Wines for Spring!

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The sun is out. The evenings are warm. The gardens around Seattle are at their height of bloom and beauty. If you aren’t sitting in some fresh air enjoying a glass of wine, you should be! Need some suggestions? Here’s a great spring varietal list from Wine Folly> for under $20 a bottle. Or stop by, and we’ll hook you up — Grüner Veltliner, Malbec, Soave, Gamay, unoaked Chardonnay, Zweigelt, rosé… the list goes on!

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First & foremost… ROSÉ:
We have quite a list in stock ranging from local producers to high-end Bandol rosé from Provence. Here are our new arrivals:

Chateau Rivière Minervois Rosé 2017 // Languedoc
Domaine de Frégate Bandol Rosé 2017 // Provence
Domaine du Petit Romain Vieilles Vignes Rosé 2017 // Southern Rhône
La Malière Rosé Côtes de Provence 2017 // Provence
Ozilhan Réserve Côtes du Rhône Rosé 2017 // Southern Rhône
Paul Blisson Costières de Nîmes Rosé 2017 // Southern Rhône

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In addition, here are some great spring white varietals with our specific recommendations:
Grüner Veltliner – Aromatic white flowers. White peach, poached pear, lime blossoms, with a nice white pepper finish. Try: Weingut Prechtl 2016 Alte Reben aus Löss Grüner Veltliner // Austria (vineyards pictured)
Prié Blanc – From the highest vineyard site in the world (a few minutes from Mont Blanc), this indigenous grape is full of minerality & delight: Pavese Ermes 2016 Blanc De Morgex et de La Salle // Valle d’Aoste, Italy
Vinho Verde – light, fruity with a slight effervescence and low alcohol! Try: Vinha das Margaridas 2016 Vinho Verde // Portugal
Garganega – This white is better known as Soave, but that’s the DOC (region), not the grape… which is full of citrus blossoms, warm apples & apricots held together by refreshing acidity! Try award-winning: Franchetto 2015 Soave “La Capelina” // Veneto, Italy

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And spring reds varietals:
Bonarda lightens up the Malbec in this terrific, organic blend: La Puerta 2016 Alta Malbec/Bonarda // Argentina
Zinfandel – Its trademark velvety fruit makes this varietal a wonderful accompaniment to BBQ and other grilled summer fare. Try: Wish Wine Co. 2011 Zinfandel // North Coast, California (vineyards pictured)
Zweigelt – Lighter in body, but full of flavor: blackberries, tart dark cherries & spices! Try: Weingut Prechtl 2015 Satzen Zweigelt // Austria

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AND… don’t forget the bubbles! Go light & freshing with La Farra Prosecco — Brut, Extra Dry, Rosé & their Prosecco Superiore DOCG Valdobbiadene. Tree fruits & citrus with lively gentle bubbles! (vineyards pictured)

We’d be delighted to help you with any of your spring wine needs! Just stop in…

Julie & Jens, Owners
Portalis Wines

Art credit: Mona Anastas, owner of Two Owls in Madrona

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Food+Wine // Summer Salads

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Summer Salads & The Wines They Love!

Whether it’s the main meal or on the side, these salads are simple, fresh, easy to prepare …and oh so good, especially as the weather warms up! Here are some of my favs:

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Cobb Salad – When all the ingredients are fresh, is there anything better?? Especially if you’re a lover of blue cheese!! Because of the richness of the salad (bacon, avocado, blue cheese, etc), go with fuller bodied white even one with a little oak (Chateau du Grand Caumont Corbières Blanc) or a lighter-bodied Zin would also be nice. Try: Wish Wine Co. Zinfandel (North Coast, CA)

Greek Salad – When tomatoes are in high season (and not before!!), this salad is heaven. It’s light and crisp, so stick with a wine that’s the same: Chablis, Sancerre, or if you want something off the beaten path: Jacquères, a light white from Savoie in the French Alps.

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German Potato Salad – Boring when it’s flat but get some good acidity in there (i.e. vinegar!!) and it’s zingy and crunchy and salty and delicious! With a brat on the side or without… enjoy with Alsatian Riesling or Pinot Gris, (we recommend small producer: Domaine Moltès) both are round with a slightly sweet middle and refreshing acidity on the finish.

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Waldorf Salad – So underrated!! It’s that grape (sweet), celery (vegetal), walnut (nutty) combo that so yummy. Enjoy with Vinho Verde or Prosecco! Both are light, citrusy fruit with effervescence.

