Saturday, April 9, 2011

The Story of Chateau La Salle Wine

After many years of patient testing and tasting. The Christian Brothers finally achieved the glory of this wine which they submitted as yet unnamed-to the judges of the two Official California Wine Judgings who awarded it nine gold medals from 1955 through 1959. Plainly such a wine desrved a very special name.
And so... the Christian Brothers named this wine after a beautiful old Chateau in Reims France. It was the home of their founder St Jean Baptiste de La Salle born in 1651.
As St Jean Baptiste de La Salle brought goodness and enlightenment into the hearts of men, it is The Brothers hope that their Chateau La Salle brings goodness and enlightenment of happy companionship into your home.

Pretty cheesey I know....and I couldn't find this wine in any listing. However there are some delicious sounding recipes for cooking with this wine that I will share anyway and if anyone knows what a comparable wine would be to substitute please do let us know.

Ham with oranges
1center slice of ham
1 mediium orange
2 tbs butter
1/2 cup of Chateau La Salle
Brown ham in butter, add orange slices, cook about 1 minute, add wine, turn heat on low, braise ham and oranges in wine for 10 minutes, if wine cooks away, add enough water to capture the essence in the pan. Remove ham and arrange on platter with orange slices.

Chateau Fruit compote
2 medium oranges
1/2 cup seeded grapes
1/2 cup Chateau La Salle
2 tbs sugar
Combine all ingredients mariante several hours in refrigerator, serve in dessert glass.

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