Looking for a place to take a date who’s not entirely sold on your wine habit, yet where you can still drink well and interestingly? Head to Purple, Seattle’s homegrown wine bar mini-chain. There’s plenty of wine geek catnip on the list (Jérôme Prévost’s pinot meunier Champagne or Thibault Liger-Belair’s Vieilles Vignes Moulin-à-Vent), but the focus is squarely on the exploration of wine in a comfortable setting. Test the waters with one of the twenty-odd sampling flights, such as Alsace whites, or sangiovese from Italy, Washington and France. Or order a few noshes and paired glasses: The smoked beef tartare with orange wine from Kakheti, Georgia; gorgonzola-stuffed dates with an older Salento red.
Several locations, including downtown: 1225 Fourth Ave.,
This story appears in the print issue of December 2013.
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