Mark your calendar for a whole month of tasting events.
“If we don’t have it, we’ll get it,” boasts the web slogan for Wine World Warehouse (WWW). This year, the superstore celebrated its first birthday as the largest wine store in the Northwest, with more than 500 local wines and nearly 6,000 international selections.
In addition to its impressive sales department, WWW plays host to daily tastings and numerous events with distributors, importers and winemakers. This month, the warehouse will offer a weekly tasting and tutorial series. Held every Tuesday, the classes are led by the emporium’s founder and sommelier David LeClaire and his expert team of cork dorks.
Food and Wine Pairing 101 | 6:30 — 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 3 | Tickets | Steak needn’t always be paired with Cabernet Sauvignon. In this class, LeClaire provides alternative choices for meals in your own kitchen or at a restaurant. Guests are invited to sample a variety of foods with different wines, in order to fully understand the characteristics that enhance — or ruin — the pairing experience.
What is “Super” about Tuscany? | 6:30 — 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 10 | Tickets | Although the definition varies by producer, the WWW team explains the specific qualities that distinguish Tuscan wine from the rest of Italy’s wine production — namely, government regulations and varietal standards. The class will conclude with a tasting to showcase some of Tuscany’s most exquisite labels.
Washed Rind Cheeses and Wine Pairing | 6:30 — 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 17 | Tickets | Distinguished by rich aroma and sharp flavor, washed rind cheese are bathed in salted water, wine, brandy or regional spirits. The washing process allows the cheese to retain moisture, which develops the flavor and ultimately produces a soft, thick, vibrantly-colored rind. This class will tackle pungent cheeses — as well as the wines that complement their idiosyncratic qualities.
Champagne and Caviar Class | 6:30 — 8 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 24 | Tickets | This enchanting evening will allow you to experience the most luxurious of French pairings, rich caviar with bubbly Champagne. Dom Perignon once said he was “drinking the stars” when tasting his first Champagne. Gain the same sophistication as the wise Benedictine and see what all the buzz is about.
Beer Basics for Wine Lovers | 6:30 — 8 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 31 | Tickets | As the world’s most widely consumed and oldest documented alcoholic beverage, it makes sense to introduce beer by starting with the basics. From pale summer ales to spiced autumn lagers, dark winter brews to fresh spring hefeweizen, this class will marvel in beer’s far-reaching spectrum of flavor.
Wine World is open seven days a week; Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. You’ll find them looming over I-5 on 45th Street in Wallingford; free parking is always available.
Wine World Warehouse | 400 N.E. 45th St., Seattle | (206) 402-6086