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Oregon's Willamette Valley

Travel Recommendations

If you’re planning a trip to Oregon, here are a few producers we recommend visiting, along with some of our favorite Portland restaurants.

Oregon wine country and the city of Portland are both unique and special in their own way. Though it’s steadily becoming the trendy place to be, (for wine-makers and city dwellers) it still manages to uphold the value of quality over quantity. 

You can find an array of passionate small producers who eagerly want to share their wines to discerning wine lovers who appreciate wines with a sense of place. The rolling hills through Oregon aren’t just beautiful to behold but they also offer an array of vineyard topographies with distinct soils that differentiate each producers' wines from the next. Each vineyard site produces quality wine that expresses a specific place, and many of the producers are willing to help each other and work together, knowing that they all can be successful because each wine, like each place, will taste vastly different. 

Some of the producers who do an outstanding job of expressing a sense of place in their wines are Cameron, Evesham Wood, J. Christopher, Goodfellow Family Cellars and Belle Pente, just to name a few. If you’re planning a trip to Oregon, we highly recommend inquiring about a visit to any of these producers, as we’ve thoroughly enjoyed ours visits with them. We have also listed a few Portland restaurants that are worth a try.

Tasting room at Evesham Wood 

Evesham Wood is in the Eola Amity Hills AVA of Willamette Valley. They have an absolutely gorgeous tasting room overlooking their Le Puits Sec estate. Le Puits Sec is 12.5 acres of gently sloping, east-facing vines which grow in shallow volcanic basalt soils. This vineyard site has been certified organic since 2000 and has a majority of plantings dedicated to Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, though a few rows of Gewürztraminer and Pinot Gris have been added. 

The estate was originally founded by Russ Raney in 1986, who later turned it over to good friend and colleague Erin Nuccio. Erin upholds the traditions and philosophies of Russ when it comes to winemaking. This means minimal intervention and producing low-yielding fruit with complexity. 

Erin Nuccio also produces his own line of wines called Haden Fig which are of a style completely his own. Still very much minimal intervention in the vineyard and cellar, and he ferments with only native yeasts. These wines truly express the individual vineyard sites and the specific growing season. Both the Evesham Wood and Haden Fig produce wines that are well balanced and compelling. 

They are happy to have people visit their tasting room, which is overseen by Sommelier and Director of Sales Chris Lindemann. If you schedule a private tasting with them, you will have the opportunity to walk around the estate and see the chickens out in their vineyards. The chickens forage and peck below the vines to eradicate bugs and insects, this also turns what nature has provided into a fertilizer that further enhances soil life and vine health. Chris also mentioned during our visit that you may soon see a horse-drawn plow in the vineyards. The wines alone are worth making a visit, but this is icing on the cake!

J. Christopher Appassionata Vineyard and Winery

We also had an appointment with Jay Christopher Somers of J. Christopher Wines. Jay is one impressive and interesting dude. Not only is he a rockstar in the wine world, he’s also a legitimate musical rock star, playing lead guitar in a band. What is the name of this band you may ask… Reduction, of course. 

Jay’s “cool points” don't stop there. One of Jay’s lifelong friends and mentors happens to be John Paul of Cameron Winery. John is known for making delicious, Burgundian-style wines using Old World vineyard management and winemaking techniques. Jay has certainly adopted this style when it comes to his own production. Not only has he mastered viticultural and vinification techniques through the tutelage of John Paul, but he continues to do so through his partnership with Erni Loosen. Yes, we’re referring to THE Ernest Loosen of the famous Dr. Loosen estate in the Mosel. With these kind of mentors how could one not produce fabulous wines?!

So if you’d like to try New World wines with Old World sensibility, J. Christopher is a perfect destination. 

Outside of Ambonnay Champagne Bar

In terms of food while in Portland, Ambonnay Bar is a must-see (recommend by Chris from Evesham Wood). This laid-back, chic Champagne bar is an absolute dream for those who are fans of grower Champagne. As we only carry grower Champagne at Perman Wine Selections, our excitement about this place is understandable. Ledru, Bouchard, Laval...it’s all there! 

Conveniently, Olympia Provisions restaurant is located in the same building, and the staff is more than happy to run over any number of their charcuterie or cheese boards to your table at Ambonnay, making for the perfect gastronomic indulgence. 

For a tremendous view of the city of Portland, head to Noble Rot. While enjoying glass of wine on the indoor/outdoor patio, you can take in the 360 degree view of the incredibly gorgeous city. 

