Willamette Valley wines are among the finest in the country; the Northwestern region is home to more than 500 wineries and is renowned for its elegant, complex, and subtle Pinot Noir. As a review in Wine Enthusiast emphasized, the Valley’s “soil and climate give the wines muscle, depth and – at times – super powers.” And, when you know where all of Portland’s best wine bars are, you, too, have superpowers that will amaze – and delight – your friends.
Our top picks:
Pour Wine Bar and Bistro
If you’re thinking wine bar = pretentious and pricey, Pour is a refreshing answer. Incredibly reasonable (and we mean incredibly, especially during “Poor Hour”), this establishment features an array of gorgeous regional wines paired with simply, and simply delicious, local food. They’re committed to small vineyards, growers, and producers. Wonderful experiences will be had at Pour.
ENSO Urban Winery
With open, lounge-style seating, ENSO is a perfect place to bring friends. It features a wide range of price points, meaning everyone can indulge. If you are a member, you can bring up to four people for a complimentary tasting with each visit. You can also enjoy a free glass of wine on your birthday and $5 dollar delivery in the Portland area. Not a member? It’s still a great wine bar with an urban warehouse industrial yet comfortable vibe going on. Hip and trendy without trying: perfect.
Southeast Wine Collective
This is a bit more conventional than ENSO or Pour, and that can be exactly what your palate is craving. SE Wine features a cozy atmosphere, select Willamette Valley wines, a barrel room, and production floor. This is the place to go if you want to nibble from “small plates” – or if you want to make a night of it with a multi-course menu expertly paired with local wines.
Portland, Oregon is a wine-lover’s dream. It has a mix of trendy, affordable, high-end, conventional, contemporary, and off-beat wine bars. As wonderful,, spend a night in at your own wine bar. With complex, aromatic, flavorful Rainstorm wines and a great meal, you can transform any evening into a cozy, inviting event.