1416 SE Stark St., 683-3676, ensowinery.com.
This urban winery is a tops of the new wave, from its urban-garagiste ambience to its affordable $5 Resonate reds and whites to $10 taster trays that range from full, fruity zinfandel to tannic, beautifully leathery mourvèdre; generous pours of vintage wines climb as high as $14 for those who want a more refined tipple.
1111 E Burnside St., 233-1999, noblerotpdx.com.
Leather Storrs' Noble Rot is a pretty rooftop wine spot looking out on both downtown and a conspicuous billboard. It offers full meals, but take your happy hour here and you'll get a house shiraz or chardonnay for $4—or a $12-to-$15 tasting flight—and the famed onion tart for $6.
Southeast Wine Collective
2425 SE 35th Place, 208-2061, sewinecollective.com.
The Wine Collective is a convocation of Portland urban wineries, including Division Winemaking Co., Helioterra Wines and Vincent Wine Co. Inside the dimly lit tasting room that doubles as a giant bottle rack, there are $2 tasters, $7 glasses and $23 bottles from member wineries, plus an $8 flight of tap wines and a $10 rotating flight.
404 SE 6th Ave., 719-7000, coopershall.com.
At 9,600 square feet, this new winepub in the industrial inner east side could double as a hangar for small blimps—though it's been amiably broken down into sip-sized spaces, with wood picnic tables and communal high-tops with stools. The wine program is young, but we were impressed with the house label's shapely 2011 pinot noir and we really loved a light and floral chardonnay.
733 NW Everett St., 222-1449, remedywinebar.com.
This cozy corner bar straddles the border between the Pearl District and Old Town but has its grape-stained feet firmly planted in the Old World. The wine list assembled by congenial sommelier Josh Wiesenfeld takes tipplers on a grand tour of Europe, but with enough stops in the Willamette Valley to satisfy the local-centric. And the $6 "Daily Antidote," often an interesting glass pour left over from a winemaker's tasting, is one of the best happy-hour deals in town.
Oso Market and Bar
726 SE Grand Ave., 232-6400, osomarket.com.
Former House Spirits distiller Colin Howard takes his bottle bar on a discriminating tour of the unfamiliar: wine regions often unexplored, obscure marks from known labels, and deals on wine undervalued in obscurity. Pull a flight for $15, choose from more than 25 wines by the glass, or get a sherry cocktail.
2225 SE Burnside St., 971-271-7166, pixpatisserie.myshopify.com.
Cheryl Wakerhauser's quirky Pix is a catalog of her
obsessions: macarons in off-grid flavors, standup tapas, petanque
courts, a wildly excursionary list of sherries and a meticulous,
250-entry sparkling wine list that just got tapped as the best in North
America by a national magazine.
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