Thanks to cartoons, many Americans believe that the correct way to taste wine is to take a sip, then hear something so shocking that it causes them to involuntarily expectorate it. Skip the spit takes and sample wine correctly with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of wine tastings—as well as 20% off any take-home bottles of vino—at The Tasting Room in Pike Place Market.
Voted Best Tasting Room in the West by Sunset magazine, The Tasting Room works hard to dazzle palates both rookie and oenophile with the best Washington wines, as well as with hard-to-find vintages, limited editions, and artisan varietals. Tastes typically range between $2 and $6 an ounce, with full glasses starting at $4, and showcase pours from Wilridge Winery, Camaraderie Cellars, and other local purveyors. Indecisive imbibers, meanwhile, can take the stress out of decision-making by choosing a wine flight ($5–$15), a simpler and less terrifying alternative to the wine skydive.
The friendly and knowledgeable wine staff is always on-hand to answer questions and help you Mad-Lib apt descriptors. Otherwise, chill to room temperature in The Tasting Room's European-style wine cave and admire its primitive cave paintings of Italian men hunting herds of female tourists. Sippers who refuse to be parted from their newfound liquor loves can return home with their very own bottle ($10–$105) for 20% off.
Tasting valid only toward ounce pours, flights, full glasses, and half glasses, not valid for entire bottles or small plates. Must be at least 21 years old.
- Although Seattle's Pike Place Market is a five-hour drive from Washington's wine country, it's only a few hundred feet from the elegant, old-world Tasting Room, a wine-country outpost that features the work of six boutique Washington producers. – Ray Isle, Food & Wine
- The service is wonderful - they are always friendly and helpful, and full of useful information about their wine. – A.Z., Yelp