Portland City Guide

Where to visit, eat and stay in a growing wine city


EAT: Bluehour

This Pearl District restaurant unites Pacific Northwest wines with a menu that changes daily to reflect Chef Thomas Boyce’s innovation and the produce in season. A recent dinner menu included goose prosciutto salad, grilled leg of lamb and shellfish risotto.

The wine list, curated by Sommelier Erica Landon, is extensive and features an ’07 Argyle Pinot Noir, ’09 Adelsheim Pinot Gris and ’07 Domaine Drouhin Chardonnay, all produced in the Willamette Valley.

Bluehour is also known for its modern-classic décor, designed by architect Brad Cloepfil, and its comfort-food bar menu which is served all day. Favorite dishes include the signature spaghetti and a burger with smoked-onion marmalade and white cheddar.

VISIT: Indie Wine Festival

Portland’s annual Indie Wine & Food Festival takes place each fall. The all-day event held in northeast Portland features tastes from craft wineries and the city’s hottest restaurants. While you sip a local varietal, you can talk with the winemaker about the production process.

Most of the wines poured at the event are produced in very limited quantities and aren’t widely available to purchase. The 2011 event included selections from more than 50 wineries in the region, including Dion Vineyard and Brigadoon Wine Company. After sampling the artisan wines, you can purchase bottles directly from the winemaker.

VISIT: First Friday Art Walk

The Central Eastside Arts District hosts a First Friday Art Walk every month from 6 to 9 p.m. More than two dozen galleries and artist studios open their doors and feature wine, music and dancing. Wander into a gallery, have a glass of wine and enjoy the city’s eclectic art scene.

While you’re out and about, you might want to stop in a few acclaimed wine shops in Portland. Vino, Liner & Elsen and Great Wine Buys all feature Willamette Valley wines for less than you’re likely to pay back home.

VISIT: Wine and bike tours

It’s easy to abandon the city for the quiet of wine country when visiting Portland. For an athletic adventure, sign up for a ride with Pedal Bike Tours. You’ll ride on picturesque country lanes in the Willamette Valley, past vineyards and century-old farms. After the tour, the company will drive you to local wineries for tastings before returning you to your hotel.

For a more traditional wine tour, check out EverGreen Escapes’ Oregon Wine Trail Experience. The tour includes visits to three Willamette Valley wineries. A naturalist guide explains the region’s wine making history, the art of viticulture and Oregon’s commitment to sustainable farming practices.

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  • My husband and I went to the Portland area this past September for our 10th anniversary and had a wonderful time. I would highly recommend going!

    Mar 05, 2012 at 2:03 PM

  • Snooth User: Mponder
    340760 4

    The recommendations seem on target--too many to really note them all. You might want to check on the Indie Wine Festival. It's usually in May, but has been postponed while they look for a new venue. Much fun and will definitely continue at a new site and maybe in a new month.

    Mar 05, 2012 at 2:48 PM

  • Snooth User: Mponder
    340760 4

    Try this url to learn more about the Portland Indie Wine Festival.


    Mar 05, 2012 at 2:50 PM

  • Snooth User: casaross
    798796 8

    Why travel outside the city to visit wineries though? Did you know Portland has a growing list of Urban wineries to visit?

    Mar 05, 2012 at 4:34 PM

  • Snooth User: Stevern86
    909211 36

    Glad to see Southpark on the list. The place rocks. I go there whenever I am in Portland! They turned me on to PONZI. Iam forever grateful.

    Mar 05, 2012 at 11:01 PM

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