Best Blends: Raising a Glass at Seattle Area Wine Bars

Seattle certainly knows how to serve, savor and celebrate good wine. As the country's second largest producer, thanks in large part to the state's diversity of terroir which offer ideal grape-growing conditions, Washington has a wine industry that's expanding by leaps and bounds. This means fabulous things for visitors–both newbies to the wine tasting scene and those impressively skilled experts who love nothing more than relishing fine vintages.

Whether you prefer your wine served with light fare, small plates to be shared or a grand feast, Seattle offers a plentitude of ways to savor old favorites and to try new-to-you vintages, too. While Woodinville is the region's most concentrated wine hub, downtown Seattle has an impressive line-up of wine bars and wine-centric eateries, too. (Seattle's SoDo neighborhood increasingly welcomes tasting rooms owned by some big Woodinville and Walla Walla names as well.)

The Tasting Room is a wine-cave setting tucked away near Pike Place Market, and Bin Vivant offers elegant surroundings and a gorgeous lakeside setting. Poco is a welcoming neighborhood wine bar in Capitol Hill. Purple, a chic "hot spot" with locations in Seattle, Woodinville, Bellevue and Kirkland, serves as a go-to wine Mecca for both visitors and locals alike. Cheers!

For those of us who think that breakfast is the perfect time to add a light wine or a splash of champagne, Crepe Cafe and Wine Bar proves the ideal brunch spot. It's a cozy, comfortable neighborhood cafe with stunning breakfast, dinner and...  Read More

Portalis--which recently found a new location at 6754 15th Ave NW--offers a wine club, wine consultations (to find the perfect food-and-wine pairing for your event) and the recommended paired wine plus local artists' works on display on the...  Read More

A delightfully intimate setting in lower Queen Anne neighborhood, The Sitting Room proves a perfect stop before--or after--an event at the nearby Seattle Center (think events from concerts to roller derby and basketball games). Its close...  Read More

Lively, casual, welcoming. Wrought iron fixtures, poured concrete floors, and old-brick walls. Over 70 wines available by the pour or in flights. It's an excellent destination whether you're on a date, meeting with friends, or holding a business...  Read More

Bin on the Lake
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"Good food, Great wine, Amazing view." Who can argue with a tagline like that? At Kirkland's bin on the lake, according to its team, cuisine is never an afterthought. "We believe that something extraordinary happens when food and spirits are...  Read More

Hidden away in Post Alley, with an entryway-roof of wine-casks, find the charming Tasting Room. Definitely a hidden treasure, The Tasting Room Seattle (and its sibling location in Yakima) features artisan-crafted, hard-to-find wines from all...  Read More

Smash Wine Bar and Bistro

Smash is "where wine and food collide," as the site proudly proclaims. With over four dozen wine-glass pours (including smaller 3- and 6-ounce tastes) Smash's selection focuses on Northwest wines, but also includes vintages from France,...  Read More

Don't just find a night spot in Capitol Hill; visit a wine bar! And if you've got a large group, consider renting this space out. (Yes, seriously.) The upstairs level holds 40-60 people and makes a great place for enjoying wines and a light...  Read More

Black Bottle
Photo courtesy of Magda Beirnat

Black Bottle boasts a "full bar and hard-working wines," complemented by "unfussy, rustic food to be shared." Upscale, contemporary digs and an interesting variety of wines, beers and cocktails give this bar (in Belltown) an instant appeal. The...  Read More

Photo courtesy of Galdones Photography/RN74

Locals and visitors alike flock to RN74, Michael Mina's downtown outpost, known for its "creative, modern, yet simple interpretations of regional French cuisine." In the chic lounge area, visitors enjoy delectable treats like duck fat fries,...  Read More


Meet Corinne Whiting

Corinne hails from the other Washington, where she caught the travel bug early on. Corinne studied abroad in Strasbourg, France (undergrad) and in Edinburgh, Scotland (graduate school). She's...  More About Corinne

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