Portalis Wines
Portalis Wines

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.
It's was a great 12 year run! Tribute>

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

6754 15th Ave NW
Seattle WA 98117



Shop + Bar

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.

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 their new location (6754 15th Ave NW, a wonderful neighborhood locale in Ballard's Whittier Heights) and allowing them to devote all their time to the wine shop & their growing import business.  

RhiAnnon, whose name she will tell you is pronounced like the Fleetwood Mac song (and Welsh goddess, by the way) & not the current popstar, says this is what happens when your hobby goes awry: you end up the bar manager at Portalis! Wine Bar Manager was her first job at Portalis. Now that we don't have a bar, she's moved into working at the wine shop & selling for us on the J. Strecker side. As her first love was wine, she's pleased with her new gig as is her dog, Chase, because now he gets to hang out with her at work sometimes!

Jaci actually worked for us as a wine rep at J. Strecker before joining the Portalis Wine Shop team with our move to the new location. Jaci has been in the wine business in Seattle for years, working all sides of the business from buying (Volterra & Ray's where she was the Beverage Manager) to serving at & managing restaurants (currently at Volterra in Ballard) to working at a WA winery (Destefano) to selling wholesale (J. Strecker Selections) and now on the floor at your local Ballard wine shop! She's a sommelier, a writer, an artist, a mother, and more. We are delighted to have this multi-talented woman on board!

We hope to see you soon & cheers!
Julie (pictured above with Jens)
Co-owner, Portalis Wines

Events at Portalis
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Mar 05   Mystery Grape ~ 5-7pm
Mar 06   Special Tasting: Meet 3 Winemakers
               visiting from Italy ~ 5-7pm
Mar 07   Wine Tour of Spain  ~ 12-4pm
Mar 08   Domaine Perraud ~ 12-4pm
Portalis Video Wall
...coming soon

Food + Wine

Food+Wine: Our favorite stews this season and what we have been enjoying them with!


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)
Gift Ideas at Portalis

Spring Gatherings and Patio Pre Func ideas

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
02.26.2015  Wine & Cheese ~ A Guide to Pairings ... MORE >


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