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Shrimp Salad – Lemon and dill are key, but the richness of the shrimp shouldn’t be overlooked when pairing. Go with an unoaked Chardonnay or off the beaten path: Falanghina!

Grilled Corn Salad – Don’t forget the cilantro! Pair with a lightly oaked Chardonnay (we like: organic producer Bodegas Langa) or a fuller-bodied rosé: Ozilhan Réservé Côtes du Rhône Rosé

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Caprese Salad – Again, fresh ingredients is key, so wait until those heirloom tomatoes are at their peak, then get some fresh mozzarella, some freshly plucked basil …and a glass of Reserve de Chevalier Crémant de Bourgogne, and you’re good to go!

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Panzanella Salad – The tomatoes require that you enjoy this dish at the height of summer season. And with that, a light glass of Sangiovese from Tuscany: La Togata Barengo Toscana Rosso. Good acid on the wine pairs beautifully with the tomatoes.

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Tuscan Tortellini Salad – This one has my kids written all over it! It has it all… pasta, cured meat, crunchy veggies, spinach & a touch of sweetness. Enjoy with a glass of earthy Lambrusco!

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Salmon BLT Salad – So, someone had fun making this one up, and it looks delicious. Sort of along the Cobb line, but with seafood. This salad is rich & satisfying. Go with a wine that has a faint salinity for a wink at the salmon: Vermentino or Albariño would be my picks. Prefer a red? Go light & fruity, Pinot Noir, Zweigelt or off the beaten path: Mondeuse!

My inspiration for this post was “The 147 Most Delish Summer Salads” on Delish.com.

Hope you enjoy!
Julie Howe
Co-owner, Portalis Wines

Food+Wine // Fresh Eggs!

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I am chicken “sitting” as my new home has a coop and my friends farm had over flow for the winter. Our chickens right now are holding out on us- but in Eastern Washington, it is below freezing for February/March. (I wouldn’t want to do much either!) Fresh eggs are delicious. Not having been an “egg” person, I didn’t really buy into the fresh egg craze until my friend started his own coop in Seattle. Now, keep in mind, I grew up in Skagit Valley. As a youth, I toured Draper Valley Farms and even a USDA egg inspection facility. (I am a nerd, yes.) Maybe my lack of interest was the tours, the knowledge of how old the eggs are by the time they hit the grocery shelf… Maybe it was just me not being adventurous in food …

Fresh eggs are an adventure beyond the standard grocery shelf egg. They have more distinctions: flavor, richness, spices and delicacy too! Each chicken creates a distinct flavor — by character and by how well it is taken care of. These are the ones created in our backyard:

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Blue– almost as beautiful as a robins egg. The color and flavor are delicate. Perfect with light dishes or baked for pastries
Green– similar to the blue in delicacy however a hint of herbs and spice- great for egg bakes, breakfast items or quiches
Warm Red/Brown– earthy and robust. Excellent with meats and rustic flavors (mushrooms, legumes, root vegetables)
Dark Brown with Speckles– These are rare. I am not sure if these chickens are hiding their eggs, but I only collect one a day. A savory dish with meats, mushrooms and hedonistic funky cheeses are winners here.

And here are some recipes with wine pairings to delight:
BLUE
Crepes or French Toast with Berries
pair with: Perraud Crémant de Bourgogne (Burgundy, France)
Tomato-Herb Frittatas
pair with: Bodegas Langa Míto Chardonnay (Calatayud, Spain)
Pavlova With Lemon Cream and Berries
pair with: La Farra Prosecco Brut (Veneto, Italy)
Spanish Flan
pair with: Vinchio-Vaglio Serra Brachetto (Piedmont, Italy)

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GREEN
Crustless Swiss Chard Tomato Quiche
pair with: Scopone Rosso di Montalcino (Tuscany, Italy)
Middle Eastern Shakshuka (pictured above)
pair with: Bodegas Langa Pasíon Garnacha (Calatayud, Spain)
Lentil Salad with Fresh Poached Egg (I prefer my lentil salad as as salad. The Fat Hen has a delicious example!)
pair with: Moulin de Launay Entre-Deux-Mers (Bordeaux, France) or Jean d’Alibert Rouge (Languedoc, France)

And one last thing: Backyard chickens resources> in case you need them!

Enjoy!
Jaci (checking in from Pullman)

Mother’s Day 2018

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Here are some wine gift suggestions for the moms in your life:

Champagne Henriot NV Rosé
Champagne, France // Reg $79.99 | Mixed Case $63.99
From a 200+ year old estate!

