Spoil Mum this Mother’s Day with a Delicious Meal Paired with VIDA Wines & Spirits
Treat your mum to a delicious lunch, simple to prepare in advance, but deliciously seasonal and perfectly paired by Olivier Freymuth, Buyer of VIDA Wines and Spirits to two fascinating and unusual wines, one, a multi-regional, multi-varietal blend from the oldest wine vineyards in Slovenia, and an elegant, herby red from Bulgaria made from a new and exciting cross between two ancient noble varieties. Olivier suggests a tangy, herby swordfish dish, as a hearty but healthy lunch on a (hopefully!) warm verdant Spring Day.
Perfect to match a fragrant and meaty fish dish, Lisa has selected Kristančič Pavo White Cuvée from Slovenia (£18.89). This is a gorgeous Slovenian blend of three white varieties; the internationally respected and loved Chardonnay, Istria’s own, richly textured Malvasia, and the uniquely minerally and sea-breezy Rebulla. This silky mix of quince, dried herbs and apple fruit would be perfect to mingle with moist lemony juices.
Alternatively, if it’s a glass of red that you’re after, Olivier has chosen Rossidi Rubin from Bulgaria (£21.29) Now, Rubin is a fascinating, but still reasonably scarce grape variety, planted in little pockets across Bulgaria. However, interest in this fresh, fragrant red grape variety is sky high right now. The secret to Rubin’s swagger is that it is a cross between the pale, but fragrant and noble Nebbiolo variety from the area of Piedmont in Italy, and the rich, intense, deeply-coloured variety of Syrah. In the tremendous heat of some vintages in Bulgaria, Rubin still manages to retain some freshness and bright fruit, despite the often scorching heat. Its elegance and herbal perfume, especially after a few years, is perfect for barbecued fish or a herby chicken stew.
Or for the ultimate effortless gift, why not treat Mum to a large hamper full of delicious Greek foods including wild thyme honey, extra virgin oil, capers and scrumptious figs dipped in dark chocolate.