Celebrate Mother’s Day with Lunch or Dinner at Le Parisien

Le Parisien LogoWhen she was a young woman, your mother’s dreams of romantic Paris were kindled by books such as A Moveable Feast or movies like Gigi. Perhaps she actually travelled to France and drunk in Paris’ romance from a café seat on the Boulevard Saint Germain. Perhaps Life led her in another direction and she never managed to see The City of Light in person. Regardless, the dream still exists. This Mother’s day, treat your mother to the Paris of her dreams with a classic bistro brunch or dinner at Le Parisien, Vancouver’s little bit of the Left Bank in Vancouver’s West End. Special three-course prix fixe dinner for $39. Regular dinner menu also available.  Enjoy a bottle of rose wine with the meal below!

Brunch: 9.00am to 2.30pm;
Dinner: 5.00pm to 10.00pm.

Reservations essential: 604-687-1418 or
www.opentable.com/le-parisien-vancouver

Mother’s Day Menu

LOBSTER BISQUE
steamed shrimp, croutons, crème fraîche

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PROSCIUTTO WRAPPED GREEN ASPARAGUS
hollandaise sauce

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PORK AND VEAL TERRINE
pickled vegetables, grilled sourdough bread

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ROASTED LING COD
saffron potatoes, wilted spinach, tomato fondue, clam butter sauce

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GRILLED BEEF TENDERLOIN
potato lyonnaise, short rib croquette, red wine jus

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SUNCHOKE & MUSHROOM RISOTTO
wild and cultivated mushrooms, parmesan shavings and fennel salad

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CHOCOLATE MOUSSE CAKE
strawberry gastrique, almond tuile

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WHITE WINE POACHED PEARS
sable and blackberry sorbet

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BOURBON INFUSED CRÈME CARAMEL
walnut biscotti

$39.00 / Person

Roses and Rose Wine for Mother’s Day

Rose Hybrid Tea ‘Mrs. Herbert Stevens’

Mothers have a hard job.  And having 1 day a year to celebrate her daily toil hardly covers how much she should be appreciated.  So I’d like to suggest both roses and rose wine for this special day, and any other day you want to show your appreciation.

The Meanings of Roses

For most of us, guys especially, do not know what the colours of roses mean.  Peruse the colours and pick what is most appropriate.  I would think that some colours of roses, e.g. red, may be more appropriate for your spouse, while other colours more appropriate for your mother.  As I am not an expert on rose colours, I present this list from http://www.rkdn.org/roses/colors.asp

Red (Dark)  Unconscious beauty
Red (Single) I Love You
Deep Burgundy  Unconscious Beauty
White Purity, Innocence, Silence, Secrecy, Reverence, Humility, Youthfulness
Pink  Appreciation, “Thank you”, Grace, Perfect Happiness, Admiration, Gentleness, “Please Believe Me”
Dark Pink Appreciation, Gratitude, “Thank You”
Light Pink  Admiration, Sympathy, Gentleness, Grace, Gladness, Joy, Sweetness
Yellow Joy, Gladness, Friendship, Delight, Promise of a new beginning, Welcome Back, Remember Me,  Jealousy
Yellow with Red Tip Friendship, Falling in Love
Orange Desire, Enthusiasm
Red and White  Given together, these signify unity
Red and Yellow Jovial and Happy Feelings
Peach  Appreciation, Closing the deal, Let’s get together, Sincerity, Gratitude
Pale Peach Modesty
Coral  Desire
Lavender Love at first sight, Enchantment
Orange  Enthusiasm, Desire, Fascination

How many roses should you give?  That’s a bit subjective, but 1 rose shows your devotion and 6 roses signify a need to be loved or cherished.  If you give 2 roses, that means you want to marry that person.  Maybe you would like to buy 1 rose for each year you have been together?

Some Rose Wine Picks

I have covered many rose wines over the past years.  Rose wines are wonderful I think for spring time and to celebrate Mother’s Day.  Here are a few that I think are quite tasty:

  • Chateau Lallier Champagnes

    Champagne Lallier Rose, NV, France. If your mother, wife or significant other enjoys bubbles, here is one to please. Very pale pinkish orange colour. Light strawberry nose. Bigger bubble, with strawberry and red cherry flavour. You can never go wrong with Champagne.

