Cupcake Vineyards Red Velvet 2013

The other day I was at my local Safeway perusing the wine aisle.  Dressed in hobo fashion – camo bdu pants, gray hoodie under an worn leather bomber jacket, stocking cap, old tennis shoes, two days worth of stubble – I expected to be left to my own devices while I checked for new selections, price drops, etc.  Much to my surprise, I was almost immediately accosted by a very friendly young couple who wanted help choosing a wine to take to a party.  Say what?!  I was NOT the only person in the wine aisle.

They told me they were thinking red – maybe.  The other people at the birthday party would be from Spain and Ecuador.  What did I suggest?  They wanted something that wasn’t embarrasingly cheap but not beyond a young couple’s budget.  We started at Malbec, then moved to Merlot, even sparkling wine as I was trying to ascertain what kind of wine they might want to take as a host gift.  The young lady saw the Cupcake Vineyards Prosecco label and got very excited, but decided they wanted red after all.  So I suggested they run off with a bottle of the Red Velvet.  I said I thought it would make a good party wine.  I hope their friends liked it because the couple I was talking to don’t drink!

Winemaker:  Cupcake Vineyards
Wine:  Red Velvet
Varietal: Red Blend
Vintage: 2013
Appellation:  California
Price:  $16.99

Notes:  And, indeed, I think this is a fine little party wine.  It was a pretty red in the glass, and tannins were fairly light.  On the palate I found lots of berry flavor at the fore with a lingering cherry accompanied by warm spice notes.  Alcohol was at 13.5%.  I didn’t get goosebumps while sipping it, but I can’t imagine anyone spitting it out, either.  I do think my Safeway may be overcharging.  Pretty sure this selection can be found elsewhere for $10 or less.  Luckily, it was on sale when I recommended it to the nice couple.

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