Although annoying, tourism can support cultural events, ranging from Broadway plays in NY, to Second City comedy in Chicago, to that one thing in Vegas that's totally over the top -- you know, in the casino. Well, now tourism's supporting Seatown's newest wine bar: 106 Pine.
The latest endeavor from the couple behind 1st & Pine's touristy gift HQ Simply Seattle (and the locally sourced chocolate shop next door) this glitteringly aluminum ceiling'd, blond wood heavy wine bar/shop is dominated by a communal tasting table and a double-sided bar, all framed by rustic-style shelves stuffed w/ bottles of vino, antique bottle openers, artisanal oils, and herbs & spices, although they still frown upon anyone trying to drink and chive. The constantly rotating 400+ wine list includes 20 or so glass pours, and is NW only, ranging from Oregon's Cameron pinot noir, to Washington's Corvidae Lenore Syrah, as well as less intimidating/more frugally inclined vino like Revelry, which usually comes in innovative cardboard packaging, allowing you to tell everyone about your drink in a box. By way of nosh 106 offers charcuterie/cheese "pairing boards" like the Just Meat w/ creminelli barolo/casalingo & tartufo salami, the Samish Bay Ladysmith cheese/prosciutto/apple/cherry compote Ladies Who Lunch, and the Truffle Love, which's got creminelli tartufo salami, white truffle oil, and a truffle tremor cheese, best enjoyed not recklessly bouncing on a pogo stick in Nevada with Kevin Bacon.
106's also got a few NW brews (Pike XXXXX Stout), a daily happy hour from 4-6pm, and hosts weekly urban wine tours that hit the tasting rooms of some of the city's wine makers/distributors, lending support to another cultural event; you, shirtless on your couch late night, ordering Pizza Time.