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By L. M. Archer, FWS
Need an authentic Parisian bistrot-à-vins fix? Alors! Look further than Le Caviste in downtown Seattle.
Le Caviste channels all the best features of that favorite little Parisian bistro you’ve secretly dreamed about revisiting someday – you know the one…tucked away in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower (or, in this case, The Space Needle…) with quaint chalk board menus offering up the daily plats du jour and wines by the glass, charming butcher-papered tables, and that inimitable French bonhomie.
Le Caviste has it all, including a truly Parisian-inspired wine list.
Let’s talk about the wine list. Both white and red lists feature affordable, everyday regional wines by the glass or bottle. Whenever possible, wines sourced reflect organic and sustainable vineyard practices.
Delightful finds include a blanc and rouge from France’s Savoie, as well as those from the more familiar Loire, Rhone, Bordeaux, and Burgundy regions. In search of something a bit more complex? Look for a hidden gem or two premier crus tucked among the carte des vins, with uncharacteristically modest prestige pricing to match.
Generous plats du jour groan with locally sourced bread, eggs and mushrooms, charcuterie, artisan cheese, imported fish and olives – all designed to stave off hunger and mitigate excess wine intake. On your way out, a sweet little retail section beckons with tasty little take-out bottles at ridiculous retail prices.
But before you exit, check out owner and oenophile David Butler’s lovingly compiled list of best wine bistros in Paris…It’ll make you want to jump-start your return to the City of Lights someday…with a few stops at Le Caviste for inspiration!
Le Caviste | 1919 7th Avenue | Seattle, WA 98101 | 206.728.2657
4 to Midnight Tuesday through Saturday
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David Butler, Owner – Le Caviste | Seattle