Wine connoisseurs assert that novice tasters should never pair red wine with fish, white wine with red meat, or excessive wine with jury duty. Lap up today's Groupon in moderate proportions: for $10, you get $22 worth of boutique wines and seasonal Italian fare at Bricco della Regina Anna, on Queen Anne Avenue North.
This luminous neighborhood wine bar quenches parched palates with a Trevi Fountain's worth of boutique wines and a seasonal collection of tempting comestibles. Cool off piping-hot taste buds with a glass of chilled Italian Prosecco Le Guizze ($8.50) before warming up to an appetizer of Castelvetrano olives marinated in citrus, hot peppers, and garlic ($4). Ideal for setting a festive mood, a chalice of Fess Parker chardonnay ($10) fills guests with lively spirits and perfectly pairs with bites from a selection of artisan cheeses and cured meats. A glass of Lemberger Shooting Star red wine ($9.50) awakens the astounding flavor of the crispy pork belly, which shares plate estate with braised radicchio, white beans, and raspberry vinaigrette ($14). With lofty ceilings and a dining room doused in warm light, Bricco's welcoming atmosphere provides visitors with the liquid courage necessary to ask for a potted plant's frond in marriage.