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As a sommelier, I frequently get asked for advice about where to buy wine in Seattle. Some eateries carry a “retail add-on endorsement” that allows them to sell bottles for off-premise consumption. Most tourists fare better by looking for regional brands in specialty shops largely because they are better equipped to help you get your favorites home.
These three easy-to-find stores let you try, buy, and ship local brands to any destination legally able to receive wines in the United States. Each location also sells shippers (cartons designed for shipping 750 milliliter bottles). For those traveling by air, the price of checking a box is often cheaper than the cost of shipping it.
Pike and Western Wine Shop, located at the north end of Pike Place Market, has been promoting Washington state winemakers since 1975. Open seven days a week, this store hosts free tastings Friday afternoons. Accustomed to dealing with traveling customers, staff here will pack your purchase for you.
More than a quarter of the shelf space at Sixth Avenue Wine Seller, on the third floor of Pacific Place Shopping Center, showcases wines from the Pacific Northwest. Biweekly tastings on Thursdays cost $10 in the store, a fee that gets applied to the price of a bottle when you buy one. Free delivery is available to anyone living or staying in downtown Seattle, including hotels.
Getting to Wine World Warehouse by car, by bus, or by taxi from downtown Seattle takes approximately 20-30 minutes. Laying claim to being “the largest wine store in the Northwest,” it features an evolving selection of 500 or more brands from Washington State alone. Winemakers visiting Seattle can add themselves to the daily event calendar making for a dynamic line-up of free tastings. Even if you don’t have time to visit, try looking for that favorite bottle on their ecommerce site.
Jenny Neill is a freelance writer and sommelier based in Seattle. To see where her passion for food, wine, and travel take her next read her blog, Jenny Neill.
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