There is a new addition to Main Street that is sure to tickle the palates of wine enthusiasts – Sip D’Vine is open and ready for business.
A bottle shop and wine bar, Sip D’Vine focuses on Northwest wines exclusively. “When people hear Northwest, some think Oregon and Pinot Noir and may stop there,” said owner Jill Crecraft. “We have so much more than that. We can grow any kind of wine in the Northwest, and the trick is finding who does each well.”
Crecraft, a native Oregonian, vets every selection, carefully curating the wines for sale. “I look for wines that are made well, and preferably wines that are worth their price tag,” Crecraft said. “We have wines you won’t find anywhere else and many more that are not commonly found elsewhere.”
The fragrance-free intimate shop features more than 500 wines, including a well-stocked refrigerator for customers on the go (or to consume onsite) as well as a “cheap and cheerful” section with empty cases ready to fill. Small tables and chairs, plus comfy love seats and coffee tables and a sprinkling of wine barrels are surrounded by windows and walls of wine.
While Crecraft is not yet offering flights, a selection of wines is available by the glass in addition to a few beers. As there is no kitchen onsite, people are allowed to bring in food, and Crecraft does not charge a corkage fee for choices from her inventory.
Customers can customize case selections based on their individual tastes, preferences, mood and budget, matching the evolving wine selection with their specific desires. If customers call ahead to place an order, curbside service is available.
Crecraft has been in the wine industry for more than 30 years, including opening Sip D’Vine in Multnomah Village 21 years ago. “I’ve been looking for the right space on Main Street to move my shop for the past 18 months,” she said. “I wanted to be here and am thrilled to finally make it here.”
Her varied background includes teaching wine classes through Portland Community College and judging a number of wine competitions over the years. Crecraft said that she doesn’t call herself a wine expert or connoisseur, joking, “I just refer to myself as the wino in residence.”
The Main Street construction project right outside her door doesn’t faze her. “This end of Main Street will be beautiful when it’s done, with plants, trees, art and crosswalks,” she said. “I went through similar construction in Multnomah Village.”
Sip D’Vine, whose tagline is “not your stuffy wine shop” and whose logo is a happy monk holding a glass of wine while stomping grapes in a barrel, is located at 12200 S.W. Main Street, near Scoffins Street. Open every day except Mondays, current hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday from 1 to 7 p.m., Friday from 1 to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 1 to 8 p.m.