It’s been a long time coming! On Saturday, August 14th we’re opening our first tasting “room” at noon in downtown Olympia, featuring both Salida and McCrea Cellars wines.
The space is located in a very classy building called ‘New Caldonia’ in the heart of the downtown at 116 – 5th Avenue East on the north side of the street, between Capitol Way and Washington Street. The early 20th century building is beautifully renovated, featuring a lovely central courtyard with a large skylight and a big magnolia tree below … just like home back in New Orleans!
Although pretty small (about 500 square feet) the tasting room is cozy and warm with three clerestory windows allowing for a soft natural lighting. A beautiful floor to ceiling radius window “wall” in the front looks out into the building and affords a greater feeling of openess. Tuscan orange walls and a soft cork flooring seem to give a feeling of being transported to a boutique European salon.
Emphasizing the curved theme of the front windows, the tasting bar is also a radius, reflecting the window’s graceful look in an opposite curve. Over the bar hang three distinctive pendent lights, and pin spots arranged among the open-beamed ceiling illuminate the walls which will provide an on-going display for regional artists to feature their works. Scattered about the room are four mini-bar tables for our customers to gather around as they sample the variety of wines.
Speaking of wines, they will be available in several offerings, including individual tastings of each, several flights of three wines, and wines by the glass. Of course, customers may purchase any of the wines being poured on a given day.
Another special feature of the Olympia Wine Tasting Bar will be a monthly gathering called “Third Thursdays.” On that evening of the month, we’ll be offering select small plates paired with our wines and served in the courtyard which comfortably seats 30 to 40 people. Each of those nights, we plan to explore a host of topics of interest in the wine and food genre as well as having guest appearances from local artisans and Olympia merchants. Discussions could range from pairing asian foods with wines, or Northwest geology and vineyard mezoclimate, to contemporary jewel crafting, or native American culture in the South Sound.
Our tasting bar will be open Thursday through Sunday in the afternoon from 1 p.m. until 6 p.m except on Sundays which will be a 4 p.m. closing time. We’re very excited to launch this new adventure in the history of McCrea Cellars and the new Salida wines! Please join us in the festivities! We hope to see you soon!