Wine connoisseurs assert that novice tasters should never pair red wine with fish, white wine with red meat, or excessive wine with jury duty. Lap up today's Groupon in moderate proportions: for $10, you get $20 worth of entrees, tapas, wine, and more at Dani's Bistro & VQA Wine Bar on St. Paul Street East.
At Dani's Bistro, named number one out of 212 restaurants in St. Catherines by TripAdvisors, owner and wine maven Danielle Murray pairs a wide selection of Ontario VQA wines with a menu of hearty, traditional fare. For lunch, diners can bow out of a high-noon showdown with dishes such as the pot roast braised in red wine and served with caramelized onions and mashed potatoes ($9), or the ratatouille interlaced with angel-hair pasta ($8). Workday victories call for vanquishment feasts of tapas such as succulent skewered shrimp diablo ($5) and caprese salad ($4). Diners can preside over the marriage of their meals to a glass of Pondview Estate riesling ($7) or a Cattail Creek merlot ($7). Then, bask in Dani's Bistro's cozy confines and wrap up discussions about the world's least dangerous marsupials over bread pudding with whiskey sauce ($5) or a glass of sweet, strawberry-tinged Strewn winter red ($7).