Wine on the Town: Wine Bars in Southern Oregon
Where the Rogue Valley is abundant in wonderful wineries, it is also full of wine bars in trendy downtown locations. The wine bars listed below are perfect if you don’t feel like driving into the country for great wine.
The Rogue Grape: Medford’s newest wine bar opened mid-August on S. Central Avenue. “At The Rogue Grape, we believe in living local and bringing our community together with the sharing of wine, food, chocolate and music. Our focus is to showcase some of the many fine wines and winemakers from right here in Southern Oregon!,” says owner Natasha Hopkins. “With our rotating wine list, you are sure to find something you recognize or possibly discover a new local favorite! Come and discover the bounty that Southern Oregon has to offer in a relaxing and inviting environment.” Call (541) 821-6994 for hours, 36 S Central Ave, Medford.
The Urban Cork: Serving over 70 Oregon wines, the Urban Cork is quickly gaining popularity as a local favorite wine bar in Medford. The team working here range in experience from wine makers to those getting their feet wet in wine. Above everything, the staff loves wine and loves helping customers find their favorite wine. The Urban Cork also offers classic food pairings with their wines, like prosciutto, fontina, coppa, and fontina. 1 – 7 pm, Thursday – Sunday, 330 N Fir St, Medford
Pomodori Bistro & Wine Bar: John Bartow and Jeffery Lindow have been in the wine and food business for well over a decade. From owning a lunch space in downtown Medford to opening a successful Italian restaurant on the coast in Florence, the two settled back in Medford in 2013 to open Pomodori. With an emphasis on food, Bartow has created a well-thought out menu that includes mushroom ravioli, lemon almond rockfish, and gnocchi. Their wine menu is as though out and extensive, featuring wines from all over Oregon. Their menu, as well as their staff, are well-versed in what flavors people should be tasting in each wine, helping customers better appreciate what they’re drinking. 5 – 9 pm, Tuesday – Saturday, 410 E Main St, Medford
Liquid Assets: Ashland wine bar Liquid Assets has constructed a beautiful and complimentary French-inspired food menu for its wines. The menu includes coconut calamari, cheese plate, mushroom carbonara, and house made chocolate truffles. With over 20 wines by the glass and over 200 by the bottle, here’s bound to be more than one perfect fit with their food. Their wine club offers members two specially selected bottles of wine, winemaker notes and reviews, discounts, and tasting events. 4 – 10 pm, Monday – Thursday, 4 pm – 12 am, Friday and Saturday, 96 N Main St #201, Ashland
Ostras! Tapas & Bottleshop: Also in Ashland, this bottle shop features wines throughout the Rogue Valley and the world. By the glass and by the bottle, customers can enjoy white wine from Spain, Rosé from Umpqua Valley, and champagne from France. It also has signature cocktails and eclectic tapas to share, like black mussels and braised pork cheeks. The blog on its website introduces customers to those orchestrating and pairing these delicious wines, as well as educating readers about wine. 5 – 10 pm, Sunday – Thursday, 5 – 11 pm, Friday and Saturday, 47 N Main St, Ashland
The Twisted Cork: This Grants Pass wine bar features wines from Oregon, Washington, and California. The wine bar hosts winemakers dinners, pairing special wines to special dinners. The last dinner in August featured a 2017 Sauvignon Blanc to chilled cucumber soup with seared tuna tartare, a 2016 Zinfandel with beef tenderloin summer rolls, and a 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon with four chocolate maquise with fresh berry coulis. The Twisted Cork also accommodates large groups with reservations to create their own private dinner. 11 am – 8 pm, Tuesday – Thursday, 11 am – 9 pm, Friday and Saturday, 210 SW 6th St, Grants Pass
The Speakeasy Taproom: Wine bar and taproom Speakeasy in Grants Pass may offer less wines on a daily basis but it rotates often, focusing on quality over quantity. It features wines from its favorites, like Troon Vineyards, DANCIN, and Del Rio Winery. Their food menu includes calamari, edamame, and chicken cordon bleu bites. Along with its quality selections, Speakeasy hosts several events each month from live music to Paint & Sip. 1 pm – 2:30 am, Monday – Saturday, 208 NW 6th St, Grants Pass