Wine tastings can help you accomplish many of your goals for 2009: Meeting new people, trying new things, socializing on a budget... Just remember to try AND buy. It's only polite to buy a bottle every now and again, for all the free vino and possibly cheese and crackers and other whatnot you stuff in your pie hole. This week's highlights:
Seattle Cellars - Thursday 1/8 5:00pm to 7:00pm Warm up with some spicy, winter worthy reds and rich whites from the land...well, where it's summer right now. Thursday's wine tasting will feature the wines of d'Arenberg out of Australia (always a sentimental, affordable fav). Tasters are asked to buy a Riedel glass for $10 and all subsequent tastings are free. 2505 Second Avenue, 256-0850
City Cellars - Friday 1/9 5:00pm to 7:00pm Seattle drinks more port than just about any other city. This makes complete sense. Along with all the reading and the coffee. But it still doesn't explain Seattle's ice cream fetish.... Tonight's happy hour tasting will feature capital "P" Port and port-style wines, which you can purchase to take home and sip reading THIS, while also drinking a cup of Sumatra with a bowl of Chubby Hubby (the perfect pairing for port). You cliche, you. (City Cellars sometimes charges a nominal fees for tastings.) 1710 N 45th Street, 632-7238
Esquin Wine Merchants - Saturday 1/10 1:00pm to 4:00pm Timz iz hard; so Esquin will feature "Under $10 Super Specials" this
weekend. Since this is a shop many go to buy by the case(s), you can bet
they know their cheapies. I got a half case of a fantastic, lip
smacking Portuguese red for $7 last week (Esporao Alandra).