TeSóAria vineyard’s tasting room located in North Portland is serving up vegan-deliciousness every Thursday night with their tapas menu.
When I told Rick that I was taking him to a vegan dinner, he wasn’t thrilled. But it helped that wine was involved.
TeSóAria Vineyard, located in Southern Oregon, opened up its Portland Tasting Room a few years ago. Located on North Williams, it’s a beautiful space with large windows, intimate seating, and a lots of great wine.
Winemaker John Olson is making some truly unique varietals that you won’t find on a typical Oregon tasting menu – Dolcetto, Malbec, Vermentino, and many more. You’ll find at least a dozen options at any given time in their tasting room. Will all the different types of wine being produced, you may be skeptical about whether they’re actually being produced well. They are. John is a perfectionist. This year alone, his wines have garnered 108 medals.
Talking to John, you can feel the true passion that he has for both winemaking and the history behind the wines. The story that he tells of the origin of the name Bull’s Blood is one not to be missed. Nor, is the brief explanation for how the name (Redacted) came to be.
Fun fact: While aging the wines in the barrels, John plays music through Bose speakers to keep the wine moving – How cool is that?!
My favorite thing about TeSóAria? They have bubbles on tap! Their 2015 Sparkling confused judges at the 2016 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition because it was entered as a growler – It ultimately it took away a Silver Medal at that competition.
My second favorite thing about TeSóAria? The food.
TeSóAria began its Vegan Thursdays on June 16th. Coining it “Shut Up and Eat Your Vegetables” night – You’ll find an offering of vegan tapas beginning at 5pm.
Disclosure: I’m not a vegan. I AM a fan of good food and I loved everything on the menu. Take a gander at all the beautiful vegan dishes that they’re serving up:
Tapenade made with castelveltrano and kalamata olives with herbs and toasted bread. This tapenade paired with 2014 Dolcetto was perfection in my book. I’ll be ordering this every time we stop by.
Mezza Board with house made hummus, harissa, marinated olives, roasted almonds, pickled onions, cauliflower and cucumber. Is this not the prettiest plate you ever did see?
Samosas filled with curry cauliflower and potato served with a spiced tomato sauce. This was hands down my favorite dish of the night. I could have eaten six of them in one sitting.
Som Tam Rolls with charred peanut and black garlic sauce and hot chili oil. That peanut sauce! Totally tasty.
Portobello Sandwich on ciabatta with romesco sauce, pickled peppers, roasted fennel greens. I’m not sure that I have ever been so enamored with vegetables.
Seasonal Salad with fennel, radish and avocado dressing. Simply dressed letting the flavor of the beautiful lettuce and shaved fennel shine through.
TeSóAria has lots of other foodie events at their tasting room:
- Tuesdays feature housemade pizza from 6-9 pm.
- On Wednesdays you’ll find Hangry Hump Day – Lots of unique food specials offered up from 6-9pm.
- Vegan wine-paired brunches are also in the works. Each course will be paired with two wine pairings. The next brunch will be held Sunday, July 24 at 11am. There is limited seating and RSVP is required. ($45)
TeSóAria wines are only available directly from the winery through their tasting rooms, mailing list, and wine clubs.
The Portland Tasting Room is located at 4003 N Williams Ave, Portland, OR 97227.
The Roseburg Tasting Room & Winery can be found at 512 N Curry Road, Roseburg, OR 97471.
Disclosure: Our vegan dining experience with wine pairings was complimentary. However, we loved the wines so much that we joined their wine club and took home a few bottles of wine and paid for that out of our own pocket.