Spring has sprung and the fragrant notes of cherry, chocolate and chardonnay waft in the air. Wine tasting is a wonderful way to enjoy the fruits of the vine in a convivial atmosphere, but what to do with the under 21s? Not a problem at these family-friendly wineries and tasting rooms in Seattle and beyond. Cheers!
Patterson Cellars - SoDo
Chocolate and wine go together like peanut butter and jelly. Patterson Cellars has taken this palate-pleasing concept to a whole new organic-peanut-butter-and-lingonberry-preserves-level. Part of the SoDo Urban Works, Patterson Cellar’s tasting room is large and light with an outdoor patio and large tables to easily enjoy their famous food and wine pairings. The Jcoco chocolate and wine experience is sensory magic. The 2019 Mélange Blanc is paired with Cayenne Veracruz Orange White Chocolate, while the 2017 BDX is paired with Black Fig Pistachio Dark Chocolate. Yum!
The mini-bars are quite generous so little hands can grab some chocolate bites too. Sharing is caring. We recommend adding in the Heritage cheese platter to impress your foodie friends. Next door, Nine Pies Pizzeria serves up delicious ‘za so when your kiddos get hungry you can grab a slice or bring a whole pie back to the tasting room. No diets allowed.
Extra Pour: For dessert (because chocolate is one of the four food groups) try the 2018 Port with vanilla, orange and spice notes.
Good to know: You can also taste Patterson Cellars wines at their Woodinville locations (Hollywood Hills and the Warehouse District) or in Leavenworth.
3861 First Ave. S.
Tinte Cellars - Georgetown
Tinte Cellars recently opened its Georgetown location and has already become a beloved fixture in this vibrant neighborhood. A former Vespa repair shop revamped into a vino bar, the transformation was made with passion and respect for the building. The owners saved the original exposed-beam ceiling—an architectural feat—and proudly placed a red Vespa atop the roof, above a “Greetings from Georgetown” mural. The back patio has more art with firepits, tented tables and a back gate that rolls open, letting the party into the streets for events like Art Attack.
Beer fans can order rotating local suds, the snacks all come from local vendors, and younger guests receive complimentary juice and crackers. There is always a craft for adults and kids to enjoy. “Great wine for the greater good” is their mantra and it shows: Tinte Cellars gives back a generous portion of sales to the community. So drink up! It’s good for you and your neighbors.
Extra Pour: Bring home the 2019 Viognier and ask for a few QR code cards. These innovative videos bring winemaker and wine lover together with the click of a smart phone.
Good to know: Families can also find Tinte Cellars tasting rooms in Woodinville in the Warehouse District and Hollywood Hills. Reservations are required for tastings at all locations.
5951 Airport Way S.
Sigillo Cellars - Snoqualmie
A day trip to Snoqualmie brings the unexpected. Just a quick drive on I-90 suddenly transports the fam into small town charm. Though they began producing wine for personal pleasure out of a garage, Sigillo Cellars is anything but small town. Now an award-winning wine, the Sigillo Cellars tasting room is a local gathering place located in the historic Sunset Theater. The grand yet cozy indoor tasting room offers light bites and always welcomes the whole family—bring the tiny tots and four-legged pals, too.
The new outdoor seating area is decorated with tables, and a twinkling tree, with the majestic Mt. Si as the backdrop for sipping at twilight. Following guidelines live entertainment will start up again soon—locals and visitors come to enjoy the music, and the kids will start the dance party! For those wanting to turn wine tasting into an all-day outing, we recommend taking a Hidden Northwest walking tour in the morning, lunching at Buckshot Honey mid-day, and then settling in for an evening of smooth wine and chill tunes at Sigillo Cellars Snoqualmie.
Good to know: Sigillo Cellars also has a tasting room overlooking the cerulean Lake Chelan. Uncork the just released, award-winning Cabernet Franc and enjoy the view.