Guardian Cellars 2015 Angel Sauvignon Blanc
Columbia Valley, Washington // Reg $22.99 | Mixed Case $18.39
Because she was yours!

Domaine Chevallier 2015 Chablis
Burgundy, France // Reg $27.99 | Mixed Case $22.39
100% unoaked Chardonnay. Crispy & delicious!

Remoissenet 2014 Puligny-Montrachet
Burgundy, France // Reg $81.99 | Mixed Case $65.59
Fancy Burgundy. Noble herbs & bright lemony fruit!

Domaine de Nalys 2012 Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc
Southern Rhône, France // Reg $45.99 | Mixed Case $36.79
Rich, white blend with all 13 allowable varietals!

Burgum Novum 2013 Pinot Nero Riserva
Alto Adige, Italy // Reg $51.99 | Mixed Case $41.59
Pinot Noir from northern-most Italy!

Franchetto 2013 Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG
Veneto, Italy // Reg $69.99 | Mixed Case $55.99
Woman winemaker. Feminine style.

Sonder Wines 2016 Mourvedre
Columbia Valley, Washington // Reg $34.99 | Mixed Case $27.99
Off-the-beaten-path Mom — Mourvedre from WA State!

Chateau Le Caillou 2011 Pomerol
Bordeaux, France // Reg $53.99 | Mixed Case $43.19
Classic elegance from the Right Bank.

Mollydooker 2013 Blue-Eyed Boy
McLaren Vale, Australia // Reg $59.99 | Mixed Case $47.99
Because you were hers!

And these are on a few of the many wines we can recommend. Stop by and we’ll hook you up with a delicious wine for Mom!

Cheers,
Julie & Jens
Owners, Portalis Wines

Art credit: Thanks to our friend, Mona Anastas, owner of Two Owls (reopening soon in Madrona) for allowing us to use her art for Mother’s Day!

Annual Spring Vintage Sale!

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25% OFF on selected rosé & more!!
It’s that time of year… We have 3 containers arriving in the next 2 months (via J. Strecker Selections, our local direct import company), and we need shelf space! You lucky dogs!! Sale wines include:

ROSÉ
Château du Grand Caumont Corbières Rosé 2016
Reg $14.99 | 25% OFF = $11.24
Réserve de Générac Costières de Nîmes Rosé 2016
Reg $13.99 | 25% OFF = $10.49


SPARKLING
Bruno Zanasi Lambrusco Secco
Reg $17.99 | 25% OFF = $13.49


WHITES
Château de la Bigotière Muscadet 2016
Reg $14.99 | 25% OFF = $11.24
Château du Grand Caumont Blanc 2015
Reg $14.99 | INSIDER $11.99 | 25% OFF = $8.99
Domaine des Herbauges Muscadet Sur Lie 2014
Reg $14.99 | INSIDER $13.99 | 25% OFF = $10.49
Secret de Berticot Côtes de Duras Blanc 2015
Reg $13.99 | 25% OFF = $10.49
Casa Setaro Campanelle Falanghina 2013
Reg $19.99 | INSIDER $14.99 | 25% OFF = $11.24
La Farra Pinot Grigio Colli Trevigiani 2015
Reg $14.99 | 25% OFF = $ 11.24
Santa Lucia Brigante Vermentino 2014
Reg $17.99 | INSIDER $12.99 | 25% OFF = $9.74
Vinchio & Vaglio Serra “Il Griso” Roero Arneis 2012
Reg $21.99 | INSIDER $14.99 | 25% OFF = $11.24
Alves de Sousa Vale da Raposa Branco 2016
Reg $15.99 | 25% OFF = $11.99
Bodegas Langa Chardonnay 2016 (organic)
Reg $14.99 | 25% OFF = $11.24
As Laxas Outon Albariño 2014
Reg $17.99 | INSIDER $14.99 | 25% OFF = $11.24
Weingut Prechtl Sauvignon Blanc 2012
Reg $18.99 | INSIDER $17.99 | 25% OFF = $13.49


