St. Patrick's Day Suggested Pairing: Mabel's VCR and... - Sue-Ann Staff Estate Winery
March 16, 2023

St. Patrick's Day Suggested Pairing: Mabel's VCR and...

Mabel's VCR $28.95 at Sue-Ann Staff Estate Winery

Riesling has a natural affinity for all things cabbagey -- the wine's weight, it's apple-y flavour profile and zesty acidity, is a wonderful complement to dishes like choucroute garnie or a okonomiyaki. Add  Viognier and Chardonnay to Riesling, as we have done with Mabel's VCR ($28.95) and you've got a wine that's absolutely perfect with any dish that stars cruciferous veg!


With St. Patrick's Day almost upon us, we're thinking of colcannon, a delicious Irish dish of potatoes and cabbage. Here's Melissa Clark's version, dressed up with crispy leeks and loaded with greens. Top this with smoked salmon or a fried egg and a bottle of Mabel's VCR and you've got your St. Patrick's Day dinner sorted!


  • 2 lbs any kind of potatoes, peeled if you like, cut into 2-inch chunks
  • Kosher salt and black pepper
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons butter, plus more as needed
  • Olive oil
  • 1 cup sliced leeks or alliums of choice (shallots, onions, scallions)
  • 2 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 2 quarts of sliced sturdy greens (cabbage or kale, broccoli rabe, chard, collard greens or mustard greens)
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons milk or vegetable broth (optional)
  • Fried egg, smoked salmon, or a simple green salad (optional)


Step 1

In a medium pot, combine the potatoes with enough water to cover them by 2 inches and a large pinch of salt. Boil until tender enough to easily pierce with a fork, 15 to 25 minutes. Drain.


Step 2

Meanwhile, in a large skillet, melt butter, along with a drizzle of oil, then add leeks and a pinch of salt. Sauté over medium heat for 5 or so minutes. When the leeks are golden, spoon some out onto a plate to use for garnish.


Step 3

To the leeks in the pan, add the garlic cloves, and cook them for a minute until fragrant. Then, toss in the greens. Season with more salt and cook, tossing them, until the greens are wilted and very tender. If the pan looks dry, add a splash of water.


Step 4

Now add the potatoes to the skillet and mash them (so they’re either smooth or chunky), and add some milk or vegetable broth, if you like, and a lot of butter. Taste, and add more salt and lots of pepper. Scatter on the fried leeks and more butter to melt in little pools across the top.


Step 5

Top with a fried egg or some smoked salmon, or serve a simple green salad on the side.



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