Crosscut has an interesting post about a couple of new wine enterprises here in Seattle: Urban Enoteca and Wine World Warehouse.
Urban Enoteca is in the SoDo district, joining such wine destinations as OS Winery, Cadence, Bartholomew, Laurelhurst Cellars, Nota Bene, Esquin Wine Merchants, (et cetera, et cetera, et cetera) in making the south end the Wine District of Seattle. It's an intriguing concept, showcasing McCrea, Kiona, Fidelitas, Cave B, Côte Bonneville, Fielding Hills and Five Star Cellars- Eastern Washington wineries that until now didn't have a Western Washington presence. They've also brought on Crush's Jason Wilson as consulting chef. While I haven't been there yet, and there are no events on their website's calendar, I've got high hopes that Urban Enoteca will bring more energy and excitement to the burgeoning wine community in South Seattle.
Wine World Warehouse is the brainchild of general manager and Sommelier-about-town David Leclair. It's located on the other side of town, up in Wallingford. I'm not going to say too much about Wine World, and for two reasons: One, I haven't been there yet, and two, I work for one of their main competitors and don't want to throw stones. However, the opening of another large wine retailer in Seattle points to the growing interest in the Western Washington market, which can only be good for those of us in the industry, especially during the Great Recession.