Richard Kinssies would be a jack-of-all-trades, if every trade were somehow related to wine. Kinssies has been directing the Seattle Wine School since he founded it in 1981, he has been a wine columnist for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer since 1982, and he is the author of The Art of Wine Tasting. Kinssies’ latest project is Wine Outlet–– a shop stocked with a selection of bottles he culls from wineries and tornado shelters around the world. His handpicked vintages are available at the shop, in the soon-to-be-unveiled online store, or via the Seattle Wine Club, whose members receive a carefully curated case of wine either monthly or quarterly.
Before it became a hotspot for wine enthusiasts, In The Red Wine Bar's space sheltered a Hansen Lamp & Shade starting in 1937. Its nostalgia-tinged decor?mix-matched wares and antique furniture?carries the tradition first set by the furniture store and complements the aging red, white, and sparkling wines that rotate through the menu on a regular basis. Local and independent craft beers round out the beverage supply, and the bar's edibles include bacon-wrapped dates and four types of mac 'n' cheese, along with a selection of vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free menu options, all made with local, sustainable ingredients. Along with stocking a wealth of varietals, the bar's staff dispenses wine knowledge with topics ranging from the fundamentals of tasting to tips for pairing wine with the appropriate horror flick.
The Cellar Wine Storage safeguards liquid treasures with state-of-the-art wine-storage facilities in a climate-controlled, video-monitored environment. In its mole-chic subterranean locale, The Cellar provides an ideal climate for storing select vintages with real-time online monitoring. The secure wine vaults are equipped with motion-activated light sensors with indirect fluorescent bulbs, both maximizing darkness and minimizing UV rays that can lead to changes in taste and painful wine sunburn. Lockers are monitored at all times by a 16-camera surveillance system, and key cards grant clients 24-hour access to storage for late-night and early-morning maintenance.
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Years before opening Smash Wine Bar & Bistro, Dana Hannon worked behind the scenes, piecing together a vision of perfect portions and wine pairings. In the country-style bistro, Dana's vision now unfurls atop each intimate table and booth. More than 45 different wine selections keep glasses brimming with flavors from grape-bearing countries ranging from France and Italy to Argentina and Narnia. Smash arranges them into 10 different wine flights that play nicely with cheese flights, which feature artisan breads, local honey, and fresh fruits alongside names like "Big Blues," "The Sheep Stands," "Grab Your Goat," and "French Connection." The menu also features several well-portioned specialties such as yukon gold tots with lemon-chive crème fraiche, fig flatbread with Oregon blue cheese, and duck-and-shiitake spring rolls.