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Thelonious Wine Shop Is Now Open In The Pearl

And the couple who runs it brings some serious sommelier street cred to the neighborhood

Kelsey Glasser and Alejandro Marchesini's new Pearl District bottle and wine flight shop is a small one—upon opening, it carries only about 100 labels.

But the couple also wanted to make sure that you're getting the best kind of each varietal out there. To make that happen, they spent weeks sampling wine—blindly—from each of the globe's premiere wine-producing regions to make sure you'll be sipping on the best glass you can possibly get, whether you're pairing it with fish, steak or a late-night movie at home.

Thelonious—the name is a nod to the monks who made the first wines and the Monk whose flat-handed piano style put dissonance in jazz front and center—is a six-seat shop, decked out in terrariums and large plants, that offers bottles to go, wine flights, wine by the glass, and, coming soon, wine-pairing snacks.

Glasser and Marchesini also bring with them some serious street cred. He helped open Lydia Shire's Scampo in Boston, and was the wine director at Maine's Camden Harbour Inn. She put time in at José Andrés' The Bazaar in Los Angeles, opened EP & LP on West Hollywood's Sunset Strip, and was named one of Zagat's 30 Under 30 U.S. sommeliers.

When you drop in for a bottle or a taste, remember to cozy up to the couple's cat, Thea—although it's more likely that this previously aloof pet will cozy up to you first.

Thelonious: 516 NW 9th Ave., 503-444-7447; Hours: noon to 10 p.m., daily


516 NW 9th Ave, Portland, OR 97209, USA