Portalis Wines
Portalis Wines

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Shop Hours:
Tuesday - Saturday: 11am to 7pm
Sunday: 11am to 5pm
Monday: closed

6754 15th Ave NW
Seattle WA 98117




features 500+ notable, adventurous, lovingly selected world wines including an expanded selection from Washington State. Portalis is for people ... who are into great wine and want a knowledgeable local wine merchant to use as a resource when making their wine selections. Come check out our new location: 6754 15th Ave NW (98117) in Ballard.

About Us

The wine mind behind this operation is Jens Strecker, native German and former anesthesiologist & emergency doc, turned wine merchant. Jens has a huge following of people who know he can help them find the wines they are looking for in the no-nonsense, unpretentious style that’s so appealing to his clientele. He originally started Portalis Wine Shop + Wine Bar (on Ballard Ave) with his wife, Julie, in 2003. In 2011 they expanded into the import business, starting J. Strecker Selections, a direct import company focusing on wines from the Old World. At the end of 2014, they celebrated the end of an era on Ballard Ave and the end of 12 years of the wine bar, moving the shop to its new location (6754 15th Ave NW, a wonderful neighborhood locale in Ballard's Whittier Heights) and allowing them to devote all of their time to the wine shop & their growing import business.  

Amy joins the Portalis family on Sundays. She is a sommelier and the contributing wine writer to the local travel blog, Rain or Shine Guides. When not at the shop or her day job in high-tech marketing communications, you can find Amy studying at the NW Wine Academy, attending food and wine events, or at her Ballard home with her husband and kitty.

Prior to our move in 2015, Jaci worked as one of our sales reps for J.Strecker Selections and as a writer for technical sheets and blogs for our website(s). She joined us full-time as our shop manager when we moved to our new location. In the fall of 2017, she moved to Pullman, but she's still here in spirit, doing our her wine writing remotely for us. So if you see a shelf-talker that makes you laugh out loud, that's probably Jaci, still doing our wine blog posts, tasting notes, and general website maintenance for J. Strecker Selections.

We hope to see you soon & cheers!
Julie, Jens, Amy & Jaci -- The Portalis Team

Events at Portalis
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This week's 
tasting schedule:
Mar 14   Schäppchen Tasting
Mar 15   Food+Wine Inspiration
Mar 16   Luck of the Draw Tasting
Mar 17   Wines from Chile with importer
              Francisca Bravo!

Mar 18   Northern Italy

Food + Wine

Fresh Eggs!

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Featured brewer: Black Raven

Portalis Wines News
Press Release: May 3, 2016
SIP Northwest - Spring 2016: 10 Seafaring Locales to Sip Into by Julia Wayne


Portalis Wine Club
Two clubs to choose from: Portalis Explores! (budget) & Portalis Wine Club (no holds barred). Makes a wonderful gift!

Check out the monthly wine notes: Portalis Explores! | Portalis Wine Club
Gift Ideas at Portalis

When love is involved, wine can come in handy!

Portalis Wine Blog
03.14.2018  WA Winemaker Focus



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