The top people, places, things, and trends that make us happy to live here now
Tasting great wines right where they’re made is a true Left Coast luxury. Now, thanks to the rise of urban wineries, your next spontaneous tasting may be even closer than you think.
Bartholomew Winery. The newest of the South Seattle Artisan Wineries makes beautifully balanced Rhône and Bordeaux blends. bartholomewwinery.com
Portland Wine Project. A twofer (Boedecker Cellars and Grochau Cellars together) in Portland’s Northwest industrial area. 503/224-5778.
The Winery SF. The first full-fledged winery in San Francisco since the repeal of Prohibition. winery-sf.com
San Antonio Winery. The pioneer, it has operated since 1917, when it served L.A.’s Italian workforce. Now it offers workshops. sanantoniowinery.com
San Pasqual Winery (pictured). In a retrofitted San Diego warehouse, you can taste north-of-the-border-made Tempranillo (a Spanish grape), grown in Baja, Mexico. The wines are works in progress but fun to try.