Seattle Foodie Site Crowns Pair of New Wine Neighborhoods


Washington wines have long been a major player in the United States wine scene, vaulting themselves from relative obscurity in the late 80's to the forefront of some of the country's best quaffers in the 2000's.
Wine-crazy towns like Yakima and Walla Walla are popular stopping points for wine lovers. 
But for as much as the home of Puget Sound has wowed us with their wines, the state's wine-centric neighborhoods have, for the most part, taken a back seat to the oenophilic prowess of big cities like New York. 
However, this past weekend, Seattle Refined, a foodie site dedicated to the cuisine of Washington's largest city, gave readers from Washington and beyond a peek into two of the city's most vibrant wine communities: Georgetown and SoDo. 
“Slowly and methodically, Georgetown and SoDo have been staking their claim as  a wine destination on their own,” contributor Frank Guanco wrote. 
Much of the ballyhoo over the two neighborhoods started when popular Washington winery Charles Smith opened Charles Smith Jet City, an urban winery located alongside a Boeing landing strip. 
Yet the glitzy new winery is just part of a larger movement that's launching Georgetown and SoDo into conversations about Washington's wine hot-spots. 
Judy Elsom opened Elsom Cellars in SoDo (Guanco lauded her 2009 Horse Heaven Hills Malbec), just a few blocks from beloved wine shop Esquin, which is just a short walk from the neighborhood's Garagiste wine shop and warehouse. 
Georgetown is pulling its weight in the climb to the top with it's own set of wineries. Bartholew Winery and Cloudlift Cellars are must-visits, Guanco said, as is Jack's BBQ, a haven not for wine but for delicious barbecue. 
Other highlights from the up-and-coming neighborhood are winemaker Ben Smith's Cadence (restraint is his strength, the article said) and Paul Zitarelli's Full Pull Wines, the innovative wine shop where all communication about sales and subscriptions take place through email.
Scarborough and Kerloo Cellars are also part of Georgetown's thriving wine scene. Kerloo Cellars, like Charles Smith Jet City, is a newcomer to the area but a welcomed addition to the community's wine ranks. 
“While answering the question if Georgetown or SoDo is the next hotbed in the Pacific Northwest akin to Woodinville, Walla Walla, the Willamette Valley, or Yakima,” Guanco wrote, “these neighborhoods have wineries and shops to be destination-worthy in their own right. Cheers to that.”

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