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Pairing Adventure – The Olde Wine Cellar – Tasting Notes

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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.

Olde Wine Cellar Tasting

Love those big wine glasses!

Chateau Belair Moustet White Bordeaux2010 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.

2009 Bonny Doon Albariño Ca’ del Solo Estate (CA) paired with White Chocolate Wasabi and a plum sake cake base from Indulgence.

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.

label ingredients

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

Root 1 pinot noir2009 Root 1: Pinot Noir (Chile) paired with a dark chocolate cake with buttercream bacon frosting from A Cookie and a Cupcake.

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.

$12.99 retail

Hey Mambo and a cupcake2008 Hey Mambo Sultry Red (CA) paired with Five Flavor Pound Cake with Lemon icing and crystalized blueberry from A Cookie and a Cupcake.   (Vanilla, Lemon, Butter, Rum, & Coconut)

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.



Amberhill Secret Red2010 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!

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Wine and Cupcakes – City Beverage tasting notes

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We had a great evening in the tasting room at City Beverage in Winston-Salem. Spencer from CityBev was pouring, and I was passing cupcakes – the lively crowd had plenty of opinions on what the best wine and cupcake pairings were. This is what we served:

2010 Bourgeois Cuvee Stephi Chardonnay  paired with blueberry cake and cream cheese icing

A custom project made in partnership with Thierry Rodriguez in Veyran, Languedoc. The domaine is comprised exclusively of older Chardonnay vines (20+ yrs old). Cuvee Stephi practices sustainable farming.

A: Green and citrus aromas, including lemon on the nose, with a hint of spice.

P: Medium-bodied, tropical and citrus flavors, and a clean, refreshing finish.

Unoaked – Aged for 8 months in stainless steel tanks with 3 months on its lees.

retail price $13.99

This pairing juxtaposes the citrus flavors in the wine with blueberry and balances the acidity with cream cheese.

Picture compliments of Meg Cline

2010 Valdesil Montenovo Godello paired with vanilla bean cake & strawberry balsamic icing

100% Godello – one of the oldest grapes on the Iberian Peninsula

Valedorros, Spain

C: Extremely pale like ginger ale.

A: apple, pear, honey, citrus,

P: green apple, grape juice, and a tart finish that lingers with caramel-honey notes.

Some heat early on and lots of acidity.

13% abv

Stainless steel fermented – this wine should be consumed within 18mos of bottling.

Retail Price $9.99

The chilled Godello reminds me of one of the crisper viogniers – so we paired the   vanilla bean to mimic oak while complimenting the acidity with the strawberry balsamic icing.

2010 Big Fire Rose paired with a saffron cake with cardamom icing

R. Stuart & Co – Oregon

Umpqua appellation

blend of 80% syrah and 20% pinot gris

Sustainable farming

Harvested exactly a year ago,

Aged for 1 month in 7yo french oak barrels so you get very little of the oak in the wine

11.5% abv

559 cases produced

.5% RS

Pescatarian friendly due to filtering techniques.

Retail Price: $15.99

The winemaker calls this his “big fruit bowl” – but I get a wine that just blends seamlessly with some spice, thus the saffron and cardamom, a typical indian spice pairing. I’d love to put this wine with Thai food as well.

2009 Dante Pinot Noir paired with roasted garlic cake with smoked gouda icing

From Michael Pozzan Winery

90% California, 10% Carneros

100% Pinot Noir

Aged 6 months

C: brilliant garnet

A: romas of sour cherry, dried orange peel, a hint of clove over a back drop of earthy leather.

P: rich and supple, spice and finishes with a balanced touch of cocoa and coffee.

Cases Produced:5000

Enjoy until 2012 – I recommend this wine as a drink now. Particularly at the price of $13.99

I usually pair a bacon cupcake with pinot – I highly recommend it. After all, everything is better with bacon. However, Camino is a vegetarian bakery… so, we got creative with some of the spices and flavors you find in bacon appetizers. Roasted garlic and smoked gouda are perfect compliments to the smokiness you find in a pinot noir.

2009 Periano Estate Merlot paired with a dark chocolate cake with currant icing

Lodi, CA

Peirano Estate Vineyards’ Merlot is produced from 6 different clones, or sub-varieties, of Merlot grown on the estate, including two rare French clones (#181 and #314), as well as the very rare Italian clone #9. Peirano Estate was the first commercial winery to grow and produce wine from these rare Merlot clones.

Aged for 12 months in all French oak barrels, of which less than 20% was new oak.

A: rich ripe cherries, blackberries with vanilla

P: cherry, plum, cocoa and cinnamon

I’m also fond of “The Others”, Immortal Zin and “The Unknown” – these wines are great every day drinkers.

Retail: $11.99

The chocolate and berry hints in the wine are enhanced by chocolate base, while the tannin and cinnamon are complimented by the currant.

2008 Domaine Janasse Cotes du Rhone  paired with chocolate spice cake with cinnamon icing (vegan)

This winery and vineyard covers 122 acres of vineyards distributed among different appellations : Châteauneuf du Pâpe, Côtes du Rhône, Côtes du Rhône Village, Vin de Pays de la Principauté d’Orange and Vin de table.

Grape variety : 50% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre, 15% Carignan, 5% Cinsault – stem removal : 80% – maceration : 12 to 15 days – elevage : 6 to 9 months in vat

Tasting :

P: strawberry, black cherry , a tinge of minerality and spices

60 000 to 80 000 bottles per year.

GSM, or Cotes du Rhone blends love spice. So we put a chocolate spice with some cinnamon for this wine. GSM also does well with harvest fruit dishes, and is a great thanksgiving complement.

As every year, the 3rd Thursday of November is the release date for the 2010 vintage of Primeur Côtes du Rhône. You may be familiiar with Beaujolais Nouveaux releases, this is similar – and the wines of this region are great for holiday meals.

I hope you enjoy the tasting notes, and if you are in Winston-Salem, head to City Beverage to get some of these wines. This event could not have been successful without the help of Paul Jones, location scout and operations guy extraordinaire. You should follow him on twitter. and the folks at Camino Bakery were extremely friendly – and they do vegetarian in a creative way. Thank you for everything!

Attendees, what were your favorites? If you like what you saw here, join us for the next #WineandCupcakes tasting! And we’ll be heading back to City Beverage for an all new event in February. Hope to see you there!

Wine and Cupcakes – a pairing adventure

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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

.1% RSV

12% alcohol

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

350 cases

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.

Medium bodied.

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

Alcohol:13.5%

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

Alcohol: 15.0%

RS: .20%
Barrel Aging: 16 months in 50% new French oak
Cases Produced:525

Enjoy now or cellar age until 2016

A: aromas of ripe cherry, perfume and strawberry with nuances of cocoa and nutmug.

Medium-bodied

The cocoa and nutmeg blend seamlessly with the dark chocolate and savory cinnamon.

Retail: $23

Join us for the next Wine and Cupcakes experience in January, or one of our other events to be on sale soon. Check the Calendar of Events for details.

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