LIVERMORE, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 06/06/13 -- Trotting around the globe's finest wine-producing regions is within easy reach, particularly with an international portfolio of wines from Cupcake Vineyards®. Take your palate on a whirlwind tour, and put your passport to work around New World and Old World wine regions, to discover -- deliciously -- the best that each area has to offer.
"One of the best aspects about being winemaker at Cupcake is being able to collaborate with colleagues from around the world to create outstanding wines and bring them home to share," said Cupcake's winemaker, Adam Richardson. "We work with vintners who follow a similar philosophy of never rushing a wine and always allowing the quality of the fruit to shine through. This practice ensures a portfolio that is broad, but consistent in quality and deliciousness."
Grab your passport and develop a tasting tour that showcases renowned wine regions with a selection of Cupcake wines. Start the tasting with sparkling wines before moving to white and red selections.
Italy: The Land of Prosecco, Pinot Grigio
A wine lovers paradise and great place to kick off your travels, Italy encompasses some of the oldest wine-producing regions in the world. Cupcake Vineyards' Prosecco and Pinot Grigio, sourced from some of the finest vineyards in Italy, are sure to whisk you away to a far off land.
Escape to the Italian countryside with a sparkling Cupcake Prosecco that is light and refreshing with aromas of white peach, grapefruit and honeydew melon, this sparkling wine offers a fine effervescence that tickles the palate. Creamy flavors of ripe lemons and refined citrus give way to a toasted brioche finish. Try pairing with an Italian favorite of melon wrapped in prosciutto.
Linger in Italy over Cupcake Pinot Grigio, a full-bodied wine with a nose hinting at pineapple, pears and sweet lemons. A creamy mid-palate integrates tropical fruits and the vibrant zing of citrus fruits. Taste alongside an American-Italian dish of linguine alfredo, in preparation for the next wine destination.
U.S.: Rich California Chardonnay
Taste a big, rich Cupcake Chardonnay from California's desirable Central Coast, which stretches roughly 250 miles along the coastline of California, from San Francisco County in the north to Santa Barbara County in the south. Cupcake's Chardonnay is a crisp and vibrant wine from this region that shows decadent butter, cream, bright citrus and vanilla, all balanced with oak and subtle spice. Coastal favorites like crab cakes or seared Ahi tuna on waffle crackers provide an ideal backdrop.
New Zealand: Signature Sauvignon Blanc
Take a turn in the southern hemisphere with a stop on the South Island of New Zealand for a taste of Cupcake Sauvignon Blanc. The long, cool seasons of Marlborough allow grapes to mature slowly, resulting in wines with complexity and zing. This Sauvignon Blanc brings together Meyer lemon and Key lime flavors, as well as hints of grapefruit, gooseberry and citrus, ultimately serving as a natural complement to a dish like chilled oysters on the half shell.
Germany: Famed Riesling
Get acquainted with Germany's greatest grape: Riesling. From the famed Mosel Valley, located in southwestern Germany, Cupcake Riesling starts off with aromas of ripe honeydew and lemon chiffon before filling the palate with creamy lemon, bright citrus fruit and a hint of sweetness. Broad and full-bodied with a zesty finish, this wine delights as an aperitif or a traditional German-style Spätzle.
Argentina: Rich and Exotic Malbec
From the stony alluvial soils of Mendoza, located on the eastern side of the Andes, famed for high plains and foothills, Cupcake produces a Malbec from this region that slowly matures and ripens into dark, delicious berries. Cupcake's Malbec has a heady nose of blueberry and leather, and the palate has intense flavors of chocolate, mocha and plums. A soft velvety texture, hint of spice and a toasted oak finish round out this New World favorite. Pair it with Argentina's national plate: steak.
Australia: Shiraz from Down Under
Travel to the Barossa Valley in Southern Australia, where consistently sunny days and rich soil have built the region's reputation for rich, spicy Shiraz. Dark and inky garnet, Cupcake Shiraz has aromas of ripe plums and blackberry jam, leading to flavors of creamy fruit, mocha and a lingering touch of black pepper. Serve it along with spicy beef short ribs.
U.S.: Big California Reds
Return to the U.S. for a classically romantic wine, Cupcake Pinot Noir. From California's Central Coast, this wine releases an aroma of cherries that carries through to the palate and is accompanied by a touch of red currants and spice. Showcase the wine alongside a rich mushroom risotto.
Explore the richness of the Central Coast further with Cupcake Cabernet Sauvignon. Fruit flavors of blackberry, dark cherry and cassis melt with cocoa and toasty oak, finishing smooth and silky. The wine is an elegant choice alongside baked brie drizzled with honey.
Experience more of California's finest vineyards in a rich, soft blend. Cupcake Red Velvet marries Zinfandel, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Sirah, with each varietal imparting distinct characteristics. Intense aromas and flavors of chocolate, deep dark blackberries and luscious red fruits lead to a long finish with a touch of coconut and creamy mocha. Indulge in a glass alongside a dark chocolate fondue.
Finish big with a big Zinfandel from Lodi, Calif., where a Mediterranean-like climate provides the ideal terroir for these complex grapes. Cupcake Zinfandel is loaded with decadent flavors of blueberries, spice and ripe raspberry jam and has a long, delightful finish. Enjoy it alongside sautéed Portabella mushrooms or a tasty beef barbecue.
About Cupcake Vineyards
Cupcake Vineyards, located in Livermore, California, introduced a fruit-forward, indulgent and eminently approachable portfolio of wines in 2008. The inaugural release of Chardonnay, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon has since grown to include an array of varietals from Central California as well as from other world-renowned wine-producing regions, including Marlborough, New Zealand; Mendoza, Argentina; Prosecco, Trentino and Asti, Italy; Barossa Valley, Australia; and Mosel Valley, Germany. Winemaker Adam Richardson and his team never rush the winemaking process, taking time to create the complex, rich and creamy wines that enable everyone to "Live Deliciously." For more information about Cupcake Vineyards, visit http://www.cupcakevineyards.com/ or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/CupcakeVineyard.
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