Washington state is home to more than 940 wineries, ranking as the second-largest premium-wine producer in the country. With new tasting rooms opening seemingly every day, meet the newest kids on the wine block: a fresh wave of oenophile-catering lounges specializing in laid-back spaces with unparalleled lists and wine for all.
Tucked into Chophouse Row, Capitol Hill’s string of eateries and shops reminiscent of a farmers market, Bar Ferdinand features eats from chef and co-owner Matt Dillon’s Vashon Island farm and a diverse selection of esoteric wines from around the globe. Edison bulbs string throughout the wood beams in the ceiling, creating a back-porch, country vibe that ties in with the intimacy of the wine offerings hinged on family-owned, small-production wineries. 1424 11th Ave; barferdinandseattle.com
The wine list at this hip Fremont spot caters to both the novice and the industry influencer. Grab a seat in the hallway, which doubles as an atrium-style bistro complete with greenery and great people-watching. The tough part comes when you have to decide which of the 50-some wines by the glass—many of them local—you’ll pick to pair with to the baked brie with apricot chutney and caramelized onion. 3400 Stone Way N; claretseattle.com
This charming and homey Madrona neighborhood wine shop and bar feels that way because it is—when the owners first opened Bottlehouse in the old Craftsman home, they lived upstairs. The cozy comforts of the interior are accented by local artists, while the wine selection is carefully curated by an educated staff and has a large emphasis on regional wines and international favorites. 1416 34th Ave; bottlehouseseattle.com
This collective of Pacific Northwest wineries from three different regions—Double Canyon in Washington’s Horse Heaven Hills, Seven Hills Winery in the Walla Walla Valley, and Archery Summit in the Willamette Valley—come together under one roof in a thriving corridor of Pioneer Square. Guests to the modern, mural-clad space can experience a winery-style tasting or sip wines by the glass while noshing on expertly selected cheese pairings. *307 Occidental Ave S; estateswineroom.com
Borderline Lilliputian and cuter than a button, this South Park wine shop and bar seats fewer than 20 in its tiny space, equipped with a counter, a banquette nook, and a wall of wine racks. Owner Campbell Scarborough—who spins vinyl records on Tuesday night—is here most days and will humbly, yet proudly, walk you through selections on his wine list before you settle on a glass or bottle. 8526 14th Ave S; leftbankseattle.com
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