Urban Crush is a group of small, family-owned wineries that share a production facility, tasting room, and wine lounge. Our winemakers bring grapes from acclaimed vineyards across Oregon and Washington to our custom crush winery in downtown Portland, where we combine traditional techniques with state-of-the-art equipment to craft award-winning wines. Urban Crush invites visitors to experience these locally-sourced, hand-crafted wines in the relaxed atmosphere of our tasting room and wine lounge.
Since 2007, Angel Vine has focused on producing the Pacific Northwest’s very best locally-made, Zinfandel-based wines. Beginning with our first vintage of only 500 cases, Angel Vine has built a repertoire of wines crafted from Eastern Washington’s finest fruit. With production now at about 2,000 cases, Angel Vine’s wines showcase Zinfandel’s Pacific Northwest flavors and have earned local, regional, and national recognition as outstanding examples of a grape not well-known outside of California. Owner-winemaker Ed Fus’s passion for Zinfandel drives him to craft wines that display the unique characteristics the grape acquires when grown in Washington’s Walla Walla Valley, Horse Heaven Hills, Wahluke Slope, and the greater Columbia Valley. Angel Vine is committed to producing wines with character, individuality, and spunk!
Sasha Davies and Michael Claypool are the team behind Clay Pigeon Winery.
Sasha has spent the past decade working with cheese as a wholesaler, retailer, book author and educator. She has worked with the best and brightest at Artisanal, Murray’s Cheese, and Marlow & Sons, and Beecher’s Handmade Cheese in New York City and also here in Portland at Steve’s Cheese (now Cheese Bar).
Along the way Sasha coerced Michael into spending a summer touring America visiting and interviewing artisan cheesemakers via a project they coined Cheese by Hand. This lead to Sasha serving on the Board of the American Cheese Society. Through her work on the board she helped to launch the country’s first certification exam for cheese professionals in August of 2012.
Read more of Sasha’s writing and find out about her two cheese books, The Guide to West Coast Cheese and The Cheesemaker’s Apprentice at sashadavies.com.
Michael began working in the wine industry over eight years ago. He studied at the Wine and Spirit Education Trust in NYC while working at Astor Wines. He was fortunate to get the opportunity to assist the wine director at the esteemed Blue Hill at Stone Barns, learning to pair wines from a list of over 2000 bottles with dishes turned out by two of the country’s top chefs- Dan Barber and Michael Anthony.
After working for a year in the cellar and on the dining room floor, Michael went to Sonoma, California to work crush at the small but mighty Papapietro Perry Winery. There he learned about making Pinot Noir and Zinfandel and discovered that making wine was the profession he wanted to pursue.
In 2009 Michael made his first vintage- one barrel of Pinot Noir- and expanded modestly each year until founding Clay Pigeon Winery in 2011. His liver has never forgiven him.
In 2014, Bradford Cowin in collaboration with his mother, Tana Mendes Bidwell decided to create a winery dedicated to hand crafting wines in the Pacific Northwest influenced by the wines of Europe. Paying homage to his grandfather and the family’s Portuguese ancestry, they named the winery Adega Northwest, (Portuguese for winery cellar).
Today, Adega Northwest is a thriving winery in Portland, Oregon under the ownership of Bradford Cowin and partner Darren Harris. The winery currently produces four single vineyard Cabernet Sauvignons, two single vineyard Syrah’s, a Cabernet Franc, a Tempranillo and a single vineyard GSM. These wines continue to be inspired by the wines of Europe.
As of September 1st, Adega Northwest will be based out of Urban Crush Winery, a Co-op in Southeast Portland, Oregon.