Pike & Western Wine Merchant
in the Pike Place Market
Our philosophy is old fashioned. We love wine; we are curious about wine and we taste lots of wine. For a wine to make it to our shelves is every bit as tough as getting on a top restaurant wine list
We write all of our own in store reviews and aren't big believers in assigning points to something as hard to pin down as what a wine tastes like.
We all drink what we sell, we love to cook (and eat!) and we love turning you on to a wine you may never have heard of -- whether it's a good, cheap red for Wednesday night's pasta or something special for your cellar.
Pike and Western is an old fashioned wine shop. Since our opening in 1975 we have seen a lot of changes in the wine world, the biggest being the number of wineries that have opened world wide! Back in the day we had to be many things to many people but as wine has become more accessible we have taken another road, featuring the small, the artisinal, the producers who produce wines of true character.
We are motivated by delicious wines, made in a manner that highlights their terroir, the people that grew the grapes and made the wine and the culture that surrounds them. We taste everything, we are opinionated and we can help you drink well within any budget.
When we opened our doors the Pike Place Market had just been saved by a vote of the Seattle people. It was then a local market. There were no tourists. Today that is not the case and we are the first to admit that summers can be crazy in the Market. But in its soul it is still a market for food loving locals. And that is why we are here. We live to talk to you about the fascinating subject that is wine. It’s a subject that is complex, confusing and we don’t want to strip wine of that. We just want to help you understand a bit more, one bottle at a time.
Michael began working at Pike and Western in 1980, buying the shop in 1991. His loves include Piemontese wine, Muscadet, vinyl records, great music, the Roots, the baddest band on the planet, and his fantastic staff.
Maureen has been an integral part of Pike and Western for nearly 28 years. She's tasted a lot of wine in that time yet her perspective is refreshingly down to earth. Never geeky, always friendly, she provides us with perspective when we take ourselves too seriously.
We tried to get Jason to let his hair down for this shot, but he's too shy. Besides it's not his hair that makes him such a good wine merchant; it's his love of all wines, especially Loire Valley wines, Burgundy and his insatiable curiosity about all aspects of the wine world that make him such an important part of Pike and Western.
Jeremy come to us via San Francisco, where he worked at William Cross Wine Merchants. He has an insatiable curiosity about wine, is an accomplished cook, artist and father. If you are in our wine club you read his writing every month and will understand why we (lovingly) call him our resident geek.
Michael first met Andy when he was a fish monger at Fresh Fish Company in Ballard, Andy came into the Pike and Western family through the late Soul Wine and followed Michael here when that shop closes. Besides knowing fish, Andy is an accomplished cook with a broad food background, a traveler, and loves talking about all of it.
Pike & Western Wine Shop • in the Pike Place Market
1934 Pike Place, Seattle, WA 98101
206-441-1307 • SEND EMAIL
M-F, 10:00am to 6:00pm • Saturday, 9:30am to 6:00pm • Sunday, Noon to 5:00pm