REDS
Chevalier Clerget Beaujolais-Villages Rouge 2014
Reg $23.99 | INSIDER $14.99 | 25% OFF = $11.24
Domaine Moulin d’Eole Coteaux du Pont du Gard 2014
Reg $14.99 | INSIDER $13.99 | 25% OFF = $10.49
Domaine Jacky Marteau Touraine Gamay 2014
Reg $15.99 | INSIDER $14.99 | 25% OFF = $11.24
La Fleur Chazal Bordeaux Rouge 2013
Reg $15.99 | INSIDER $14.99 | 25% OFF = $11.24
Weingut Castelfeder Breitbacher Vernatsch 2014
Reg $17.99 | INSIDER $16.99 | 25% OFF = $12.74
Casa Setaro Lacryma Christi del Vesuvio Piedrosso 2013
Reg $19.99 | INSIDER $14.99 | 25% OFF = $11.24
La Togata Barengo Toscana Rosso 2014
Reg $23.99 | 25% OFF = $17.99
San Cassiano Corte Guala Valpolicella Classico 2013
Reg $18.99 | INSIDER $15.99 | 25% OFF = $11.99
Scopone Rosso di Montalcino 2013
Reg $23.99 | INSIDER $14.99 | 25% OFF = $11.24
5 Oros Vendimia Seleccionada Rioja 2015
Reg $14.99 | 25% OFF = $11.24
Bodegas Rauda Ribera del Duero Roble 2012
Reg $15.99 | INSIDER $13.99 | 25% OFF = $10.49
Zuazo Gaston G7 Rioja Tempranillo 2014
Reg $12.99 | INSIDER $9.99 | 25% OFF = $7.49
Wish Wine Co. Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
Reg $15.99 | INSIDER $14.99 | 25% OFF = $ 11.24
Wish Wine Co. Red Blend
Reg $15.99 | INSIDER $14.99 | 25% OFF = $ 11.24

Sale runs through April 2018! As we run out of stock, we’ll change the selection around to keep things fresh. Please note: Volume discounts don’t apply to the sale wines.Cheers,
Julie & Jens
Owners, Portalis Wines

March is Taste Washington Wine Month

And in honor of the great work coming out of WA State, we are doing a series on
WA winemakers! (All WA wine are 10% off the bottle price thru March!!) Starting with…

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Both pharmacists, Brett & Denise moved from Colorado to WA State in 1998, following their dream to make wine. Many crushes, winery & tasting room constructions, good and bad vintages, and 3 daughters later… they are still at it! Enjoying long-term contracts with growers in the NW, they use traditional winemaking methods to craft the wines including punchdowns, foot stomping, saignée, native yeast fermentation, barrel stirring, and sur lie aging. Their goal: each wine should be “unique, age worthy, and delicious.” Current production is 4000 cases.

Try: Isenhower Cellars 2016 Cabernet Franc (Yakima Valley, Washington)

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Bart Fawbush | Bartholomew Winery – Seattle | Kennewick, WA
“Ars Longa, Vita Brevis” from Hippocrates which loosely translates from Latin to mean: Life is short, the art (craft/skill) long. Bart Fawbush grew up in Ogden, Utah, did his undergraduate at Gonzaga, was headed for med school when he took a turn, eventually becoming a winemaker. Like most, he’s obsessed with his craft. Why? Wine tastes like the earth that it comes from, giving us a “sense of place and history. Each craftsman (winemaker) gets to put a final touch and interpretation on it before bringing it to market. It’s like a song writer that takes two years to write every verse, fine tune, and create a story.” 2000-2500 cases produced.

Try: Bartholomew 2014 Carmenere (Red Mountain)

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David Wampfler & Amy Alvarez-Wampfler | Abeja | Walla Walla, WA
In 2015, David and his wife, Amy, took over as team winemakers at Abeja. David came via Columbia Crest (part of the 2002 team that crafted the 2005 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon that earned No. 1 wine in the world in 2009 by Wine Spectator magazine) and Dunham Cellars where he was head winemaker starting in 2008. Amy also worked at Columbia Crest and then took over as head winemaker at Sinclair Estates. They took over for husband/wife winemaking team, John Abbott & Molly Galt.

Try: Abeja 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon (Columbia Valley, WA)

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Andrew Trio | Tranche Cellars | Walla Walla, WA A native of Perth, Australia, Andrew Trio began his winemaking career in the nearby Margaret River region. He studied oenology at the University of Adelaide and then worked multiple crushes per year around the world (New Zealand, California, the Mosel and Barossa) before landing at Tranche in Walla Walla, saying: “It seemed like a most interesting place to make an impact in a young and fast-moving wine industry.” Tranche is the second label for Corliss, producing 2 lines: a Rhône series & Single Varietal series.

