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 Pairing Tips for Fruit                        

The sweet farmers market bounty of summer & early fall can be a delight with a glass of wine (check out Chef Tracey's current offering pictured above: FRUIT SALAD with nectarines, plumcots, grapes, honeydew whip, lemon thyme & fresh shaved coconut), but it needs to be the right one! Here are a couple basic rules when pairing fruit with wine:

The sweetness of the wine needs to complement the sweetness of the fruit. Fruit can make a drier wine taste tart.
The body of the wine needs to match the light, freshness of the food. Lighter wines will complement fruit more readily than heavy wines. Alcohol levels can often give you direction on this as higher alcohol content generally means a bigger-bodied wine.

How do these basic rules translate into wine tips? Here's what to look for:
Moscato is a light, slightly sweet bubbly from Piedmont in Northern Italy, and it’s pretty much across the board a great match with fruit and fruit desserts. Try: Vinchio-Vaglio Serra 2010 Vigne Rare Moscato

is sparkling wine with soft bubbles and is the least dry of sparkling wines (vs Cava, Crément & Champagne). Prosecco should still have good acidity (if it tastes like soda pop, it's not the real deal!), but it’s got a soft, almost sweet element that complements its citrusy flavors …and this tastes great with fruit! Try: La Farra NV Prosecco Brut

Off-Dry Whites
(such as Riesling, Kerner, some Pinot Grigio, some Grüner Veltliner) are sweeter in the mid-palate with a nice acidic finish. These wines also taste great with fruit! Try:Domaine Moltès 2009 Riesling Reserve

across the board tastes great with fruit (as well as most other foods, making it the most flexible food wine out there!), both paler, drier rosé such as higher-end rosé from Provence as well as juicier rounder rosé. Main thing is that good rosé is fruity & refreshing which comes from the level of acidity. Without good acidity, it’s kool-aid (just say no!). We recommend: Chateau Rivière 2012 Minervois Rosé

Sparkling Rosé
(especially a Prosecco Rosé; try: La Farra NV Sparkling Rosé) gets you 2 of these 5 tips in a combo! A lovely, soft, fruity (not to dry) wine with nice refreshing bubbles will only enhance a dish of fruit or a fruity baked summer dessert.

Cheers to summer! And, cheers to fruit & wine!

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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Jul 29    Summer Wine Trivia Game
             ...weekly questions in 3 categories
Jul 30    Name That Wine! ...white
Jul 30    Wednesday: No Corkage!
Jul 31    Name That Wine! ...red
Aug 2   Saturday Tasting: Pelassa
Aug 2   Saturday: Dinner at Portalis
             3-courses | menu changes weekly
Aug 3   Sunday Tasting: French Rosé
Gift Ideas at Portalis

Winter Gift Ideas: For winter babies & more! 

Artist Wall 

New show by Ballard artist Carole d'Inverno. Stop by for a sip & a look! Show runs thru end of Aug 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
05.27.14  Does Vintage Matter when Choosing a Rosé ... 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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