Within an easy, scenic drive of several acclaimed winemaking regions, Portland has become an undisputed wine mecca. Many Pearl District restaurants and bars specialize in showing off the city’s wine riches. Here are four spots that oenophiles shouldn’t miss, along with suggested wine-and-food pairings. Salud! –Andrew Collins
CERULEAN WINE BAR & BISTRO
1439 NW Marshall St, 503-308-9137, ceruleanwine.com (pictured above)
This handsome wine bar inside an atmospheric warehouse serves the superb wines of Cerulean Skies, an acclaimed Hood River winery that turns out complex whites and reds, from a fruit-forward pinot gris that earned a 91 from Wine Enthusiast to an age-worthy nebbiolo.
Try this: Cerulean also produces a dry and bright 2014 tempranillo rosé that’s fantastic with a bowl of hearty meatballs with herbs, spinach, and vine-ripened tomatoes.
903 NW Everett St, 503-206-6388, galloneropdx.com
Chef-owner Davide Filippini has amassed an incredibly extensive selection of Italian—and especially Tuscan—wines at this stylish restaurant decorated with colorful artwork.
Try this: You may think of bold, full-bodied reds at a Tuscan-inspired restaurant, but order a glass of Villa Antinori Bianco—a blend starring Tuscany’s most prominent white grape, trebbiano—when supping on sublime cacciucco, the traditional shellfish and fish stew from the port city of Livorno.
1105 NW Marshall St, 503-225-9300, viadelizia.com
An airy eatery with tall windows and sidewalk tables overlooking Tanner Springs Park, this Mediterranean-inspired café serves tasty food throughout the day. During the 3–6 p.m. daily happy hour, it’s a lovely spot for a glass of wine. The emphasis here is on Old World bottles.
Try this: Sip the earthy Michele Chiarlo Barbera D’Asti in between bites of bruschetta topped with ripe tomatoes, basil, Kalamata olives, roasted red peppers, and rich and sweet balsamic reduction.
BELLINO TRATTORIA SICILIANA
1230 NW Hoyt St, 503-208-2992, bellinoportland.com
This romantic trattoria has earned a devoted following for authentic Sicilian cuisine, including flavorful eggplant caponata and tempting pasta dishes. The wine list is strong on Sicilian varietals, from full-bodied nero d’Avola to light and refreshing insolia.
Try this: The late-harvest Hauner Malvasia delle Lipari dessert wine, with Bellino’s decadent torta di cioccolato e menta (chocolate-almond tart with mint custard).
Photos by Ashley Anderson