On a beautifully warm and sunny day in January MissWineOH heads to The Olde Wine Cellar in Olmsted Falls, OH for the first Wine and Cupcakes event for 2012. By the time we arrived to prep and set up, it had turned into a day out of the Wizard of Oz (think “Auntie Em… Auntie Em” – the wind and rains were so strong…) Fortunately this did not deter our guests and we all gathered at 6pm for the first taste.
2010 Chateau Belair Moustet White Bordeaux (FR) paired with an Olive oil and Peach Cake with Herbed Marscapone icing from Indulgence.
They call this a Bordeaux Sauvignon
Simple and fresh, cleansing citric flavors make it a decent food wine at 12% alcohol.
Budget friendly white wine at 9.99 retail.
If you are making a dish with clean, but complex flavors (like a chicken with a sauce, salsa or herb crust) this wine will not compete with your food, but provide a pleasant citrus compliment.
This Spanish grape has become popular in vineyards throughout the US. California, North Carolina, New York and Virginia are growing it increasing numbers. You will see a difference in the grape depending on its origins (or terroir).
Ca’ del Solo is one of Bonny Doon’s estate vineyards. They farm using Biodynamic® practice, exceptionally light-handed, with with minimal intervention and manipulation. This winery is known for putting EVERY ingredient on their labels – not something you see on many wine labels.
The 2009 Varietal Blend is 91.8% albariño, 8.2% loureiro [loh-RAY-roo](Portuguese grape usually found in Vinho Verde wines)
Alcohol by Volume: 12.8% Production: 3,350 cases $15.99 retail
We always pair our Pinot Noirs with bacon, because EVERYTHING is better with bacon… and this lively budget friendly wine is no exception.
APPELLATION: Casablanca Valley, Chile WINERY: Viña Ventisquero VARIETAL(S): 100% Pinot Noir ALCOHOL: 13.5%
Fermentation in barrels and stainless steel tanks, and malolactic fermentation with native yeasts. Aged for 10 months: 70% in French oak barrels, 30% in tank.
TASTING NOTES: Deep ruby in color with bright, intense aromas of cherry and raspberry, with hints of vanilla. Soft and mouthwatering on the palate with medium body, and ripe red berry flavors. Lively acidity coupled with elegant, soft tannins and a long and clean finish.
This is known as a pre-phylloxera wine. Phylloxera vastatrix (its Latin name) is thought to be indigenous to the eastern United States, and the thick, strong, native American rootstocks are reasonably resistant to this parasite. Much more vulnerable to phylloxera is the vitis vinifera rootstock – a species native to Europe and Central Asia and responsible for a majority of the world’s wine production. In the 1860s, vine cuttings from the eastern United States transmitted phylloxera to Europe, and eventually most of the vineyards in France and many in other parts of Europe were totally devastated. The parasite eventually spread, causing grave problems in California and other parts of the world including Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa. The solution was to graft Vitis vinifera vines to native American rootstocks, a remedy that worked for the better part of a century. There are a few places around the world that phylloxera has never invaded either because of the remote location of the vineyards or the inhospitable soil makeup. Many of these vineyards are planted on Vitis vinifera rootstock. Some parts of Australia, Argentina, Chile are phylloxera free as are island vineyards on Crete, Cyprus – Root 1 Wines are one of those original, ungrafted rootstock vineyards.
VARIETAL 41% Syrah, 33% Zinfandel, 10% Barbera, 9% Petite Sirah, 7% Alicante Bouchet ALCOHOL 14.0%
Deep purple in color, the 2008 blend shows aromas of berry spiked with cinnamon and nutmeg. Raspberry/strawberry flavors present in the mouth, which slowly meld into cedar, dark plums, and molassas. bright acidity.
This wine pairs well with italian, sausage or red sauce dishes. We’ve paired it with a cake of many flavors to show you the versatility of the wine. I can also see pumpkin easily with this easy drinking blend.
Currently (1/17/12) not available in the store due to overwhelming popularity. But it can be found for about $11.99 retail and will be available at The Olde Wine Cellar in mid-February.
2010 Amberhill Secret Blend (CA) paired with Roasted Garlic with Smoked Gouda cheese icing.
This cupcake combination always strikes folks as strange, until they taste it and put it together with a great wine. A Cookie and a Cupcake filled this one with a bit of roasted garlic buttercream. A lovely little surprise on the inside of your bite.
The 2010 California Secret Blend Red Wine is a mix of varietals that delivers a fruit-forward style. Expressive aromatics of cherry and strawberry blend with subtle notes of cedar, pepper and espresso bean.
A versatile blend like the Amberhill can pair with most savory meals. I pull a lot of the Zinfandel and Syrah notes out of this one, so garlic and smokey gouda would be up there in the flavor profiles.
The blend consists of Syrah, Merlot, Grenache, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir and Malbec
ALCOHOL: 13.5% by vol Budget friendly at $9.99 retail
2007 InZINerator (CA) paired with Cherry Chocolate cake and Salted Caramel icing
InZinerator is blended with Zinfandel, Syrah and port varieties. New world extraction methods and richness with old world acidity and structure.
Scott Harvey has been the winemaker at Santino Winery, and then partner, winemaker and president of Folie a Deux Winery. He opened Scott Harvey wines in 2004. Scott Harvey wines gained some notoriety when the InZINerator was banned in the state of North Carolina and at ComicCON because some thought the Superhero label would encourage minors to drink it. Read more about that here.
Tasting Notes: Full of big, bold black cherry flavors, Oak aging contributes to the rounded complexity, with just a hint of sweetness. Try this wine with any grilled meat or chicken, or pair with pizza, pasta and burgers
The 2008 is a blend of – 78% Zinfandel 16% Syrah 5% Mixed Port 1% Barbera – the 2007 notes are not available, but the blend is similar.
Alcohol: 15.5% RS: .8%
A great Zin for $14.99 retail.
This blend was crowd sourced. Scott, an active member of the Woot community, asked the InZINerator fans for input on this wine.
See the video here:
We all had a great time at #WineandCupcakes. We’ll be back at The Olde Wine Cellar on March 22. And on the east side in February. Many thanks to @indulgenceCLE and A Cookie and a Cupcake for providing amazing cupcakes, and @theotherguys for getting me out of a wine jam. Incredible customer service from these three companies, and I can’t thank them enough. The Olde Wine Cellar is THE place to get small volume wines and they do great casual wine tastings on Friday and Saturday nights.
If you attended this event, please leave any comments or feedback. We’d all love to hear what you thought!