Seattle Wine School: Wine 101

This Monday: March 3rd, 7 p.m.

I wish I had a class like this when I was starting my career in the wine industry. Back then there were no classes available to learn the basics of wine. It took me years just to figure out how to approach this vast and complicated subject. That is why I created this class and why I believe it is so important to anyone trying to understand wine. I will break out the different areas of study and give an overview of each along with advice about how to begin your studies.

12th Annual Pig Roast/Big Damn Sale!

March 19th,2017 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

I can’t believe it’s been 12 years since I opened the first Wine Outlet store in SoDo. That first store opened in March so every year at this time I’ve hosted a big birthday bash at all of the stores (there used to be 3 of them) complete with an entire roasted pig and a very big sale. This party is really a way for me to say thank you to all of my wonderful customers for their support over the years and it is by far the largest event we have at the Wine Outlet. You really don’t want to miss this event.

Your friends and your well-behaved kids are also very welcome. We’ll be sending out more information on the featured wines as we get closer. Meanwhile, mark your calendar and tell your friends!

Seattle Wine School: Pairing Wine With Food – 2/27/17


The Class

All the practical information you’ll need to make the best decisions when pairing wines with food. You’ll learn why keying in on the components of the food and wine are more important than trying to match the flavors of each. That’s why a tart crisp white can make most seafood sing and those deliciously sweet glazed carrots can obliterate even the best high-end cabs. Richard originally created and taught this class for the student chefs at Seattle Central Community College culinary arts program.

Classes are $65 per student, or $35 if you’re a wine club member (for more on our wine club click here).

Grand Cru Wines of Burgundy – 2/20/17

What is Grand Cru?

It will come as no surprise that the French take their wines very seriously. More than any other wine country they are almost compulsive about culling out the very best from the best and the mere very good. To this end they have devised several ‘classification’ systems to put the spotlight on their finest wines. In this system the very best wines are referred to as Grand Cru and few would argue that these are among the best wines made anywhere.

The Class

In our class on Monday we will taste and explore the the Grand Cru wines of Burgundy. We will learn about the classification system and how these elite wines have qualified for the status. While price alone is never the sole arbiter of quality some of the wines to be studied have price tags of several hundred dollars. This is a rare and special opportunity to not only taste a Grand Cru wine but to compare it to others of the same caliber.

You really do not want to miss this opportunity.

Annual Wurst Roast/Super Bowl Party and Big Sale

February 5th 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

For twelve years now I have been hosting a party on Super Bowl Sunday. I pile lots of brats onto my smoker/grill right in the parking lot of the Wine Outlet and let them get all smoky and delicious and then I open bottles of wine. And what kind of a Wine Outlet party would it be if I didn’t put some
great wines on sale at ridiculous prices? So there will be lots of great smokey brats, cheap wines and plenty of fun. Kids and friends are welcome and you can be home in plenty of time for the kick-off. No reservations are needed just stop by when you can (early if you want the sale wines). There is no charge.

Wine Class: Introduction to France

Monday, November 14th  7 pm


France is the most important wine country in the world. Not because it produces the best wines, that’s arguable, but because it produces the standard versions by which virtually every major type of wine is judged. Every Cabernet, Merlot, Syrah, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Grenache, Pinot Noir and even Riesling as well as late harvest dessert wines and, of course, sparkling wines get compared to the French versions. Even France’s system of controlled appellations is emulated as is its concept of ‘terrior’.
This class offers the opportunity to not only be introduced to the great wine regions of France but to understand the system that makes the wine labels so intimidating.
Originally, Richard created a prototype of this class for an organization of the French government (SOPEXA), which retained me to teach it to the wine trade, which I did for many years. Now this is your chance to gain a basic understanding of perhaps the greatest wine country in the world.


($35 Wine Club Members)

To register for classes, email or give us a call at (206) 285-1129

Black Friday Sale


Friday November 25th.

Our Black Friday Sale! is always one of the biggest sales of the year for us.  Right up there with our Annual Pig Roast in March.

We will be updating you soon on the sale wines.  Plus, all sale wines will be available to preview starting Monday, November 21st.  Come by during the week to taste and make your Black Friday shopping even easier!

Buy This Wine!

Marques de Riscal Sauvignon Blanc

On Sale Until Monday, October 17th

Even though the weather is now cooler and our palettes want hardy foods and rich red wines there is still a place for crisp and zesty whites like this utterly delicious Sauvignon Blanc from the Rueda region of Spain. The bodega (winery) Marques de Riscal has been supplying us with well made Rioja reds and other wines like this Sauvignon Blanc for as long as I can remember.

The wine is in the store now so stop in and give it a taste. You won’t be disappointed.

Market Value to $15

Wine Outlet Price:

($6 Wine Club Members)

Wine Class: Mastering the Art of Wine Tasting

Mastering the Art of Wine Tasting

If you are serious about pursuing an education in wine, Mastering the Art of Wine Tasting is the most important wine class you may take. It is a thorough grounding in the skills necessary to taste wines like a professional. There are 3 parts to the class: part one teaches the basic principals of tasting wine including how the olfactory system functions, the language of wine, identifying aromas and flavors, detecting off odors and, most importantly, how to approach a glass of wine for tasting. Part two focuses on the components of wine. The components are the basic make-up of wines and they include acid, tannin, sugar and alcohol. We will learn how to identify each component and what its function is in a wine. This information is critical to being a good wine taster. Part three is a smell lab where we will sharpen our skills for identifying aromas.


($105 Wine Club Members)

To register for classes, give us a call at (206) 285-1129

Buy This Wine!

Kennedy Shah
2013 Aunti Meredith’s Blend
Columbia Valley White Wine

I just came across this exceptional wine and although I don’t have a big sale on the calendar until November I wanted to make it available at this extraordinary price. So here it is.

This delightful white blend from one of Washington’s most respected producers is fresh, dry and crisp with flavors and aromas that remind me of melons, apples and blossoms. And no trees were harmed in the production of this wine (no oak). Serve it with scallops, cheeses, pork roast, crab or sip it while watching football.

Market Value to $18

Wine Outlet Price:

($6 Wine Club Members)