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The winery partnered with Sentinel Hotel to create the first of its kind in the United States

Domaine Serene Winery has partnered with Provenance Hotels to open a wine lounge within the Sentinel Hotel in downtown Portland. The new facility, called "Domaine Serene Wine Lounge at Sentinel," opened April 13. SUBMITTED PHOTO - Domaine Serene has constructed a wine lounge at the Sentinel Hotel in Portland, reportedly the first one of its kind in the country.

"We felt compelled to create a truly unique, wine-centric experience for our members, guests of the Sentinel and new friends and travelers, right in downtown Portland," said Ryan Harris, president of Domaine Serene. "The (lounge) will be a first-rate concept that will further elevate the Portland wine and food scene as one of the finest in the world."

The Sentinel Hotel was first built in the early 1900s as the Seward Hotel and for years also housed an Elks Lodge.

"The building was built in 1909 and has given us a great place to start; the room used to be the old pool hall for the Elks … and then a workout room," Harris said. "The owners said that the space never worked until now, and it is what it is made to be.

"We brought in residential elements and a residential interior designer; we wanted the place to feel like home and to feel comfortable and relaxing. It has a heavy wine theme to it and a wine box wall. We took our highest end wine boxes and took them apart and made a wooden wall out of them."

The hotel intends to use the lounge as a private event venue during the week in coordination with visits to the Dundee winery.

Domaine Serene Wines was started in 1989 by Grace and Ken Evenstad from Minnesota, who had a deep appreciation for the wines of Burgundy and invested in a 42-acre hilltop that had just been logged. The couple started the winery before Willamette Valley pinot noir and chardonnays were recognized in the national market. In 2001, the company completed construction of its pinot noir winey and went on to win both national and international awards.

The Sentinel Hotel is located at 614 S.W. 11th Ave. in Portland. The wine lounge will be open to the public Friday's through Sunday; Thursdays will be added in May.

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