March is Washington Wine Month, and three local restaurants are offering tasty pairing suggestions tonight. Here’s to great wine!
At Ravenna’s Pair, good things come in twos. Try the pan-seared Qualicum Beach scallops, sweet potato purée, crispy parsnips, and red wine jus, $14, with a dry riesling or Sancerre. Or, order the fried Alaskan black cod with grilled endive, shisito peppers, cauliflower purée, and fennel gastrique, $14.50, and wash it down with Chablis or a local chardonnay.
Portalis Wine Bar in Ballard is pouring a glass of the medium-bodied, velvety Owen Roe 2006 Sharecroppers Cabernet Sauvignon, $8, and pairing it with peppered New York steak au poivre with spinach gratin and brandy mushrooms, $18. During happy hour (4-6pm), take $2 off all food-and-drink pairings.
Make your way to where Belltown, Queen Anne, and the waterfront collide to sample Boat Street Café ’s braised lamb shank served on butter-fried Parisian nettle gnocchi, with reduced braising wine, $28. The recommended pairing is a glass of Chateau Chabiran, Bordeaux Superieur, France 2006, $9.