  • Domaine Chandon Brut Rose, NV, France.  A sparkling rose that will treat your tastebuds.  Light orangey cherry in colour.  Lees and strawberries on the nose.  Lots of light small bubbles in the glass.  Quite creamy mouthfeel with strawberry and cherry flavours.
  • Haywire Gamay Noir Rose 2010, BC ($23). Light salmon colour. Strawberry and cherry aromas. High acidity with strawberries, raspberries and cherry flavours.  Very refreshing. We don’t come across a Gamay Noir rose, so this was nice.  Gamay, like Pinot Noir is naturally a low tannin wine, with red fruit / summer fruit flavours.  This is a very nice wine for the summer.  Try with some crab or lobster.
  • Blasted Church Rose 2010, BC ($17.99). This rose is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc.  Usually I expect a single varietal, like Pinot Noir or Merlot, so I was very interested to taste this rose. Very pale cherry colour. Nice strawberry aromas.  Raspberry leaf, strawberry, and capsicum flavours.  High acidity and spicy on your palate. Light body and long length.  This wine packs a punch with 14.9% alcohol, so beware as you sip this one.
  • Olivares Jumilla Rose 2010, Spain. Bright cherry colour. Light cherry nose.  Light body with ripe red cherries and strawberry flavours. Medium acid and low tannins. Very refreshing. Highly recommended.
  • Le Vieux Pin Vaïla Pinot Noir Rosé 2010, BC. Light pinkish salmon colour. Raspberries and strawberry fruit on the nose with a bit of raspberry leaf as well.  Off dry with light body and medium acidity.  Quite nice strawberry flavour with some almonds on the finish.  The grapes for this wine come from one of the organic Kalala vineyards in West Kelowna.

I wish all mothers a very Happy Mother’s Day!

Holding Court at Church and State Wines

It has been long overdue.  A trip to Vancouver Island, and to visit some Island wineries.  I have enjoyed wines from Church & State for the past few years, but have never been to their winery in the Brentwood Bay area of Vancouver Island. They also have a winery in the Oliver area.  At Brentwood Bay they grow the wine grapes to produce their sparkling wines and some white wines, while the red wines and some white wines are produced at the Oliver area winery.

I’ve written about their Chardonnay in the past and was lucky to try a sample at this tasting as well. Their Chardonnay 2008 has won Double Gold at both the San Francisco International Wine Festival 2010 and the All Canadian Wine Championships 2010, and a Silver at the Challenge International de Vin in France. This wine comes from 2 vineyards in Oliver. It is medium lemon in colour.  Nice nutmeg and lemon aromas.  Round mouth feel with medium body and softness on the palate.  Low acidity.  Very elegant.

The Pinot Gris 2009 comes from Estate grapes at Brentwood Bay. Pale lemon in colour.  Oak, lemon and peach on the nose. Peachy, sweet spice and almond flavours. Medium length. Nice.

Their Pinot Noir 2007 – Hollenbach comes from Skaha Lake grapes in the Okanagan. This is another Gold medal winner from the Canadian Wine awards 2009 and the Okanagan Fall Festival 2010, and several other awards. Light raspberry and tarry aromas. Light body with tea leaves, strawberries and cinnamon flavours.  Soft in the mouth with a dry long finish. Very nice.

The Merlot 2009 is medium garnet in colour. Light cherry, oak, and spicy aromas. Medium body with lots of plummy and black cherry flavours.  A bit of flowers and spice on the finish. Medium acidity and tannins.

The Meritage 2006 is a blend of three Bordeaux varietals – Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Deeper garnet in colour.  A very wild nose!  Animal and overripe black fruit. Meaty, animal and black cherry flavours with medium tannins.  A very masculine wine.  Have a big slab of roast beef with this wine.

Their Quintessential 2007 Bordeaux blend is coming out this week.  Drop by their Brentwood Bay winery for a taste for Mothers Day, or check your local wine shop for the arrival of this wine.  It has wine a Gold medal at the Challenge International de Vin in France.  Enjoy!

Thank Your Mom with these Mothers Day Wine Selections

Mother’s Day is coming up soon. We all like to treat our mothers. A nice meal and nice wine is one option. Some wines you may want to consider.

