Things to Do Before Leaving on Wine Tasting Adventure

Explore the wine scene in Seattle Southside before you visit wine country.

Dine: Copperleaf Restaurant is an experience. Ask your server for suggested pairings to highlight the farm to table cuisine. The Gleason Ranch Grass-Fed Beef is a crowd pleaser and will pair excellently with a Washington Cab.

Sip: Try the signature flight of reds and whites at Bacovino’s local tasting room. Start with aromas of honeysuckle, citrus and almond from the Pinot Gris and finish with notes of cherry, currant, cranberries and vanilla in the 93pt awarded Sangiovese. Contrivance serves up mead at their family-owned shop in Tukwila stop by to try a wine made from honey.

Play: Enjoy live music at 13 Coins (Tues-Sat) while working your way through the four-page wine menu.

Explore: Stroll along the beach at Des Moines Beach Park before stopping by Quarterdeck to taste a Washington wine or two while enjoying the sunset and view of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains.

Shop: What goes better with wine than chocolate? The gift shop at Seattle Chocolate will make it difficult to narrow down your selection. Luckily with the option to make your own bag of truffles, you don’t have to endure the decision agony, other than how big of a bag to get. The San Juan Sea Salt is a local favorite! Marina Mercantile offers charcuterie to go as well as other odds and ends like a travel corkscrew, you know, just in case.

Stay: Cozy up by the firepit poolside in the courtyard then enjoy a first-class meal at the onsite steak house at the Hilton Seattle Airport.

Counter and stools against a brick wall for mead tasting

Enjoy a mead tasting experience at Contrivance Meadery.

two men toasting over plated dinners

Enjoy great food, drinks, and each other at 13 Coins.

Couple Walking Dog at Des Moines Beach Park at sunset with water in the background

Stay warm on the cool Des Moines Beach.