| By Chadsey’s Cairns
Prince Edward County, Ontario
|Winemaker, Vida Zalnieriunas|
|2008 Chenin Blanc|| $24
| Available online or at winery
When you swirl and inhale the aroma of the 2008 Chenin Blanc from By Chadsey’s Cairn, you get a great floral nose and can smell the freshness and minerality that is so classically Prince Edward County. Upon tasting, it grabs your tongue and doesn’t let go. This VQA wine boasts 12% alcohol by volume, but the dominance is definitely the citrus on your mid palette. The challenge of the PEC winemaker has been bested in this refreshing Chenin, and the balance of acid, minerality, and sweetness are definitely forward and accounted for.
This wine would pair wonderfully with seafood, spicy food, and even smoked foods or BBQ poultry. A garlic pepper shrimp dish would pair divinely with this wine. We put out a full board of cheeses to see what would best work, because who doesn’t love some cheese with their wine? We found the best pairing were the firm cheeses, and ones that had an earthy or nutty undertone, even moving into a strong cheese like an aged cheddar or blue. The lemony citrus of this wine softens as it comes closer to room temperature, so I would definitely not drink this wine overly chilled.
The ancient beach soils have treated this grape well at their vineyard, and what, in its native Loire would have produced a sweet and honeyed wine, we have a refreshing cool climate sipper that shows of the terroir of PEC. By Chadsey’s Cairns strives to make wines that are “boldly refreshing or beguilingly reflective” and I think with this $24 Chenin Blanc they have been successful. In a that County way they talk about themselves as being “hard-working romantics, and a trifle irreverent”, how charming.