I was in Portland a couple weekends ago and visited a few of the wineries that are part of the PDX Urban Wineries.
My first stop was at the SE Wine Collective for their pre-Thanksgiving party. This is a new production facility and tasting room that is shared by four wineries: Division Wine Making Company, Helioterra, Vincent Wine Company and Bow & Arrow WInes.
The party gave me a great chance to taste wines from all four wineries. All four are making wine with Pinot Noir, which should not come as a surprise with so much Pinot being grown in Oregon.
Helioterra also makes an excellent Syrah and Mourvedre from Washington grapes.
Vincent had three different Pinot Noirs available - two single vineyard Pinots: Armstrong and Zenith and a multi-vineyard Pinot from the Ribbon Ridge AVA.
Division has two Pinots, a Boujalais Nouveau and a Chardonnay. The Chardonnay is made from some of the original vines planted in Oregon in the mid 1970s.
Bow and Arrow is making wines all in the Cheverny France style, which calls for all red wines to be made as a blend of Gamay and Pinot Noir.
The tasting room features wines from all four wineries along with local wines on a rotating basis.
Next stop was Enso Winery and Tasting Lounge about 10 minutes North. I got to spend about an hour with the wine maker Ryan Sharp. He showed me around the place and we tasted through a bunch of barrel samples as well as all his current releases. Ryan is into experimentation and one phrase I heard frequently was "This is the first time I am trying this..."
Ryan sells all his wines exclusively out of his Tasting Lounge and is working on increasing his production to a level where he can sell his Resonate label in the local markets and shops.
My final stop of the day was Seven Bridges Winery another short 10 minute drive North from Enso.
Seven Bridges makes all their wines from Walla Walla grapes. The Walla Walla terroir definitely shows through in these rich red wines. All were delicious and the Elerding Cabernet Sauvignon was one of my favorites.
All three wineries were on the East side of the Willamette River and easy to navigate between.
Here is a blog post I did on the SE Wine Collective.
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