I am excited to be adding Seattle to the Sipping Suggestion series. There are several tasting rooms scattered throughout the city of Seattle, from Pioneer Square to Georgetown.
There's an ample amount of exploring to do within a 5 mile radius of Downtown, and this guide will help you find the best sipping spots around the city. It's a concise list now, but it will continue to grow with each adventure.
*Be sure to make reservations for tastings in advance. You may be able to walk-in and taste, but it is always best to plan ahead. To easily make a reservation, I have linked the winery's websites in the pink tasting headings below.
Atmosphere: This former motor bike repair shop, turned tasting room is in the heart of Georgetown. It's trendy and spacious, perfect for an afternoon spent sipping. If you sit outside, you will likely hear a couple of planes flying overhead.
Service: The staff were friendly, engaging and knowledgeable. The unique aspect of tasting with Tinte, is the experience goes beyond the glass. The staff made us feel like family and they made a genuine effort to make a connection with us. Their passion is apparent and I highly recommend visiting this tasting room and the other Tinte Cellars locations.
Wine: I am a huge fan of Tinte Cellar wines; they are delicious and dynamic. Their 2020 Viognier, has delightful floral and stone fruit aromas perfect for end of Summer sipping. They also have several delicious red wines to enjoy. Our favorite is the Cabernet Franc, it has concentrated dark fruit flavors, with aromas of leather and cigar box. They are definitely worth the taste!
Atmosphere: Tucked away in Occidental Park, of Pioneer Square, this tasting room is an elegant juxtaposition of historic architecture and modern aesthetic. The room has an aura of academia, within which quality research materials are provided. Sit, study, and sip.
Service: Xavier was an excellent host throughout our tasting. He was knowledgeable about the wines and made us feel welcome, as we overzealously studied the wines. We never felt rushed; we felt at ease and eager to learn more.
Wine: The wine, oh my goodness the wine. I immediately fell in love with the 2020 Locus Modo White, a blend of 50% Sémillon and 50% Sauv Blanc. The aromas of honey crisp apples leapt from the glass, begging to be paired with festive feasts! The 2018 Locus Modo Red had aromas of plum with notes of chocolate and cloves on the palate, while the 2015 Locus Red had distinct aromas of raisin and tobacco, that left my taste buds yearning for more! Their limited use of oak and Old-World wine making approach, yields to delicious place driven wines. They are a beautiful display of the cooler climate grapes of the Yakima Valley AVA and Naches Heights AVAs. To taste the terroir, make sure you put Locus Wines on your list!