Sofia Coppola Riesling and Cupcake Red Velvet for Two Mothers

On this Mother’s Day, a nod to two Moms; myself, because I have two wonderful, talented and good-hearted sons and I am fairly sure I had something to do with their success!

And my sweet, kind Mother who had a lovely smile and some endearing quirks.

For myself, I prepared a spicy sweet potato and black bean saute, topped with an egg and paired with this beautiful, off-dry Sofia Coppola Riesling for brunch.  Just placing this gorgeous bottle on the table adds class to the whole affair.

Since I enjoyed this brunch entirely by myself, I will admit to expending little energy.  I used the frozen Alexia Saute’ Sweets with Chipotle Infused Oil, found in the freezer section of my Hy-Vee’s Health Market.

Sofia delivers green apple and sweet melon flavors together–a burst of sweet and tart.  The finish is a spritz of lime.  The slight sweetness of the wine paired comfortably with the slow heat of the chipotle seasoned potatoes.

Since it was Mother’s Day, I had a piece of Lemon Sponge Cake (recipe from to finish my quiet brunch.  Because I could!  The cake’s light sweetness and fresh citrus from the lemon folded in together seamlessly with the Sofia Riesling as well.  So versatile!  I declare this the perfect elegant brunch wine!

My own Mother, gone six years now, would set aside her usual cake mix creations every Christmas and make, FROM SCRATCH, a Red Velvet Cake.  Stunning in its presentation, I must say I never really appreciated its flavor in my youth.  In a toast to my Mother, I enjoyed a glass of the Cupcake Red Velvet Red Wine.  So much easier than making a cake!

Cupcake Vineyards blends Zinfandel, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Petite Sirah for a rich, creamy experience.  The fruits are dark–sweet black cherry and berry–and are wrapped in licorice and mocha.  The color is deep red, just like the cake, and the finish gives a pleasing kick of spice.

A plate of cheeses was served alongside, and the Milton Creamery Prairie Breeze (from Milton, Iowa was a delight!  Its sweeter flavor melded together with the fruits of the Red Velvet.  The more pungent cheeses tended to clash with the sweet fruits of the wine, however.

My Mother is up there somewhere, shaking her head saying, “You should have just made the cake!”

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