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Favorite PDX wine and cheese shops?

Alba Oct 11, 2009 12:42 PM

I'm a Bay Area hound that visits Portland regularly and is scoping out the food scene...

Where do local foodies go to purchase their boutique, hard to find (and fine) wines and cheeses (either domestic or imported), attend tastings, and find knowledgeable and passionate folk that sell cheese and wine?

Please share your favorite shopping haunts and why you love them so much!

If you're familiar with the East Bay specialty food stores, I'm wondering if there are stores in Portland like Berkeley's Cheeseboard or Oakland's Farmstead Cheeses & Wine, Paul Marcus, etc.

Thanks for sharing!

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    nkeane Oct 11, 2009 07:10 PM

    Steve's Cheese, Foster&Dobbs for the cheese part of your query and Vinopolis and Cork for the wine half. I am feeling lazy and I presume you know how to use google. You will definitely be able to find something to satisfy you at any of these places!

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      Dieppe Oct 12, 2009 12:07 PM

      Liner & Elsen in the Alphabet District carries a really interesting selection of wines from local and international producers. The enthusiastic staff love to help you pair the right bottle(s) with the flavors of the table.

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        Leonardo Oct 12, 2009 12:21 PM

        Agree about the two cheese shops mentioned. Also make sure to taste & buy directly from cheesemakers who go to Portland Farmers' Mkt on Saturday morning. http://www.portlandfarmersmarket.org/

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          Alba Oct 12, 2009 03:43 PM

          These are great suggestions! So, what if you find yourself across the Columbia River in Vancouver... are there any good wine or cheese shops up there (ignoring chains like Whole Foods), or do you need to drive to Portland?

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