Explorer Ponce de León abandoned his quest to discover the mythical land of wine after a tumble into the Fountain of Youth left him eternally underage. Take up his journey with this Groupon.
Choose from Three Options
- $18 for an Urban Immersion wine tasting for two with a half-size combo plate of gourmet food pairings (a $36 value)
- $10 for a wine tasting for two (a $20 value)
- $49 for a wine-tasting experience for two with winemaker Ryan Sharp, including food pairings and a tour (a $168 value)
All tastings include up to seven samples of the available wines. The wine tasting for two includes one flight of current Enso or Resonate wines or one flight of the day per person. The Urban Immersion option includes one flight of current Enso or Resonate wines per person and a half-size combo plate, which features delicacies such as salami from Olympic Provisions and seasonal, raw, and aged cheeses from Cheese Bar.
The full wine-tasting experience allows visitors to go behind the scenes with house winemaker Ryan Sharp, touring the facility and learning about wine through the Wine 101 class in the process. Each tour includes the opportunity to sample some soon-to-be-released wines directly from the barrel. Guests will also enjoy a tasting flight of seven Portland-made wines paired with artisanal salami, cheeses, and chocolate truffles from Olympic Provisions, Cheese Bar, and Xocolatl de David.
Each step of Ryan Sharp’s winemaking process embodies the small-batch ethos. Within the Eastside headquarters of ENSO Winery—Wine Press Northwest’s 2013 Oregon Winery to Watch—he mixes several winemaking techniques, yielding complex flavors inside miniature fermentation bins. He mashes grapes in miniature crush equipment and ferments whites and rosés in steel-jacketed tanks no larger than a fully grown mannequin. He sources grapes only from the West Coast, giving himself a framework for his experiments with varietals such as pinot gris, pinot noir, zinfandel, and counoise. As part of his craft-oriented operation, he never makes more than 100 cases at a time of the wines from his ever-evolving roster.
At ENSO's Urban Winery & Tasting Lounge, rustic wooden chairs gather under bare light bulbs and tin lampshades, surrounding a tasting bar crafted from old wooden timbers. Guides stationed at the bar pour tastes of ENSO- and Resonate-label wines, explaining how to decipher each wine's flavor notes. These wines—along with two rotating draft beers and libations crafted by 10 other local urban wineries—complement plates of marbled artisan salamis cured by Olympic Provisions, blocks of raw and aged cheeses from Steve’s Cheese Bar, and sweet and savory pies from Pacific Pie Co.