In Italian, enoteca means “wine shop,” but Enoteca Nostrana, a wine spot located in Portland’s Southeast neighborhood, offers much more. The Euro-style bar evolved from the wine program of its parent restaurant, Nostrana. Inspired by the whimsical Italian postmodern architects and designers of the 1980s known as the Memphis Group, the two-story space features champagne cork-shaped stools at a quartz-topped bar clad in a geometric tile design created by local architect Rick Potestio. But the star of the room has to be the striking floor-to-ceiling wine cellar of gleaming glass and steel, which holds nearly 3,000 bottles of vintages from Spain, France, Germany, the Pacific Northwest and, of course, Italy.
PHOTO BY JOHN VALLS
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