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 Between Two Options
$12 for a wine-and-chocolate pairing for two (a $30 total value)
- One Woodblock Chocolate chocolate bar (a $4 value)
- 2 glasses of any ENSO or RESONATE wine (a $26 value)<p>
$49 for an Urban Winery wine-education experience for two (a $168 value)
- Night with the winemaker
- Wine 101 class
- Wine-and-food pairing
- Barrel tasting<p>
The wine-and-chocolate pairing partners local Woodblock chocolate with house-made wine to plumb the depths of flavor. Allow the winemaker to select complementary wines for your choice of chocolate, or choose your own combination. Reservations are not required for this experience.
The wine-education 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. 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 six Portland-made wines paired with delicacies such as sopressata and chorizo rioja from Olympic Provisions and seasonal, raw, and aged cheeses from Cheese Bar. The evening with the winemaker is available on select Sundays throughout April, May, and June, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; reservations are required.<p>
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.