Sunday Sips!

There is something so comforting and elegant about Cupcake Vineyards to me that I just can’t get enough of.  Is it the brand’s navy, white, and yellow colors that make it stand out so tastefully (no pun intended) on a dinner table and something I could totally see in Elle Decor?  Or is it simply its great taste and quality of the wine that makes for a predictable purchase when choosing between brands. How about all of the above!  A well received and well rounded brand visually and in taste makes it such a “go-to” wine.  And just when I think it couldn’t get any better, this Sunday I discovered that Cupcake also makes a lovely Prosecco to add to its repertoire.

A peach and apricot filled Prosecco that is enhanced with creamy citrus hints and finishes with a bursting bite to make this Prosecco enjoyable for really any occasion.  Enjoy as an apéritif with prosciutto and melon or even with homemade chocolate chip walnut pumpkin bread, which is what I am pairing with this as we speak (while enjoying football – hoping to cheers to a NE Patriots win)!  The spice of the pumpkin bread compliments the bubbles and citrus nicely!

And the cost?  $11 retail.  Seriously!

Happy Sunday and Cheers to Cupcake Prosecco!

Homemade Chocolate Chip and Walnut Pumpkin Bread Recipe (makes 2 large loaves)

4 Eggs
3 cups Sugar
1/2 tsp Baking Powder
2 tsp Baking Soda
1 1/2 tsp Salt
1 tsp Cloves
1 tsp Cinnamon
1 tsp Nutmeg
1 cup Olive Oil
2/3 cups water
3 1/2 cups Flour
1 can Pumpkin (2 cups)
1 cup Walnuts
1 cup Semi-Sweet Chocolate chips

Add ingredients in order, bake for 1hr 25 mins @ 325 degrees let cool and enjoy!

Celebrate Spring! – Entertaining Wine

Last Friday (3/18), was a bit of a tease as it was an exceptionally warm evening for March thus we thought Spring was near in NYC!!  To start the weekend off we not only were getting ready to watch the NCAA tourney and cheer ‘Cuse on (tough loss on Sunday) but we were gearing up to open a bottle of WHITE in celebration in hopes of Spring and Friday!  We were having company over so I purchased a bottle of Kendall Jackson – Sauvignon Blanc, California 2009 “Vintner’s Reserve”.  It’s a fan favorite since the brand is very popular probably due to its classic label, recognizable logo, and it’s 30 years of history.   This is my preferred of white wines to refresh and recharge with most likely due to the lime and melon flavors which make it very crisp tasting.  The VR is a little more expensive however, is still a cheap way to entertain when pairing this with a great cheese and fruit plate.  A few friends that night also discovered it was great with cupcakes as well!  So as we all reveal ourselves after hibernation from the harsh winter, try a refreshing white Sauv Blanc to motivate and drive excitement to your first day of Spring gathering!

If you like this wine, try these alternative options for entertaining…

Cupcake Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough, New Zealand 2009 – Light, refreshing, fruity, crisp, smooth – around $10 retail

Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough, New Zealand, 2009 – Fresh, sophisticated, fruity, crisp, lively – around $12 retail

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