Cristom Pinot & Pan Seared Halibut with Cherry and Poblano Salsa

January 5th, 2012

Cristom Pinot Noir

By Linda Kissam

Long before it was fashionable to “go green,” Chef Lowell, owner / chef of Russell’s Restaurant was and still remains a passionate advocate and longtime supporter of Washington farms and wineries. He participates in local events such as the Annual Snohomish County Focus on Farming, feeding 650 local farmers in support of their efforts to preserve Washington State’s farmland.

Try pairing Chef Russell’s Pan Seared Halibut with Cherry and Poblano Salsa with a Cristom Winery 2008 Eileen Vineyard Pinot Noir ($50). The wine is a selection of the winemaker’s favorite barrels from an estate vineyard farmed entirely by organic methods. The wine is deep-ruby-colored. The bouquet of Eileen Vineyard is distinguished by aromas of mint, black licorice and chervil. This wine is savory on the palate, fruit forward, with a mouthwatering texture. It can be laid down and should become more complex over several years.