One of Portland’s Most Famous Sommeliers Will Open His Own Bottle Shop

In the early days of the pandemic, Andy Fortgang — 2019 Food & Wine sommelier of the year and co-owner of both Le Pigeon and Canard — began building wine packs for customers to pick up from the restaurant, a way to bring in revenue during an extremely difficult period for the industry. The wines he chose spanned several wine regions: Columbia River Gorge pinot noir, Barolos, and, shocking no one familiar with Fortgang’s taste, Burgundies. While designing the wine packs, Fortgang reignited a dream he had kept on the back-burner for years: opening his own retail shop.

“It’s always been a little bit of a ‘maybe one

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