UPDATE: Soul Wine is now open 10am to 6pm Monday through Saturday.
For 30 years Michael Teer has owned Pike and Western wine shop in the Pike Place Market. Within a month he will open his second store, Soul Wine, at the corner of Westlake Avenue and Harrison Street in South Lake Union.
Soul Wine claims 500 square feet of prime streetside property. The rest of the building goes to Tom Douglas, who will open a second Dahlia Bakery on the ground floor next to Teer’s wine shop, and a second Serious Pie on the second. The two men know each other well—in fact Teer’s wife Pamela Hinckley is CEO of Tom Douglas Restaurants. Before I was aware of this, I connected Teer and Douglas in my head anyway because I knew they both loved Piedmontese wines. I share this love with them.
I mentioned this to Teer. "When I went to the Piedmont I responded to the place on an emotional level too,” he explained to me. “Those are the kinds of wines I want to sell. Wines with soul don’t come out of million-case tank farms. They come from small producers; they have a sense of place.”
In addition to selling the wines he deems soulworthy, Teer will pour bottles at a tasting bar that forms a sort of island right in the center of the shop. He is plannning free tastings as well as paid ones so that he can offer people an opportunity to taste varietals and regions yet unknown to them.
The bar, which will be open from noon to about 8pm every day the shop is open, should also tempt diners waiting for a seat at the pizzeria upstairs.
Teer hopes to open in early December.