Food Drink

Recipe: Mussels in White Wine (Moules Marinières)

What can be better than a pot of mussels and a bottle of newly released South Australian Savagnin/Chardonnay blend?

The 2015 Ametrine White Blend is a BRAND NEW blend for Gemtree launching this Easter weekend. Ametrine is a natural blend of Citrine and Amethyst, a powerful stone of harmony and balance enhancing mental and spiritual clarity. Fittingly, this blend of 60% Savagnin and 40% Chardonnay is a balanced and harmonious dry white wine. Simply pour and enjoy!

“The colour is bright with a pale hue. On the nose it’s floral, with hints of pear juice and citrus and notes of tangerine and cream. The palate is clean, fresh, zesty, dry and thirst quenching – a quaffer with great flavour.” Mike Brown

You can get your paws on a dozen of this wine in their cellar door from Easter Saturday, or you can order online. Be quick though, this wine will hop out the door at this price! $90 per dozen

Mussels in white wine (moules marinières)


  • 4 kg mussels
  • 125 gbutter
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 4 shallots, sliced
  • 1 leek, sliced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • ½ bunch thyme, leaves picked
  • 250 ml (1 cup) white wine
  • chopped flat-leaf parsley, to garnish
  • pepper, to season



Ensure that you clean the mussels thoroughly under running water. Scrub off dirt and remove beards.

Heat a large saucepan over low heat and melt butter.

Add in the garlic, shallot, leek, bay leaves and thyme, cooking until the vegetables soften. You want the vegetable to turn translucent, but not brown. Cook for 6-7 minutes.

Then add the mussels and the wine, covering with a lid.

Turn the heat up and, while stirring occasionally, let it cook for 3-5 minutes.

You know it is ready when the mussels have just started to open.

Ensure that you throw out any unopened mussels as these may be ‘bad’.

Serve, pouring over the liquid and finish off with a sprinkling of parsley.

Chef’s Tip: You can season with pepper, if you like, but never with salt – the mussels will be salty enough. Serve with a glass of Gemtree Wine!

Pair it with the Gemtree Wines 2015 Ametrine White Blend – $90 case Ametrine White Blend Easter special

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