You are cordially invited to join the Pantry Wine Club! Once a month, you’ll pick up four bottles selected by our in-house sommelier April Pogue, paired with seasonal recipes from our Pantry chefs. We’re focusing on small wine producers and farmers who use agriculturally sensitive techniques both in the vineyard and in production, and who make affordable, unique, and high-quality wines. Every month’s selection will be different, but you can expect a mix of bubbles, rosé, white, and red.

May Wine Club: Elevation

It’s May in Seattle! Only 4 more months until the rains stop. We jest, but nonetheless, we are already day dreaming of climbing mountains (or realistically the foothills of the Cascades for most of us), traipsing through alpine meadows, and breathing in the fresh, clean air. When we think of such great heights and ponder the views of the beautiful Olympics we might also think of how altitude can affect wine. It turns out, much like humanity, wines get stronger from struggling. After the year we’ve had, this resonates. This month we are featuring grapes that have been grown in the high mountains of Italy and Spain. 

Grapes grown at high altitudes are different from lowland grapes because they are often exposed to longer periods of daily, unobstructed sunshine, experiencing more dramatic swings in both daily and seasonal temperature. Water drains readily making high altitude grape vines dig far deeper into the soil searching for precious water. These factors make it harder to grow so the vines have less grapes, but the ones left behind? They are special. They have tougher skins, more tannins and higher acid which preserves the integrity of the wine. They are the resilient warriors that have had to struggle to survive. Growing wines at high altitude is not an easy task, but then when is anything worth doing absolutely easy? You will soon find out why it’s worth the effort.

Pietradolce Etna Bianco DOC 
Grape: 100% Carricante

Viñedos Verticales ‘La Raspa’ 2018
Grapes: 80% Moscatel de Alejandría, 20% Doradilla

Cérvoles Colors, Costers del Segre, Catalunya, Spain, 2018
Grapes: 40% Garnatxa, 35% Tempranillo, 25% Syrah

Erste Neue Lagrein, Südtirol-Alto Adige, 2018
Grape: 100% Lagrein

Select Your Option

Choose from a monthly subscription or a single month

How does it work?

May’s wines will be ready for pick up at the Pantry starting on Tuesday the 11th, and we’ll be here every day from 11am to 6pm. If you can’t swing by for your order within the first week, let us know and we’ll work something out. We will hold your wine for up to two months past the pick up date. Due to legal restrictions, we are not able to ship wine — but if you’d like to send it to someone else, we recommend that you use a licensed shipper like Ballard Sip and Ship.

Speaking of legal restrictions, you must be 21 or older to place an order and to pick up your wine. Please have your identification handy, as you may be asked for it!

We aren’t currently offering substitutions, but if you like one of the wines enough to want more, email us at [email protected] and we can arrange to get you a whole case.

How do I sign up?

You have two options for signing up: You can buy a single month’s wine selection as it appeals to you, or you can subscribe to become a member. Wine Club memberships are charged monthly on the 10th, but it’s just a recurring purchase — there is no membership fee or long-term commitment.

How do I log in to my Wine Club account?

You can log in to your Wine Club account here. Within your account you can update your payment method and review your subscription options. If you have any questions just send us a note at [email protected]