derie, Harlequin, Latitude 46 N, Bunnell, Naches Heights, Wilridge and Wineglass).
Wilridge, for that matter, has a tasting room of its own in Madrona (at 1416 34th Ave.)
Urban Enoteca, in SODO/Georgetown (at 4130 First Ave. S.), is open five days a week and features wines from Cave B, Côte Bonneville, Fidélitas, Five Star Cellars, McCrea Cellars and Kiona.
Here’s a short list of wineries that also have tasting rooms open to the public.
The Ward Johnson winery in Interbay (at 1445 ElliottAve. W.) is open on weekends and has a delightful tasting room that features excellent red wines from Red Mountain.
Nota Bene Cellars in South Park (at 9320 15th Ave. S.) concentrates on Rhone varieties. It’s open one weekend a month.
Also in South Seattle, specifically Georgetown (at 5608 Seventh Ave. S.) is Laurelhurst Cellars, open the second Saturday of the month.
mayfly is a quirky winery overlooking the Ship Canal (at 198 Nickerson St.), open in the evenings. The wines are lush, northern Italian reds.
A newcomer to Lower Queen Anne (at 1403 Dexter Ave. N.) is Falling Rain Winery, with Bordeaux-style blends.
And, finally, a superb winery with an aristocratic pedigree. The owners of Fall Line, Tim Sorenson and Nancy Rivenburgh, are both university professors with advanced degrees. They’ve joined the South Seattle Artisan Winery association and open their Georgetown production facility (at 6122 Sixth Ave. S.) on the second Saturday of the month.
Seattle’s latest claim to fame (after coffee micro-roasters and micro-breweries) are its craft distilleries. You can taste half-ounce samples and buy one or two bottles on site. Do a quick on-line search for the distillery’s website for up-to-date hours.
Two of them are in Interbay: Batch 206 (at 1417 Elliott Ave.), which makes Batch 206 vodka and Counter gin; and Sound Spirits (1630 15th Ave. W.), which produces Ebb & Flow vodka and Old Tom gin.
Fremont Mischief has its distillery and tasting room overlooking the Ship Canal (at 132 Canal St.), producing vodka, gin and a Commemorative Soldier Whiskey.
BroVo, producer of Lady-Made Liquor, has the distinction of being operated by two women: Mhairi Voelsgen and Erin Brophy. Their market, given the “handcrafted cocktail” scene, is restaurants and bartenders. They’ve developed a line of five botanical liqueurs, custom-distilled by the Gingko Distillery in Mattawa, Wash. They’re hoping to open a tasting room soon, so stay tuned.
Oola is the most recent to open, on Capitol Hill (at 1314 E. Union St.), with a very smooth vodka.
Also on Capitol Hill (at 514 E. Pike St.) is Sun Spirits, which operates as a full-fledged cocktail lounge.
Almost forgot Sodo Spirits (at 2228 Occidental Ave. S.), the first American maker of a Japanese-style spirit called Shochu.
RONALD HOLDEN is a restaurant writer who blogs at Cornichon.org.