In March, many people opt for Irish whiskey, milky stouts, and green beer as their libation of choice. In Bellevue, WA we tend to take a different approach and celebrate with bold reds and bubbly whites. Washington Wine Month, celebrates wineries and growers of Washington State wine. The celebration includes the largest single-region wine and food event, Taste Washington, featuring more than 235 wineries, 65 restaurants, and 60 culinary exhibitors.

Though Bellevue is known for its exquisite cocktail menus, there are many places here to enjoy a glass…or even a bottle…of Washington’s award-winning wine.

Bellevue’s Best Places to Sip Washington Wine:

Swiftwater Cellars

Located in Old Bellevue, Swiftwater Cellars’ menu features Pacific Northwest ingredients, with a comfort food flair. The wine list features glass, bottle, and carafe pours from their signature wines from the Columbia Valley. Stop-by on a Saturday night between 6-9pm to enjoy live music while you sample their wine.

Purple Cafe and Wine Bar

Wine bottles are arranged floor to double-high ceiling in the semi-circular central bar at Purple Café and Wine Bar. Purple will feature Washington wine throughout the month of March in bottle, glass, and flight forms.

Cypress Lounge & Wine Bar

Cypress Lounge & Wine Bar, located at the lobby level of The Westin Bellevue, has a focus on premium Washington wines available by the glass, bottle, and flight. The creatively curated wine list highlights the state’s range of varietals.

Seastar Restaurant & Raw Bar

Seastar Restaurant & Raw Bar has maintained a great reputation for its wine list thanks to company wine director and Advanced Sommelier, Erik Liedholm. Their newly renovated wine cellar features a glass-fronted environmentally controlled room, displaying the restaurant’s impressive collection. Try their Seastar-exclusive wines for a unique experience, including Nominé-Renard’s ‘Cuvée Jean Howie’ and Mark Ryan’s ‘John Howie’ Cabernet Sauvignon.

Cépaé Tasting Room

Located within the Soma Towers, the Cépaé wine bar and tasting room offers over 120+ wines by the glass. Sample various wines from around the world, all while enjoying delicious French treats and gourmet cheese and charcuterie boards from La Parisienne.

John Howie Steak

John Howie Steak has been recognized with Wine Spectator’s Best of Award of Excellence every year since the restaurant opened. While scanning their extensive wine list, you will find their Washington wines organized by location, like Walla Walla Valley, Horse Heaven Hills etc.