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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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?