One of the many pleasures of dining at Wild Ginger, reviewed in today’s Seattle Times, is the depth and breadth of its wine list. The restaurant has earned a spot on Wine Enthusiast Magazine’s list of the “Top 100 Restaurants for Wine” two years running. It’s also been a Wine Spectator Grand Award Winner for the past six years.
Wine Director Cortney Lease, a UW grad who is working her way through the Court of Master Sommeliers‘ examination process, oversees the 30,000-bottle wine cellar and manages the four somms who staff both Wild Ginger Restaurants in Seattle and Bellevue.
“We have been told by many in the industry that we have the most affordable wine list, for older wines, in the U.S.” says proprietor Rick Yoder. He is especially passionate about Riesling, building a selection from all over the world over the course of more than 20 years.
The Riesling grape is the best wine with our cuisine, in my opinion,” says Yoder. “The wines age extremely well and provide great value when compared with other premium products. Their flavor profile with Southeast Asian food is some of the most exciting food and wine pairing you will find in any cuisine.”
From now until September 22, both Wild Gingers are in the midst of a “Summer of Riesling” promotion. Look for featured Rieslings by the- glass or ask for the special “Summer of Riesling” wine list.
Today’s review of Wild Ginger is the third in a series called “Second Helpings,” in which I revisit restaurants that haven’t been reviewed in ten or more years. Next week find out whether The Dining Room at Salish Lodge is still worth the trip to Snoqualimie Falls. “Second Helpings” will run through the month of August and intermittently thereafter. If there are restaurants you’d like to see reviewed in the future, leave a comment below or email me: firstname.lastname@example.org