Hours: Saturday 2-5pm,
Thursday 2-5pm and by appointment
1444 College Way, Suite 8
Bend, OR 97701
What do you do with 1200 bottles of wine and no place to store it?
That was the question Dennis and Diane Sienko asked themselves when they arrived at their new Bend, Oregon home in 2005. Recent retirees from Sacramento, California, the Sienkos say it never occurred to them that Bend didn't have a climate controlled facility large enough for their sizeable wine collection! Unfortunately, the closest space was on the other side of Mt. Hood in Portland.
It was a chance meeting with the landlord of the College Way Shopping Center and a conversation about their shared love of wine that led the Sienkos to a surprising storage solution.
The landlord showed the Sienkos a small unused, below-grade space directly under the Mercury Diner, a popular restaurant in his shopping center. With earth on three sides and insulated cinder block on the fourth, this empty underground "cave" offered promise as a place to store the wine. Dennis struck a deal and the conversion from cave to cellar began.
A stickler for details when it comes to anything to do with wine, Dennis wanted only optimal conditions for his collection. Air conditioning and a humidifier were installed first; temperature monitors and an anti-intrusion system followed. Plywood lockers were added and what was once an empty earthen cave, was now an optimal home for the Sienkos' treasured wine collection.
Realizing they had far more space than they needed, the extra space was rented to other wine collectors and commercial establishments in need of suitable wine storage.
And that's the story of the Bend Wine Cellar.
But the story continues
Recently Bend Wine Cellar added a retail wine sales and tasting area to complement the original 50 lockers.
Bend Wine Cellar is committed to selling quality, interesting, distinctive wines--at the best prices in town.
"We have tasted all the wines we sell in the shop, and are knowledgeable about many more wines available in our online store," says Dennis.
The Funkiest Wine Shop in Bend
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We offer complimentary wine tastings every Saturday afternoon from 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. Try before you buy.
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A book of verses underneath the bough,
a jug of wine, a loaf of bread - and thou.
- The Rubáyiát of Omar Khayyám