Two Cupcake Wines

In these days of high unemployment and global financial crisis, it’s nice to relax with a bottle of wine that doesn’t break your pocketbook. I’m here to sort out the memorable from the truly awful, and each bottle is under $10.

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Because its my birthday, because I didn’t tackle this post yesterday, and because the hubby is making me a scrumptious birthday breakfast, this is going to be a two-bottle posting.

Today I’m featuring two wines from Cupcake Vineyards. Mainly because I finally decided not to hold their Red Velvet blend against them, lol.

Cupcake Vineyards Chardonnay 2010 Central Coast Alcohol 13.5% by volume; less than $9.99 at Vons.

On the Label: “Our vineyards work hard to bring you the biggest, richest chardonnay from California’s desirable Central Coast, where the sun-drenched grapes create full and elegantly-textured wines. Decadent flavors of butter cream, bright citrus and vanilla melt into a balance of oak and subtle spice. In other words: Sinful. Serve chilled with crab cakes, seared Ahi tuna on waffle crackers or fresh-baked French bread and cheese.”

My Take: I’m glad I took the chance with Cupcake Vineyards. I really liked this wine. It has the buttery flavor that I prefer, but it’s not a heavy wine. We had it with roasted chicken and rice, and it was the perfect accompaniment.

My Rating: ~ Very Drinkable ~

Cupcake Vineyards Pinot Noir, 2010 Central Coast Alcohol 13.5% by volume, under $9.99 at Vons

On the Label: “Our vineyards work hard to bring you the finest, brightest, most elegant Pinot Noir from California’s desirable Central Coast. Here the bright sun is paired with the cool maritime fog, which develops these elegantly structured berries. The bright aromas of cherries carries through the palate with a touch of red currants and a hint of spices. Its reminiscent of a cherry cupcake with currant coulis. Serve with lamb kabobs, smoked sausage, or your favorite mushroom risotto.”

My Take: Pinot Noir is one of my very favorite varietals, and I have two very good go-to Pinots so it takes a lot to impress me now. This – well, it doesn’t, sorry to say. There is absolutely nothing wrong with this wine; it is a perfectly good Pinot Noir. It just doesn’t beat the Smoking Loon test.

My Rating: ~ Drinkable ~ Absolutely! Many will find this wine perfectly enjoyable; I kept looking for something that wasn’t there. I think that’s my issue and not the wine’s fault!

So, there you have it; two wines from Cupcake Vineyards. If there’s a vineyard you particularly like, I’d love some suggestions – I’m planning on doing more spotlights this spring.

May the weekend be kind to you, and may your glass never be empty. Cheers, all!

As usual, this is just my honest opinion and depend upon my mood, the weather, and what cycle the moon is in. Your taste buds will differ.

~ Until the next time, cheers – and remember to drink responsibly! ~

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My Rating System: Undrinkable, Barely Drinkable, Drinkable, Very Drinkable, and the ever-popular Stay away! This is MY wine, you slut!

 

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9 Responses to Two Cupcake Wines

  1. Roz Lee says:

    Happy Birthday!!

    I love Cupcake’s label, and I love cupcakes, but wine…not so much. LOL So glad you found some Cupcake wines you could enjoy.

  2. Happy, Happy Birthday!!

    With a name like Cupcake Vineyards, it’s gotta be good. (Sorry! Couldn’t resist saying that.) Like Roz, I’m not a wine drinker, but cupcakes I can eat anytime! Have a great day and weekend!

  3. I’ve tried this wine and really liked it, too. (the Chardonnay) and what you recommended serving it with was even better!

    >Serve chilled with crab cakes, seared Ahi tuna on waffle crackers or fresh-baked French bread and cheese.”<

    At first I wasn't sure I could take a wine seriously with a cupcake label, oh, and is it one of those twist off caps? I can't remember. Anyway – I'm always jarred by twist caps on wine, but see a trend in that direction. What's your take, Christine?

    • Christine says:

      Lynne, I don’t have a problem with the twist-off caps. It can save the wine in the long run (no cork spoilage) plus, there’s no cutting down of big cork trees. Even though some have gone to a man-made cork (those squishy plastic things), I keep wondering how I’ll get those open when I’m in my 80s – so I like the twist top idea. Lots of high-end wineries are doing it (with their lower-cost wines, though). It will be interesting to see which way the industry goes!

  4. Maria says:

    Happy birthday and the Chardonnay sounds as if it would be great with a nice cupcake, too!

  5. PJ Sharon says:

    These are some of my go-to wines, Christine. I really like both the Chardonnay and the Cabernet that are from the Cupcake brand. As you said, “Very drinkable.”

    Have a great birthday! Mine is next week:-)

  6. My fave cupcake is the Red Velvet. We buy a case at a time.
    cmr

  7. Julie Glover says:

    I need to check these out. I’ve seen the Cupcake wines, but I don’t think I’ve tried any of them. Thanks, Christine!

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