Food & Wine

Food

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Amazonians aren’t the only residents flooding Seattle. The Seattle culinary scene is ramping upon in desire and demand with restaurateurs jumping on the great migration bandwagon. The next stop for Silicon Valley has attracted a new breed of chefs and cuisine, focused on highlighting the quintessential Pacific Northwest food with unique and culturally-diverse pairings.

While incorporating international influence, such as a focus on Asian culture, Seattle is quickly surpassing Portland as the top Northwest food scene. One area where Seattle continues to take top prize: coffee consumption.

As the city sees more and more restaurants pop up, many Seattle institutions remain popular. Some to make the highlight reel include: Beecher’s, Dick’s, Ezell’s, Molly Moon’s, Ivar’s, and Paseo.

Wine

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Today, Washington is the second-largest producer of premium wine in the country, according to the Seattle Times. Home to over 900 wineries and 50,000 acres of vineyards, Washington provides bottles of wine that are sold in 50 states and exported worldwide.

While some vineyards called the western portion of the state home, nearly all (99.99 percent) of wine grape production takes place in the eastern half. With low rain fall, the Columbia River Basin also experiences long sunlight hours, recording two more hours a day than California.

With over 80 grape varieties grown in Washington State, the main wines in production consist of Cabernet Sauvignon, Riesling, Chardonnay, Merlot, and Syrah, characterized by bright fruit flavors and crisp acidity.