Local Beers: Scuttlebutt

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Everett, Washington– (Everett, Washington) — Home brewers of the 90’s, Scuttlebutt owners are Everett classics.  A Father’s day home brewing kit turned into a retirement investment. Now they produce almost 200,000 gallons of beer a year! More>

Scuttlebutt Tripel 7 Belgium
  —  $1.59 12 fl oz — Very smooth & delicate, finishes dry with a hint of tartness.  Dark Gold, Slight Copper in color with aromas of clove and banana, white pear.  Hops: Bullion and CZ Saaz
Scuttlebutt Transistor IPA  —  $2.79 12 fl oz — Crisp and light with pleasant floral and woody hop flavors.  Support your local public broadcast radio station with this great tasting beer! All net proceeds are donated to KEXP! Gold color with hops of Columbus, Chinook, Glacier, and Nugget.


Anniversary Gift Pairings


Traditional anniversary gifts typically are flowers and metal or stone objects. Below is a whimsical list of wines that represent the objects. –Jaci

5th | Spring Valley Vineyards Derby Cabernet Sauvignon  (Walla Walla Valley, Washington) — Reg $61.99 | Mixed Case 20% $449.59 — Traditional Objects:  Wood and Daisy– Big, Bold and oaky! Wine: This wine could be cellared for future anniversary or consumed now.

10th | Domaine Chevalliers Chablis (Burgundy, France) — Reg $27.99  | Mixed Case $22.39 — Traditional Objects: Tin/Aluminum, Daffodil. Wine: Nothing better than a flinty, minerally refreshing Chablis!

15th | Jacques Lassaigne (Champagne, France) — Reg $61.99 | Mixed Case 20% $49.59 — Traditional Object: Crystal, Rose- Crystal clear bubbles and a bouquet of roses!

20th | K Vintners Cattle King Syrah (Walla Walla Valley, Washington) — Reg $75.99 | Mixed Case 20% $60.79 — Traditional Object: China, Aster. Wine: Purple and blue tinged Syrah from WA.

25th | La Colline aux Princes Sancerre (Loire Valley, France) — Reg $27.99  | Mixed Case $22.39 — Traditional Object: Silver, Iris. Wine: Reflections of silver and hints of iris!

30th | Claude Nouveau Santennay 1er Cru  (Burgundy, France) — Reg $44.99 | Mixed Case 20% $35.99 — Traditional Object: Pearl, Lily. Wine: Creamy rich texture like a pearly and lovely like lilies: Burgundian Chardonnay!

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40th | Paul Reitz Volnay  (Burgundy, France) — Reg $57.99 | Mixed Case 20% $51.19 — Traditional Object:  Ruby, Gladiolus. Wine: Bright ruby colors with rich terrior.

50th | Domaine Nalys Châteauneuf-du-Pape Reserve (Southern Rhône, France) — Reg $65.99 | INSIDER $62.99 | Mixed Case 20% $50.39 — Traditional Object: Gold, Yellow rose, violet. Wine: Beautiful hints of violets and field roses.

60th | Bruno Paillard (Champagne, France) — Reg $59.99 | Mixed Case 20% $47.99 — Traditional Object: Diamond. Wine: Brilliant diamond sparkles!

75th | Vilmart et Cie (Champagne, France) — Reg $89.99 | Mixed Case 20% $71.99 — Traditional Object: Diamond/Gold. Wine: Flecks of gold and diamonds.

80th| Rombaurer Cabernet Sauvignon  (Napa Valley, California) — Reg $61.99 | Mixed Case 20% $49.59 — Traditional Object: Oak. Wine: the most oak of them all!

90th | W.T. Vintners Damain Syrah  (Walla Walla Valley, Washington) — Reg $48.99 | Mixed Case 20% $39.19 — Traditional Object: Granite. Wine: Layers of blueberries, cherries and granite

Fathers Day & BBQ Pairings

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Whether you are gathering for Father’s Day or not- this is a fun list of BBQ pairings for any upcoming events as the weather is getting warmer and the dance cards are filling up! –Jaci

Brisket and Braised | Four Vines The Biker Zinfandel (Paso Robles, Califonia) — Reg $25.99 | Mixed Case 20% $20.79 — Complement that rich and tangy meat with bold dark plums and spice!

BBQ Pork/Brats/Sausages | Resérve Générac Syrah (Costière di Nîmes, France) —Reg $13.99  | Mixed Case $11.19 — Savory with fatty goodness balanced with rich fruit and acid.

Hamburgers | 1851 Cabernet Sauvignon (Columbia Valley, Washington) — Reg $14.99 | Mixed Case 20% $11.99 — Layers of grilled onions, garlic, rosemary and lean meat with dark cherries, soft tannins!

