For anyone that has ventured into Pike Place Market you are surely familiar with Pike & Western Wine Shop. Owner Michael Teer purchased the shop over 20 years ago from the original owners after having worked for them since the store opened. Michael has recently found a second love with another shop filled with soul – Soul Wine. Lettie Teague from The Wall Street Journal interviews Michael on what constitutes wines with soul.
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SoulWine takes root in SLU 11.09.10
We are proud to announce the upcoming opening of SoulWine from Pike & Western Wine Shop owner Michael Teer. Learn more about SoulWine from Seattle Met and the below press release.
For Immediate Release
Pike & Western Wine Shop Expands To South Lake Union
Owner’s second shop, SoulWine, debuts early December
SEATTLE—The long-celebrated Pike & Western Wine Shop in the historic Pike Place Market will open a second location, SoulWine, in the burgeoning South Lake Union neighborhood by early December. SoulWine will feature retail wine sales, a tasting bar and a private event space. With a strong 35 year history, Pike & Western will continue to serve market-goers and destination shoppers in Pike Place Market.
SoulWine will be a wine shop with its own identity that is directed by owner and Seattle native, Michael Teer, who was an employee of the store for eleven years before buying it in 1991. The name, SoulWine, is rooted in Michael’s lifelong appreciation of wines with soul – wines that reflect a sense of place and a sense of the people who made them – and his love for old school soul music. The collection of wines will reflect Michael’s passion for supporting the growers and small, handcrafted producers that put their “soul” into the dirt, the grapes, and the wine they produce, with an eye to unique quality and value across the price spectrum. Michael will thoughtfully select every bottle that is offered at SoulWine, many of which will reflect his strong ties with Italy, France, Germany and Austria as well as wines from Washington and Oregon.
“Pike & Western is like a first born that I have grown and nurtured. It was one of the first wine shops in Seattle and has a long history of supporting Washington wines. It has afforded me long-lasting relationships with premium wineries domestically and internationally, many of which will find their way to SoulWine,” said Michael.
The 1600 square foot space will house a careful selection of both high end and value wines, a tasting bar that seats six, a window counter for casual tastings that seat six and a private event space that seats up to 20 and can be used for casual gatherings and educational wine events, complete with wine reference materials. SoulWine will share a building with two Tom Douglas Restaurant concepts that are yet to be determined.
SoulWine, nestled in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood, offers wines created by small, independent producers that have an intimate relationship to the vineyards and the winery. Its stock will reflect the eclectic tastes of owner Michael Teer and will offer wines for everyday drinking, special occasions and cellaring. SoulWine is located at 401B Westlake Avenue North, Seattle and is the sister property of Pike & Western Wine Shop in the historic Pike Place Market. See SoulWine unfold at www.SoulWineSeattle.com.
Love wine but don’t think in advance to open it up? Never patient enough to decant? The world of wine has gadgets upon gadgets. KING 5’s Jesse Jones tests out one of the most controversial gadgets – wine aerators. He enlists the expert advice of Pike & Western Wine Shop owner Michael Teer to test, taste, and determine if your money is spent well on either aerator or simply on a second bottle of wine.
We only wish we could show you the outtakes from this shoot!
WHY our clients deserve your vote! 09.13.10
We know you have your favorites – we all do! With one month left for Evening Magazine’s Best Of Western Washington voting, we thought that instead of just simply asking for your votes, we’d actually give you the REASONS WHY our clients deserve your votes. From outstanding dishes, shining personalities and community involvement, here are the top 5 reasons why some of our clients should get your vote before the October 12 deadline. Place your vote now! Already voted? No problem! The good news is that you can change your vote! Giddyup!
Vote here Evening Magazine Best of Western Washington
Great Meals – Brunch: Tilth
1. Accolades upon accolades – from James Beard to Food & Wine and The New York Times, Chef Hines has the cred to impress.
2. If she can go head to head with Iron Chef Morimoto, then her cuisine (and brunch) must reign supreme.
3. Where else can you get your organic brunch on? Tilth is one of two certified organic restaurants in the country.
4. Hines walks the walk and talks the talk by supporting local farms in her restaurant and promoting them in her free time – She’s an active member on several boards.
5. Tilth’s brunch will give you reason to jump out of bed on the weekends – Cheddar biscuit and smoked pulled chicken gravy, salmon hash and cardamom French toast with crème de menthe mousse are just a few of the tempting reasons.
Great Meals – New American: Crush (so new, we haven’t even announced Jason Wilson and Crush as a new client! Stay tuned . . .)
1. We always knew it, but now the world does – Chef Jason Wilson is the James Beard Award winner “Best Chef Northwest” 2010.
