Brae Blanc

DSC_0063This month we received something a bit different from Inniskillin.  Uniquely crafted by the wineries own winemakers Brae Blanc is a unique blend of three different white wines all distinct on their own; Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer and Riesling.

Named after the Brae Burn Estate that houses the vineyard this crisp wine white has light flavours of apricot and peach with floral undertones.

This wine holds it own quite well but is equally enjoyed with food from spicier cuisine like Mexican, Indian, Thai and the Caribbean.

Shrimp Pad Thai Recipe


This month I received another Pinot Noir, this one from 2004. I’m looking forward to possibly having a tasting between that one and the 1999 I received from Inniskillin.
2007-chardonnayThe second bottle of wine I received was a 2007 Chardonnay. This white wine grape is quite easy to grow and adapts well to different climates making it a popular choice with wineries all across the world. It is a relatively light wine with aromas of butter, fig, vanilla, clove and nutmeg if it’s been oak aged or fruitier like apples, pears, lemon-lime and pineapple when it’s young.

When pairing food with a Chardonnay choose dishes that are creamy, buttery and earthy like lobster, shellfish mushrooms and cheeses like provolone and Gruyere. Tomato dishes are too acidic and meats like steak are too overpowering for the flavour of the wine.

chardonnay-grapesOne thing to note is that Chardonnay loses their fruitiness if they are too cold so let it rest out of the fridge for a bit before serving.

This recipe requires white wine as an ingredient. It’s always great to use the wine you are going to serve with it in the recipe.

White Wine and Garlic Cream Sauce Recipe