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.
With its permanent residence in a former garage—complete with a vintage sign detailing overnight auto storage rates of just 35 cents—lived-in couches, and playfully mismatched furniture, it's clear that ENSO Winery is more laid-back than traditional wine bars. In fact, this lack of pretension is a large part of the reason Willamette Weekly named ENSO its 2014 Bar of the Year. The publication also raved about the quality of ENSO's wine, as did Wine Press Northwest, which put the winery on its 2013 Oregon Winery to Watch list.
Owner and winemaker Ryan Sharp takes care to create his vintages on as small a scale as possible, using miniature fermentation bins to yield complex flavors and stainless-steel tanks no larger than a fully grown mannequin. By creating wine this way, Sharp can keep an eye on the quality, as well as experiment more easily. He also only uses grapes sourced from vineyards on the West Coast, including several in Oregon.
In addition to its own wines, ENSO boasts a rotating tap of other Portland-made wines and local beers. Since it was founded in 2010, it has won numerous awards and received many press mentions.