A feast for game day

This tailgating menu hits the spot with spicy grilled ribs, rich stew, crunchy salad, and the perfect wine

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  • Hartfield cuts prep time by marinating ribs in harissa, a Tunisian spice paste.

    Spicy pork ribs

    Jim Henkens

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This menu is tailor-made for local beers like Pyramid Amber Weizen and Hale's Mongoose IPA. But we were happy to find several Washington wines that paired very well with these dishes.

DeLille Cellars Doyenne Ciel du Cheval Roussanne 2004 (Red Mountain, WA; $25). The best across-the-board match, standing up to the ribs, salad, and stew, thanks to pleasing lemon-lime notes, lively acidity, and a hint of residual sugar.

DiStefano Sauvignon Blanc 2005 (Columbia Valley, WA; $13). Green pepper and citrus flavors complement the stew.

DiStefano Syrah R 2003 (Columbia Valley, WA; $34). Lean and minerally, with just enough fruit, it is a good partner for both the ribs and the stew.

Maryhill Zinfandel 2004 (Columbia Valley, WA; $20). Sweet-seeming berry flavors hold up to the spice in the ribs, with just enough alcohol to cut through the richness.


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