Hip Chicks Do Wine
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Located in SE Portland, Hip Chicks Do Wine has been making wine since 1999. We source our grapes from premium vineyards located throughout Oregon and Washington. As Portland's oldest urban winery, we continue to strive to make fun wine and wine fun. Laurie Lewis and Renee Neely
Hip Chicks Laurie Lewis and Renee Neely used to work at a commercial vineyard in wine country, but after a while, they decided that the long commute out of town and back again was killing them. So, the pair decided to open their own winery right here in the city. Lewis says she and Neely make wine because they have a passion for it. But, the real reason they make it is because they know you have a passion not just for drinking it, but for celebrating the memories you make when you're drinking it with the people you love. In addition to supplying the city with 2,000 to 3,000 cases of single and blended varietals a year, Hip Chicks also keeps a full calendar, hosting events at the winery throughout the year. And, each October marks the beginning of what Lewis and Neely call the Squishfest Harvest Party. "It's your chance to come to the winery and get sticky with the Hip Chicks," Lewis says. "If we get grapes in that day, folks can help us process [them]," employing what she calls "a good old fashioned grape stomp." The tasting room is open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Tucked deep inside of a maze of small side streets in Reed’s industrial district is a little urban winery where you can stumble upon all kinds of treats on the last day of the work week. At their warehouse tasting room, Laurie Lewis and Renee Neely offer guests what they call “Five on Fridays.” That means you can swing by and sample $5 glasses of wine, $5 glasses of sangria, wine flights (six red and white sips in all) at $5 a pop, and get $5 off their cheese plates, which come loaded with Pacific Northwest cheeses, charcuterie from Olympic Provisions, crackers and Oregon-grown hazelnuts. Of course, once you’ve snacked and sampled a wine or two—or six—you can always take home a bottle (or two, or six) of the Hip Chicks’ signature blends, like their Drop Dead Red (merlot, cabernet sauvignon and cab franc) or Belly Button Wine (pinot gris, muscat and riesling). Happy hour lasts from 3 to 7 p.m. on Fridays only, from March until September.
Laurie Lewis of Hip Chicks Do Wine was instrumental in organizing the PDX Urban Wineries association, which represents a range of winemakers making a variety of wines all right here within the city's limits. And now, the burgeoning number of urban wineries involved in the collaborative coalition has created the perfect way for you to tour their facilities and taste their wines. The PDX Urban Wineries Passport grants you a free tasting at wineries around town—including Hip Chicks, ENSO, Alchemy Wine Productions, and Seven Bridges as well as three different winemakers in the shared space of the Southeast Wine Collective (which features Helioterra Wines, Vincent Wine Company and Division Winemaking Company) and the appointment-only, garage-based operation of Jan-Marc Wine Cellars—plus discounts at local wine-oriented bars and restaurants. Want to get a group together and arrange your own tour? The passport also provides deals on transportation options like the Portland Short Bus and PDX Pedicab. So, buy your own passport ($20) and organize a tasting trip. Then, present your passport for complimentary sips and swirl, sniff and swallow—or spit, if you must. Like what you tried? Receive 10 percent off any bottle purchased that day. Then, repeat this process at your next urban winery stop.