Celebrate Washington Wine all August at Ray’s!

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Drink wine with us this August during Washington State Wine Month!

To celebrate WA Wine Month and our recent Seattle Magazine Wine Awards win, our Wine Director Chip Croteau has created an excellent ‘Washington Wine by the glass’ list August 1-31 in our first floor Boathouse.

Chip and his team’s passion for wine is exceptional and we highly recommend asking one of our 12 sommeliers for pairing recommendations during your next visit!

Click here or call 206.789.3770 to reserve today.

Our Boathouse Washington Wines By the Glass Menu includes:

 

Syncline Winery Grenache Blanc, Boushey Vineyard Yakima Valley, WA 2017 16 gls / 62 btl

Rich, yet fresh and lively, this intriguing wine has aromas of orchard blossoms and citrus, complimented by flavors of fresh apple and star fruit.  Minerality, texture, acidity and enticing aromas make this a standout wine.

Long Shadows Winery Poet’s Leap Riesling, Columbia Valley, WA 2016 12 gls / 44 btl

Long Shadows Winery pairs Gilles Nicault with famed German producer, Armen Diel to create a slightly off-dry riesling, bright with honeysuckle, ripe peach, mandarin orange, slate and lime zest notes. Abundant stone fruit flavors, mouthwatering acidity!

DeLille Cellars Chaleur Estate Blanc Sauvignon Blanc/Sémillon, Columbia Valley, WA 2016 16 gls / 60 btl

Riffing on the classic white Bordeaux style, this vibrant, lightly golden wine offers aromas of grapefruit, apples and pears, complimented by earthy notes of golden hay, wet stones and toasty oak.

Betz Family Winery Éleganté Grenache/Counoise/Syrah/Cinsault, Columbia Valley, WA 2015 16 gls / 60 btl

Made from grapes usually destined for Betz’s Bésoleil, this blend is named such because of the way it elegantly walks the line between an almost Pinot-like sense of silky texture and freshness, with plenty of savoury minerality, and the spicy and floral qualities of the Southern Rhone.

Ambassador Vineyards ‘Diplomat’ Cabernet Sauvignon/Syrah, Red Mountain, WA 2012 15 gls / 60 btl

Famed grower Dick Boushey and Hedges winemaker Sarah Goedhart teamed up for this blend featuring blackberry, cassis and plum mixing beautifully with black licorice, spices, cocoa, and just a hint of graphite.

àMaurice Cellars ‘Night Owl’ Merlot/Cab Sauv & Franc/Pet Verdot, Walla Walla, WA 2013 23 gls / 85 btl

Offering an exotic, complex bouquet of lavender, wild herbs, loamy earth and both red and black fruits, this estate grown blend is medium-bodied and elegant with a dark, meaty, chocolaty, earthy core.

Ray’s is the ‘Best Place to Enjoy WA Wine’!

Photo Credit: Seattle Magazine

Ray’s is thrilled to be awarded “The Best place to Enjoy Washington Wine”in Seattle Magazine’s 2018 Wine Awards! And we are honored that you, our lovely, loyal guests voted for us to win!

Check out our feature with Wine Director Chip Croteau (pictured right) and Co-owner/GM Douglas Zellers in the August issue of Seattle Magazine or online here.

Excerpt from Seattle Magazine:

Best Restaurant to Experience Washington Wine

A Puget Sound-area restaurant that hasn’t won in this category before and that offers exceptional opportunities to taste Washington state wine through Washington-wine-focused lists, unique tasting events and a professional, educated wine service staff. 

Ray’s Boathouse and Café 
Ray’s in Ballard, overlooking Puget Sound and the Olympics, boasts some of the best views available to Seattle diners. And yet a certain subset of wine-obsessed patrons is as likely to be staring at Ray’s remarkable wine list as it is at the sunset descending into the Olympic Mountains. Depending on your perspective, the views can be equally divine.

As you’d expect from a seafood-focused restaurant, the selection of Washington white wines is extensive. Perhaps more surprising is the breadth of red wine options, ranging from traditional (Washington Cabs, Merlots, Syrahs) to a section of the list called “Interesting Washington Reds” (Sangioveses, Cab-Syrah blends, etc.) The list at Ray’s (curated by wine director Chip Croteau) includes both treasures—library vintages from Quilceda Creek Vintners and Long Shadows Vintners’ Poet’s Leap—and under-the-radar gems like Amavi Cabernet Sauvignon. The restaurant also hosts numerous winemaker dinners and catered events for Washington winery clubs. A partnership with Walla Walla-based L’Ecole No. 41 produces “Ray’s Cuvees,” a lovely Chardonnay-based white and a red blend, both of which are poured by the glass and presumably guzzled on the Ray’s deck all summer long. Ballard, 6049 Seaview Ave. NW; 206.789.3770