We are now located at: 6754 15th Ave NW
That’s on the southeast corner of
15th Ave NW & 70th Street, across from
Brunswick & Hunt & down the
street from The Fat Hen, Delancey,
Essex & Honoré Bakery and caddy
corner from Grumpy D's Coffeehouse.
Our Ballard Ave Wine Bar
closed at the end of 2014.
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Tuesday - Saturday: 11am to 7pm
Sunday: 11am to 5pm
6754 15th Ave NW
Seattle WA 98117
03.12.2015 The Wine Regions of WA State
Cows, wheat, orchards and wine!
Layered with apple orchards, entrenched in wheat farming, milk and cattle production, wine production in Washington began in the mid 1970’s. Wine still relatively new in the scheme of agriculture output for Washington State and the region has a finite supply of water for irrigation. Quality over bulk quantity is regulated by irrigation needs. With the exception of approximately 80 acres of vineyard near Seattle in Puget Sound AVA, the state’s wine regions are all located to the east of the Cascades, where the mountains’ rain shadow effect makes irrigation commonplace—rainfall is often less than ten inches a year.
Eastern Washington experiences a true continental climate, with hot summers and cold winters; frost and winter freezes are serious concerns for growers. Soils consist of basalt bedrock and thin alluvial topsoil, deposited by the same Missoula Floods that washed through the Willamette Valley at the end of the last ice age. Loess is everywhere, as well as layers of sand and gravel. Why does this make a difference?
Each appellation has its own unique characteristics that allow it to be defined separately than the Columbia Valley. The factors that play major roles in defining each AVA (or appellation) are the soils, the climate impact of each region and the subtle nuances of land masses that create microclimates and impact the quality of the vines and grapes. Here are the AVA's:
Walla Walla Valley
Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley
Horse Heaven Hills
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Mar 26 Mystery Grape
Mar 27 Weekly Tasting: Luck of the Draw
Mar 28 Australian Reds
Mar 29 La Puerta
(Argentina) ~ 12-4pm
Stop by & check out our new tasting room!
Food+Wine: Easter Feast 2015 & wines to go with!
Makes a wonderful gift! Two clubs to choose from: Portalis Explores! (bugdet) & Portalis Wine Club (no holds barred)
Spring Gatherings and Patio Pre-Func Ideas