Best Restaurants 2012

Wine + Food = Love

Five spots taking wine pairing to the next level.

Edited by Rachel Ritchie and Karen Brooks By Allison Jones October 16, 2012

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Perfect Pairs Deviled quail eggs and Oregon pinot at Sauvage


With rock-bottom prices on glass pours and sophisticated-yet-affordable vino-friendly nosh (deviled quail eggs, anyone?), Fausse Piste winemaker Jesse Skiles’s signless Sauvage is a speakeasy even a vintner could love. 537 SE Ash St;

Taste on 23rd 

Part bottle shop and part wine bar, Taste offers small plates like roasted-vegetable flatbread and house-made chicken-liver mousse alongside well-curated local and international wine flights. 2285 NW Johnson St; 


David Speer’s chic and intimate Champagne bar in the Central Eastside’s Olympic Mills building offers seven by-the-glass bubbles, 45 bottles, and bare-bones nibbles. 107 SE Washington St;

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Bar Vivant

SE Wine Collective 

Thomas and Kate Monroe’s new urban winery is home to four small-production labels (Bow & Arrow, Division Winemaking Company, Helioterra, and Vincent) and a cozy wine bar offering rotating tastes of member vintners’ wines, many available on tap. 2425 SE 35th Pl;

Bar Vivant 

Cheryl Wakerhauser’s new pâtisserie-meets-tapas bar offers a taste of San Sebastian with a side of Gay Paree. With $5 pours of Spanish wines like txakoli and tinto, a killer Champagne list, and  a dozen sherries by the glass, Bar Vivant is a suitable substitute for that European vacation.
2225 E Burnside St;

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