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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Tuesday - Saturday: 11am to 7pm
Sunday: 11am to 5pm
6754 15th Ave NW
Seattle WA 98117
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: email@example.com
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!
Daniel is our second server from Hungary (remember Mark?); what are the odds?! Daniel is new to Seattle, coming here from a farm-to-table fine dining establishment in Florida. His connection to wine, though, goes back to the old country, where his family in Hungary has been making wine for three generations -- "for their pleasure only" he adds. He remembers visiting his grandpa once during harvest and seeing him up in a tree picking the grapes off of the vines that had grown all the way up and thinking (as a kid) that grapes grew on trees! He said that his grandma had a saying: The way you can tell if a person is really sick is when they don't drink their wine! Right on!
Debi came to Portalis after returning to Seattle from teaching study abroad programs in India for the past five years. As a young adult, Debi left her native Southern California to hit the academic road in Berkeley and since then spent most of her adult life traveling the world working with traditional artisan groups in handicraft and textile production as well as education in refugee camps. She has degrees in Medical Anthropology and Non-Profit management but wishes she had studied the anthropology of wine! If you ask her what her greatest achievement in life has been so far, she will tell you climbing Stok Kangri, a 21,000 foot peak in the high Himalayas and running a bistro cafe in the little mountain tourist town of Leh, Ladakh, India below it, where she could look at the mountain all day. Debi loves working with fine wines and food - considers it an education and thrives on being a student and a teacher of it.
Karli originally joined the Portalis team in 2009 after returning from her study abraod in England where she participated on a competitive (blind tasting) wine team. Two years ago, she left us to return to UW for a Master's in Architectual History and now she's back while she works on her thesis! Says Portalis is great break from her library time & it's fun to stay fit with wine!
When we opened in 2003, Gina (our original & beloved bar manager) and I were talking and she said, “We’re going to set the bar for wine in Seattle.” And we do, so let us be your local wine merchant, your contact with the wine world.
We hope to see you soon & cheers!
Julie (pictured above with Jens)
Co-owner, Portalis Wines