Friday, January 28, 2011

2009 Cupcake Red Velvet Red Wine

Part three of my Valentine love journey brings me to that stage where everything just feels right. You and your partner are melding perfectly and you feel so comfortable and sure of your relationship. That brings me to Cupcake Vineyards latest release, Red Velvet. The word velvet brings two things to mind, comfort and sensuality. Two very important components to any relationship.
Bouquet consists of red fruits and chocolate, intense flavors of blackberry, mocha and more chocolate. Complex flavors and soft tannins make this a very loving wine. A blend of Zinfandel, Merlot and Cabernet, the bold flavors are consistent with each sip. SRP is $12 but I found at Total Wine for $8.99.

The grapes are harvested from some of California’s premium wine regions. Each region was specially chosen for its ability to produce grapes with a unique features adding to the bold and over the top flavors of the blend. After harvesting, the varietals are fermented on their own, later combined and put through a unique oak procedure that adds a bit of creaminess to the flavor.

I was wondering exactly how Cupcake got their name and if it had anything to do with the current cupcake craze and found they’re not totally unrelated. The thought behind the name Cupcake was to create the feeling you get by rewarding yourself. I see this translating into a romantic evening as well. Two delicious NY strips, leek and potato au gratin and a bottle of Red Velvet. Sounds like the makings of a great reward to me.

Send a Cupcake gram to your Valentine and later that evening break out the bottle of Red Velvet and lose yourselves in its rapture.

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