Chablis is Selected for May Wine of the Month at Bastille Café & Bar

Photo courtesy to Bastille
In May, the Bastille wine team, led by Sommeliers Kristen Young and Alex Smith, will focus on the mineral-laden marvels of Chablis—wines that scream spring with notes of tree blossoms and fresh citrus.

Chablis wines also pair beautifully with mussels, a perfect match for “Moules May” at Bastille: Sunday through Thursdays chef Jason Stoneburner and the kitchen team will be serving bowls of mussels for $10, made with a variety of daily preparations.

There will be examples of Chablis from recent vintages and some with more age, giving guests a glimpse into the aging potential of these wines. They’ll also highlight differences in terroir, with wines from various heralded sites throughout the region—the wine team will have maps of the region for guests to peruse. Producers will include tried-and-true traditionalists and a few up and comers. If the name Chablis brings to mind jug wine from California, now is your chance to discover the truth!

Three wines will be available either as part of the flight or individually, by the 2.5 ounce taste, 5 ounce glass, or by the bottle. They’ll also offer a “foil” flight for the adventuresome guest; three wines served blind, two of which will be from Chablis, the third from a different region (with Chablis-like character). Pricing will vary, but guests can expect the flight of three for under $20, and individually for about $8 a taste, $16 a glass, and $80 a bottle.

Opened in June of 2009 and housed in an historic 1920’s building in Seattle’s Old Ballard neighborhood, Bastille Café & Bar is a bustling homage to a Parisian brasserie. Owners Deming Maclise and James Weimann scoured Paris flea markets and local salvage stores for vintage accessories to create a truly authentic feel. From the white subway tiles, antique mirrors, and Paris Metro clock to the zinc-topped bar and stunning crystal chandelier that takes center stage in the Back Bar; they’ve truly hit the mark. Chef Jason Stoneburner creates French focused cuisine inspired by the abundance of seasonal product found locally—and it doesn’t get any more local than the restaurants 4500-square-foot organic rooftop garden. The wine list is French focused with a smattering of NW wines and the bar offers an extensive collection of absinthe. Bastille is open 4:30pm to 12am Sunday through Wednesday and until 2am Thursday through Saturday. Dinner is served from 5:30pm to 10pm Sunday thru Thursday and until 11pm on Friday and Saturday. Brunch is served Sunday from 10am – 3pm.

Happy Hour is daily from 4:30pm – 6pm and from 10pm to 12am Sunday thru Thursday. Bastille is available for private events.

For more information or reservations, call 206.453.5014 or visit

Bastille Café & Bar is located at 5307 Ballard Avenue NW in Seattle, Washington.x

Written by Charles Koh

Founded EatSeattle, and has continued to use his expertise as editor-in-chief to guide the website’s growth over the last five years. Koh’s experience focuses on digital marketing and social media, and has been a part of several companies, some of which he created, specializing in both areas over the course of his career. Koh was previously with Google and Zagat where he helped expand and grow communities worldwide.

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