My Latest in Wine Business Monthly:
Battle Creek Cellars Opens in Portland’s Pearl District
by L.M. Archer
Portland, Ore. – Battle Creek Cellars is bringing a taste of the Willamette Valley to Portland’s Pearl District. The urban tasting room slakes city dwellers’ thirst, sans the wine country commute.
“We love producing wine in the heart of the Willamette Valley,” said Battle Creek Cellars winemaker Sarah Cabot, “yet saw an opportunity to bring Oregon’s beloved wine country to the city, in a unique neighborhood where people live and work—and particularly to the Pearl District, where there really aren’t dedicated tasting rooms.”
The new 2,000-square-foot space, situated at 820 NW 13th Ave., offers visitors a comfortable place to connect over wine and light bites. “Portland is also the jumping point for tourists who are eager to come experience Oregon wines,” says Cabot. “By opening our tasting room in Portland, our goal is to bring a slice of wine country to the city for everyone to enjoy—be it after work, on a Saturday afternoon, or as they kick-off a wine country vacation.”
Battle Creek Cellars engaged local architect Logan McClain, designer Stephen Elliott and project executive Adam Khawaja of Green Gables Construction for design and build-out. Other area artisans include Steffany Hollingsworth of HVL Interiors, Bo Hagood of Made, for bar cabinetry, retail fixtures, shelving and soil jar displays, and vine display muralist Sarah Vogelwede.
As a result, innovative exhibits and clever art pieces accent the interior, including one wall devoted entirely to soil samples and descriptors from each of the winery’s estate vineyards. Of special note, tile artist Betsy Sharp (Cabot’s mother) contributed a one-of-a-kind ceramic tile installation depicting an aerial view of the vineyards. Additional features comprise outdoor seating, meeting and entertaining space, and regionally sourced merchandise. READ FULL STORY HERE.
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