Last night I had my very first visit to Coopers Hall Winery and Taproom. I’ve walked by here several times on my early morning walks to work and I’ve been eager to pay a visit. The Portland Food Bloggers group had a meet up so I had a great excuse to check it out.
Coopers Hall is an urban winery that houses a working winery, dining area and a 44 tap wine bar. In addition to wine, they have beer and liquor. They also have a full kitchen so you can definitely make an evening meal out of your visit.
A small group of fellow food bloggers was there so I got to meet many folks that I’ve been following on Instagram and following their blogs. It was great to compare notes on Feast, talk about the food scene and even get into discussions about music and music venues.
After a few sips of my 2 oz. wine flights, we were greeted by Joel Gunderson, one of the partners at Coopers. He gave us a tour of the wine making facilities, explained their philosophy behind the winery and showed us some of the behind the scenes of how their tap system works.
They have some very forward thinking ideas toward wine production. By utilizing a keg system rather than traditional bottling, they are able to have a large selection of varietals and it allows smaller wine makers to experiment. If you get a chance, read through their website to see what they are doing. I found it very progressive.
Not much else to say other than get down there and check it out for yourself. I can’t wait to get back and enjoy a glass with the Mrs. Cheers!