Explore Seattle’s Urban Wine Scene

Did you know that the Georgetown neighborhood is part of Seattle’s current urban wine scene?

Explore Seattle Cascade Cliffs Georgetown

As a volunteer board member for Seattle Urban Wineries I’ve enjoyed traversing across town and exploring the different neighborhoods in which the wineries and tasting rooms are located. My latest day trip took me to this historic area where the town’s first railroad began, Rainier beer originated, and the city’s first municipal airport opened. Discover why this neighborhood is a terrific destination to explore Seattle’s charming architecture of a bygone era while taking in some wine tasting and craveable food in my latest article for Explore Washington State.

Thirsty for more? Read about wine tasting in West Seattle or spending a day in Pioneer Square. Or, in case you missed it, check out the partnership between a Seattle Sounder MLS Cup champion and a Seattle winery.

Have you visited these places in Seattle’s urban wine scene? Or maybe there are some spots I missed. Head on over to Instagram and share your favorites!

Keeping Up with Damsel Cellars

There’s a winemaker in Woodinville who says, “Not all damsels are in distress.” That vintner is Mari Womak of Damsel Cellars. For nearly two years I’ve had the great pleasure of working with her. The truth is, a lot of winemakers relish days hiding out in the cellar. However, that’s not the case with Mari. In fact, keeping up with Damsel Cellars and all that Mari is doing can be a challenge.

Winemaker Mari Womak, photo courtesy of winery friend Wen (@grnlakegirl on Twitter)

Regardless, she’s still accessible to Damsel’s wine club and consumers. Perhaps that’s the secret to her success. Somehow, Mari knows how to make serious wine yet keep the tasting experience fun and engaging. It’s not about ego or being a “rockstar winemaker.” However, a rockstar partnership is indeed part of the story. Here’s a glimpse at what is keeping Damsel Cellars so busy besides her fantastic vino (pro tip:  her Mourvedre is particularly spectacular). If you’re a fan of supporting small locally owned businesses, take a look and plan to rescue some wine!

Hint:  read all the way to the bottom for a giveaway alert!

She’s Gone Hollywood

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How to Spend a Day in Woodinville Wine Country

It’s easy to spend a day in Woodinville Wine Wine Country. Home to around 130 wineries, it’s just a thirty-minute drive from Seattle. That makes it a great destination for a staycation or weekend escape. Here’s an itinerary for a full day of tasting and dining from the perspective of a wine industry insider. Continue reading “How to Spend a Day in Woodinville Wine Country”

Two Wine Soaked Days in Walla Walla

Walla Walla Valley is a must visit for wine lovers! I’m not the only one who thinks so. It has been named America’s Best Wine Region in the USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards two years in a row. If you’re wondering where to eat and drink in Walla Walla and want the perspective of a wine industry insider, just use this personal itinerary from my trip last June as a guide. These wineries and restaurants are not to be missed during two days in Walla Walla.

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Visit Caprio Cellars

On a recent visit to Walla Walla, I spent a most glorious afternoon at Caprio Cellars in the pastoral Southside district of Walla Walla Valley. I have no idea why this incredible tasting experience has been flying under the radar and I hadn’t heard of it until recently. Caprio Cellars should be high up on any Washington wine and food lover’s list of places to visit. Read on to learn why.

Welcome to Caprio Cellars

As we pull up to the gated property, the hubby announces our arrival via intercom as I wonder what could possibly be in store for us. Perhaps this special entry is part of why this estate is such a secret. Then, something fantastic happens. Continue reading “Visit Caprio Cellars”