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Snooth User: Brad Borneaux

Seattle Wine Store / WA Wine Reccommendations

Posted by Brad Borneaux, Sep 7, 2010.

I'm heading to Seattle in a few weeks for a wedding and was hoping to rescue a few bottles of wine while there (in from Canada).  I'll have my eye out for some California wines I know can only be had in the USA that I am familar with, but am mainly looking for:

- Wine Store reccommendations to visit in Seattle?
- WA Wine reccommendations?

I am not to familar with WA wines (reds) so if anyone has some reccommendations that I should look out for that would be appreciated.  I'll drink just about anything that tastes good :) ... Cab, Petite Syrah, Zin, Pinot's, etc.


Reply by Lucha Vino, Sep 8, 2010.

Check out Esquin in Seattle.  They have a huge selection of wines with plenty from California and Washington.

I will try to post some of my Washington faves before the weekend.


Reply by Brad Borneaux, Sep 8, 2010.

Nice. Thanks for the suggestion.  This looks like a great place to hit.  I've tracked down a couple special wines via distributors at some smaller stores, but I'll be sure to visit Esquin as well.

Reply by dmcker, Sep 8, 2010.

Also go to and sign up for their emails. They're pretty much a listserv, with lots of relatively obscure wines from Europe though also some from California and the Pacific Northwest, too. They're based in Seattle, and that's where you'd have to pick up the wines, but if you're able to visit the town from time to they'll hold the wine under excellent conditions until you can pick them up. I think you'll find what they have to offer both interesting to read about, and very rewarding to drink.

Reply by Lucha Vino, Sep 9, 2010.

Garagiste is a great way to introduce yourself to wines from around the world.  Many of the offers seem to be from France and have been a great introduction to help me discover some real good French wines!

There are also a decent number of offers from the Pacific NW.  Check out the Mystery Wine craze that Garagiste has introduced.  I think they are approaching their 10th offering.

They have had two offerings for Fall Line Cabernet.  This is a great wine and the Garagiste offers were both at real good prices.

Garagiste is also a great way to encounter the How Much is Too Much problem. :-)

Reply by Lucha Vino, Sep 11, 2010.

Here are some Washington wineries that I would say offer "you cannot go wrong choices."  Some have more distribution channels than others.  The wineries from Palouse to the end of the list may not be readily available.  You should be able to find the rest.

I did see Tildio wines at Esquin last night.  There was a Malbec and a Tempranillo.  I have not tasted them, but I am sure both would be very nice for the 20 - 25 dollar price tag.

Reply by dmcker, Sep 11, 2010.

There's a succinct rundown on several other very good options in this thread from the summer of last year. The discussion there is mostly about wines from the Walla Walla area.

Then there's always Longshadows, that although not always cheap or easy to find, seems to offer something to satisfy in each of their broad range of wines. It's a very interesting pet project of the guy who founded the Chateau Ste. Michelle and Columbia Crest WA wine empire, but has since moved on and is trying to create even better wines.

Finally, you should check out Avalon Wine. They're a great online merchant, specializing in wines from Washington and Oregon. Oh, and be sure to scope out the Owen Roe winery and its products. They make wines from both sides of the Columbia River. I like some of their wines more than others, but they certainly warrant a look. And I'll definitely second Vello on the Fielding Hills.


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