Portalis Wines
Portalis Wines
Setting the bar for wine in Seattle

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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



Shop + Bar

Food + Wine 

Food & Wine: Wine Tips for Fish                        

Chef Tracey just put this gorgeous dish on the menu: PACIFIC ROCKFISH with yellow tomato purée, avocado, basil oil & smoked paprika oil paired with Weingut Prechtl 2012 Grüner Veltliner Classic, and it made us start thinking about fish... all the wonderful fresh fish we get in the Northwest and all the great wine pairing options to go with fish, depending on the type of fish you are preparing::

Crustaceons (ex: Dungeness Crab)
These little guys tend to be higher in fat and served with lots of butter, so go with a richer white such as Chardonnay from Burgundy (try: Domaine Perraud 2010 Macon Villages) or a richer New World white (try: Cor 2012 Alba, a Pinot Gris/Gewurztraminer blend) or for a little bit crisper white (and to be adventurous) go for an Austrian Grüner Veltliner, a food-friendly white with tropical fruit flavors and the zing of white pepper (try: Weingut Prechtl 2011 Altenberg vom Urgestein Grüner Veltliner).

Lean fish (ex: Sole)
This type of fish tends to be delicate and its flavors can be overwhelmed, so go easy on it with a light, crisp white such as Albariño, the classic Spanish fish wine from the NW region of Rias Baixas (try: Outon 2011 Albariño) or a nice Sauvignon Blanc from the Loire Valley, another classic white fish pairing (try: Roche de Lune 2011 Sancerre).

Medium-fat fish (ex: Halibut)
Halibut is firmer and a little richer in flavor and would pair beautifully with the buttery, toasty flavors of a well-done California Chardonnay (try: Roth Estate 2010 Chardonnay) or a soft, round Pinot Blanc from Alsace (try: Domaine Moltès 2012 Pinot Blanc).

High-fat fish (ex: Salmon & Tuna)
Both of these are fatty, full-flavored, relatively firm fish that call for a wine that can hold its own against these stronger flavors.  We recommend a full-bodied white, a rosé or a lighter red.  A medium-bodied Spanish Tempranillo or Garnacha would be delicious (try: 5 Oros 2012 Vendimia Seleccionada) or a Pinot Noir from Oregon (try: Haden Fig 2012 Pinot Noir).

Cheers to summer! And, cheers to a delicious fish dinner!!

Chef's Corner
Chef Tracey Stoner Crannell 
Chef Tracey trained at the Baltimore International Culinary College and has been chef at restaurants from Captiva Island, Florida, to Nashville to Seattle.  But the bigger the kitchen, the further removed the chef gets from actually preparing the food that you eat.  When she joined the Portalis Wine Bar team in September 2007, she returned to her basic love of cooking in what her chef husband calls her “dollhouse” kitchen.  There she took on the task of expanding our menu so that our customers would view us as a place to eat dinner while drinking their delicious glass of wine instead of just a place to have a snack.  She has exceeded our expectations … and we think our customers’ as well.



Events at Portalis
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Sep 22   Wine Tour of the World: France
              7th stop: Loire Valley
Sep 22   Tuesday: $5 glass pours all night!
Sep 23   Wine Tour of the World: France
Sep 23   Wednesday: No Corkage!
Sep 24   Wine Tour of the World: France
Sep 26   Backroom Tasting: Tranche Cellars
               with Rob Griswold
Sep 27   Saturday Tasting: La Puerta Malbec
Sep 27   Saturday: Dinner at Portalis
              3-courses | menu changes weekly
Sep 28   Sunday Tasting: Pelassa
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.


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.

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


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.


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