2. Gettin’ fresh with the Tasting Menu! Crush harvests its produce and herbs just hours before it hits your plate.
3. From sustainable seafood to local farms, culinary schools, and those less fortunate, Jason jet-sets across around the globe and works in his own backyard to support these causes and more.
4. The menu item that diners can’t let go – Braised & Glazed Painted Hills Beef Short Ribs. We’d bet money it’s the best you’ll ever have.
5. After dining at Crush, you’ll find that you have a new crush too!
Great Meals – Steakhouse: Morton’s The Steakhouse
1. Offers only USDA Prime-Aged Steak – how could you settle for anything less?! Endless options of charring, searing and cooking your steak to perfection.
2. Get your tasting notes from the man himself, like legendary wino’s Peter Mondavi Jr., who recently hosted a wine dinner.
3. Morton’s rocks! Classic rockers Duff McKagan (Guns N’ Roses, Velvet Revolver, Jane’s Addiction) and Zakk Wylde (Black Sabbath, Black Label Society) recently paired up with Morton’s to raise over $150,000 for the Moyer Foundation.
4. The best Cuban bartender around, Alberto, is shakin’ and stirrin’ your cocktails.
5. Double Porterhouse, carved tableside, tempting carnivores everywhere!
Cheap Eats – Happy Hour: McCormick’s Fish House & Bar
1. It’s the home of the famous happy hour ½ lb. cheeseburger and fries. The one you tell your friends about.
2. Buck a Shuck – $1 per oysters on the half shell select days of the week.
3. This fresh fish house is still fresh as can be after 30 years.
4. 5 for 5 – 5 drinks for $5 each featuring a rotating menu of cocktails and wine five days a week.
5. Host of the annual Shuck & Swallow Oyster Challenge on Oct. 7 featuring firefighters and local celebrities to benefit Seattle’s Bravest Charity. 100+ oysters shucked and swallowed in 10 min. – can you beat that?
People – Fitness Instructor: Sami Dinsmore Sweeney (Pure Barre) – just nominated so vote in a few days
1. She’ll make you lift, tone, burn in all the right places. Bring it on, sista!
2. As petite as a gymnast and as tough as a football player, she’ll push your muscles to fatigue and stretch you till you’re lean and limber.
3. You’ll be thanking her the next day when you wake up and feel all of the muscles you forgot you had.
4. A fitness pioneer! She’s the first to bring the barre workout to Seattle – a mix of pilates, ballet and weights.
5. “Let’s get physical!” Her custom-made playlists will amp you up and push you to your workout limits better than Olivia Newton-John ever could.
Specialty Food and Drink – Wine Shop: Pike & Western Wine Shop
1. Local wine shop that has been finding the perfect bottle from the novice to the connoisseur for over 35 years.
2. Make your wine cellar stellar! Offering wines from around the globe or from across the state.
3. Good things come in pairs – Two tastings a week: Wed. limited production bottling ($5), Fri. new arrivals (free).
4. A barrel of knowledge – Owner Michael Teer is overflowing with it – working at the store for 30 yrs. and owning it for nearly 20.
5. Its corner location makes it the unofficial concierge to the historic Pike Place Market – they are all-knowing!
We have favorites outside of our clients too! From fashion to beauty and entertainment, social media, and more food, here are our votes for other categories.
1. Arts and Entertainment – Live Comedy: Parlor Live
2. Arts and Entertainment – Museum: Seattle Art Museum (Picasso is coming!)
3. Beauty – Hair Salon: Gene Juarez Salons & Spas
4. Beauty – Waxing: The Wax Bar
5. Cheap Eats – Hot Dog: Dogs-A-Foot (just nominated)
6. Cheap Eats – Sandwich Shop: Paseo
7. Fashion – Men’s Clothing: Mario’s
8. Fashion – Women’s Boutique: Aprie
9. Online and Social Media – Local Personality on Twitter: Jenni Hogan (we’ve been fans since the beginning!)
10. Online and Social Media – Music Blog: Duff McKagan (Seattle Weekly)
Have your own reasons why our clients should win? We’d love to hear them too!
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We are pleased to announce that Pike and Western Wine Shop has joined our list of esteemed partners. Under the ownership of Michael Teer, Pike and Western Wine Shop has been pairing beautiful wines with Seattleites and welcomed tourists for 30 years. The shop is a venerable treasure in the historic Pike Place Market offering new and old world wines with a knowledgeable staff of friendly wine lovers. With tastings held twice a week – every Wednesday 4-6 p.m. featuring special limited production bottlings ($5) and every Friday 3-6 p.m. featuring new arrivals (free) – Michael and his team invite everyone, from the beginning wine drinker thirsty for knowledge to the wine novice, to stop by the shop and enjoy!
Please raise a glass with us and welcome Pike and Western Wine Shop.
Follow Pike and Western on Twitter @pikewesternwine.