Thursday, December 02, 2010

Things I Love - Day 2

Welcome to Day 2 of "Things I Love". I've dedicated Day 2 to something I recently discovered, but the thing that piqued my interest has always been a love of mine, ever since someone brought them in ice cream cone form to pre-school.

CUPCAKES! More specifically, Cupcake Vineyard.


Believe me, my initial reaction was ohhh cupcake wine..., followed by, well that can't be legitimate, right? I'm not a connoisseur of fine wines, but I know my way around the $9.99-$30.00 bottle range. What really made me buy 2 bottles for Thanksgiving was that I'd heard from a number of people, mostly at liquor store check-outs, that the wine is quite popular.

For Thanksgiving, I bought two bottles.

Cabernet Sauvignon

Tasting Notes:

Rich and enticing, the Cupcake Cabernet Sauvignon is a balance between generous profiles of fruit and oak. This full-bodied yet smooth Cabernet Sauvignon displays soft tannins, with primary fruit flavors of blackberry, dark cherry and plums. The dark fruits melt with the flavors of mocha and toasty oak before ending with a long and silky finish.

Review:
Love this wine! It has a festive feel to it and would be perfect to bring to a holiday party for others to enjoy. My favorite part is the subtle mocha flavor.




Sauvignon Blanc

Tasting Notes:

The 2009 season was quite mild, with a minimal amount of rain. Large yields were pruned back to help concentrate the flavors of this wine. It’s the long cool season that allows the grapes to mature slowly, giving them levels of complexity and a vibrant zing, reminiscent of a lemon chiffon cupcake. It’s made up of integrated flavors of Meyer lemons, Key limes and a finish that awakens the appetite.

Review:
A good wine, but I probably wouldn't buy another bottle until the summer. That's really where this would shine, sipping on the sidewalk at the end of a hot summer day. Don't rule it out, especially if you love a zesty Sauvignon Blanc.

I can't wait to try Cupcake Vineyard's other wines, especially the following:

Pinot Grigio

Tasting Notes:

Our Pinot Grigio is full, with a nose that shows hints of pineapple, pears, and sweet lemons. The body is full and gives way to a creamy mid-palate, integrating tropical fruits, with the vibrant zing of citrus fruits. It is reminiscent of a pineapple upside down cupcake.

Pinot Noir

Tasting Notes:

Our Cupcake Central Coast Pinot Noir has the aroma of cherries carries through the palate with a touch of red currants and a hint of spices. It’s reminiscent of a cherry cupcake with currant coulis.

Malbec

Tasting Notes:

Known throughout the world for their fleshy reds, Argentina and its signature grape Malbec don’t disappoint. Grown at over 2,400 feet in the shadows of the Andes mountains, our lush well structured wine offers generous plum and raspberry notes. A round full palate with a touch of creaminess yields into flavors reminiscent of a dark chocolate flourless cupcake accented with fresh berries.

Beyond wine, I really do love real cupcakes. If you have a recipe that you love please share! And tell me, what's your opinion on the famous NYC cupcakeries? Magnolia, Crumbs- love them? Overrated?


10 comments:

  1. MMMMmmmmm, can't wait to try....

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  2. Christmas Eve is only a few weeks away...

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  3. aha i've always been curious about cupcake vineyard wine! i'll have to stop laughing at it and pick up a couple of bottles. have you tried menage a trois or woop woop? they are fantastic reds

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  4. Oh definitely try it! I've had Menage a Trois, but now I'll look for Woop Woop next time I'm out.

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  5. MMM, putting me in the mood for holiday parties!

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  6. oh I wish we lived closer so we could continue wino Wednesdays! These sound delicious!

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  7. JUST discovered Cupcake wine - they carry it at walmart and Costco, FYI

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  9. Jennifer Passarella7:53 PM

    That is one of Dom and I's favorite wine... the Pinot Grigio! We had it at a rehearsal dinner and fell in love.

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  10. Jen, we haven't tried the Pinot Grigio yet but really want to! I think we're going to have to put together our wine tasting party soon!!

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