-tens earlier than transferring as much as Portland and on to Seattle. She says her wine philosophy is like her meals philosophy: ‘Let Mom Nature do her factor and have a good time what she offers you.’ That is the place to personalise your wine expertise. We handed up on the bocce balls, board video games, and packaged snacks however purchased a bottle of chilled Domaine L’Hermas rosé from Barber’s tightly curated wine choice and posted up at a desk dealing with the tree-fringed Lake Washington Ship Canal in entrance of the store.

Rae Vino, within the Inexperienced Lake neighbourhood, affords Seattle’s largest collection of pure wines (about 350 labels) in a glossy, industrial area with considerable indoor seating – superb for digital nomads. In actual fact, Rae Vino’s co-founder, Josh Jacobsen, was once in tech. And he’s severe about his well-priced wines: ‘Our standards are hand-harvested natural or biodynamic grapes, native indigenous yeast, and lightest attainable sulphur with no fining or filtration past three microns,’ he mentioned. Since most of his shoppers are new to pure wines, he holds common lessons and tastings. And there are at all times 5 by the glass to be sipped together with herbed popcorn with natural olive oil or tinned fish and crackers. We loved the 2020 Meinklang Grüner Veltliner from Austria.

118 NW Canal Avenue, Suite A
206 922 3384

Rae Vino 

7216 Woodlawn Avenue NE
206 913 2122


Willows Lodge entrance. Credit score: Willows Lodge

A 30-minute drive east of downtown Seattle, the city of Woodinville advertises itself as ‘the place Washington pours’. With over 100 tasting rooms in a five-mile neighborhood, that’s no exaggeration. Our favorite tasting room finds? Mark Ryan for the rock and roll type vibe that belies the class and finesse of his small manufacturing wines from the Pink Mountain AVA. The serene àMaurice spot for winemaker Anna Schafer’s Walla Walla AVA wines rooted in sustainable viticulture. And Rocky Pond Property Vineyard’s new tasting room for the well-curated collection of their estate-driven wines from Rocky Attain – Washington’s latest AVA. Rocky Pond’s new winemaker, Elizabeth Keyser, who moved to Washington from Napa in 2021, is one to look at. ‘Making wine in an up-and-coming area is an incomparable alternative to push boundaries,’ she says. In Woodinville, keep at Willows Lodge, a world-class nation inn a stone’s throw from DeLille Cellars and Sparkman Cellars and their tasting rooms. Dine at one of many Lodge’s wine-focused eating places – the Barking Frog or the Herbfarm – for modern culinary experiences in a relaxed setting. Or, for the last word New World meals and wine paring, head to the Patterson Cellars’ tasting room, additionally close by, for the pizza and wine expertise that includes a scrumptious pear, walnut and gorgonzola pizza from the wood-fired oven.

Mark Ryan Vineyard tasting room
14475 Woodinville-Redmond Street
425 481 7070

àMaurice Cellars tasting room
14463 Woodinville Redmond Street NE
425 466 2027

Rocky Pond Vineyard tasting room
Woodin Creek Village
13475 NE Village Drive
425 949 9044

Willows Lodge
14580 NE 145th Avenue
425 424 3900

DeLille Cellars
14300 NE 145th St
425 489 0544

Sparkman Cellars
14300 NE 145th St
425 398 1045

Patterson Cellars tasting room
14505 148th Ave. NE
425 892 2964

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