It was pretty hot today in Southern California and I came home from work craving a refreshing glass (or two) of wine. Cupcake Vineyards kindly sent me a bottle of their 2010 Pinot Grigio and 2010 Sauvignon Blanc. This seemed like the perfect way to end a long day and explore a couple of new bottles of wine.
About the Wines- From the Winery
Cupcake 2010 Pinot Grigio is 100% Pinot Grigio from the D.O.C. Trentino region of Italy. It has 12.5% alcohol and retails for $13.99.
Cupcake 2010 Sauvignon Blanc is 100% Sauvignon Blanc from the Marlborough region of New Zealand. It has 13% alcohol and retails for $13.99.
For more information on either wine see www.Cupcakevinyard.com
Now the Fun Part- Tasting the Wine
The Pinot Grigio pours a pale gold in the glass. The nose is mellow with notes of tropical fruit, pear, and lemon. The wine is creamy on the palate and refreshing at the same time. It tastes of pineapple, citrus, and honeydew and has a citrus packed finish that is a little bitter. There is not a lot of depth or complexity to this Pinot Grigio but it is definitely a decent wine considering it is readily available for around $8.
My Wine Rating- C+ (definitely worthy of a try, especially if you are a Pinot Grigio fan)
Food Pairing Suggestions- This wine pairs well with shellfish, linguine with white clam sauce, or a caprese salad.
The Sauvignon Blanc pours a pale white gold in the glass. The nose is lively with aromas of citrus and grass (but not overly grassy like some Sauvignon Blancs). The wine tastes of lemon, grapefruit, and sweet pear with a crisp and tangy finish. This is a wonderfully clean and refreshing wine that I am finding perfect for this warm afternoon. A zesty Sauvignon Blanc that is an incredible value!
My Wine Rating- B
Food Pairing Suggestions- Pairs perfectly with a crab and avocado salad or oysters on the half shell
*These wines were sent to me as a sample for the purpose of review