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Southeast Wine Collective Is a Casual Environment Where a Layperson Can Enjoy Wine That Was Made Just 30 Feet Away

Portland wine bars are now required to prove they’re no longer the province of the moneyed leisure class, and Southeast Wine Collective has a lot do with it.

2425 SE 35th Place, 503-208-2061, sewinecollective.com. 4-9 pm Monday, 4-10 pm Wednesday-Thursday, 4-11 pm Friday, 1-11 pm Saturday, 1-9 pm Sunday Happy hour 4-6 pm Monday-Friday, 1-6 pm Saturday-Sunday: $2 off all glass pours and carafes, $6 food specials.

Established: September 2012

Portland wine bars are now required to prove they're no longer the province of the moneyed leisure class, and Southeast Wine Collective has a lot do with it. Rather than lavish their space in bougie appointments aimed at titillating oenophiles who use "summer" as a verb, owners Kate Norris and Tom Monroe converted a corner of their commissary winemaking warehouse into a casual environment where a layperson can enjoy wine that was made just 30 feet away. The western wall is a gallery of clippings from wine and travel magazines praising the duo for stoking the excitement around Willamette Valley wine—much of which is made in-house and available from the "Our Collective" section of the menu—while the eastern end features a massive window made all the more photogenic by air plants, filament bulbs and a bench seat with a Pendleton cushion. A practical approach is to select one of six flights, which run between $12 and $18 and include three short pours based on themes like small-production pinots noirs, recent releases from the collective, and the "Founders Flight," which boasts a pair of excellent gamays noirs from Norris and Monroe's own Division Wines imprint. The reds pair well with an assortment of $6 happy-hour snacks made onsite by chef Althea Grey Potter, which includes a deviled-egg flight and an impossibly rich chicken liver mousse.