“Where there is no wine there is no love” ~ Euripides
A wise man that Euripides, at least from my standpoint. Liquor may be quicker but wine is… divine. It’s Valentine’s night and I wanted to celebrate with a wine that had a real chocolate vibe. I’ve had Chocovine and I liked it, but I wanted something that I could sip with my dinner and would not be so sweet, but would have the rich quality and depth that I associate with chocolate. I was turned on to a ’10 Cupcake Vineyards Red Velvet from California.
I opened it just before a dinner of garlic buttered shrimp with savoury vegetables and rice, sipping as I put the finishing touches on the meal. The Cupcake wine looked very glossy and smooth on the pour and had an earthy, almost caramel chocolate on the nose. The quick, top taste was of vinyl shower curtain (yep), not that I’ve tasted many shower curtains, but that’s what came to mind. My friend, Terri, added that the shower curtain was “clean and algae free” which gives you more of a visual than you’d probably ever want :). According to the wine aroma wheel, a vinyl/petroleum taste is legitimate and it doesn’t mean that anything is wrong with the wine. That said, what I found particularly intrigung about this wine was that the predominant chocolate vibe on the finish lingered with me well after the sip was gone. It was nice. Many wines I’ve had don’t have this kind of intensity and length. What was particularly impressive was that it started out light and continued to grow richer in the glass, sip after sip.
For dessert, when I paired it with a dark chocolate bar with sea salt and caramel, and it grew even more complex in depth and playfulness. A nice finish indeed.
I like to have fun with wine and this one was a great compliment to a lovely Valentine’s dinner.
I wish you all a very happy Valentine’s. And if you can’t wine with the one you love, then love the wine you’re with.