Sip On This: A Hip Wine Haunt

Love the vino? Add Urban Enoteca to your favorite sip spots.

The name, Urban Enoteca, will lure you in. The hip, cool ambiance will keep you there. And the first-class Washington wine will keep you coming back.

Urban Enoteca recently opened in SoDo to rave reviews. More than an elegant tasting center, Urban Enoteca offers a wine experience unlike any other in the city.

Seven wineries offer a variety of their premium wines at tasting counters hosted by their own expert staff: Cave B Estate Winery (Columbia Gorge), Côte Bonneville (Yakima Valley), Five Star Cellars (Walla Walla), Fidelitas (Red Mountain), Fielding Hills Winery (Wahluke Slope), Kiona Winery (Red Mountain), and McCrea Cellars (Seattle). There are five more tasting counters to be filled in the future with other wineries looking for a stellar Seattle location.

In addition, the wineries will host barrel tastings, release parties and other special events at Urban Enoteca, which also offers three distinctly decorated rooms for private events:  the modern and intimate all-white room, appropriately called Blanc de Blanc; the bigger Barrel Room; and the largest Riddling Room, which seats 175 people.

When you arrive at Urban Enoteca, the concierge desk will swipe your credit card and give you a house card for food and wine purchases during your visit. You can buy small tastes, full glasses, bottles and even cases (when you find a wine you like, why not?). You can also order delicious bites prepared by James Beard award-winning Chef Jason Wilson and his team.

The options are almost limitless. Wander around the building and talk to experts in the wine industry. Or sip in front of the fire or the fountain.  Taste one variety of wine from each winery, and then return another day for other pours. Or focus on one winery during each visit. Just be sure to drink responsibly  — if you’re driving it’s cool to spit or spill if you’re making the wine rounds.

To top it all off, Urban Enoteca provides free covered parking that is landscaped and lighted.

Quick Hits: Other must-hit wine bars and shops will be highlighted in future posts on Seattleite, including Sip, Purple, The Local Vine, Cellar 46, Vino Bello, Vino Bella, Greenlake Wines, Seattle Wine Outlet and Esquin. Stay tuned!

Urban Enoteca | 4130 First Avenue South Seattle, WA 98134 | 206.467.WINE (9463)