I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Brancott Estate Wines. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.
There is something about sitting down for a delicious meal and opening a great bottle of wine. Whether you are with your loved one or family and friends, great wine goes wonderfully with most dishes. For me red wines go great with a nice marinated skirt steak or a grilled salmon dish. White wines go along with chicken and other seafood that has white colors to them. For examples scallops, shrimp, cod, or crabs. For dessert there is nothing like a fine ice wine to complement the tastes in a delicious piece of cake or pie.
Now of course choosing the best wine to go with a particular dish isn’t as easy as I made it sound. There are varieties of red and white wine such as, pinot noir, merlot, cabernet, sauvignon blanc, chardonnay, pinot grigio and others. I’m pretty sure I will get some feedback from the wine connoisseur regarding my wine food pairings. However I do not claim to be a wine expert by any account. I’m just a wine lover whether it is a bottle for $9.99 or $70 and up. I do prefer to keep my wine tastes within budget. Saving the expensive wine for birthdays and other special occasions. Although I must say there is only a slight difference in taste when you compare an excellent $15 dollar bottle of wine to a good $50 dollar bottle of wine.
Speaking of all this wine I recently was introduced to a wine company from New Zealand called Brancott Estate.
They came out with a brand of wine called Flight Song that is crafted to have 20% fewer calories compared to their other wines. I was sent two bottles of their wine. One bottle of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc and one bottle of Marlborough Pinot Grigio.
I noticed right away that the bottle says 20% lighter in calories. Upon further inspection I read that there is less alcohol (9%) in this wine compared to most other wines. Now unless your intention is to get drunk than this shouldn’t matter much. It’s all about the taste anyway, right? (wink, wink)
After chilling the wines in the fridge for a couple of hours my husband and I decided to give the sauvignon blanc a try first. Now with most wines they tell you on the back of the label what types of flavors to expect. I try not to look at that part of the label until I have tried the wine myself. That way my husband and I can share what flavors we tasted and then check the bottle to see how we compared. I could taste a slight lemon flavor with some type of exotic fruit. My husband mentioned that all he could taste was grapefruit. Turns out we were both right. The label revealed that this wine has pink grapefruit tones, with passion fruit and a touch of lemon. I really was nice and vibrant and would go great with some barbecued shrimp.
The next wine we tasted (a few days later) was the bottle of pinot grigio. My husband once again said that all he tasted was grapefruit. I tasted lemon again and this time a slight peach flavor. As the label would reveal there was no grapefruit but there was a white peach, guava, and citrus flavor to the wine. Maybe my husband’s taste buds were not working properly this past week. He concluded that he wasn’t a big fan of either bottles of the wine. When he likes a wine he talks about it in detail and this time he didn’t. For me I preferred the sauvignon blanc for it’s crisp full flavor over the pinot grigio. Although I must say that overall I prefer a good chardonnay when it comes to white wines. I was also thinking that since both of these wines had less alcohol and calories they would be good to cook with. You know why was the good stuff to cook.