That's a mouthful! I like to call it TMLVTRWB for short. :-)
Roll out the welcome mat for the much-anticipated opening of our newest wine-pouring hideaway. Melody Lynne's at 106 Kirkland Ave is right next to George's and when Steve and I popped in for a glass of wine and some nibbles before dinner, there were a good number of people sitting at the tables and cozied up to the faux fireplace. One friend told me she sat in one of those seats and they even had a lap blanket available for her. Nice touch! Steve and I ponied up to the bar, and were immediately given some tastings to try. We loved the friendly and open demeanor of the staff that was encouraging us to pour some more or try other samples. Don't have to twist my arm! There were so many choices it was difficult to decide, so I just went with the first one that sang my name (Cedar River 'Confluence' on that day). There seems to be a little something for everyone.... chard, riesling, rose, sauv blanc, viognier (oh how I love viogniers), white blend, champagne, cab franc, cab sauv, merlot, petite syrah, pinot noir, red blends. And the font on the menu is big enough that you can forget your glasses at home and still happily order your favorite vino. TMLV grows the grapes on their eastern Washington vineyard and then buys back the wine that blossoms from them. Full circle.
A secret squirrel told me there's a rooftop deck- but I didn't even notice this option when I was inside. Next summer when the sun re-surfaces, I'll be on the lookout for that. Melody Lynne's had an opening party on September 12th and they blew it out with a live band up on the roof playing for the streets of Kirkland. Love them already, right? There's some outdoor patio seating and the front accordian-style doors have been open to take advantage of that open air connection with downtown Kirkland. Despite being new, somehow the charming, rustic atmosphere of this gem feels like it's been a part of Kirkland for a while. Kind of like an old soul if it were human- deep, wise, kind, authentic. They do serve some light appetizers/snacks (no full kitchen). We wanted to feel good about ourselves that day so we went for the veggie and hummus plate (photo).
Visit their FB page. 425-822-8300. see you at the bar!