Forty-four wine taps are an inspiring sight behind the bar of Portland’s newest urban winery, Coopers Hall Winery & Taproom. The latest ChefStable project, Coopers Hall is located in a unique building (formerly a car mechanics shop) in the heart of Southeast, adding another stop to our growing urban wine trail. The winery may have the largest wine tap collection currently in the United States.
Coopers Hall has not only their wines, but plans to include others from the Pacific Northwest and beyond. And what better way to celebrate wine than by overlooking an actual working winery filled with barrels, tanks and other winemaking equipment? From the loft above the bar, one has a bird’s eye view of everything happening in the winery.
Here’s a short list of the Coopers Hall wines with several others available by the glass.
Non vintage Coopers Hall Cali Dry White has nice acidity with pears and apricots and tastes a bit like summer in a glass.
2013 Coopers Hall Riesling, Cuvee Alexeli, Willamette Valley is unfiltered with flavors of lime zest, green apples, a hint of residual sugar and a tart finish.
2011 Coopers Hall Pinot noir, Willamette Valley is filled with grapes from the Dundee Hills and the wine spent 15 months in neutral French oak. It’s a very light wine filled with flavors of raspberries, mushrooms and dark cherries.
Also on the drink menu is a Coopers Shandy, described as a low-octane refresher of lager, Cascadia White, rose and orange liqueurs and lemon, on ice. This drink is a real crowd pleaser that’s refreshing, tangy and nice eye candy too. At one point, everyone seemed to be sipping on one.
Who: Coopers Hall Winery & Taproom
Where: 404 SE 6th Ave, Portland, OR
Phone: (503) 719-7000
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