In the past, when East has met West, the results have been mixed, though to be fair, no one really cares about the NBA All Star Game. Shooting for better results by mixing Eastern WA wineries with Western WA drinkers, URBAN enoteca.
Opened by a former real estate developer turned oenophreak, this sprawling vino repository's turned an old 16-foot-ceiling'd warehouse into a permanent tasting center (and private event space) boasting 12 strictly East-of-the-mountains-winery-stocked zinc bars separated by vintage metal gates, each of which'll offer properly paired eats chef'd by a James Beard winner, but not James: Beard winner, as James is not exactly psyched to spend the entire day with Megan Mullally. UE's starting out with seven vino-ries, including Seattle Mag's 2009 Vineyard of the Year CÃ´te Bonneville's DuBrul Vineyard; Cave B Estate Winery, known for -- in addition to its award-winning vintages -- its location on a 900ft cliff; and a Cabernet-heavy selection of small-lot grape juice from Red Mountain's Fidelitas, though Latin men are more known for their Infidelitas. Pairable grub includes bites (Fingerling Potatoes roasted in duck fat w/ sea salt & aioli), shared platters (Beef Short Rib Sliders on potato rolls w/ watercress & caramelized onions), and individual small plates like a brussels sprout gratin in a style called Triple B, which stands for bacon, bourbon & butter, also the main ingredients in Rex Ryan.
To streamline the tasting/buying process UE will offer up Library Cards that'll let you maintain a personal wine profile, or easily collect purchases from the spot's concierge when you leave, plus it links to your credit card so you're covered no matter what, which is pretty much exactly the opposite of every defensive strategy ever devised in an All Star game.
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