In an effort to keep you up to date on wineries in Portland we will be featuring one winery a month in an email and on social media. The plan is to give you a couple of highlights in this email and then follow us on Facebook or Instagram to hear more about each winery.We hope you enjoy this snapshot into each of these unique small Urban Wineries.
A big THANK YOU! has to go out to Aliya Hall for taking the time to interview our winery members.
Hip Chicks do Wine
What makes your winery unique?
Laurie: To me, what makes our winery unique is diversity. We never commit to making wine from one to two grapes, we never had the inclination to only make wine from certain areas. I think the vineyards throughout Oregon are so diverse and that diversity of grapes and growing conditions is really what gets me excited. We also make wine from grapes in Washington, which is a whole other world within itself. I personally really have fun playing around with different new varietals all the time so seeing what fun blends we can make with all those different kinds of grapes, and so when I look at our line up of wines, it’s not just looking at different grapes from different areas all over the state but we also make 12-16 different wines at different times. So when someone walks into our tasting room and has time to try some wines they’re not stuck with one choice.
Renee: I agree. The wine that we make again has a diverse audience not just tapped into women, or women of a certain age, we have men come in, people who just turned 21, people who are 86 that come in and buy our wines. I think it’s the idea of appealing to everyone.
Laurie: And over the years I think our customer base has grown in its own diversity. Especially in the last year I feel like, which is kind of crazy because of the pandemic.
Renee: With the pandemic, it seems like people are willing to try new things. People in their late 30s or early 40s who only drank Martinis thinking I need to try wine now.
Laurie: We’ve had more groups that represent people of color in the last year, we’ve had more trans customers in the last year. I don’t know if it’s how we’re reaching out to customers or if it’s just people in general being more willing to put themselves out there.
Renee: And we’re a safe place to do that.
What kinds of wine do you make?
Laurie: I feel like we make fruit forward, food friendly, approachable wines that are good both to drink now and to age and have 10-15 years down the road. We make two different brands, we have our Hip Chicks Wine and we have our Tiernan Connor Wines, which for sure we have set up to be age-able and drink this for your special occasions in 10 years. But even some of the Hip Chick Wines the same things can be said of them. We really just want our wines to be something that you could get a bottle, pop open and enjoy with friends and it didn’t have to be a special occasion. Sometimes, isn’t just waking up a special occasion? After this last 16 months we had I want to encourage people to celebrate more of those everyday moments as wins, because it’s been really tough and the more we can all practice gratefulness and the fact that we’re still here and can do what we want to do, and can pop open that bottle of wine and enjoy it — that’s a win.
What is your signature wine?
Renee: I’m going to have to say it’s the two red blends and the Belly Button wine. Those are the ones people know us for.
Laurie: I agree. When I talk to people on social media or someone goes online and review our winery, those are the three wines people mention the most. The Drop Dead Red for sure because people remember the label. Plus it’s a super smooth blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot so very easy drinking. The Wine Bunny Rouge definitely…this wine is a spicy red blend of Syrah, Tempranillo, Pinot Noir and Zinfandel. And we strive really hard to have those two red blends be really different from each other in terms of style and taste. I think we’ve succeeded in that, and the red wine drinkers really gravitate towards one or the other. The Belly Button wine(similar to a sweet Riesling), I don’t know if it’s the name or the wine itself, or the amount of residual sugar that we keep in that wine but people love it and remember it and come back for it over and over again.
Do you have a favorite non-profit or cause your winery supports?
We have a couple. The one we’re most currently supporting is Esther’s Pantry. It’s a division of Our House of Portland and provides food and clothing to individuals living with HIV and AIDs. But over the last 16 months they expanded their services to provide food for anyone who needed help during the pandemic. With the wildfires last year, they actually did fundraising efforts and were driving food and personal hygiene and cleaning supplies down to different areas affected by wild fires multiple times. They truly blow me away. We’ve been doing fundraising for them annually in December for the last ten years, and doing food drives and things like that, but in the last year we’ve taken on reaching out to our wine club members and community members to help us collect more donations on a more regular basis and folks have really stepped up to help us buy personal hygiene items that don’t get donated. This year our Pride Wines we’re donating a portion of every bottle sold to Esther’s Pantry.
We’re also the sponsor for Pride Northwest, we’ve sponsored them for the last 14 years and donated wines for Pride specific events. This year they didn’t have a festival, so we donated wine that they used for the Queer Film Festival. Hopefully we’ll be able to get back to having in-person events next year and increase that donation.
The Tasting Room at Hip Chicks do Wine is Open.
Fridays: 2pm – 6pm
Saturdays: 12pm – 6pm
Sundays: 12pm – 5pm
4510 SE 23rd Avenue Portland, OR, 97202
To hear more about Hip Chicks do Wine be sure to check out our Social Media pages and you can find a link to them on our website.
News or Events from other PDX Urban Wineries
Halloween Candy & Wine Pairing at Hip Chicks do Wine
Join us for a fun pairing of Halloween Candy and Wine. Flight includes 5 candies paired with 5 wines + a sample of our Seasonal Witches Brew Sangria. Additional wine, sangria and small plates are available for purchase.
Halloween Costumes are encouraged!
We are currently seating indoors and outdoors with Social Distancing. Please dress accordingly. Masks are required indoors anytime you are not seated and eating or drinking.
Event runs 2pm – 6pm Friday, 12pm – 6pm Saturday and 12pm – 5pm Sunday October 29 – 31. Reservation are REQUIRED.
RAM Cellars Tasting Club Hallo-wine edition October 30th Session
Join us for our second of 3 Hallo-wine edition tasting club sessions, on Saturday, October 30th at 5:30pm!
We’ll be tasting through 3 wines: our 2017 Gruner Veltliner, 2017 Cabernet Franc and our 2018 VIV label Petit Verdot! Our harvest Tasting club sessions will be held on Friday, October 29th, and Saturday, October 30th (it’s Halloween, friends! We’ll be in costume for these sessions and hope you’ll join us for the added fun of a combo Hallo-wine party and tasting club sesh!) as well as on Wednesday, November 3rd. All sessions start at 5:30pm Pacific time and run for at least 90 minutes!
$3 dollars from the sale of every tasting club ticket will be donated to the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund, in support of their Name Change Project.
Your tasting club ticket gets you 250ml bottles of all 3 wines, our tasting notes, and access to one of these hour zoom tasting events! We can’t wait to share these wines with you!
Once you’ve purchased your tasting club ticket ($45 – save $5 by joining our tasting club – use promo code ‘tastingclub’ and we’ll get you added to the club!), we’ll get the wine shipped or delivered to you in time to arrive before the event and send the zoom details your way for the session on Saturday the 30th!
While many of our member wineries aren’t holding “special events” in October they are all open for wine tasting! Many still prefer you make a reservation so check out our website and make plans to hit the Urban Wine Trail!