Tasting Wine · Washington Wines

Lunch at the Purple Cafe and Wine Bar in Seattle – Good Food and Wine

My brother, Seth and I decided to treat ourselves to a lunch and a glass of wine.  After all, we have been working pretty hard lately and a little treat was much-needed.  We chose Purple Café & Wine bar – a restaurant here in Seattle known for its healthy wine list.

Purple Café has a few different locations, but we chose the one in Downtown Seattle, closest to our respective homes.  We took the ferry across the water to downtown and then walked to the restaurant.  It was the perfect way to enjoy the sun and to thoroughly enjoy our treat.

When you walk into the restaurant, you are greeted by a big spiral staircase that wraps around their tower of wine.  It is reminiscent of those restaurants in Las Vegas that have “wine angels” and such.

wine staircase at Purple Cafe


We both ordered a glass of white to start – I had the Tempus Cellars Evergreen Vineyard Riesling.  It was crisp and fruity, but not too sweet.  My brother had a glass of Montinore Estate Müller Thürgau which to me was reminiscent of a hard cider.  And was also quite delicious.

For lunch, we both settled on the “Painted Hills Burger”.  Also quite delicious.  Funny that we were drinking white wines with red meat, but I didn’t really notice it to be a bad combination.

Seth ordered a glass of the Woodward Canyon ‘Nelms Road’ Merlot from Walla Walla.  I loved the nose on this wine, it was warm and smelled of cardamom and nutmeg.  It reminded me of Christmas.

Enjoying Lunch

The food was good, the wine was good and the service was good.  We had a very nice lunch and never felt unattended.  I also learned that Purple Café was named one of the “100 Best Wine Restaurants” by Wine Enthusiast Magazine – and I can see why, the wine selection alone had something for everyone. An experience I recommend trying!




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