While looking at Kiona Vineyards and Winery’s website for a post that’s scheduled to run next week, I noticed their wine blogger JJ Williams’ post about a new tasting room venture in Seattle that Kiona was embarking on with other Eastern Washington wineries.
The tasting room is now open in Seattle’s SoDo district. I read Williams’ blog post about the partnership, then clicked over to the website to check out the pictures, tasting offers and menu.
My first thought? Field trip time!
Not only is Kiona represented at the tasting room, but so are six other “creme de la creme” boutique wineries from Eastern Washington. For all of them this is their first tasting room presence in Seattle.
Executive Chef Chris Opsata has crafted a menu that embodies the “Washington Wine Country” experience by using “the freshest, best ingredients from our state and region to introduce Italian inspired foods that evoke the emotions, tastes and senses that are wine country,” according to the website. Small bites and shared platters are a staple on the menu, those wanting more can choose from salads, pastas and seasonal fish and meat dishes.
The establishment is called URBAN entoeca, and features the following wineries:
- Cave B Estate (Columbia Valley AVA)
- Côte Bonneville (Yakima Valley AVA)
- Fidelitas (Red Mountain and other AVAs)
- Fielding Hills (Wahluke Slope AVA)
- Five Star Cellars (Walla Walla AVA)
- Kiona (Red Mountain AVA)
- McCrea (Multiple AVAs)
We had a chance to taste Kiona and McCrea at the Kitsap Wine Festival last summer and were not disappointed. Kiona is quickly making its way on to my list of favorite wines.
McCrea is also on my “like” list because of their winemaking style — they focus on Rhone Valley wines, including the white grape varietals Marsanne, Rousanne, Picqpoul and Grenache Blanc. Their 2008 Sirroco Blanc from Boushey vineyard made our favorite list from the Kitsap Wine Festival.
I’ve always wanted to try Cave B, but the only time I’m near the winery is when I’m headed to the Gorge for a concert and don’t have time to swing in (the concert I usually go to is the Dave Matthews Band, and Dave rents out Cave B while performing).
Here’s the details: URBAN entoeca, 4130 First Avenue South, Seattle; Phone: 206-467-WINE (9463)
- Tuesday-Thursday: Library Lounge 3-8 p.m., Tasting Room 4-8 p.m. (Lounge happy hour: 3-6 p.m.)
- Friday: 3-10 p.m.; Tasting Room 4-10 p.m. (Lounge happy hour 3-6 p.m.)
- Saturday: Lounge and Tasting Room noon to 10 p.m. (Lounge happy hour 9-10 p.m.)
- Sunday: Lounge and Tasting Room noon to 7 p.m. (Lounge happy hour 6-7 p.m.)– 6:m– 7:00 pm