Veggie Burger | Jacky Marteau Sauvignon Blanc (Touraine | Loire Valley, France) — Reg $15.99 | INSIDER $14.99 | Mixed Case 20% $11.99 — Rustic herbs and grains with tart Touraine fruits and earth.

Pulled Pork | K Vintners River Rock Syrah (Walla Walla Valley, Washington) — Reg $49.99 | Mixed Case 20% $39.99 — Good and juicy with bold and bodacious WA Syrah.

BBQ Ribs | Neil Ellis Pinotage (Stellenbosch, South Africa) — Reg $22.99 | Mixed Case 20% $18.39 — Match that rich sweet and tangy sauce to the powerful cooked fruits and smokey undertones of a South African Pinotage!

Grilled Lamb | Zuazo Gaston Crianza Tempranillo  (Rioja, Spain) — Reg $19.99 | INSIDER $15.99 | Mixed Case 20% $12.79 — Almost any grilled meat, but this meat is a classic pairing with Tempranillo.

Corn on the Cob | 1851 Cellars Chardonnay (Columbia Valley, Washington) — Reg $13.99 | INSIDER $12.99 | Mixed Case 20% $10.39 — You have to add your own butter, as this Chardonnay is stainless steel but with a touch of malo- full bodied and rich.

Grilled Salmon | Palazzo Malgara Grillo (Sicily, Italy) — Reg $13.99 | Mixed Case 20% $11.19 — The bright sunshine rays of a refresshing Grillo matched with a fresh catch- gorgeous.

Grilled Veggies | Weingut Prechtl Altenberg Grüner Veltliner (Weinviertel, Austria) — Reg $19.99 | INSIDER $18.99 | Mixed Case 20% $15.19 — Full and lush, vegetal in its own right, with a clean, peppery finish.

Grilled Mushrooms | Chateau du Grand Caumont Cuvée Spéciale (Corbières, France)– Reg $15.99 | Mixed Case 20% $12.79 — Inky dark plums, black cherries, hillside herbs, soft tannins.

Stay Local and Fresh! PNW Seafood

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Growing up actively fishing, clamming, crabbing and covered in tide-flat, one becomes a bit of a seafood snob!  The Pacific Northwest is blessed with an abundance of delicious and seasonal treats.  Here we present some of our favorites with pairings.

My cousins, siblings and I would spend HOURS on the beach at Samish Island digging for clams.  Razor clams and Goeducks that is- these meaty rich shellfish are excellent for fritters, soups and stews.  Enjoy with Pinot Bianco from Castelfeder (Alto Adige, Italy).

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Chef Tracey’s Manila Clams with coconut milk, shallots

Manila Clams, originally from Japan, live in the rocky depths, sandy areas as well as squishy tide-flat areas.  I didn’t grow up with these as much.  But I did find a love for them when I was older-  toss them in white wine with linguini or with Andouille sausage, corn and potatoes!  Pair with a Rosso di Montalicino from Nottola (Tuscany, Italy).

Five am is nothing to beach kids in my day- we would suit up, grab some pitch forks and buckets and float along on inner tubes next to our uncles when the tide flat was out.  They had pots out that they would harvest later on in the evening, and this allowed Nana to start making fresh Dungenous crab cakes-  Wow.  Enjoy that with Vinchio Vaglio Serra Gavi (Piedmont, Italy).

There are several species of shrimp in the PNW- over 80!  The most common, and largest is the Spot Prawn. Steam, peel and eat.  Enjoy with Domaine Moltès Pinot Blanc (Alsace, France).

Squid–  oh yes- calamari!  My favorite style of calamari is non-breaded, sautéed with Calabrian olives, capers and tomatoes.  Serve with La Farra Extra Dry Prosecco (Veneto, Italy)!  Want the old school breaded with aoli style… very well, then 1851 Cellars Chardonnay (Columbia Valley, Washington) for you!  Cheers!

Bouillabaisse, paella, or just a steamed bowl with chili flakes and butter- Mussels are a staple in PNW cuisine. It truly depends on the preparation- if you are having stew, enjoy with Domain Perraud Macon (Burgundy, France) or Santa Lucia Losco from coastal Maremma (Tuscany, Italy).  Paella- Outon Albariño (Rias Biaxas, Spain) all the way!  Simple butter and chili- have Okocium Lager (Poland)!

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I can spend a whole day pairing to Oysters as Washington State has so many to choose from!  Check out this link for all the different styles>>  And classically- the pairing should be Muscadet: Chateau de La Bigiotière or Domaine des Herbauges (Loire Valley, France).

