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


2007-rieslingMay brought the first of my 2 bottles of wine from Inniskillin and it felt like Christmas. I opened the box not knowing what was inside and discovered a 2007 Riesling, which was a pleasant surprise. I have had Rieslings before and really enjoyed them plus I heard that 2007 was one of the best years for Ontario wines.

Riesling is a white grape grown mostly in Germany and the Alsace area of France dating back to the 1400’s and grows well in those colder climates. They are produced to make dry to sweet and sparkling wines making them a versatile cultivar. They can be enjoyed young but hold up well to aging. Riesling is very popular in producing “late harvest” dessert wines.

Riesling grapes

Riesling grapes

Natural aromas include apples, peaches, pears, tropical fruit, rose petals and violets. Because of it’s high acidity and sugar levels it pairs well with almost all foods. From savoury dished like quiches and frittatas to spicy sausages, Thai and BBQ, Riesling is best pair to a sauce and seasoning instead of the choice of meat.

Riesling matches really well with Indian food, a favourite of mine so I though it would work great with this low fat Butter Chicken recipe.

Low Fat Butter Chicken

What would you pair this wine with?