SODO, short for South of Downtown, is a revitalized industrial district where warehouse lofts mix with start-ups, artists’ studios and cutting-edge galleries. It’s also home to stadiums, Starbucks and wineries…lots and lots of dog-friendly wineries.
PATTERSON CELLARS Upon arrival at Patterson Cellars, we are greeted by winery dog Hamilton. Typically hanging out at the Woodinville location, it’s a treat to meet the seven-year-old Labrador-mix. Founded in 2000 by owner and winemaker John Patterson, Patterson Cellars creates a wide variety of wines, including robust red blends, elegant single varietals, classic whites, lively rosés, sparkling wines and lush dessert wines. With four different tasting rooms in Woodinville, Eastern Washington, Leavenworth, and SODO, their new SODO tasting room brings wine country to Seattle in a modern lofty space with outdoor seating, perfect for bringing your dog along on your urban wine tasting adventure. To learn more, visit pattersoncellars.com.
NINE HATS WINES Next,we move on to Nine Hats Wines, where our model, nine-month-old husky Leia is ready for her photo shoot. Launched in 2007, Nine Hats was inspired by Long Shadows’ team of nine internationally renowned vintners. It started with just one Nine Hats wine, a red blend. The overwhelming success of the red lead to the expansion of the brand, and Nine Hats has come out of the shadows to assemble a portfolio of nine uniquely sophisticated wines (we recommend the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon). Their new SODO tasting room is the perfect place to take your dog for a fun outing—especially because it adoins Nine Pies Pizzeria, owned and operated by celebrated pizzaiolo Cary Kemp. Separated by a large sliding glass door, you can order one of their delicious, New York-style pizzas (we recommend the Piaggio, accompanied by an arugala salad) and have it served on the dog-friendly patio or delivered to Nine Hats Wines. For more information, visit ninehatswines.com and ninepiespizza.com.
WATERS WINERY Specializing in creating exclusive and unique red wines, Waters Winery is the place to go for red wine lovers and their dogs. As we enter the tasting room, Buckley Brown is there to greet us, with ball in mouth. We are told eight-year-old Buckley used to live at the vineyard in Walla Walla and is now learning how to be a city dog—but, as we set up for our photo shoot, we find him to be quite the well-mannered gentleman. Founded in 2005 in Walla Walla, their red wines rival the finest of the Old and New World regions. They produce their wines in small batches—just a few thousand cases a year—to bring each person who tastes it an experience they won’t soon forget. If you find yourself in SODO with your dog and a hankering for some great red wine, check out Waters’ tasting room. For more information, visit trwines.com.
SLEIGHT OF HAND Sleight of Hand Cellars was founded in 2007 by winemakers Trey Busch and Jerry and Sandy Solomon. In its short lifetime, Sleight of Hand has been named one of “The Next Generation” of up-and-coming wineries in Washington by Seattle Magazine, and is known for creating world-class wines to fit any palette. Their SODO tasting room opened in 2016, and is the perfect spot to bring your dog, sip on some wine, and listen to great music. sofhcellars.com
KERLOO CELLARS With a new tasting room in SODO, this Walla Walla-founded winery is known for creating unique wines that will challenge and spark your palette. Ryan Crane, the winemaker, got his start as a volunteer at Animale Wine Cellars in Seattle, where he fell in love with the process of creating and crafting wine, and opened Kerloo Cellars in 2007. In 2015, Crane moved Kerloo from Walla Walla to SODO, where he’s been attracting people and their dogs ever since. Well-behaved pups are always welcome! kerloocellars.com
STRUCTURE CELLARS From a humble basement in their Ballard home to the SODO space it occupies today, Structure Cellars is a true gem in the SODO wine district (and so is their Boston terrier, Valentine, pictured above). Founded in 2014 by Brian Grasso and Brandee Slosar, this married couple took their dream of owning a winery and made it a reality. Through hard work, perseverance, and education, they opened not one, but two tasting rooms at SODO (The Blueprint Room and the Cellar Room), where they bring their unique white and red wines to the public (our favorite is the 2016 Cabernet Franc). They welcome pups of all sizes with open arms at both tasting rooms—slobbery kisses included! For more information, visit structurewines.com.
LATTA WINES If you like small-batch unique wines, then Latta Wines is for you. One of our favorites, Latta was founded in 2011 by owner and winemaker Andrew Latta, who brings his customers uncommon and unique varietals from the most unique vineyards of Washington state. In addition to showcasing small-batch wines, they love having doggy visitors to their SODO tasting room. While you sip on wine, they can sip on water and enjoy pats and scratches from other wine-drinking dog lovers like you! Visit their website at lattawines.com.
To visit any of these awesome establishments, head to SODO Urban Works at 3931 1st Ave S in Seattle and spend the day sipping wine with your furry friend.
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About the Author
Stephanie Olson is a dog lover who also happens to love writing. Her passion for sharing people’s stories led to a journalism degree at the University of Washington, and quite by accident, a career in advertising. When she’s not crafting creative tag lines and writing dog-centric articles, she spends her free time taking long walks with her dog, Annie, cultivating in the garden, and testing out new recipes in the kitchen.