Named for its plum location on Pine Street, 106 Pine is the moniker of the new wine shop/bar smack-dab in the middle of downtown. As the shop's wine manager, Shannon Borg (wine editor for Seattle Magazine and co-author of the recent cookbook, Chefs on the Farm), told me, this is Michel and Valerie Brotman's third retail venture on that touristy corner, next to Simply Seattle and Chocolate Box.
Decorated in blond wood and sporting a communal tasting table, 106 Pine stocks exclusively Northwest wines (and a few beers) for both tourists and locals to sip. Washington's finest varietals number among the 400-strong wine list, which also includes a good selection of Oregon grapes. Stop in for happy hour (daily, 4-6 p.m., except Mondays, when the shop is closed), and there will likely be 20 wines available by the glass, to accompany charcuterie plates and cheese boards.
106 Pine leads Urban Wine Tours every Saturday from 2-5 p.m. Beginning with a primer on northwest wine, these three hour wine-tasting trips visit such local winemakers as Ward Johnson Winery, Sodovino Cellars, Stomani Cellars and Falling Rain Winery. You will nibble cheeses, cured salami, and chocolates along the way, and a post-tour shot of espresso will help sober you up for the rest of your Saturday night.