Try: Tranche 2013 Sangiovese (Walla Walla Valley, WA)

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Jerry Riener | Guardian Cellars | Woodinville, WA
Cop/Winemaker! A San Francisco native, Jerry grew up working summers on his uncles’ farms in Kansas & Nebraska. He has a degree in organic chemistry and is a graduate of the police academy. At 23, his love affair with wine began, and he volunteered 40-plus hours a week at several wineries (Mark Ryan Winery, Matthews Winery, Baer Winery) learning the trade. In 2007, he opened his tasting room in Woodinville (with his wife Jennifer) and all 350 cases (a mix of Gun Metal, Syrah & Cab) sold out by EOD. Today, Jerry is still a cop by day, winemaker by night producing 16 different wines (with his team) and just over 10,000 cases.

Try: Guardian 2014 The Alibi (Red Mountain, WA)

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Kevin White | Kevin White Winery | Woodinville, WA
Computer scientist by day, winemaker by night. The Rhône Valley is owner/winemaker Kevin White’s inspiration. Syrah, Grenache & Mourvedre grown in the cooler climate and higher elevation vineyards in the Yakima Valley produce wine with the depth and the delicateness required to beautifully accompany food. It’s been a pretty fast rise for Kevin. He became obsessed with wine in 2006 after a taste of one of WA’s finest wines (bottle not disclosed!!), studied intensively over the next years, and produced his first vintage in 2012. Lots of acclaim followed (Wine Enthusiast’s Top 100 wines, Seattle Magazine’s “Winemaker to Watch” & more). Current production is 1500 cases.

Stay tuned for more!
And again:  All WA wines = 10% OFF the bottle price thru the end of March!

 

Food+Wine: Simple, Fresh, Good & EASY

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That’s our theme for the new year, and we’re using Jamie Oliver’s new book: 5 Ingredients for inspiration. Back story: We got our 16-year old a cookbook for Christmas. She enjoys food, is an adventurous eater …can’t scramble an egg! Had fun at Book Larder: A Community Cookbook Store getting suggestions for an engaging, yummy, EASY cookbook to inspire a teen. Landed on Jamie Oliver’s new: 5 Ingredients. I don’t know if she’ll learn to cook, but she’ll get lots of good meals out of it for sure, because I’m hooked! We’ll use these simple, fresh, good & EASY recipes at Portalis for some 2018 wine pairing ideas, starting with:

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Sizzling Seared Scallops — Pair with Bodages Langa Chardonnay (Catalayud, Spain) — organic, lightly oaked, delicious.

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Epic Rib-eye Steak — Pair with (splurge) Chateau des Gravières Graves (Bordeaux, France) or (bargain) 1851 Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon (Columbia Valley, WA)

Scrambled Egg Omelette — How very French! Pair with (splurge) Chevalliers Chablis (Burgundy, France) or Ozilhan Réservé Blanc (Southern Rhône, France)

Thai Red Chicken Soup — It’s spicy, so enjoy with a round white that will calm the fire: Domaine Moltes Tradition Riesling (Alsace, France) or Domaine Haut de Mourier Viognier (Languedoc, France) or Weingut Prechtl Alte Reben Grüner Veltliner (Weinviertel, Austria).

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Easy Sausage Carbonara — Sausage calls for Chianti from Colli Senesi, full of blue fruits and perfect for sausage flavors. We recommend: Nottola Chianti Colli Senesi or Andreucci Chianti Colli Senesi. Both would be outstanding!

Crab & Fennel Spaghetti — Enjoy seafood meals with world-class fish wine like Albariño (we recommned: Outon Albariño from Spain’s Rias Baixas) or a light red with some licorice undertones. We recommend Palazzo Malgara Negroamaro from Salento, Italy’s heel of boot. Seafood is a staple in this part of the world, and this wine would pair beautifully!

Roast Tikka Chicken — Curry flavors call for an off-dry white, a juicy red, or bubbly! Looking for something festive? Go with Bodegas Maset del Lleo Cava Reserve from vineyards outside of Barcelona.

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Pork & Mash Gratin — A little spice from the Muscadelle in this French white blend would be terrific: Chateau des Eyssards Sec (Bergerac, France) or a lighter red with lean pork. Try: Weingut Castelfeder Vernatsch (Alto Adige, Italy)

Ginger Shakin’ Beef — It’s beef, but it’s got some sweetness with the honey. Don’t go too tannic! A Pinot Noir would be great. Splurge with Chelan Cellars Pinot Noir (Lake Chelan, WA). Go thrifty with Louise Dubois 1885 Pinot Noir (Languedoc, France).

Have fun! More to come…
Julie