Whether it's crisp roses or vibrant and spicy reds, there are plenty summer appropriate wine tastings going on downtown this Saturday, from north to south:

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Saturday Refreshers

Where to enjoy summer-friendly wines, downtown tastings for this Saturday, June 23rd

Whether it's crisp roses or vibrant and spicy reds, there are plenty summer appropriate wine tastings going on downtown this Saturday, from north to south:

Champion Wine Cellars

108 Denny Way, at 1st Ave.

12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m.

Emile will pour a curious selection of red and white from Portugal, finishing with one of my favorite brunettes, Madeira.

Seattle Cellars

2505 2nd Ave., at Wall St.

1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The staff pours some of their pink wines, from California, Washington and France.

DeLaurenti Specialty Food & Wine

1435 1st Ave., main entrance to the market

2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Experience a little slice of magic from Southern Italy and Sicily.

Esquin

2700 4th Ave. South, at Lander

1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Esquin will pour a hodge podge of Spanish wines, including a few from prolific Spanish wine importer Jorge Ordonez.

The Spanish Table used to have wine tastings on Saturdays, but they can't anymore. Our BITCH ASS NANNY state has pulled the rug out from under them. New rules up the percentage of wine sales per total sales necessary to hold wine tastings in a store. The Spanish Table is now considered a grocery store by our state. And that effing sucks. The whole no-tastings-in-grocery-stores rule is the dumbest fucking thing I've ever heard.

(swigs from growler of Manny's) Nicely done, Washington state. You never cease to out-embarass yourself. I'd love to hear your N.I.M.B.Grocery, uptight explanation for this one. I'm writing the WSLCB to complain. Won't you? Let's! And I'm going to make a point of buying a few bottles of sherry from The Spanish Table this month, too.

 
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