By Megan Cox | Assistant Wine & Beverage Manager, Crowne Plaza Surfers Paradise
Last month Balthazar Wine & Dining celebrated the release of Brown Brothers, 2012,‘Patricia’ line.
A Family Affair
Patricia Brown, born 1915, is the late matriarch of the Brown Brothers homestead. Patricia was mother to four sons, whom are the third and fourth generation, upholding the family traditions today.
Her passion and dedication to the family business earned the naming of the flagship range of wines in her honour.
The Release of Brown Brothers 2012 ‘Patricia’ Line
Balthazar Wine & Dining hosted a six course degustation with a French influenced menu, expertly prepared by our executive chef Jean Marc. On arrival, our Brown Brothers guests, were served the Patricia Brut Sparkling, standing, with Coffin Bay oysters.
Guests milled the room chatting with each other and browsed the shelves lined with local to global wines, all sitting patiently with a price tag looped around the neck.
With the Patricia wines release, it is custom for Brown Brothers to pour these wines ‘blind’ next to wines of same variety, or if a blend, similar blend, and of the same or near to vintage.
I disguised each wine when it came time to pour, and each guest was set with two glasses at a time to receive the Brown Brothers and the mystery wine at the same time. We had the wines wrapped in brown paper to disguise the identity.
The consistent theme was, Brown Brothers wines were the crowd favourite. Our group were sixteen strong, including two from the Brown Brothers’ team.
The highlight dish for me was our mid-course, palate cleanser. It is a base of Champagne, sugar and lemon, frozen to a granita, and on top of this, a watercress puree. Jean-Marc tells our guests, he could not decide between cold soup, or a granita, and details that the guest needs to mix the two parts together to form their own, cold icy soup. This course is interactive for everyone, and it has a refreshing, earthy taste that is truly palate cleansing.
A Conversation About Wine
After each course the wines were revealed and discussed. It was an open conversation between ambassadors and guests. The remarks and feedback on the wines are thoughtful, well-reasoned and importantly, relaxed.
The Brown Brothers’ team in no way had an imposing air, and it was certainly not about, which of these wines are the better? Simply, it was about differences of character, complexities, and everyone’s individual enjoyment.
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