Washington state wine makers produce some fantastic wines, making trying a glass or two necessary for anyone who visits Seattle. Between tasting rooms and wine bars, there are a myriad of options if you're looking to find a favorite glass of red or white, whether from Washington state or beyond. Put these choices on your list for anyone who would like to toast an occasion with a glass of vino.
Visit Woodinville's Tasting Rooms
Head to Woodinville, about 30 minutes east of Seattle, to try hundreds of varieties of Washington wine. There are more than 100 tasting rooms in the Hollywood District and the Warehouse District. Nearly all the grapes are grown in Eastern Washington, but the collection of tasting rooms on this side of the Cascades means you don’t have to travel far to sample some of Washington’s best bottles. Chateau Ste. Michelle’s beautiful grounds are a must-see. Other places to taste include Mark Ryan Winery, Airfield Estates and DeLille Cellars.
Try a Wine Bar or Restaurant
Purple Café & Wine Bar
With locations in Bellevue, Kirkland Woodinville and downtown Seattle, Purple has plenty of places to savor a glass of wine over a meal. The extensive menu includes pasta, pizza, sandwiches and meat and seafood dishes, while the wine list, in addition to glass pours and bottles, has wine flights. Ask for help pairing wine with food—the sommeliers and chefs work together to develop pairings daily.
This favorite downtown spot has a chalkboard menu filled with French wine (sourced from winemakers that use organic methods and sustainable farming techniques as much as possible) and small plates of charcuterie, cheeses and fish. There is also a retail collection, if you find a bottle you love and want to take one with you for a different night.
Head to Pike Place Market for this classic French restaurant. In addition to red and while wine, this spot has a variety of Champagne selections and 30 wines by the glass. Choose a favorite or try something new while dining on things like duck confit, roasted chicken and salmon for lunch or dinner.
In The Red
A cozy, casual wine bar in Phinney Ridge, In The Red has small plates and entrees, including four varieties of mac and cheese. The wine list includes bottles from across the West Coast as well as Europe and South America. There is also love music on alternating Mondays, as well as Tuesday and Thursday nights.
Poco Wine & Spirits
This Capitol Hill wine bar has two floors of seating, where you can sip a glass of Pacific Northwest wine while sharing tapas, including things like Dates Contocino, dates stuffed with goat cheese and wrapped in bacon, or Albondigas, pork meatballs in a garlic, onion and sherry reduction. Open daily from 4 pm.
Bring Out the Bubbly
If only a toast with bubbles will do, head to Fat Cork on lower Queen Anne. This shop sells grower Champagne, which means it only carries bottles created by the same people who grow the grapes. Find Blanc de Blancs, Blanc de Noirs, Brut, Prestige Cuvée and Rosé. In addition to the typical bottle, the store also has half bottles and gift sets. Don’t worry if you’re new to Champagne, they can help you out. Give them a call before you go, as they don’t keep regular retail hours. The store also holds monthly tastings—check the website calendar to see when the next tasting is scheduled.