Back in 1974 — the year Nixon resigned the presidency and Brasserie Pittsburgh in Pioneer Square signaled fine dining in Seattle didn’t mean Canlis or Rosellini’s Four-10 — European Vine Selections (EVS) opened for business in Fremont.
EVS, operating three days a week, was one of the first shops in town to carry fine, European wines. When the Washington State Liquor Control Board tried to shut it down — with so few hours, it was more of a private club, the agency said — a storm of protests saved the business.
Eight partners own the shop, including a University of Washington oceanography professor, a Cornish College of the Arts music professor, a lawyer, a Microsoft Research scientist, a UW microbiology professor and a writer of esoteric novels, etc. A diverse, if brainy, group.
EVS will celebrate its 25th year at the Capitol Hill location, 522 15th Ave. E., from Friday, Feb. 10, through Sunday, Feb. 12. On the bill: special tastings, a partner’s potluck and, no doubt, people of interest from EVS past and present.