It is just part of gracious living to enjoy a nice glass of wine. However, you can get into a rut of sorts in your wine selections – buying the same old standards every time.
Sweetheart and I like to add a little zest in our wine selections. One trip we may stock up on wines that have cats on their labels, or flowers, or horses, or bonus Airmiles points. What ever strikes our fancy to broaden our taste experience.
We stopped to get some wine for dinner with our daughter, son-in-law and son. The label intriqued us – Cupcake Vineyards Red Velvet.
Wow – we loved it at first sip. Red Velvet is their first blended red wine made of classic red varietals with Zinfandel as a base supplemented with Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Sirah. Each varietal is fermented separately and later blended and put through a unique oak regime that imparts creaminess. This unique wine has subtle flavors of chocolate with mocha notes, red and blackberry fruits and a hint of coconut. It has fantastic structure, aroma, depth of flavor and a long creamy finish – just delicious!
The winemaker notes “It’s reminiscent of a blackberry chocolate cupcake with a mocha coulis. Enjoy with sweet and spicy Hoisin steak, a barbecue bacon cheese burger or even dark chocolate fondue.”
We made quick work of the two bottles before dinner and returned to the LCBO the next day to immediately buy two more. Certainly a new favourite.