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Free Wine Tasting at Esquin Wine Merchants

Thurs, 5–6:30 pm, Sat, 2–5 pm.

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Behemoth SODO wine emporium Esquin offers free wine tastings every Thursday and Saturday, with themes like "92 Points and Above," "Viva Argentina," and "Under $10 Specials." Sometimes winemakers join in, and snacks are not unheard of. Check their website to find out which wines they're uncorking. Free.

Esquin Wine Merchants
2700 Fourth Ave S

Bottomless Mimosas

Sat, Sun at 10 am–2 pm.

Bottomless anything is good, especially if it involves champagne. Just order brunch at Ma'ono or Agrodolce, and your mimosa ($12 and $14, respectively) will have no bottom.

Various locations
across Seattle

Free Wine Tasting at McCarthy & Schiering

Sat at 11 am–5 pm.

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McCarthy & Schiering claims to be the oldest wine shop in Seattle; it is not. But they were recognized as retailer of the year by Food & Wine in 1998 and as one of the "top 10 small specialty shops featuring wines from Piedmont and Tuscany” by GQ in 2004. They offer free wine tastings at both their Ravenna and Queen Anne stores every Saturday, with winemakers often there for discussion purposes. Free.

McCarthy & Schiering
2401 Queen Anne Ave N

Free Wine Tasting at Champion Wine Cellars

Sat, 12–5 pm.

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Champion owner Emile Ninaud possesses Seattle's very first wine license: He opened in 1969 and works there to this day. Though he's French by birth, he's made Champion a snobbery-free zone, with wine novices welcome and an emphasis on good value for whatever your budget may be. His Saturday drop-in wine tastings—from the more than 1,500 bottles in stock, with tons from France—are all about "obscure wines from obscure regions," he says. FREE.

Champion Wine Cellars
108 Denny Way

Free Wine Tasting at DeLaurenti

Sat, 2–4 pm.

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DeLaurenti in Pike Place Market offers free wine tastings upstairs in their wine department every Saturday, and—bonus!—the nice people there pair the selections with some of their more than 250 kinds of cheese, samples from their wall of olive oils, and other assorted tastinesses. Past tastings have included ports paired with Stilton cheese and (separately) Veuve Cliquot champagne (!). Check their website to find out which wines they'll be uncorking. Free.

Free Wine Tasting at Portalis

Sat, 2–6 pm, Sun at 11 am–4 pm.

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Civilized but not-too-schmancy wine shop Portalis offers free tastings on Saturday and Sunday. A lot of regulars show up, particularly Ballard-farmers-market shoppers on Sundays. Those people sound smart. Free.

Portalis
5205 Ballard Ave NW

Biscuit Bitch Late-Night Breakfast

Fri, Sat at 10 pm–3:30 am.

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Biscuit Bitch Late-Night Breakfast The goal of Biscuit Bitch is "to bring fresh, homemade food with attitude to the partying masses of Downtown Seattle" on Friday and Saturday nights. They do this with biscuits and gravy/jam/etc. served in various bitchy incarnations for prices ranging between $5 and $13.

Caffe Lieto
1909 First Ave

Geeks Who Drink

Ongoing.

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Geeks Who Drink is a company that hosts trivia quizzes at different bars every damn day of the week, here in Seattle and all over creation, usually free (except for bar owners, who pay a "reasonable" rate).

Various locations
across Seattle

 

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