Merlot, pinot, and chardonnay on tap with less waste the plan for Capitol Hill’s Footprint Wine

Seattle is beer country with more breweries than any other city in the nation. Kenneth Dillon, a Seattle wine aficionado, has decided to do something about evening the score — and doing it with a new, more environmentally friendly approach.

Dillon plans to open his own unique Footprint Wine bar and tap on E Madison by September.

“I’m happy to now be joining the Capitol Hill wine community and hope to give a little back to the community one glass of wine at a time,” Dillon said.

Before realizing he could work with wine as a career, Dillon spent 10 years in human resources, including four at the University of Washington. He always had a passion for the grape since it was legal for him to drink it, but didn’t actually break into the industry until 2016. Continue reading

Aluel Cellars brings tasting room experience to Capitol Hill

Light rail doesn’t yet reach Woodinville so wineries are, more and more, coming to the cities where their growing base of customers live. Capitol Hill real estate is, so far, too expensive for anybody to try to make their wine on Broadway but we have a start.

Aluel Cellars is now open inside new construction on E Thomas just below Broadway.

“This is much smaller than what they’re doing in SoDo,” Samuel Hilbert told CHS in our visit to the shop during its pre-opening preparations. “But it’s still an urban tasting room.”

The tasting room from Hilbert, who also works in real estate, and Oh, a lawyer, is just a block from Broadway in a space that was originally intended to be an office set-up in a live/work loft but has grown into an intimate and affordable place to build their dream business. Continue reading

Capitol Hill not getting an urban winery — but Aluel Cellars tasting room to open this summer

Blessed by copious amounts of freshly brewed beer and recently roasted coffee, Capitol Hill has only a couple liquor distilleries. It has even fewer wineries. Aluel Cellars won’t exactly change that. But the new business slated to open this summer on E Thomas just off Broadway will give Capitol Hill a tasting room for one of the city’s best urban wineries.

Partners in love, life, and now wine, Samuel Hilbert and Alex Oh are teaming up to open Aluel in the newly built Westside off Broadway building. With a cutesy name to give you warm feelies, the new project will create a tasting room a block from Broadway featuring the fine works of SoDo winemaker Bart Fawbush of Bartholomew Winery.

“We want when people walk in for it to feel like they’re in a winery tasting room,” Hilbert tells CHS. Aluel Cellars will feature 10 to 15 of Fawbush’s creations along with Aluel “private label” choices. You can stop in to taste — and, hopefully, buy. Aluel will also feature cheeses and chocolate pairings and the loft space in the new street-level commercial berth in the six-story development can be used for events and meet-ups. Continue reading

Wine Tasting: Affordable French Wines

Every month POCO offers a tasting featuring affordable and unique wines from around the world. Each bottle is priced under $15.

In April, we’ll explore bold and flavorful wines from French winemakers, including:

– Jean-Luc Colombo Rouge
– Jean-Luc Colombo Rosé
– Chateau Aussieres Rouge
– Domaine de Couron Rosé
– Domaine Prieure Pinot Noir

All wines will be available for tasting for $15.