Sparkling Wine

  • Fresita sparkling (Chile). This is a blend of white sparkling wine with blended strawberries. Very nice and fruity. Would be a nice way to start a breakfast if you don’t want to make a mimosa.
  • Champagne Lallier Rose (France). Very pale pinkish orange colour. Light strawberry nose. Bigger bubble, with strawberry and red cherry flavour. You can never go wrong with Champagne. If you cannot afford Champagne, maybe try an Italian Prosecco or a Spanish Cava.
  • Moreson  Blanc de Blancs Brut Method  Cap Classic (South Africa)   Chardonnay  NV.    A very fine bubble. Red apple, citrus, light spice and bready flavour. It had a long finish. Nice.
  • Codorniu Sparkling Brut (Spain) Pinot Noir NV.   This Spanish Cava is light orangy pink in colour. Light strawberry aroma. Very bracing in your mouth, with strawberry and raspberry flavours.

White Wines

If you mother likes white wines here are a few suggestions.

  • Mission Hill Family Estate Perpetua 2008 (Canada). This is 100% Chardonnay from a blend of 3 Chardonnay clones: 2 Dijon and 1 Loire. A portion of the wine is fermented in French oak and left sur lies for 10 months. Pale lemon with a green tint in the glass.  Flower and lemon on the nose. Medium body with vanilla, pineapple flavours.  Medium acidity. A very well balanced wine.  This is a chardonnay that everyone should try.
  • Mud House Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2010 (New Zealand).  Pale lemon in the glass.  Lots of gooseberry on the nose with some herbal on the nose that continued to the palate.  Medium plus acidity with long length.  Really nice flavour.
  • Township 7 Viognier 2008 was medium lemon in colour. Honey, lime and tropical fruit on the nose. Medium acidity with citrus, mango and papaya flavours. If you have not tried a Viognier before, this one will get you hooked.
  • Casa Lapostolle Sauvignon Blanc 2009 (Chile). It had varied aromas of citrus, pineapple and apple. On the palate there was good acidity with pineapple flavour and medium length.
  • La Frenz Winery Reserve Chardonnay 2009 (Canada). Pale lemon in the glass. Lots of vanilla with a hint of eucalyptus / menthol. Nice acidity.  Round mouthfeel with pineapple and spice.

Red Wines

Maybe your mother prefers red wine or you are planning to BBQ something for her.  Here are some suggestions.

  • Vina Santa Rita Medalla Real Pinot Noir 2008 (Chile). Santa Rita is a premium producer from Chile.  I really enjoy their wines, and spent time visiting them in Chile. Their Medalla Real Pinot Noir is coloured light purple in the glass.  Ripe cassis aromas. Round mouth feel, light boded with an abundance of cassis flavour.  Low tannins.
  • Mud House Central Otago Pinot Noir 2009 (New Zealand). Pale purple colour.  Lots of raspberry aroma and flavour.  Also a bit of tea leaves on the palate. Light body with medium acidity.
  • Van Westen Vineyards Voluptuous Merlot / Cabernet Franc 2007 (Canada). Opaque puple in the glass. Ripe cherries and vanilla with a hint of cedar on the nose. Full bodied with firm yet smooth tannins.  Ripe black cherry flavour.
  • Howling Bluff Estate Winery Summa Quies Estate Pinot Noir 2009 (Canada). Pale garnet in colour. Beautiful violets and strawberry aromas. Soft, light bodied, with vanilla, strawberries and ripe cherries on the palate.  Highly recommended.
  • d’Arenberg The Custodian Grenache 2008, (Australia)  This wine is light garnet in colour.  Smoke and raspberry on the nose.  Petrol, cassis, raspberry flavours.  Low tannins. Very refreshing.
  • Bennett Lane Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 (California) This cab is deep garnet in colour. A nice nose with ripe cassis and vanilla. Smooth mouthfeel with dark fruit and dry tannins. Long lingering flavours.
  • Clos du Val Wine Company Zinfandel 2009 (California). Light garnet in colour. Smoky raspberry nose. Medium body with raspberry and cassis flavours, with vanilla and spice on the finish. An elegant wine.
  • La Stella Allegretto 2008 (Canada). This is 100% Merlot grown from their Stag vineyard in Osoyoos on it’s own rootstock!  Deep purple in the glass.  Lots of raspberry, cherry and vanilla on the nose.  Full body with mocha, cherry and vanilla flavour, and a hint of raspberry.  Medium tannins with a long finish.

I’ve tried to give you a range of wines from light to full bodied.  I hope there is one for you and for your mother.  Enjoy!