The neighborhood has been abuzz this last month with the anticipation of the opening of Charles Smith's Jet City Complex just down the street. The winery is purported to be the largest urban winery in the country. The complex is a beautiful 32,000 sq ft state of the art facility. But, it is not the first urban winery in Seattle.
Some of the state's most interesting and innovative wineries are located in and around Seattle; WilRidge, Fall Line, Bartholomew, Kerloo, Elsom, OS, the list goes on. There is a long tradition of wine making in the area starting with the Boeing's own wine making club, Dave Larsen (Soos Creek), Ben Smith (Cadence), Tim Narby (Nota Bene Cellars) and John Bell (Willis Hall) all got their start there.
The Seattle Urban Wineries is a group of over 25 award winning artisan wineries in the city. The Organization is having its annual Taste of the City August 16th at Seattle's own Northwest Wine Academy in West Seattle. At the event you have the opportunity to sample wines made all over town paired with food from the schools award winning culinary program. The event is a fundraiser in conjunction with the American Institute for Wine and Food, as a fundraiser for scholarships for Culinary and Enology students.
Cloudlift Cellars winemaker Tom Stangeland is a graduate of NW Wine Academy who makes his wine just down the street from us at 4th and Lucille in Georgetown. Tom is a professional woodworker and talented cook who makes wines that are food friendly and easy to like. You can taste his new release at the event, but today I have one of my personal favorites of his.