The term “natural wine” doesn’t have a clearcut definition, but it usually indicates a cluster of characteristics: organic or biodynamic farming, fermentation using yeasts that develop naturally on the grapes, and a production process that emphasizes minimal intervention from the winemaker (here’s how to shop for it). The result is idiosyncratic, sometimes “funky” wine that takes the concept of terroire to its logical limit. An ever-increasing number of Seattle bars and restaurants are getting in on the phenomenon, and like the wines, these places tend to be quirky, often serving novel food pairings and sometimes featuring inventive cocktails and beer as well. These aren’t your parents’ wine bars.
Note: These places are ordered geographically from north to south, not ranked by preference. If you think we missed a spot or want us to consider adding something for a later update, send us a tip.Read More