The Pug and King County governments have developed a wine trail along the lake Washington shoreline. But some local wineries are hesitant to part with their wine and food products in a "big city" environment, when the rest of Washington state is vying for their market share. They feel it's better to be seen in the county where they make their wines. There is also an added cultural aspect to be found in lesser known winery towns like Seaceptes and Mukilteo. Seattle Wineries has been one of the driving forces behind bringing the wine culture to this region. Public relations manager for the state wine commission, David Swick, attributes the growth of Seattle wine to its proximity to the cultural center of this state. The winery scene in King County is just as booming, with many of the small independent restaurants and bars having private and tasting rooms, and several of the large chain restaurants and hotels also having private tasting rooms. Not to be left out, though, is the growing number of small wineries in this city.
There has been a lot of talk over the years about how these wineries were stifled by the big-name wineries down the road in Seattle, but there are now many of these independent restaurants and bars that are starting to take advantage of the niche market that the smaller operators are catering to. Some of these smaller operators are even offering wine tasting rooms in their establishments. And the Seattle area itself is becoming a destination for tourists who are looking for a place to stay during a wine-tasting trip. Another factor helping the Seattle wine scene is that it is a relatively small city. Compared to wine-producing states like California or Oregon, where growth and population expansion can be quite quick, the Seattle area can be considered a small operation. Still, as this city continues to grow, the urban wineries are making space for themselves by creating tasting rooms, and private label boutiques, and even coffee shops where they can sell other wines besides just their own. In some cases, small operators are offering all of the wine selections they have available in their tasting rooms and bars. In some cases, they are even offering food pairings with the wines. In addition to these small wineries, there are also the large scale wineries that have been appearing in this town over the last few years. Many of these have been appearing in Washington State because they were able to receive lower rates from wine wholesalers. In fact, some of these wineries are able to offer their wine at wholesale prices to retailers. This allows them to offer deeper discounts on their wine, thereby allowing them to make more wine available to the public. Many of these wineries are able to spend money building custom made buildings that house their tasting rooms, and sometimes offer classes about how to make wine and other wine related topics. There are also a number of independent wineries that have been appearing in Seattle over the past few years. Many of these wineries are working with local retailers to get their wine products in front of potential customers. These independent wineries are able to sell their products at a fraction of the price that the larger wineries charge for similar products. For example, if a customer wants a Riesling, they might contact an independent Seattle wine merchant and find out that Riesling can be purchased for less than $10 per bottle. While some of these smaller Seattle wineries may only make around a dozen or so bottles a year, each of these small wineries puts their best foot forward and makes their presence known to anyone who stops by their Washington wine retail establishments. Another group of winery that has started to pop up in the Seattle area that is creating a lot of attention is the local microbrewery scene. It appears as though as more people become aware of microbrews, and how awesome they taste, the more popular these local Seattle winery's become. The microbes themselves actually originated in the Pugwash area of Seattle as a side project to create an interesting alternative to the mass produced beer everyone was drinking in Seattle. Today, these microbreweries are popping up in all corners of downtown Seattle, and some of them are actually selling some of their brew to the public. With the large number of wineries that are opening in Seattle now, it is hard to choose which winery you should visit. You will always need to check the rating of each Seattle wine producer and check online for any information regarding the winery. Once you have your favorite Seattle wine producer, you might want to take your friends and have a dinner party at their restaurant. By visiting a winery with your friends and getting together at a nice restaurant, you will end up having a great time learning about winemaking in Seattle and you can pick your favorite winery the next time you go there! So go have a wine tasting and experience the art of making wine in Seattle!