2019 Old Town Wine Walk - Part Two
Since the first part of the Wine Walk adventure post, I’ve had the opportunity to connect with David Anderson of Syndicate Wine Bar. He had some exciting details to share about the opening of their business.
The vision for Syndicate Wine Bar is to become the gateway to wine country, centrally located in Old Town Beaverton. Between “a bottle shop of 100 curated wine selections, a wine club, residential wine delivery, wine country tours departing from our parking lot, private event rentals, and public events focused on wine education and appreciation”, along with the clear enthusiasm displayed for Syndicate by Wine Walk participants, that vision should easily become a reality.
Additionally, he expects Syndicate to serve customers waiting for a reservation by offering the opportunity to relax over a glass of wine and an appetizer. David says: “Come in, let us welcome you, and show you the fun side of wine that's always been there!” Stay tuned for more from Syndicate Wine Bar, coming soon as a downtown spotlight!
We left off with baked goods, and that’s where we’ll return! Our next stop on the Wine Walk was Delectable Baked Goods, where they were pouring a special rosé. Do yourself a favor and follow them on Instagram @_delectable. They recently made the most amazing shark cake, have featured happy hour cupcakes like margarita and chocolate strawberry with local berries, and whip up all kinds of cookies, macarons, bars, cake pops, and even edible cookie dough!
Just a few doors down was our next stop at Jan’s, an amazing used bookstore that moved downtown from Aloha. For me, this place had a special draw. First, I’m an avid reader and have been wanting to check this place out, and two, they were hosting Résolu Cellars. I joined Résolu Cellars’ club at the Astoria Wine & Seafood Festival about a month ago after I experienced their bold reds (my favorite kind of wine). Additionally, they are located right between where I live and where I work, near Washington Square. That accessibility is very appealing! I had the most pleasant chat with the shopkeeper at Jan’s, and picked up a Theo chocolate bar (organic, fair trade, local to the PNW, and the most delicious chocolate!). Jan’s hosts many local author events, and even features a different special coffee blend every day. Follow them on Instagram @jansbeaverton.
A little way down the road was our next stop, Vault at LaScala, pouring one of their featured wines. The LaScala Food Hall has a neat setup, hosting a few restaurants food court style, and the Vault bar. We almost grabbed a drink at Vault but decided we should keep moving. I hear there’s live music there on Wednesdays, so that sounds like the perfect time to go back for that drink!
We trekked down to GHM Boutique to check out the wines from Chris James Cellars. This shop is not only located in a beautiful historical building featuring several well-appointed and stylish rooms, but all the clothing in the store is donated. The income from the sales of the clothing provides financial assistance to veterans through Gung Ho Ministries (GHM). Check out their spotlight on the Beaverton Downtown Association site here. Oh, and I must go back and buy the electric blue pants I found there—happy for an excuse to return!
The best wines are the one you drink with friends
Our last stop was at Thomas Family Dentistry, pouring wine from Garibaldi Cellars. Most people don’t consider the dentist to be fun, but these people fixed that with an opportunity to spin a wheel and win a dental hygiene prize! Since I’m sure you’re dying to know, I won a travel toothbrush—who doesn’t need one of those?!
We finished out our Wine Walk with some dinner at Ex Novo Brewing. They have some truly remarkable pizza, and some of the only deep-dish type I’ve seen in the Portland area! That thing was so big I got four meals out of it!
If you couldn’t attend the wine walk, I hope you got an idea of what the experience was like, and what you can expect from events in downtown Beaverton.
The businesses mentioned in this blog are also participating in the Passport to Old Town event, running May 1st through September 1st. Pick up your passport at any participating business, and start exploring!
The Beaverton Downtown Association recently potted eight planters along Washington Avenue. Check them out and leave a chalk message on the planter! This is part of a larger effort to enhance the beauty of downtown, especially focusing on the walk from the Farmers Market into the core of downtown.
Stay tuned for more exciting events in Downtown Beaverton!
Article Written By: Mariah Welka