The End of an Era on Ballard Ave

Portalis Wines_Julie&Jens_800The news is out! The For Lease sign is up! Portalis Wines is nearing the end of our 10-year lease in this spot (12 years on the street!), and we’ve decided it’s the end of an era for us on Ballard Ave. What a run! When we first opened in 2003 (up the street at 5310 Ballard Ave) Ballard Bookcase was across the street next to Ernie’s motorcycle & metalworks shop (now Bastille). Ernie had “The Pisser” in the window, a life-size metal figure of a man ready for you to hook up your hose so he could water your lawn as he did his business! Anyone remember? The Wilson Ford building was next to us, empty and dilapidated. Madame K’s was still on the block. Ballard Hardware was in its original location, and we could go on!

As part-owners in the building, this is a good move for us. For you, it will be good because we promise to find a new location with improved parking! The only change (and it’s a big one) is that our new venue will only have a wine shop, no wine bar. J. Strecker Selections (our wine import company) has taken off, demanding much more of our time. We are looking forward to this change, but in the meantime, it’s been a great ride with the wine bar, and it’s time to celebrate:

It’s time to celebrate a great run! It’s time to celebrate the development of this great street & neighborhood. And it’s time to celebrate the people (employees, winemakers, cheesemongers, chocolatiers, artists & patrons) who helped create such a great wine venue through the years. Here’s to:

THE GUESTS
(the best photos from our archives; sadly we are missing many from the early years)
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Row 1: Jeff Porter|Stone Brewing (CA), Matt Gubitosa|ANIMALE (WA), Massimo Gonzi|Nottola (Tuscany), Tenuta Vitanza (Tuscany)
Row 2: Tony Dollar|Lobo Hills (WA), Michael Glauser|Jumi (cheese) Imports (Switzerland), Tom Stocks|Taylor Shellfish & Ines Giovanett|Castelfeder (Alto Adige), Ernie Loosen|Dr. Loosen (Germany)
Row 3: William Woodruff|Chloe Wines (Seattle importer), Peter Devison|Efeste (WA), Fernando Rojo|Bodegas Rauda (Spain), David Oldham|Andrew Will (WA)
Row 4: Teresa Slechta|Vinum Imports (Seattle), Daniele Pelassa (Piedmont), Mark Ryan (WA), Sophia Berquist|Quinta de la Rosa (Portugal)
Row 5: Jamie Brown|Waters (WA), Madame Schoenheitz|Schoenheitz (Alsace), Neil Ellis (South Africa), Mark Davidson|Wine Australia
Row 6: Janet Shimada|Cadeaux Chocolates (Seattle), Alberto Anoz|Zuazo Gaston (Rioja), Luke Bradford|Cor Cellars (WA), Brandee & Brian Grasso |Structure Cellars (WA)
Row 7: Emiliano Morando|Vinchio+Vaglio Serra (Piedmont), Linn Scott|Sparkman Cellars (WA), Francois Blachon (France), Brian Patterson|San Francisco Wine Exchange
Row 8: Eleni Papadakis|Domaine Serene (OR), Marc Picon|Pares Balta (Spain), Trey Busch|Sleight of Hand Cellars (WA), Penny Murray|Planeta (Sicily)

THE FOODHail to Chef Tracey>
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THE WINES (some of our favorites through the years)
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THE ART
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THE TEAM (truly a great group through the years!)
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Row 1: Dennis, Sky, Stacey|Erin, Johnny
Row 2: Lisa|Kimber, Gina, Joel, Brandi
Row 3: Katie, Julie|Jens, Amanda
Row 4: Jim, Tracey, Sky|Donovan, Pavel
Row 5: Brian, Karli, Matt, Travis
Row 6: JJ, Mark, RhiAnnon, Gavin
Row 7: Logan, Evann, Daniel, Debi
Row 8: Corinne, Ross, Craig

We look forward to seeing you at 5205 Ballard Ave through the end of the year!

Cheers to Ballard & cheers to wine!
Julie & Jens, Owners
Portalis Wine Shop + Wine Bar

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