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Whine About Wine

Friday, August 25, 2017

Oregon has over 400+ wineries and almost 1000 vineyards! This Oregon industry is booming and we have become a new destination for those exploring the new frontier of wine making. Because of this, many people ask us about great wine in our area, so we thought we would write a post about some of our favorite wine shops within walking distance.

The wine shops we will explore are Cerulean, Boedecker, Taste on 23rd, Portland Wine Bar, and Vinter’s Cellar.

Cerulean is a local favorite with their Columbia River Gorge vineyard and their excellent wines. Based out of beautiful Hood River Oregon they have a 23 acre certified organic vineyard just on the other side of the river in Underwood, Washington state.

At just a few minutes walk away Cerulean’s location features a private dining space, lounge and bar open to the public (with happy hour!) and an art gallery. Set in a fully restored historic warehouse that mixes modern and vintage you will not be disappointed in their amazing space.

Our Cerulean favorites: 2013 Chardonnay and the 2010 Nebbiolo – both made with organic Pacific Northwest grown grapes!

Boedecker has many cool features. We especially appreciate their weekend tasting sessions (just $15 per person) and their many wines made from grapes grown on several local vineyards. Their raw grapes primarily come from vineyards they either developed or work in partnership with all over the Pacific Northwest. We love their classy and intimate pouring space and don’t think you will regret popping in for a glass or two!

in 2003 Stuart and Athena Boedecker created Boedecker Cellars and have focuses on quality local wines ever since! Nestled in lovely NW Portland, just west of popular 23rd Ave, Beodecker is set among beautiful local shops and old houses in this historic Portland neighborhood.

Our Boedecker favorites: 2013 Pinot Noir and the fact that they have wine making classes.

Tast on 23rd has got to be one of our favorite spaces. With local artists doing live painting every Tuesday, delicious foods, an intimate setting that truly reflects old Portland NW neighborhood charm and a knowledgeable and on point staff we highly recommend this location! Try one of their amazing seafood entrees, or one of their many many cheeses with a wine pairing. They have wonderful salads and a great dessert menu. Despite all these great features the best thing about this bar is their wine list. With a few exceptions all of the wines are Pacific Northwest varieties. Local local local!

And if you needed one more reason to go Taste on 23rd currently features complimentary tastings on Thuesday evenings. Open every day with a happy hour from 4-6 this is local business serves cocktails and brews too! Find them just a 10-15 minute walk on 23rd Ave. Visit on a Monday for 1/2 price on bottles in house or Tuesday for 1/2 price on bottles to-go.

Our Taste on 23rd favorites: 2015 King’s Bridge Pinot Gris and the 2010 Redman Pinot Noir.

Portland Wine Bar is in the center or our bustling “small town city” and is conveniently located on public transit lines. Walking there is also a snap! An easy 20 minute stroll brings you to the door of their chic urban location.

Since opening their doors in 2013 owner and winemaker Mark focuses on local, small batch wines from other small Oregon and Washington wineries and rotates often to bring in new flavors to your palate.  “Keep it weird. Keep it local” is their motto. Stop in to their cute and welcoming downtown wine bar and check out their wares to see for yourself.

Our Portland Wine Bar favorites: Winery at Manzinita 2014 Malbec is divine!

Viter’s Cellar bills itself as a custom winery – where you’re the wine maker! This unique take on the wine experience lets you really connect with the qualities of the drink. If you would just rather taste the fruits of the labor you can also just grab a glass of wine (without taking part in the process of the making) and a bite to eat from their menu. Vinter’s Cellar hosts Guillen Family Wines and pour their award winning pinot noirs every Friday, Satruday and Sunday. We would highly recommend you stop in for a glass as Guillen Family Wines uses old world minimal manipulation techniques to create their masterpieces, including the use of whole cluster fermentation with indigenous yeasts and also sur-lie aging.

They have a lovely open space with a cute wine bar feel. A vegan and an omnivorous menu is on offer with a variety of charcute, pizzas, salads and desserts. Their menues support local farms, seasonal foods, gluten-free, vegan options. Check out their happy hour and monthly specials! Find them about a 10-15 minute walk in the Pearl District.

Our Vinter’s Cellar favorites: Seduction Syrrah and their Yellow Line Elderflower mead

Have a favorite Portland wine shop? Share with us in the comments!


Taste on 23rd