Washington Wine Country—it’s a descriptor that has become as much a part of our state as apples, evergreens and rain. Although we might not have joined the ranks of Napa yet, we’ve certainly earned some recognition. With many wineries, small and large, growing in popularity and earning awards—and areas that have capitalized on tourism that’s centered around tastings— wine has added a wonderful element to our state. Woodinville, Yakima, Walla Walla and the Columbia Valley are the usual culprits when it comes to wine production, but Snohomish County has its own world of vintners that are bringing some pretty special vintages to the table. It’s also an area that celebrates with festivals and tastings, and possesses sommeliers who are always ready to pair the right wine with your meal.
Specialty Shops- Tastings
Taking a day—or a weekend—to tour wineries is a luxury. For day-to-day, it isn’t always an option. We still need wine for hosting, a gift for a friend or we need a wine to go with dinner. That’s where the area’s specialty wine shops play their role. The North End is privileged to have several fine examples of places that make it their business to know wine. Each customer is an opportunity for these establishments to educate about tastes, types and what may work best for their table. Whether you live in Everett or Edmonds, there are three lovely shops located throughout the county. Try them all or find your favorite.
Arista Wine Cellars
320 5th Ave. S., Edmonds
Sun. 12–5 p.m., Mon.–Fri. 10 a.m.–7 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
425.771.7009 | aristawines.com
Arista Wine Cellars settled into the Edmonds scene back in 1997. Their love of wine made them a success. There is no pretention in handling each sale, rather a passion for the fermented
grape, and a desire to help both collectors and the occasional consumer find the right wine. Arista has their own wine club and frequent events that are fun and educational. It’s an easy stop on a Downtown Edmonds walkabout.
2616 Colby Ave, Everett
Mon.–Thurs. and Sat. 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Fri. 10 a.m.–7 p.m.
Tastings: Fri. 4– p.m., Sat. 2–5 p.m.
425.258.3117 | wickedcellars.com
Wicked Cellars has one of the most inviting tasting rooms. Barrels act as tables, and the laid-back vibe permeates the air. Each week brings new distributors, winemakers and importers
to provide tastings. They have an extensive Northwest selection that includes several of the Snohomish County wineries. Wicked Cellars was a business born of a hobby and
became a passion-gone-wild. It’s a great place to stop by, chat and learn about Washington wine history—and make a fantastic purchase.
15224 Main St., Ste. 107, Mill Creek
Tues.–Wed. 11 a.m.–7 p.m., Thurs.–Fri. 11 a.m.–9 p.m.,
Sun. 12–5 p.m.
Tastings: Thurs. 5–8 p.m., Sat. 1–4 p.m.
425.357.6700 | devinewines.solutioncart.com
Mill Creek has really upped its game by revamping the area which is now known as the Town Center. Among its many shops and restaurants is deVine Wines. Not only do they specialize
in Washington wines, they have an onsite Wine Bar—a perfect place to try before you buy.
Snohomish County Wineries
Port Gardner Bay Winery
2802 Rockefeller Ave., Everett
Thurs.–Sat. 4:30–10 p.m.
Unassuming and friendly, Port Gardner Bay Winery is located in Downtown Everett. The tasting room offers more than just wine, and includes live music on Friday and Saturday nights.
The festive atmosphere extends to Thursday, when they host an open mic night from 7-9 p.m. Owner Chris Covington has created wonderful wines that go well with entertainment.
1311 Bonneville Ave., Ste. 105, Snohomish
Second Saturday of every month, 2–6 p.m.
This small Snohomish winery has brought home numerous awards from the Seattle Wine Awards in both 2013 and 2014. The panel—made up of master sommeliers, wine shop proprietors, professors of viticulture and other wine industry professionals— bestowed bronze, silver, gold and double-gold honors on Dubindil’s fine selection. David and Lisa Hendrickson
set out with the goal of creating memorable wines, and seem to have gotten the job done. Visit Dubindil Winery the second Saturday of every month from 2-6 p.m.
1311 Bonneville Ave., Ste. 106, Snohomish
425.314.8922 | furioncellars.com
Everything about Furion seems to be the antithesis of a refined, formal winery. However, the wine speaks for itself. Open by appointment only, make one and go see what all the fuss is all about.
Van Camp Cellars
1311 Bonneville Avenue, Ste. 104, Snohomish
Saturdays 12–5 p.m.
Another Snohomish-based winemaker, Van Camp Cellars has been making a statement with Washington red wines since 2006. They lovingly produce Syrah, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. They are always pleased to make new friends at tastings held each Saturday.
Quilceda Creek Vintners
11306 52nd St SE, Snohomish
360.568.2389 | quilcedacreek.com
One of the more established wine producers in the state, Quilceda Creek Vintners have made it their focus to make award-winning, world-class Cabernet Sauvignon. They’ve obviously had success—100-point ratings, top ten on Wine Spectator’s 2013 list and many other honors—act as proof. Although they have a waitlist for their private mailing list, it is well worth it to sign up, especially if you appreciate truly excellent wine.