Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and the best possible gift you could give is time. The scarf, sweater or piece of jewelry might end up forgotten, but the laughs and stories shared over a few glasses of wine will be in your mom’s memories forever. 13th Street is one of my long-standing favourite wineries in Ontario. This week if you order 6 bottles or more from 13th Street Winery, you get FREE SHIPPING. Why not order a case for mom? Here are three of my top wine picks, and a delicious homemade meal that you can make with each one. It's a fabulous recipe for time spent together. Santé Maman!
Grilled and Marinated Rabbit & 2015 Gamay Noir
In France, Italy or Spain, rabbit is a regular item on the dinner menu. But in North America, people tend to forget how delicious it can be. This is definitely one of my favourite meats to cook! Here's a great recipe from Jamie Oliver to make on the barbecue, which will pair perfectly with this juicy 2015 Gamay Noir (13th Street Winery, $19.95). Who said only dad can handle the grill?
Eggplant with Curry and Battered Fried Onions & 2014 Riesling
Vij’s in Vancouver is one of my favourite restaurants in the world. Yes, the world, without any exaggeration. And I am not alone! Locals and visitors from around the world will stand in line to enjoy the magic of this Indian restaurant. This recipe is a regular on the menu, and one of his most popular dishes. The key is to pick an aromatic wine that will stand up to all of the dish's flavours, and this 2014 Riesling (13th Street Winery, $23.95) is a natural fit. The acidity of the wine will cut nicely through the richness of the battered fried onion. A fun one to make!
Tuna Tartare & Cuvée Rosé
This is an easy-to-make recipe from Jamie Oliver with a nice twist on Tuna Tartare. I love the added touch of the blood oranges! It only takes 25 minutes to prepare this fresh treat that will wake up your palate. A great match with this sparkling Cuvée Rosé (NV, 13th Street Winery, $27.95). Delicious at brunch time!
Get free shipping from 13th Street Winery when you buy 6 or more bottles of their delicious wine! Feel free to mix and match. Free shipping will automatically be applied at checkout.
Michelle Bouffard is a wine and spirits educator and a writer who splits her time between Montréal & Vancouver. She is the president of the BC Chapter of the Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers. She Tweets @michellebwine and Instagrams @michellebouffard.