Tacoma Urbanist

Apr. 3, 2008 at 12:01am

Aspiring Tacoma Micro Winery Needs Your Support

Last year, the Tacoma City Council expanded the commercial areas in Tacoma could establish a micro winery.  A good decision by the Tacoma City Council which would allow Tacomans to produce more local wine in the city.

Now, Philip Coates seeks a conditional use permit to open a micro winery to be built at 2621 N. 21st Street in the small "bridge" business district there.

The property is located in a C-1 zone.

According to the application:

Proposed is a micro-winery with a floor area of approximately 877 square feet.  The hours of operation of the micro-winery will be 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. but may be open evenings for regular business and special functions.  The majority of the site will consist of wine production and storage, with very limited seating at a small tasting bar.  The alcohol service will include wine tasting samples from the winery or planned events as well as retail sales for on-premises or off-premises consumption.

That's right: wine production and tasting.

Here's something Tacomans can rally around: make, taste, drink and buy local wine.  Right in a small but established business district within walking distance of many residents.  Why send our money overseas or to California for wine when some of it can stay locally in Tacoma?

Please consider sending in an email or letter in support of the application to

Philip Koa pkao@cityoftacoma.org
Building and Land Use Services Division
Public Works Department 747 Market Street, Room 345
Tacoma, WA 98402

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by Steph DeRosa on 4/3/2008 @ 2:23pm
Are they going to "make wine" like Vino Aquino?

Or is it a real winery?

I'm not trying to be a smartass - I'm sincerely curious.

by Erik on 4/3/2008 @ 2:33pm
Are they going to "make wine" like Vino Aquino?

I don't know the owner. However, I hope they will take it seriously.