8086 Railroad Ave.
Browne Family Vineyards - SoDo
Ambiance is key at this SoDo tasting room. Located in the Seller Building, the decor has a film noir feel to it that'll make you feel like you've turned back the clock once you step inside. Make a reservation and then get down to enjoying a glass of these vintages that highlight the PNW's best varietals. Reds are their strong suit, but you can't go wrong with a chilled can of chard or rosé on a balmy day. For a real treat, check out these tasting room exclusives you can only sip on-site.
Good to know: You can also find Browne in Tacoma's charming Proctor District or in Walla Walla.
413 First Ave. S.
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Waterbrook Winery - Walla Walla
Waterbrook Winery knows that little ones love to feel included, especially when it’s a family outing. While adults sip and savor award-winning wines, the kids get a tasting flight of their own. Milk! Vanilla, strawberry, and regular milk are presented with as much flair as the Cabernet Sauvignon. The beautifully designed tasting room is curated with chic gifts, and the outdoor patio sits next to a rippling pond. Arrive hungry–you won’t want to miss out on Chef Karla Wilsey’s farm-to-table fare and seasonal menus. Walla Walla is famous for its harvest bounty. We recommend joining the wine club. Waterbrook makes for a relaxing yet festive gathering place. It’s free to join and members can bring up to ten guests for complimentary tastings.
Extra Pour: Pop the cork on NV Icon Brut and enjoy some bubbles with friends.
10518 W. Hwy. 12
Walla Walla, WA
The Vino Camp at Sawtooth Winery - Caldwell, Idaho
What is Vino Camping? Picture your family sleeping in luxury yurt tents under the stars and by the vines. During the day enjoy hiking, BYO board games, picnics and wine tours plus wine pairing events and dinner in the open countryside. Sawtooth Winery has partnered with Eco-Camps: ecologically responsible glamping with luxury touches. This off-the-grid experience is for the whole family. In fact, "kids and pets are welcome and always free." Yurts have private decks with barbecues for wine sipping and grilling, en-suite bathrooms with toilets and showers, WiFi and up to three extra kid’s beds for the whole gaggle of your little geese (no extra charge). Ask about the tailored events and wine packages. This is wine tasting at its most authentic; camping within a vineyard while sampling the yield of its fruit.
Extra Pour: Try the Trout Series, an homage to the art of fly fishing, and take a Rose Bubbles can or two back to the yurt.
19348 Lowell Rd. Building C
Foundry Vineyards - Walla Walla
For art aficionados this winery is a perfect pairing. The Foundry began as an art production facility, working with artists from around the world. What began as a place for creatives in the metal sculpture realm turned into a place for creatives in the wine making arts as well. Today this tasting room is an art gallery featuring all media, a design store and a sculpture garden where guests sip among the works of art. Every bottle is delicious, but their “Pét Project” is notable for using low-intervention, ancestral methods for making sparkling wine. The Foundry offers nourishment for the soul as well as the body. Yoga in the gallery is a unique experience; the yogis welcome children to join in the namaste. Reservations strongly recommended.
Extra Pour: Grab a bottle from the Library collection and take a stroll through the art gallery and sculpture garden.
Good to know: Foundry Vineyards also has a Seattle location (524 1st Ave. S.) if prefer to sip locally.
1111 Abadie St.
Walla Walla, WA
Lake Chelan Winery - Chelan
Lake Chelan Winery neatly wraps up friendly and fun with a bow. They prefer guests think of them as a “neighbor who just happens to have a killer wine collection.” Yes, please. The wine is wonderful. They have cider options for hot days, and their market offers everything from picnic items to gifts. Their onsite gourmet cheese shop is fromagerie fabulous and oenophiles will learn exactly which cheese to choose after taking a winery tour. BBQ in the vineyard is a renowned party, soon to resume in May (per guidelines), with a saucy kids menu. The property is wide and beautiful–a perfect playground for your tiny balls of energy, with outdoor kids’ games, hula hoops, bean bags and coloring books for quieter amusement. Too bad the “neighbor” isn’t right next door, but the outing to Lake Chelan is always worth it.
Extra Pour: We love Falling Cow White, a whimsical wine with an accompanying poem about a cow that goes for a swim. It's guaranteed to make the Littles laugh.
3519 Hwy. 150
—Natalie Compagno & Natalia Dotto