Here are the tasting notes and pairings for the wines from Wine and Cupcakes at Market Avenue Wine Bar in Cleveland from Octover 13, 2011. Many thanks to Market Avenue, Joy and Nicholas for their help and great service, and A Cookie and A Cupcake in Tremont for the awesome cupcakes. Thanks for letting me get really creative! Retail prices listed are prices for purchase at Market Avenue. Stop in for a glass, and take home a bottle.
2010 Golem Riesling with a lemon cake and strawberry balsamic vinegar icing.
Australian – Clare Valley
Harvested March 6
Fermented in All stainless steel, so there’s no oak at all.
C: Pale yellow
A: Peach and Lime
P: Bright fresh fruit with juicy lime and lemon rind flavors as well as ripe tropical fruits
retail price $17
This pairing accentuates the citrus flavors in the wine, while the strawberry balsamic provides a sweet tart that balances out the residual sugar. If there was more RS, you’d want to go sweeter with your flavor.
2010 Louis Laurant Vouvray paired with almond cake and roquefort icing
100% chenin blanc
France – Loire Valley
The villages of Vouvray and Montlouis are the largest appellations in the region and make only white wines from Chenin blanc.
C: Light yellow straw color.
A: Aromas of apples and pears.
Well balanced acidity.
Retail Price $12
Chenin blanc’s typical notes of stone fruit complement the nuttiness of the almond and pairs with the creaminess of the cheese in the icing.
2009 The Velvet Devil Merlot paired with cherry chocolate and salted caramel icing
Washington – Columbia Valley
90.6% Merlot, 9.4% Cabernet Sauvignon
Fermented in stainless steel, French oak aged.
C; Bright violet-red color extends to primary aromatics revealing
A: Milk chocolate, wild blackberry, baking spice, rose oil
P: chocolate covered cherries and suggestions of smoke and cedar.
Release Date: September 2010
Retail Price $13
The chocolate and berry hints in the wine are enhanced by the cherry chocolate base, while the tannin is balanced by the salted caramel.
2009 Bella Glos Meiomi Pinot Noir paired with white and maple bacon icing
Meiomi owner and winemaker, Joseph Wagner follows a long family tradition of farming and making wine that spans well over 100 years. His Grandmother, Lorna Belle Glos Wagner, the namesake for the Belle Glos Pinot Noirs, was co-founder of Caymus Vineyards along with her husband, Charlie and son, Chuck, in 1972.
For this vintage, 47% sourced from Sonoma County grapes; 34% from Santa Barbara County and 19% from Monterey County.
9 months in French oak barrels – 60 percent new
C: Bright, deep garnet color.
A: Aromas of blackberries and cedar. A greatly layered palette abundant in flavor and texture.
P: Palate flavors of bright cherry, cola, dried leaves undertoned with vanilla and oak.
Release date: November 2010
Retail Price: $18
Nothing pairs better with a pinot noir than bacon. Add some sweetness with the maple and you have a perfect blend of flavors to pair with the oaky vanilla in the flavor of the wine.
2005 Norman The Vocation paired with dark chocolate and cinnamon icing
50% Syrah 40% Grenache 10% Mourvedre
Appellation: Paso Robles
Barrel Aging: 16 months in 50% new French oak
Enjoy now or cellar age until 2016
A: aromas of ripe cherry, perfume and strawberry with nuances of cocoa and nutmug.
The cocoa and nutmeg blend seamlessly with the dark chocolate and savory cinnamon.
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