Keeping it Weird & Local in PDX...Portland Urban Winery Tasting Room
I began my journey in wine in 2006 through cooking, pairing great meals with wine from all over the world while living in Los Angeles, my last duty station after 11 years in the Air Force as a pilot, engineer and program manager. After many trips to Napa and Sonoma, I soon discovered Oregon Pinot noir.
I attended enology and viticulture school in Salem, Oregon, at the Northwest Wine Studies Center in the heart of the Willamette Valley from 2008 to 2009. I can say that they were two of the best years of my life. One made wine from the very grapes one took care of. My classmates were not only passionate about wine, but were on their second or third careers, retired, wanted to start their own winery and vineyard or all of the above.
I founded the winery under Bodhichitta Winery while in wine school in the Fall of 2008, making my first batch of Oregon Pinot noir. And it was lovely, subtle and nuanced. Bodhichitta is a Sanskrit word that means "to give of yourself to others." I donated the profits of this label to charity.
After wine school, I took an engineering job on the Island of Kauai to finance the business start-up and in 2011 created the Island Mana Wines label, a line of dry Hawaiian tropical fruit wines, sourced from all natural and organic fruit.
My wines are locally made in small batches, usually less than 200 cases, with the Bodhichitta, Pinot Cellars and The Winery at Manzanita label showcasing Oregon grape wines (Pinot gris, Chardonnay, Marechal Foch, Pinot noir, etc.), honey wines (mead) and dry fruit wines (rhubarb, apple, blueberry, blackberry). I source from small, local vineyards that are usually 20 acres or less. Each wine come from single vineyards and is 100% of that varietal unless a specified blend.
Yes, I'm not afraid to be WINE WEIRD or creative! I enjoy making different, innovative types of wine. They are actually more difficult to make than grape wines.
I opened The Portland Wine Bar and Winery Tasting Room in March 2012. It just keeps getting better every year. We focus on local, small batch wines from other small Oregon and Washington wineries and keep rotating the wines. I go out tasting regularly and pull in new wines that I find out in the field and bring the wines back to one of the handful of Portland wineries. As a Portland urban winery tasting room, we host a large number of tourists seeking out Pacific Northwest Wines, especially Oregon Pinot noir.
The Winery at Manzanita is the home of our Oregon wine production, in Manzanita, Oregon, on the Oregon Coast, just 15 miles south of Cannon Beach and 1.5 hours from Portland.
My wines are available exclusively in our tasting rooms in downtown Portland, Oregon, at The Portland Wine Bar and at the winery.
I hope you can stop by for a tasting, flight or glass of wine and enjoy one of our many PNW wines.
Keep It Local, Keep It Weird!
The Portland Wine Bar
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the winery at manzanita
If you visit the Oregon Coast, please stop by our cafe, tasting room and production, The Winery at Manzanita. We are 3 blocks from the beach at 253 Laneda Avenue, Manzanita, OR, 97130 in beautiful and charming Manzanita. Settle into the Adirondack chairs in the courtyard, enjoy the wine barrel firepits, roll-up glass garage doors and second-floor ocean view deck with amazing wine, food and coffee!