Pour Wine Bar has received accolades from many different sources, from the
Oregonian to Western Interiors, here are a few stories you might enjoy.
Recently, Pour Wine Bar was named the editorial pick for Best Wine Bar on
Citysearch.com, a Willamette Week Pick for 2007-08, and named a City Best
pick on AOL City Guide http://search.cityguide.aol.com/portland/bars/pour-wine-bar-bistro/v-121660921
OREGONIAN Jonathan Nicholas
Oregonian, October 7, 2005
Kat under a hot Finn's roof
By Jonathan Nicholas
Let's concede one thing right up front: Having a supermodel serve the chardonnay
doesn't hurt one bit. But make no mistake. The most arresting curves at Pour have
nothing to do with the help.
Robert Volz is the kind of guy who tools around town on a
'59 Vespa. He did so long before such behavior was considered normal for everyone
from Sellwood slackers to soccer moms in their Juicy Couture.
Volz was cruising one day from his Laurelhurst home when
he spied the lovely little Fab Fifties building at 2755 N.E. Broadway. It
was empty. He called the landlord.
Question: "What do you want to put in there?"
Answer: "I dunno. A wine bar?"
Volz was a writer, not a shopkeeper. He didn't have a business
plan. All he had was an inordinate fondness for chairs.
Pour Wine Bar & Bistro
is not exactly in a prime location. The corner is less a portal to Alameda,
more a gateway to Hollywood Fred Meyer. But already, just six weeks in, it's
setting a new standard for the neighborhood.
Volz is a huge fan of Finnish architect Eero Saarinen. He's
the guy who designed the legendary TWA terminal at JFK airport. Too old school,
for you? Remember that way cool HQ for "Men in Black"? That was
based on a Saarinen design.
So when Volz found a stash of Saarinen chairs left over
from a 1952 cruise boat, he snapped them up to set the tone for Pour.
Their trademark curves are echoed in everything from the vestibule to the wine racks.
Saarinen knew from curves. He also designed the St. Louis arch.
"Yes," Volz says, "I know. Even my dad says
I am way too stylish for a heterosexual."
His wife, Theressa Davis, likes him that way. She's the communications director
for Comcast and drops by every night to balance the books. Says Volz, "It's
the only way she sees me."
At Pour, Volz does most of the cooking
-- he put himself through school cooking at Cafe Zenon in Eugene. He keeps
things simple: olives, cheese, lamb. His trademark is the "daily pour," just
$3 a glass during happy hour. He pairs each wine with each
customer. Frisky redheads, for example, often seem to be rewarded with a stunning
pinot from Ken Wright.
As for the cocktail waitress. Yes, Kat Fleming really was a supermodel. No,
she isn't wondering whether you might be free tomorrow night.
Jonathan Nicholas: JPNicholas@aol.com
Newest oenophile outlet pours on the style, charm
By Liz Colie Gadberry
The Portland Tribune, Sep 30, 2005
You’ve heard the metaphor about how opening a restaurant is a lot like
having a baby. The months of planning, the intense labor before it’s
born, then the constant worry that something might go wrong, fighting with
the dream that your baby (or restaurant) will be loved by many and grow up
to be a huge success.
Many restaurant owners have the excited, anxious, happy look of new parents.
Robert Volz, owner of the month-old Pour Wine Bar (2755 N.E. Broadway, 503-288-7687),
is no exception. In fact, he’s like the parents, the grandparents and
the pediatrician all rolled into one.
Volz is a man obsessed with details. If a parent paid as much attention to
his child as Volz does to Pour, the kid would suffocate. But Pour seems to
benefit from all the attention. The color scheme, the chairs, the lights,
the entryway, the kitchen, the food and the wine: Volz has a hand in every
aspect of his baby.
Pour’s location looks a bit incongruous. It would fit right in in the
Pearl, but on the corner of Northeast 28th Avenue and Broadway, across the
street from a pet supply store and a stone’s throw from a Fred Meyer,
the thoroughly modern-looking spot stands out like an elegantly dressed woman
at Oaks Park.
Pour is small but makes a big statement in style. Beautiful chairs designed
by Finnish architect and furniture designer Eero Saarinen (who designed the
Gateway Arch in St. Louis) are the room’s most striking feature. A rich
cream color, the chairs are also extremely comfortable. Volz points out that
the arched openings in the chairs’ backs echo the arched entryway to
Pour and an arch above the bar.
A Cruvinet system for preserving opened wine allows Pour to offer a nice selection
of wines by the glass. The kitchen is about the size of an extra-wide diving
board and, as in most wine bars, the menu is small. But you can order olives,
nuts, cheese, beef Bresaola and even escargot with your wine. Panini, risotto,
and macaroni and cheese are also available. Volz recently bought a slow cooker
and intends to add roasted meats to the menu soon.
Last week I tried the cheese plate, and it was superb with Oregonzola by Rogue
Creamery, a solid Manchego from Barcelona and a rich, Parmesan-like Gouda.
Noon to 2 p.m. Monday-Friday, 4:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 4:30
p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday
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Pour It On
When former food critic and mid-century design enthusiast Robert Volz decided
to open a wine bar in Portland, he turned to the design firm Compressed
Pattern to make it a reality. “Each of our projects tells a story
about a client’s passion,” says the firm’s Travis Weedman. “It’s
a collaborative process.” In designing Pour, the team was influenced
by Volz’s forty-one Eero Saarinen chairs. Their curvature is echoed
throughout the space, from te tables designed by Volz (above), to the alcove
string art (top) by Andi Kovel.
Pour Wine Bar, 2755 NE Broadway St. Portland, OR. 97232, 503-288-7687.
OREGONIAN Wine Bar Features
Oregonian, Wine Bar Bests, June 2, 2006
Show off your stylish self:
Pour Wine Bar & Bistro
Baby, that new Prada looks amazing on you. Head to this design-centric spot
to raise a glass to your primo shopping score. The low lighting makes you
forget you're on a strange stretch of Northeast Broadway, the sleek furnishings
have a '50s retro sexiness, and the house iPod loaded with '70s R&B gets
you in a total Stevie Wonder groove.
Choice sips: By-the-glass offerings include high-enders like a supple pinot
from Oregon's Beaux Freres, but a smooth-tasting Italian Arneis from Tre Donne
treads lighter on the wallet. Bottles range from a humble $18 to $450 for
a 36-year-old sauternes, with the menu noting picks from the Wine Spectator
and The Oregonian wine critic Matt Kramer.
Bang-up bites: Grilled panini loaded with artisanal cheese; piping-hot escargot;
comforting mac and cheese.
Find it: 2755 N.E. Broadway; 503-288-7687