Wine in Portland

Your Summer Guide

August 21, 2015

While many wine bars like Bar Avignon and the newly opened Oso Market and Bar are gaining in popularity and exposure, Portland Oregon wine shops often fly under the radar of the public.  Big retail stores like Fred Meyer’s, Zupan’s, New Seasons and even Trader Joe’s carry large international and domestic producers, but the small shops often have unique and rare, artisan wines.  Portland wine shops also feature excellent Friday or Saturday tastings, perfect for date nights or trying new wines – check their websites for the cost.

The following is a list of some of our favorite wine shops by neighborhood. You’ll find a map of all of them at the bottom of the page.

 

Downtown/Northwest

 –  also in SE and N Portland. This Italian focused bottle offerings are fairly extensive considering it’s located within a small grocery store.  Ask Gabe behind the cheese bar to pair the perfect wine – he is very knowledgeable about food and wine pairing. This is a great neighborhood shop to get quality wine.  Prices can be somewhat higher (2-4%) than other shops, but they have a stellar Italian section that makes the convenience worth it.

Tastings: held regularly, check their website for details.

Address: 735 NW 21st Avenue, Portland 97209 (503)221-3007

CorksCru – The shop features European hand-picked gems by the owner, with many stellar values in the $15-$20 range.

Tastings: Every Friday beginning at 5pm.

Address: 339 NW Broadway, Portland 97209 (503)226-9463

Liner and Elsen Wine Shop – One of the older wine shops in Portland, L & E started in 1990 and features a large selection.  Service has improved recently, and you can special order older vintages – perfect for birthdays.

Tastings: Every other Friday and all Saturdays. L & E often has importers and distributors pouring high quality offerings for $10-$15.

Best Feature: The free Saturday tastings from 12-5 pm featuring international wines and local wineries and winemakers.

Address: 2222 NW Quimby Street, Portland 97210 (503)241-9463

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