For a great dinner spot, head to Toro Bravo. A trendy, chic restaurant that offers a variety of Spanish tapas to share. More importantly, they offer a great selection of wines including an array of Sherry, reds and whites from some of our favorite Spanish and Portuguese producers. 

Lineup of Goodfellow Pinot Noir

Another one of our favorite Oregon producers certainly worth a visit is Goodfellow Family Cellars. Marcus or Gaironn are more than happy to show you around the winery and showcase their latest releases. 

There are some larger and or older wineries that are able to facilitate daily tastings with no appointment necessary. These are typically run by a head sommelier or director of sales, and can be a good way to get a quick overview of a winery. Though appointments are not necessary, it’s always a good idea to call ahead of time.

To satisfy your sweet tooth, head to Pix Patisserie which also houses a full Champagne Bar! They have an  endless list of Champagne including Coteaux Champenois. Oregon may be known for their Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris, but they really have this Champagne Bar scene down pat. 

If you’ve had your Champagne fix, we suggest checking out a little bar called Les Caves. This place is literally underground in an old green room that was situated below what used to be a television studio. It’s now a natural wine bar that’s designed with a definite hipster touch. If you’re a lover of natural wines, this is definitely a cool place to check out. 

WHERE TO GO IN OREGON:

WINERIES 

Please be mindful that these wineries are operated by only a handful of people and may not always be available upon request. At harvest, typically during the months of September and October, appointments are even harder to come by given it’s their busiest time of year. 

Evesham Wood 
3795 Wallace Rd NW, Salem, OR 97304
Phone: 503-371-8478
https://eveshamwood.com/

A private tour and tasting is $40 a person. Call or email to schedule an appointment. 

J. Christopher
17150 NE Hillside Drive, Newberg, OR 97132
https://www.jchristopherwines.... 

Private tastings are available daily between 11am - 4pm by advanced appointment only. Go to their website to schedule an appointment.

GoodFellow Family Cellars / Matello Winery
925 NE 7th Avenue, McMinnville, OR 97128
Phone: 503-583-1040
http://goodfellowfamilycellars...

Tastings are $15 per person, with appointments usually available at 11:00am and 1:00pm. Call or email to schedule an appointment. 

Belle Pente
12470 NE Rowland Rd, Carlton OR 97111
Phone: 503-852-9500
Email: wine@bellepente.com
https://bellepente.com/

MAY be able to accommodate a private tasting with advanced notice. Email is the preferred line of communication. 

Walter Scott
6130 Bethel Heights Rd NW, Salem, OR 97304
Phone: 971-209-7786
walterscottwine.com/

Tastings are available by appointment only, keep in mind they are closed Sundays to spend the day with their family. Call or email to schedule an appointment. 

WINE SHOPS

Valley Wine Merchants
112 S College Street, Newborn, OR 97132
Phone: 503-538-5388
www.valleywinemerchants.com/

A really great selection of not just Oregon wines, but some nice bottles from Burgundy and Champagne as well. They even have a hundred or so half bottles to choose from on their shelves. 

Thelonious Wines
516 NW 9th Ave, Portland, OR 97209
https://www.theloniouswines.co...

RESTAURANTS & BARS

Ambonnay
107 SE Washington Street, Portland, OR 97214
www.ambonnaybar.com/

Olympia Provisions: American Charcuterie - Gourmet Meats
107 SE Washingtion Street, Portland, OR 97214
https://www.olympiaprovisions.com

Noble Rot
1111 E Burnside Street, Portland, OR 97214
noblerotpdx.com/

Toro Bravo
120 NE Russell Street, Portland, OR 97212
www.torobravopdx.com

The Secret Society 
116 NE Russell Street, Portland, OR 97212
www.secretsociety.net

Pix Patisserie & Bar Vivant
2225 E Burnside Street, Portland, OR 97214
www.pixpatisserie.com
www.barvivant.com

Les Caves
1719 NE Alberta Street, Portland, OR 9721
lescavespdx.com

Southeast Wine Collective 
2425 SE 35th Place, Portland, OR 97214
sewinecollective.com

In-Store Pickup

To pick up your order, visit us at our Near North location. Due to our limited storage space, orders can only be held in the store for up to 30 days after purchase. If items are not picked up after 30 days, a $10 monthly item storage fee will be charged. Any orders of 2 cases or more will be charged per case. 

Near North

Mon–Fri Noon–8 / Sat 11–7
Closed on Sunday

1167 N Howe Street
Chicago, IL 60610
312.255.8990
orders@permanwine.com

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