Properly pairing your entrée with a glass of red or white wine can take your average meal and turn it into a culinary sensation! While red wine with red meat is a great general rule to follow, here at the Northshore Brasserie we know how overwhelming it can be to narrow down what wine should go with what entree. Below is just a few of our most popular entrée selections and the complimentary wine pairing we recommend!

Chicken - For most poultry dishes, the sauce and herbal flavorings tend to dictate what wine selection would pair best; however, white wine or a dry rosé are good “go to” options.

Lamb Shank – Lamb shank is a great meat selection when you want a robust meal with an abundance of flavor. We recommend pairing your lamb with a full bodied Cabernet Sauvignon or a Spanish Rioja red.

Steak – We have a wide assortment of steaks that vary throughout the year. Should you select a steak entrée, it is always safe to stick with a red wine pairing. The seasoning used will determine which red wine, but you can't go wrong with a good red Bordeaux, a California or Australian Cabernet Sauvignon, a Washington state Merlot, an Argentine Malbec or a Spanish Rioja.

Duck – Pair your wild duck with a Syrah from the Rhône in France, a California Rhone or consider a Washington state Merlot.

Should meat selections not be your first preference, we also have a wide variety of seafood selections such as salmon or trout. As with red meat, fish pairings are also an art.

Salmon – Salmon is much lighter than most red meats, yet heavier than most white fish varieties. With that being said, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Grigio, and Sauvignon Blanc are the top five complimentary wine selections we would recommend to go with this entrée.

Trout – Trout is a medium textured fish. This means that while it is still flaky, it is a firmer and thicker fish. Look for medium bodied whites with high aromatics and rich full-bodied whites aged in oak such as, a Dry Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, or Fiano from Italy!

Just like a good wine pairing can complement your entrée, we want our fine dining to compliment your new year!  Pairing tips such as these will allow you to take your upscale dining with us to a whole new level. Whether you are looking to impress your date with your pairing knowledge or hope to join us for a work brunch to impress your newest client, we hope this pairing recommendations guide you into a happy new year!