Monday, August 8, 2011

In Vino Veritas

I've never considered myself to be much of a wine fan. Though I'd drink a glass if one materialized in front of me, I never seemed to go out of my way to have some. I'm certainly no connoisseur--I don't know much about the different types of wines or what any good brands are. And to make matters worse, my palate is not exactly a discerning one. I'm pretty much just as happy with some Arbor Mist as I am with a fancier variety. So I was pleasantly surprised when I recently discovered a specific brand that I'm partial to- Cupcake Vineyards (and no, it's not just because it says "cupcake" in the name).

I made my discovery when I ended up with quite a few leftover bottles of wine after I hosted my book club. One of them was Cupcake's Pinot Grigio and, let me tell you, it was delicious. Since the Cupcake wines go for about $10 a bottle and are available at the grocery store, I picked up a few more to try- a pretty good Riesling and a really good red wine that they called "Red Velvet". (Okay, maybe I was swayed by the cupcake reference with that last one.)

I think I've finally found a wine that I can be loyal to. So what if it's only a few rungs up the ladder from Arbor Mist?

Are you a wine fan? Do you have any favorites?


  1. I've seen those around and wondered if they're any good. I'm definitely going to have to pick up the Pinot Grigio!

  2. I do love the Cupcake brand. Other good picks that aren't super pricey: Rex Goliath pinot noir is classic, and usually around six bucks, Banrock Station's Cab. Sauv. is delicious, as is their Moscato (but that is a pretty sweet white, best CHILLED on a hot day!). Also, there are some great Michigan wines...not sure how close you are to the Mitten, though.

  3. Totally off topic, but have you seen Polyvore? You can create style boards and see others'. Super fun. Example:

    Made me think of you!

  4. My friends and I love this brand. Their champagne is the greatest.



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