To be honest, while I’m pretty good at selecting and tasting beers (I’ve logged 1900+ unique beers on Untappd!), I’m a bit of a novice when it comes to wine. If I’m buying wine for myself, I stick with something inexpensive (*cough* around $10 *cough*), and I usually avoid buying wine for other people because I’m afraid I’ll inadvertently pick something awful. I do enjoy a good wine, but I usually rely on the recommendations of friends. It’s not a lack of interest–I’ve always wanted to be a little more wine-savvy–it’s just a little overwhelming. I’m 30, and I feel like 30 is the age at which I should be a more sophisticated, more mature adult–and knowing some good local wines will totally help my street cred. ‘
This is where Cellar 503 can help me out–they’re a wine club that has “unique, high quality, affordable wines that represent the full range of great Oregon wine.” Owner Carrie Wynkoop created Cellar 503 because she loves Oregon, and she loves wine, and she wanted a wine club that focused exclusively on all of the amazing wines that Oregon has to offer, as well as the stories behind them. That’s rad–because I love supporting local products from local businesses. Cellar 503 originated as a wine club, and there are tons of options: red, white, mixed, or special summer-only rosé club; and your choice of 2 bottles per month, 4 bottles per month, or 4 bottles per quarter. After a year in the wine club business, Carrie just opened the Cellar 503 tasting room in June.
I had the opportunity to attend a VIP preview event at Cellar 503’s brand new tasting room, and loved it. Whether you’re a wine connoisseur or a novice, Cellar 503 is worth visiting. The cozy 1000 sq ft tasting room is the middle floor of a house built in the 1890’s, and has beautiful vintage industrial decor (I wish I could snag all of the beautiful art and furniture for my condo!). There’s also a gorgeous 1000 sq ft outdoor space with lots of little areas for sitting and sipping.
Wine tastings at their newly opened tasting room on the third Sunday of each month from 2-5pm (free for wine club members, $10 for non-members). Cellar 503 can also help create a special tasting event for birthdays, corporate events, or any other occasion! Cellar 503 4407 SW Corbett Ave Portland, Oregon 97239 503-897-8013 firstname.lastname@example.org Remaining “Sip 503” tasting dates for 2016 are July 17, August 21, September 18, October 16, November 20, and December 18.