Meet Ash Street Wine Co./Archival Spirits + July wine events
Meet the Wineries!
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.
Ash Street Wine Co/Archival Spririts
When did your winery form and how did you get into the wine industry?
I opened the winery in January of 2020 and it started as a pretty small project focusing on making aperitifs and digestifs, two things that are missing from the wine market. I came into the wine industry from the restaurant scene, so I worked in restraints in Portland in the late 90s for a number of years, most notably I worked at the Heathman in the kitchen as a back of the house person, and that’s where I started to learn about wine the most.
In 1999 I got an opportunity to go live and work in northern Italy in a restaurant and jumped at that opportunity. I went over to Italy and I knew the food and culinary and wine scene would be extraordinary, but the thing I found the most surprising was despite all the Barolos and Barbaresco people were really interested in, primarily before dinner and after dinner this ritual that was missing from American dining that was aperitifs and digestifs. Since that time, I’ve been working on refining, first as a home wine maker then getting more serious, trying to replicate those types of things I encountered in France and Italy.
What makes your operation unique?
Two things, first is there’s a growing interest in vermouth as a thing. It’s obviously a very popular thing in Europe, so there’s a growing number of craft vermouth makers in America, Portland has actually per capita more than any other city in the country, which won’t be surprising to anyone. I’m part of that growing interest.
The second thing that is the most unique about what we’re doing, I have one product now — and one to be launched in the fall — is based on a recipe from the early 20th century from a French winemaking journal and, I in addition to my restaurant background have a PHD in history. In the process of trying to make these things was also finishing my PHD and started using all the resources I had at my disposal to try and obtain formulas, recipes, old winemaking journals, techniques from the late 19th century and early 20th century on how to make these things. So the Vin D’Orange is adapted from a recipe from the early 1900s that came from a French winemaking journal.
Do you have a favorite non-profit or cause your winery supports?
This past June we donated 100 bottles to our local school auction. We currently have every bottle of our 2020 Rosé, $1 of which goes to COVDI-19 vaccine distribution in Latin America. Previously, the winery has donated money to Portland Public Schools Foundation and Don’t Shoot Portland.
To hear more about Ash Street Wine Co/Archival Spirits 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
Wine Tasting & Jazz Guitar
July 22nd 5pm – 8pm @Laurelhurst Club
Enjoy a relaxed summer evening in the garden with good wine, sweet music, delicious charcuterie and neighbors and friends. Meet the winemakers from Portland’s Division Wine Company & Ash Street Wine Co and learn about their varietals. Listen to the jazz guitar sounds of musician and Laurelhurst resident Mike Doolin and friend John Stowell. Tickets required. $15 per person.
Join Willful Wines at Balanza Vineyard in Dundee on July 30th for a Winemakers Dinner. Seats are $120 per person and you can find out more details on their website.