With eight different styles of Tuna consumed, the four most common are Albacore, Yellow-fin, Blue-fin, and Big-eye.  Blue-fin, especially Atlantic Blue-Fin, is an endangered species.  The others are border line threatened.  If you are fortunate to consume some, enjoy with Santa Lucia Vermentino (Tuscany, Italy)

Sturgeon, known more for caviar than as a dish, is a meaty, oily and rich dish.  Many species are endangered due to illegal caviar trade as well as over-fishing and pollution.  You need a Burgundian white for this one: Domaine Perraud Mâcon Villages or  Chateau Eyssards Bergerac Blanc Sec (Bergerac, France)

Mildly sweet, dense white meat- Swordfish is often overlooked!  If you like the meaty texture of salmon but not the fishy character, you will enjoy swordfish.  Moderate consumption as it does carry levels of mercury, and it is on a watch.  Pair with Ozilhan Réserve Blanc (Côtes du Rhône, France)

I don’t believe you need to pair Salmon with Pinot Noir.  Don’t get me wrong- I LOVE PINOT NOIR.  But…  there are plenty of gorgeous wines to pair with especially pending what you are making with your salmon.  I’ll give you two choices…

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Of the five WILD Salmon – Chinook, Chum, Coho, Pink, and Sockeye – what’s the difference?

  • Sockeye is the darkest and meat-y-est.  Pair with a bold 5 Oros Vendemmia Seleccionada (Rioja, Spain) or Willamette Pinot- like Domaine Serene (Willamette Valley, Oregon).  Awesome smoked! Pair with Starke Conde Syrah (Stellenbosch, South Africa).
  • Chinook (King) is the lightest in color yet expressive in flavor and the highest in the marbled fat content.  Depending on what you prepare it with, pair with a wine that has a bit more earth and richness- Santa Lucia Morellino di Scansano or Claude Nouveau Santennay (Burgundy, France)
  • Coho and Pink are similar with a medium to light coloring, medium flavor and medium oil.  Try a rosé- Château Frégate Bandol Rosé or for your pinot noir: Paul Reitz Volnay (Burgundy, France).
  • Chum is very light in color and very lean.  Sometimes with an orange hue. Enjoy with Les Couventines Gigondas (Southern Rhône, France) or Wish Wine Co. Pinot Noir (North Coast, California)

Since we are talking about salmon, what’s the deal with Steelhead Salmon?  It is actually a sea-bearing Rainbow Trout.  You will find the same richness of salmon, yet medium flakes of orange goodness.  Pair with Scopone Brunello di Montalicino (Tuscany, Italy) or Walter Scott Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley, Oregon).

Rainbow Trout spends its life in the fresh water- so rich in style yet cleaner and leaner.  Think the same for your wine pairing- Castelfeder Vernatsch (Alto Adige, Italy) or Walnut City Wine Works Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley, Oregon)

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Chef Tracey’s Halibut Cheeks on Roman gnocchi

Halibut is a delight.  Light, lean with a sweet freshness, it is so versatile for pairing as well as preparation.  Plain with lemon- Chevaliers Chablis (Burgundy, France); Fried- Asara Chenin Blanc (Stellenbosch, South Africa); Ceviche!!  Casto Pequeño Cotoval Verdejo (Castilla y Leon, Spain)

Since we are speaking white fish, next we move to Cod.  There is Atlantic and Pacific and whole races that sustain themselves on these beauties.  Simple clean and mild flavor.  Not dissimilar to halibut but a bit oily and not as sweet.  Pair with Lobo Hills Sauvigon Blanc (Yakima Valley, Washington).

Black Cod/Sablefish has a rich, buttery, satin like texture with high oil content.  It lives in deep dark waters and along the muddy areas of the ocean.  Pair with Domain Moltès Alsatian Riesling (France).

Lingcod– is not actually a cod.  Lingcod is a lean, white-fleshed fish with a mild flavor profile, medium-firm texture and large flakes.  Enjoy with a bright and refreshing Sancerre- La Colline aux Princes (Loire Valley, France)

Bass– similar to the tale of Steelhead and Rainbow trout, several bass species are fresh water to seawater bound.  Large mouth bass are the most common in our area- expect a rich, oily fish with full flavor!  Go local- have a Washington Syrah: Beresan Cellars (Columbia Valley)

Petrale Sole and Dover Sole are actually Flounders and both have a mild, delicately nutty, sweet flavor with small, firm flakes. Definitely Palazzo Malgara Grillo (Sicily, Italy)

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Chef Tracey’s Pacific Rockfish with yellow tomato pureé, avacodo, basil oil & smoked paprika oil

Rockfish, aka Pacific Snapper, is lean, with a sweetness and nutty undertone.  Firm and flaky.  A great fish for mixing into seafood stews or baked in parchment with clams and herbs!  Pair this with a Bordeaux Blanc- Château Martinot (France).

Please keep in mind that we are stewards to our environment.  Many species have been over harvested and not properly managed, so please make sure to check sites like this >>  as well as health sites for toxin levels (especially for small children, pregnant women, and those with illnesses) >>


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Cheers & hope you enjoy some of these pairing suggestions!
Jaci Kajfas
Sommelier, Portalis Wine Shop Manager & foodie extraordinaire!