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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