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Soul Wine in Seattle

June 16, 2011 2 comments

Soul Wine

Over the years I have been bringing back Northwest wines that are unavailable in the Washington DC area.  I can comfortably pack six bottles of wine in my suitcase.  I try to vary the merchants from which I purchase my wines.  During my last trip I visited the classic Esquin Wine Cellars.  Today I decided to battle the traffic through South Lake Union to visit Soul Wine.  Months ago Julia had mentioned the Soul Wine and Serious Pie location.  I signed up for the store emails over the winter and ever since then have looked forward to visiting the store.  With my good luck the inaugural happy hour sale and tasting occurred today.

Bottles from the Northwest

I walked around the store exploring the wine selections.  First I browsed through the Northwest selection and was pleased to see producers I had never heard of.  I then made a beeline for the French section and was pleased to find the Vieille Toure, Collioure.  I very much enjoy the wines of Collioure.  They are such low production  that I have been told that wineries export on the order of ten’s of cases into the United States.  I have six wines from Collioure waiting in the wine fridge for my return.  I will add this seventh wine and publish a series of posts on this region later this summer.

A Similar Feel to Pike & Western

Michael Teer owns both Soul Wine and Pike & Western Wine Shop.  Pike & Western has been located in the Pike Place Market since 1977.  Almost 35 years later Michael has opened a wine store that is tilted towards his interest in wines.  While there will still be an edited selection of wines from Washington and Oregon, he will generally focus on imported wines.  His particular interest is in the wines of Piedmont but he is not neglecting the popular French wines.  Indeed, his Italian selection is relatively strong.  I was pleased to see some of my recent favorites such as COS Pithos and Terre Nere.  His German section has Donnhoff, J.J. Prum,  amongst other strong producers.

2010 Dme Cherrier et Fils, Sancerre

I stopped by the tasting bar to sample the 2010 Domaine Cherrier et Fils, Sancerre

2009 Coudoulet de Beaucastel

and the 2009 Coudoulet de Beaucastel.  Avid Rhone wine lover that I am, I give a not towards the Sancerre.

I am quite pleased to see the happy hour pricing.  Seattle is very much like Montgomery County, Maryland.  Selections are controlled and prices are high.  Fortunately, D.C. is just miles away so I am spoilt by the competitive nature of pricing in D.C. and the ability of stores to direct import wines.  I love the idea of a tasting bar.

My Purchases

What did I buy?  Jen Doak was exceedingly helpful in narrowing down the range that I bought.  Michael did the final editing.  I cannot wait to try these wines back home.

  • 2008 Scott Paul, Pinot Noir, Le Paulee, Willamette Valley
  • 2009 Buty, Merlot/Cabernet Franc, Columbia Valley
  • 2009 Maison Bleue, Graviere, Upland Vineyard
  • 2007 Domaine la Tour Vieille, La Pinede, Collioure