Champion owner Emile Ninaud possesses Seattle's very first wine license: He opened the Belltown shop in 1969 and works there to this day. Champion's free Saturday wine tastings—from the more than 1,500 bottles in stock, with tons from France—are all about "obscure wines from obscure regions," Ninaud says. "We always offer wines that are unusual." And even though he's French by birth, he has made Champion a snobbery-free zone, with wine novices welcome and an emphasis on good value for whatever your budget may be.
Champion Wine Cellars
108 Denny Way,
Hours: Mon-Fri 11 am-7 pm, Sat 11 am-6 pm