Cupcake Vineyards Red Velvet Carries On The Tradition

Family holiday traditions are curious.  Some are carried out year after year, but don’t hold much meaning until years later.

So it goes with my Mother’s Red Velvet cake.  I know she made it from scratch each Christmas, and really, I don’t know her motivation for doing so, nor was it my favorite cake. Perhaps it was the thing to make during the 70’s, or perhaps she simply loved it.

Whatever her motivation, she made that beautiful cake to serve every Christmas Eve, it’s rich red layers covered in pure white, sweet frosting.

With my Mother gone seven years now, I have found myself an easier recipe, no fancy layers for this girl! And my motivation is nothing short of honor.

The one thing I have that she did not, well, besides a cake mix, is Cupcake Vineyards Red Velvet wine!  Cake is good.  Cake and wine?.. even better!

Cupcake Vineyards blends Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Petite Sirah for their liquid take on this legendary cake.  Each varietal is fermented individually before blending and oak aging.

The result is a richly-colored wine, closely matching the color of Red Velvet cake.  The aromas are full of ripe fruits, raspberry and black cherry with hints of oak and cocoa.  Those same ripe black cherries are echoed on the palate with chocolate and spice held in a soft, decadent texture.  The black cherry continues on the finish.  Even with all the ripe fruits, the wine is not sugary, and in fact it finishes dry.

Although I don’t believe Cupcake was attempting to replicate the taste of the cake, it does actually accompany the cake quite nicely!  The cocoa flavors in the cake are well matched by the cocoa flavors in the wine, and the ripe fruits of the wine provide just enough sweetness to blend with the sweet flavors of the cake.

This is what I have learned:  Traditions are meant to be carried on, but they can be altered, or added to, to make them more relevant to the next generation.  I imagine my Mother is proud that I carry on her Red Velvet Cake tradition, but she is probably just a bit miffed that Red Velvet wine was not around when she was making cake!


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