Varietal: Blended White Wine (85% Chardonnay; 11% Seyval Blanc; 4% Viognier)
Region: Virginia – USA
Light in the glass with floral aromas and flavors of apple, lemon and honey. Â Pairs well with crepes, cream based seafood dishes, crabcakes, and chicken.
Recommendations: Whenever I visit the Virginia Wine Expo I make it a point to swing by Ingleside Vineyards. Â Not because I think they’re going to come out with some new wine that’s going to blow my mind, but because I want to pick up their Blue Crab Blanc in bulk.
While the Expo is in February, this is the time of year that I make a point of having several bottles of Blue Crab Blanc chilled down. Â Whether it’s relaxing on the deck or a light lunch on a weekend, this is the perfect summer wine. Â While predominantly Chardonnay, the floral notes from the Viognier really sing and make this wine perfectly refreshing.
On Friday I paired this with a dinner of curry chicken over rice and the slight sweetness (1.2% residual sugar) did a great job of cutting the heat of the meal. Â In fact, while this will pair great with just about any seafood dish, I would argue it’s best suited for spicy meals if you’re going to pair it with anything.
If you’re looking for that perfect summer wine, you’re not going to find a better value than Ingleside Vineyards Blue Crab Blanc. Â For the price you can justify picking it up by the case instead of the bottle and it will go great with any occasion. Â This is my go-to summer wine and I think if you try it you’ll understand why.