FREE WINE CONSULTATIONNeed help stocking your cellar? Want
some suggestions for special wine gifts?
Having a dinner party & are looking for
the perfect wine pairings for your menu?
Contact Portalis Wines owner, Jens
Strecker, for a wine consultation!
Tuesday - Sunday: 11am to bar close
Tuesday-Thursday: 4pm to 11pm
Friday: 4pm - midnight
Saturday: noon - midnight
Sunday: noon - 10pm
• BAR SPECIALS •
5205 Ballard Ave NW
Seattle WA 98107
PORTALIS WINE SHOP + WINE BAR
features a wine shop with 450 notable, adventurous, lovingly selected world wines including an excellent selection from the Northwest as well as a cozy wine bar featuring a delicious seasonal menu to pair with your choice of 45 wines by the glass (or a bottle from the shop), 30 artisan beers & a stellar lineup of after dinner drinks.
Portalis is for people ... who are into great wine and delicious food and want a knowledgeable local wine merchant to use as a resource when making their wine selections.
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’s known by both his fellow wine professionals and his customers as having an impressive depth of knowledge as well as being an early adopter. He doesn’t need anyone to tell him what to buy or what’s good value for the money. When you taste hundreds of wines every week, you have to know exactly what you’re buying, and he does. He then has a great knack for pairing up his customers with what they’re looking for. If you are into wine and are looking for something special or you need wines organized for business colleagues or special events, feel free to contact him directly: firstname.lastname@example.org
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! She used to be in the medical field, but several years ago she got the wine bug, and started working in the tasting room at Isenhower Cellars and then at The Library in Woodinville (where she still works on her days off from Portalis), selling & educating buyers on Long Shadows Vintners, Den Hoed Wine Estates and Boudreaux Cellars. She has a long history of being a great server at busy local restaurants & bars. She’s gracious yet no-nonsense. She's friendly yet frank. She’s a great addition to the Portalis team, and we’re delighted to have her!
Karli studied art history at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland where (just for the heck of it) she became a member of the St. Andrews Wine & Cheese Society wine tasting team, competing in blind tasting competitions (against the University of Edinburgh, Oxford & Cambridge), with scoring based on her ability to identify grape varietals, country of origin (including sub-districts) & the year the wine was produced. So drop by with your wine questions and help her stay fit!
We hope to see you soon & cheers!