Portalis Wines
Portalis Wines
Setting the bar for wine in Seattle

Become a Portalis Insider

Have an upcoming event? An office party, a
wedding, a special birthday celebration or
anniversary? We'll make sure the wines
for your occasion are appropriate to the
festivities, delicious & within budget.
Contact Portalis Wines owner
Jens Strecker, for a consultation>




Shop Hours:
Tuesday - Thursday: 3pm to bar close
Friday - Sunday: 11am to bar close
Monday: closed

Bar Hours:
Tuesday-Thursday: 4pm to 11pm
Friday: 4pm - midnight
Saturday: noon - midnight
Sunday: noon - 10pm
Monday: closed


5205 Ballard Ave NW
Seattle WA 98107



Portalis Wines Events

HAPPY HOUR  $5 Wine by the Glass featuring our J. Strecker imports (weekdays 4-6pm) & Chef Tracey's Small Plates Bar Menu now joins Happy Hour
TUESDAYS  $5 Wine by the Glass ...all night
WEDNESDAYS  No Corkage Fee ($15). Drink a bottle in the bar for the shop price
THURSDAYS  Small Plates Menu ...all night (in addition to regular bar menu)
SATURDAYS  3-Course Prix Fixe Dinner Menu ($25-$45)
SUNDAYS  $5 Wine by the Glass featuring our J. Strecker imports ...6-8pm


New Fall Tasting Series: Wine Tour of the World
Join us every Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday from 4-9pm to travel through most of the wine producing regions of the world, sampling the wines from that particular area. We'll have maps! We'll have photos! Should be lots of wine learning fun!  We'll start in WA State, then head through Oregon, California, then over to the Old World than on to New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, Argentina, Chili and the back up to WA State for a little coming home finale!
Tasting starts this week:
Tue, Sep 23: Crément from France's Loire Valley
Wed, Sep 24: Sauvignon Blanc from France's Loire Valley
Thu, Sep 25: Muscadet from France's Loire Valley

Wednesday, Sep 24
No Corkage!
Choose from any of our 450+ bottles in the shop & enjoy in the bar at the retail price. Summer weather continues, so celebrate with a high-end bottle of rosé: Domaine de Frégate 2013 Bandol Rosé ~ White floral notes on the nose. Soft & fruity yet still very dry. And with no corkage, it's <$6.50 a glass! Cheers to summer!

Saturday, Sep 27
Argentine Malbec
Join to taste two wines from one of our favorite Argentine producers: La Puerta, located in the La Rioja region of Argentina, north of Mendoza. We'll be tasting their entry level 2013 Malbec and their 2012 Alta Malbec. Tasting runs from 2-6pm.

Backroom Tasting on Friday, September 26: Tranche Cellars with Rob Griswold
Lauri & Michael Corliss (pictured) own Corliss as well as this newer venture: Tranche Cellars. "By design, Tranche has a totally different personality than Corliss. Corliss is more timeless, Tranche more cutting edge. There is no compromising on quality, just a different path to achieving it." The idea at Tranche (which is French for slice) is that they focus on producing Rhône varietals (which grow beautifully at the adjacent Blue Mountain Vineyard) and other Mediterranean single varietals at prices that don’t require a special occasion budget.

Rob Griswold, who sells the Corliss and Tranche lines directly for the winery, will join us to taste through the following wines:
Tranche Cellars 2011 Slice of Pape Blanc - Roussanne, Viognier, Marsanne
Tranche Cellars 2012 Estate Dolcetto - Blackrock Vineyard
Tranche Cellars 2010 Estate Barbera
Tranche Cellars 2010 Estate Sangiovese - Blue Mountain Vineyard
Tranche Cellars 2010 Estate Syrah - Blue Mountain Vineyard
Tranche Cellars Slice of Pape Rouge - Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre, Cinsault

If you'd like to join, please RSVP> for 1 tasting session from 6:30-7:30pm on Friday, September 26. We'll waive the entrance fee of $7 for our INSIDERS>

Saturday, Sep 27
Dinner at Portalis
Join us for our 3-course dinner menu every Saturday from 5-9pm. The menu changes weekly & runs $25-$45. Regular bar menu available in addition. This week:
--1-- PÂTÉ CAMPAGNE with whole grain mustard, cornichons & baguette | suggested pairing: Belle Eleonore 2010 Lussac St. Emillion $10
--2-- ROASTED EGGPLANT INVOLTINI with ricotta & tomato basil relish | suggested pairing: Weingut Prechtl 2007 Reserve Red Cuvée $9.50
--3-- POT DE CRÈME chocolate | suggested pairing: Niepoort 2007 LBV $10. Cheers!

Sunday Tasting, Sep 28

Fall is here & it's time to feature one of our favorite family wineries from Italy's Piedmont region. Mario Pelassa & his 2 sons, Davide & Daniele, run this wonderful 12 hectare estate in Montà d’ Alba, in the Roero area of Piemonte. We'll be featuring a great spread: Pelassa 2012 Mario's Vino Bianco & Rosso, Pelassa 2011 San Vito Roero Arneis, Pelassa 2013 Sot Nebbiolo Rosé & Pelassa 2009 Langhe Bricco Enrichetta. You're going to be blown away! Tasting runs from 11am to 4pm during the Ballard Farmers Market.

Shop + Bar

Food + Wine

Food+Wine: Wine Tips for Fish


 Portalis Wine Bar Menu
New: TARTE FLAMBÉE prawns,
pesto, oven-roasted tomato, smoked
mozzarella & grana paired with
Castelfeder 2011 Pinot Grigio "15"
Personal Wine Profile
Let us know your wine preferences and we'll contact you with wines you may be interested in as they become available.
Gift Ideas at Portalis

Wedding Gift Ideas:
1, 5 & 10-year anniversary gifts!

Artist Wall 

New show by returning Ballard artist Lisa Snow Lady. Stop by for a sip & a look! Show runs thru end of Sep 2014.


Portalis Wines News

Beyond the Glass Wine shops are now acting as social centers, schools, restaurants, even travel agencies, offering far more than just free tastings.
Published on Dec 2, 2010
The Portalis Wine Shop + Wine Bar in Seattle offers customers three-course dinners, art shows and tastings.


Portalis Wine Club
Makes a wonderful gift! Two clubs to choose from: Portalis Explores! (bugdet) & Portalis Wine Club (no holds barred)
Portalis Video Wall
...coming soon

Portalis Wine Blog
08.10.14  Spanish Wine Pilgrimage ... MORE >


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