So imagine my despair this year, now that college son wasn't here to trick or treat...and the 15 year old daughter was sick!! (Yes, she and some pals still head out - it's pretty much a girls night out at that age.) I was stuck at home handing out the candy. Yes, I was prepared with bags of Snickers, Peppermint Patties, Hershey Bars and Twix (I don't really like Twix, but by purchasing them, I could at least assure that there would be some candy to hand out). It was a damp, frosty evening here...so to warm myself up as I admired costumes and passed out treats, I decided to pour a little Cupcake.
No, I don't mean that I was drinking raw cupcake batter (DO NOT put that past me though). I am referring to Cupcake Vineyards 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon from the Central Coast of California. (13.5% alcohol, $9.99.)
I have to admit that I was taken aback when I first opened the bottle...cause I got a definite noseful of yeast. But that was just for a moment and while it wasn't bad, it was a bit surprising. But after 45 minutes of breathing time, my nose was much happier. Now I took in pepper, cinnamon and dark fruits - think cranberry. Maybe even a tiny bit of peppermint. First taste was of oak and cherry...not fighting each other - they did very well together. The finish of this full bodied wine was warm oak - smooth and lasting. More sipping brought out the spices - especially that cinnamony taste from the "warm" oak. I was one happy candy wrangler. At $9.99...it's enough to get me off the aforementioned Snickers and Peppermint Patties (well...almost).
(Side note: Locally, the Heinen's/WVIZ World Series of Wine is coming up this weekend. An article in today's Plain Dealer about the job of wine judging (aka: Winey Mom dream job), reveals that Cupcake Vineyards 2011 Sauvignon Blanc was one of the event's highest rated wines -- winning the Chairman's Award, Triple Gold. Sounds like a very promising trip to the bakery, doesn't it?)
I found this wine paired very nicely with tiny witches, some very chilly princesses, lots of super heroes, a few zombies, and yes, Snickers and Peppermint Patties. Oh, and it especially paired well with my own little helper:
|Chloe as Ladybug|
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