Winery of the Week: Princess and Bear Wines

Princess and Bear owners and founders Carol Bailey and Steve Medwell wanted to find a creative way to share their love of wine and travel with others right here in the United States. After stumbling upon the breathtaking Languedoc-Roussillon region of France tucked between the Mediterranean, Pyrenees mountain range and lush countryside, they sought an opportunity to bring a variety of remarkable wines stateside via Princess and Bear in Seattle.

Celebrating its one-year anniversary, Princess and Bear tasting room is a beautiful space located in Seattle just south of downtown inside the Cloverdale Business Park. Behind the garage door awaits an elevated and unique wine tasting experience. With a large selection of imported wines, you are sure to find something to satisfy your taste buds.

Oenophiles are invited to take part in the Princess and Bear wine club, offering three different levels based on your needs; all levels provide members with free tastings for yourself and two guests at the tasting room. (Tastings are available to non-club members for $15 and can be waived with any bottle purchase.) The wine club starts with the Amphora collection; for $90 to $95 per shipment, you will receive four bottles four times a year along with 15 percent off of all wine purchases. The next collection is the Cathar, a buy-in of $200 to $210 that provides nine bottles four times a year. The wine connoisseur will love the Mediterranean collection including 12 bottles, four times a year, 20 percent off all wine purchases and first pick at premium wines that are exclusive to Languedoc-Roussillon and unavailable in the United States. (These membership fees do not include tax and shipping charges but note that the Mediterranean collection does include free shipping).

Guests have plenty to choose from with curated artisanal wines, fortified wines and organic biodynamic wines, which implement the natural planting and harvesting practices in alignment with the moon, planet and stars. Explore the region from the comfort of your own home, inside the bright and vibrant tasting room or on the Princess and Bear patio during those beautiful Pacific Northwest summers. A perk of joining this outstanding wine club are the carefully curated recipes Bailey pairs with wines from each shipment, allowing you to enjoy the wine in its fullest capacity, alongside a great meal.

Princess and Bear Wines tasting room is open Thursday through Sunday, from 1 to 6 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, from 1 to 7 p.m., for wine tastings. Check out the event calendar filled with trivia nights, live music and the weekly Mimosa Sunday, when guests can sip delicious private label Brut with a splash of orange juice from 1 to 6 p.m. Although Princess and Bear does not serve food, to its left are neighbors Osprey Bistro which has an excellent menu that can be purchased to enjoy in the tasting room with your wine.

For more information, visit www.theprincessandthebear.com.

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