Honeymooning in Seattle and wondering what to do? We suggest Washington’s latest love: wine. Fresh, fun and seriously at your fingertips, this local libation (which we prefer to think of, in author Clifton Fadiman’s terms, as poetry in a bottle) can easily take on a starring role in your post-wedding celebration.
City Limit Sipping
With 34 wineries, 20 wine bars and more than one wine-tasting event on the calendar, we’re confident that Seattle has more than enough of this particular nectar to provide you with the ultimate urban tasting experience. Take a walk through the South Park neighborhood, where Nota Bene Cellars, with their reds and blends, can be found right around the corner from the tasting room Cadence and wines from Red Mountain vineyards. A few wine-sweetened steps north along the ship canal is another collection of wineries, including Almquist Family Vineyards and Siren Song, all grouped together in an industrial space attached to the Book Bindery (which, while a restaurant and not a winery, has a local wine list to be proud of). And in true Seattle community spirit, The Tasting Room on the edge of Pike Place Market serves as an actual winery co-op where you and your spouse can order a variety of Eastern Washington’s favorite vintages – or choose from a series of pre-selected flights.
Over The River And To The Winery
When urban locales lose their appeal, pack a day bag (or plan an overnight stay) for a quick trip to Woodinville, where the high concentration of Washington wineries makes Seattle’s tasting options officially look sparse. Overwhelmed by all the options? Don’t be. We recommend Chateau Ste. Michelle, Washington’s largest winery and home to a sprawling mansion and perfectly manicured lawns. Pack a picnic and plan ahead to catch a show during their summer concert series. Columbia Winery is another favorite and a wine-making trailblazer within the state: the winery welcomed the Syrah, Cabernet Franc and Pinot Gris varietals to the local soil. And don’t forget (we’re pretty sure you wouldn’t) the Woodinville Warehouse District. Two warehouses, 40 different wineries, one mile – also known as tasting paradise. If you must narrow your options, head to Woodinville Park North, the more established of the two structures.