The best places to buy wines from years gone by
After you toast the past 12 months on New Year’s, why not look back even further and raise a glass of vintage wine? We offer a guide to some of the best places in Portland (and in wine country) to sip your way down memory lane.
Red Slate Wine Company
This friendly wine shop in the Central Eastside’s Olympic Mills building houses a deep cellar with highlights from Burgundy, the Rhône Valley, and Piedmont dating back to the 1960s. Owner David Speer often hosts library tastings—think Brunello di Montalcino from the 1970s or two decades of Champagne. 107 SE Washington St; redslatewine.com
Pearl District wine guru Todd Steele’s high-tech Enomatic wine-preservation system allows oenophiles the opportunity to try local, French, and Italian wines from the ’80s and ’90s by the glass, which means getting a taste of a vintage likely to break budgets at full-bottle prices. 1139 NW 11th Ave; metrovinopdx.com
The Eyrie Vineyards
Winemaker Jason Lett recently released a monumental library wine list after tasting through four decades of Eyrie’s pinot noir and chardonnay, checking for quality and recorking for sale. Eyrie Wine Club members have direct access to the historic treasure trove, and selections can be ordered through local bottle shops including Great Wine Buys, Liner & Elsen, and all three Pastaworks locations.
935 NE 10th Ave, McMinnville; eyrievineyards.com (contact Anneka Miller at 503-472-6315 for library wine information)
Joel Palmer House
This venerable Dayton institution offers one of the region’s largest selections of rare library wines from dozens of Oregon wineries, with a focus on the pioneering vintners of the Northern Willamette Valley. 600 Ferry St, Dayton; joelpalmerhouse.com